Eric Gagne, Repeat.... Eric Gagne
Yet, with one swing if the pencil - or ghost writer's pencil - we will spend the entire playoffs, possibly even the world series, talking about Eric Gagne and his book.
Eric Gagne is the next in line to jump on the scribbled-bandwagon of hindsight, regret and retribution, in the form of a tell-all book. According to reports, Gagne's book reveals that he witnessed over 80% of his teammates taking P.E.D.'s while he was with the Dodgers Organization. The book does not name the players being accused, but such a dynamic number leaves little to guesstimate. Basically, according to Eric, everyone but the bat-boy was shootin' the juice - just like he did.
Without question, news like this will spread through the sports world and every juice-conspiracy media members and baseball analysts will attempt to break down the inside truths, landing on a hard-learned lesson most of us already knew - Players in the steroid-era used steroids. No kidding?
Plagiarism is the pinnacle no-no when it comes to writing, and rightfully so. Nobody wants to read something that has already been a published work by another author. With that said, there should be a new level of plagiarism that is upheld for sports books - Call it: Naming-players-that-juiced, or even penciling the thought.
Gagne's book has been done before, twice by the same guy. Jose Canseco was the first baseball hack - who's career was solely assisted by steroid use - to tell the world he wasn't the only one doing it and now Gagne is the next baseball hack - who's career was solely assisted by steroid use - doing so. It's the equivalent of writing a sci-fi novel, where the main character is a short, brown, alien who's finger lights up when he wants to "phone home." and publishing it today as a ground-breaking idea. We've seen it once, so we don't need to see it again, and again.
Keep it as a conversation piece in a distant French-Canadian coffee shop, Eric. We don't need to know what Jose and countless others have already told us.