Pudge Calls Out Sludge

Carleton Fisk, 1984 (Chicago Tribune Photo)

Hall of Fame catcher Carlton “Pudge” Fisk who is well known to Red Sox and White Sox fans alike has weighed in on the Steriods Matter and is sounding refreshingly like someone who should be the next Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Here are a few chestnuts that “Pudge” recently roasted on the open fire in the Chicago Tribune this past week (1/19/10):

“But when you have some of these obscene numbers being put up by people who shouldn’t even be there. … I mean, you know what’s going on. … The people it should have been most obvious to are the people who covered it up by not addressing it.”

You don’t blame people for not ratting them out; you blame the people who abused the pharmaceutical world. It’s not like you are taking a couple of aspirin and you don’t know what’s going on. (Non-prescription steroid use has been) a federal offense for a long time, regardless of whether baseball was recognizing it and putting rules into place. The people who did it … they were breaking the law to start with. It doesn’t have to be a baseball law. They knew what they were doing and the reason they were doing it. Now they are sorry because they are getting called out.”

“(McGwire) says, ‘Well, it doesn’t help eye-and-hand coordination.’ That’s a crock. Well, of course it does. It allows you more acuity physically and mentally and optically. You are going to be stronger and you are going to be better.”

“Try having your knees operated on and catching for 30 years. Do you think you feel good when you go out there? (McGwire) had to stand around and play first base. So excuuuuuse me.”

“The reason (Roger Clemens) got let go from the Red Sox was because he was starting to break down. His last couple of years in Boston just weren’t very productive, a la ‘The Rocket.’ Then all of a sudden he goes to Toronto and he wants to show somebody something. Then he gets two consecutive Cy Young Awards (in ’97 and ’98). Come on, give me a bucket.”

“It’s obvious to players. You notice that stuff. You know how hard it is to play the game. You know how hard it is to be productive at any age, but especially at an older age. You see guys who are as productive later on as they were early (in their careers). It offends guys that stayed clean…”

Now those are true words from a man who loves and respects The Greatest Game. Nuf Ced.

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