BRISTOL BURIES ESPN ANALYST OUTED IN MITCH REPORT: We broadcasted some of Fernando Vina’s first minor league games what seems like centuries ago in Columbia, SC., so we were probably more interested in his reax on ESPN yesterday to being named in the Mitchell Report than most. Sadly though, thanks to the Bristol suits, he was brushed off the stage and not allowed to comment (or was he hiding?).
In case you don’t know, Vina is now a baseball analyst for ESPN, and the Mitchell report notes that Kirk Radomski, the now-infamous Mets clubhouse attendant, “sold anabolic steroids or human growth hormone” to Vina a half-dozen or so times from 2000-05.ESPN’s day-long, wall-to-wall “SportsCenter Special Report” did identify Vina’s alleged wrongdoing, but to no one’s surprise, did not have him on camera to address the Mitchell mention.
Bob Raissman of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS on the ESPN baseball guy now dying on the Vina: “The faculty at Bristol Clown Community College should have sent its new investigative team - T.J. Quinn and Mark Fainaru-Wada - into the streets to track down Mr. Viña.
“Then the always-reliable Bob Ley could have asked him this question: Fernando, is this allegation true? And if it is, how could you sit here during the season, during numerous discussions on steroids, and lie?”