According to WasWatching, former Red Sox manager Kevin Kennedy publicly stated that a trusted colleague of his had firsthand knowledge of steroid use by a member of the 2004 Red Sox. That sentence was indeed confusingly worded, but my brain is still warming up after Winter Break’s intellectual inertia. Just read the link. Anyway, confirming this statement is difficult since Kennedy said it on the radio. My first question is: can anyone confirm this?
If he did say this, then a natural follow-up question emerges. Since the Mitchell Report condemned players based essentially on accusations and hearsay, then why is Kennedy’s statement not getting similar coverage? I think the report was a sham, but since the media has decided to convict based on flimsy (and sometimes non-existent) evidence, why would this revelation be treated any differently?
For once, this is not meant to be an attack on the Red Sox. I’m just curious about the inconsistent reaction. I recognize that a key difference is that Kennedy’s colleague did not name a name, while the Mitchell Report – however irresponsibly – named tons of names. So yeah, that might lead to differences in reactions. But if evaluations of steroid use have thus far been based on accusations and hearsay, why is Kennedy’s statement – which is also based on hearsay – not getting any press?
Beats the hell out of me.