Thursday, June 08, 2006

Rob Dibble, I Call Douchebaggery
By Blogger

Shock of shocks, Rob Dibble has a blog on FoxSports.com in which he writes short little opinion pieces that rival Joe Morgan's subject-verb manifestos on ESPN.com for sheer blandness. Yesterday, however, in the wake of the Jason Grimsley storm, in a piece that was briefly linked on the FoxSports.com MLB front page, Dibs reached a new low. He wrote:

So, one more dumb baseball player got caught. Who's to blame? Jason Grimsley? Yes, but not really. I personally blame Don Fehr and Gene Orza and Bud Selig.

But mostly, I blame myself.

Back 12 years ago when we almost killed the game, the issue of testing came up at a player representatives meeting and when I stood up and asked for better testing throughout Major League Baseball, I was shot down by many other player reps. They spoke of privacy issues and many other stupid reasons for not testing.


In other words, Dibs would have you think he was the voice of reason, the guy who, back in the day, was morally correct but didn't have the fortitude to stand up for his convictions against the crowd, and now he regrets it. Set aside his pronouncement that he blames himself for the steroid mess--it is thoroughly ludicrous that Dibble could shoulder any significant level of blame for baseball's institutional failure to address PEDs, even if he was a player rep--and consider what commenter koalahunter brings up in response to the post.

-A FireJoeMorgan piece from 2005 taking Dibble to task for saying Congress should pay attention to other concerns instead of steroids in baseball.

and

-A Dibs-penned blog entry from this February insisting that PEDs don't make great players, implying that drugs are not really much of a problem.

This is the mainstream media. This is someone who was on the inside and now speaks to the masses from a position of authority on the internet, on radio, and on TV. He may have a reputation as a knucklehead, but we deserve better than this self-serving drivel.

1 Comments:

Blogger Ben Valentine said...

Sorry David, got to disagree here. Whether or not Dibble is doing this for self serving reasons, the commentator doesn't bring up anything to contradict what Dibble says:

The Fire Joe Morgan thing I disagree with for the most part. Dibble's contention is that the government should be dealing with issues bigger than baseball and steroids and he's right. War, hurricanes, unemployment; all much bigger than baseball. In his current post, he doesn't ask for the government to get involved, but for baseball to get its own act together.

In the second all he says is that pills don't make the athlete. Don't disagree with this either and it certainly doesn't contradict his current blog post.

I think Dibble's point was that he and players like him knew about PEDs a decided to do nothing about it. Dibble doesn't want congress do something and he isn't saying Barry Bonds is a guy who would have been nothing without roids. He's saying for the image of the game, baseball and the union need to agree to strict policy. That's all.

There are plenty of commentators making assanine statements. This isn't really one of them, at least not in this instance.

11:40 PM  

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