The Detroit Freep carried an interview with Tigers manager Jim Leland.
"I've always thought when something was confidential and sworn to be confidential I don't know how stuff like that comes out," Leyland said. "I don't condone steroids or growth hormone or anything else... For the most part, I don't think fans (care.) The people that probably care about it are the people that probably don't like baseball. So they really got something to (complain) about baseball. I don't think the fans care that much. Or maybe they do, I don't know."
The entire ordeal disturbs him.
"It's gotten to be boring for me," he said. "It's an ongoing story for the media, as far as I'm concerned. They're not going to let it alone. Now it's Papi, a month from now it will be someone else. I could care less about it. If David Ortiz said he was not on steroids, I believe him."
Hey, Leland, if managers like you -- and management, trainers, and doctors -- actually paid attention to the integrity of the game, you would not have the daily scandal that has turned your sport into the summer version of pro wrestling. But that fact escapes your train of thought.
"You get sick of it," he said. "To me it's like the nosy neighbor. Everybody knows there's been some involved, so what's the big deal about it. Everybody knows there's a great program in place."
If the program is so great, Jim, then why have your biggest stars -- ARob, Bonds, Clemens, Ortiz, Rodriguez, etc. -- cheated the game, the other teams, and the fans?
Leland's hometown paper doesn't let the manager keep his head in the sand:
Well to start with, he’s dead wrong.
I like baseball a lot. It’s my favorite sport, by far. And I care about the steroid issue. I’m pretty sure Bud
The Freep says Leland simply retreats to jockdom's no brain answer. Obviously, the no brain answer has resulted in a taint so odoriferous, it stinks up 2 decades of baseball.
Leyland used a classic jock-ocracy strategy. “You simply don’t get it.” When someone in sports is proven wrong, doesn’t have the answer or simply wants something to go away, he says, “you just don’t understand.