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5 the hard way: An optimist's view of 2005

Now that Barry Bond's interview, Jose Canseco's book and Jason Giambi's "apology" can all be put on record next to the Dowd Report, I only have one thing left to say. Isn't it a great time to be a baseball critic? The damning allegations about the men with the incredible growing heads has Jose throwing down the gauntlet with a primetime lie detector test, and the game's cynics preparing for the demise of our National Pastime.

If I may bite a rhyme off of Lee Corso, "Not so fast my friends." Every cloud has at least one silver lining, and that includes the funnels hanging over MLB. Actually, baseball's rush to get buff could open some doors for a few select groups and players involved with baseball. No, I'm not talking about the sports talk jocks like Dan Patrick, great show, but I miss Dibble, or Jim Rome who now don't...

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