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Baseball and Fish

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Baseball and Fish

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Poor ol' Mark McGwire.

The guy who helped save Major League Baseball with his record-breaking 1998 season was recently hauled before a Congressional committee looking into the improper use of anabolic steroids.

There, he was stricken with a case of amnesia--or whatever you want to call a sudden desire to forget the past. ("Denial" comes to mind.)

At the same time, the committee neglected to call the poster child for steroids, Mr. Grumpy himself, Barry Bonds. Bonds, who has been linked to the use of the performance-enhancing drugs through grand jury testimony, the indictment of his former trainer, and the revelations of a former mistress, was strangely absent from the hearings.

No wonder McGwire was on the verge of tears.

He may be even closer to tears once he sees http://cagle.com/mcg wire/main.asp, an index of editorial cartoons compiled by the online magazine Slate. Some of the nation's sharpest pens slice and dice the single-season homer champ as only they can, from the laugh-out-loud funny (one Canadian cartoonist portrays an unexpected, wagging side effect of steroids) to the simply shake-your-head sad (dead-end kids lining up at a pharmacy before they play sandlot baseball).

Of course, ballplayers everywhere are taking a beating on the steroids issue, as the sport's owners and players finally own up to the fact that they have had their collective heads in the sand on the topic for years.

There's an interesting summary of the committee hearings at the online baseball journal The Diamond Angle (http:// www.thediamondangle.com), along with the usual collection of insight into the game. And, hey, despite all the foolishness in Washington (including that Triple-A team, the Nationals, masquerading as a big-league ballclub), there will be a season this year, as The Diamond Angle's in-depth previews attest.

Pitching 'Em High and Tight

Just to prove that all it takes to have a Web site is money and a Webmaster, we present the home page for Kansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke.

Zack Greinke?

Greinke, profiled at ZackGreinke.net, is a young (21-year-old) right-hander with worlds of potential--as his Web site will tell you ("Kansas City Royals Top Pitching Prospect ... on the Road to the Big Show," it proclaims). He appeared in his first big-league game last season, and he's on the team again this year.

Now in Zack's defense, he is something of a character, noted for what fans are starting to call "Greinke-isms," which are about as close to Yogi Berra-isms as any of today's boring players ever get. The first news article linked to his page offers samples, such as his observation about the value of spring training: "I don't want to waste good pitching here. …

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