It was revealed on December 13, 2007 in the report by Senator George J. Mitchell that Vaughn had purchased steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs from Kirk Radomski , who said he delivered the drugs to him personally. Radomski produced three checks, one for $2,200 and two more for $3,200, from Vaughn, one of the latter dated June 1, 2001, and another dated June 19, 2001. Radomski said that the higher checks were for two kits of HGH , while the lower one was for one and a half kits. Vaughn's name, address and telephone number were listed in an address book seized from Radomski's house by federal agents. Vaughn's trainer instructed him to take HGH in attempt to recover from injury.
To condense the arguments, I see both sides. All I will say is this. Regardless of whether sign stealing is a part of the game, and regardless of my loathing for the Yankees, and additionally, regardless of my loathing of league favoritism for the Yankees (See the fact that Sanchez was allowed to play and the arbitration results withheld prior to this weekends series) it all doesn’t matter.
This still looks bad on Sox management and shows a troubling pattern of behavior. In the past two years we have lost draft picks due to attempting to exploit loopholes everyone does, the difference here is the degree in which other teams do.
I’m not saying don’t try to gain any advantage, but it would behoove the Sox not to be so blatantly moronic as to essentially put a neon sign saying “we are doing something questionable here” for all the world to see.