Sunday, February 20, 2005

Phil Mushnick on Snorre's Steroids Stupidity

From the New York Post:

February 20, 2005 -- OF ALL the responses to Jose Canseco's published claims, none seemed odder - or more disturbing - than Joe Torre's. In an interview seen on Ch. 2's Tuesday night newscast, Torre seemed to throw his support behind the darkness. He clearly suggested that steroid use in baseball - illegal steroid use - is a nobody's-business issue.
"I'm put off by books," said Torre, who in 1997 co-authored a revealing book about his life. "What goes on in the sanctity of the clubhouse," he continued, "like the sanctity of the kitchen at home, needs to stay there."
Coming from Torre, that's bizarre. Through his Safe At Home Foundation, Torre has valiantly lent his name and private experiences to bringing the "sanctity" of domestic abuse out of the kitchen and into the light.
That he's "put off by books" that violate both clubhouse and kitchen as secret-sanctified harbors flies in the face of his book and his very public personal stance against indulging domestic abuse as a behind-closed-doors, keep-out matter.
In fact, early in his book Torre details instances of his father's abuse of his mother, writing that she was once driven to threaten his father with a knife. Might that have been a kitchen knife?
And when Torre writes of how his family gathered to ask his father to get out and stay out, the meeting is held in the family's dining room, surely, next to the kitchen.
Torre lived with an old-world, traditionally secretive and illegal evil. He then nobly exploited his public stature to identify and combat that evil by meeting it head-on, dragging it, shoving it into the light.
That he would consider steroid use a what-happens-here, stays-here matter for the clubhouse or any house is shocking.

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