BOSTON — In the moments before the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox would continue an American League championship series that represents his game's signature rivalry, Commissioner Bud Selig stood in the rear of Fenway Park's press box.
"And what are we sitting here talking about?" he said with a sigh.
Surrounded by reporters on Saturday night, Selig addressed another round of steroid allegations brought against the game and its premier player, this time in a San Francisco Chronicle report that said Barry Bonds' former trainer had supplied the six-time most valuable player with performance-enhancing drugs.
Although Selig said he had not read the report and could not comment on its details, he again railed against his own sport's guidelines, negotiated with the players' union.
"All these things that happen are ... a manifestation of why we once and for all need a very tough, comprehensive steroid policy," he said. "And I believe we are inexorably moving toward that end. I would like to move quicker, but like a lot of things over the last 10 or 12 years, I don't quite know that timetable. But we have to do that, so we won't have to be having these type of conversations.