Curt Schilling is lobbing more steroid grenades at Barry Bonds (his favorite personal target) and Rafael Palmeiro, this time in an interview with HBO’s Bob Costas.
Look, you won’t find me arguing with Schilling’s premise — or his targets. But this is the same Schilling who, in 2005, sat next to Palmeiro, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa before Congress with his chance to blow the whistle — and whiffed horribly.
“The (steroid) issue was grossly overstated by some people, including myself,” he told Capitol Hill lawmakers.
Schilling says he pulled back because he had no proof. But he wasn’t being asked to name names or cite specific examples; he was being asked his opinion. And his weak performance renders everything he’s said since just so much blather.
Let someone else carry the torch, Curt. You dropped it.
DEAL OR NO DEAL?
GM Josh Byrnes is in a tight spot. Which streaky Arizona team is he looking at — the one that appeared dead in the water last week in Milwaukee, or the one that’s now winning games and scoring runs in bunches again?
But the trade deadline beckons, and Byrnes is out of time. Point blank: Should he pull the trigger on a trade to bolster a team once again in the thick of both the N.L. West and wild-card races? Do you sacrifice a high prospect — or more — to fortify a lineup that pales to your rivals and is susceptible to prolonged slumps?
YES. AND YES!
This team — and Bob Melvin, who belongs in the Manager of the Year chatter — deserves the best chance to carry through. The offense has needed more all year. It has survived to this point, but can’t get over the hump without it.
Bite the bullet. Open the wallet. Roll the dice. If you’re willing to keep Eric Byrnes at the expense of adding a prospect, you should be willing to move a chip to enhance your odds.
• Steve Nash told ESPN’s Marc Stein that while the addition of Grant Hill makes the Suns better, they need more toughness (sans Kurt Thomas) to take the final step as championship contenders. You can be sure the front office is listening … is P.J. Brown?
Nash also said he feels great and “I have no reason to believe I won’t be playing for a long time.” Finally, some good news for Suns fans during a difficult off-season.
• Bravo to Mike Piazza for pressing assault charges against the fool who hit him in the helmet with a half-full water bottle while Piazza was in the on-deck circle Wednesday in Anaheim.
Fans can boo all they want. They can shout at players and hold signs — within the bounds of good taste. But that’s where the entitlement as paying customer ends.
• ESPN has trouble with basketball trade rumors (still waiting for that Kevin Garnett press conference), but the commercials are first rate. And the latest ad pimping their fantasy football leagues is top-drawer stuff.
• What happens if the Tour de France runs out of clean competitors before it runs out of stages? Then I guess the title would revert back to last year’s … uh oh, that won’t work.