I understand where you're coming from, honestly I do. But I think the Mitchell Report has become a big deal, and the future of baseball as a sport (at least to a certain degree) rides on what happens over the next year.
I think it's a big deal because the media have made it a big deal. I honestly don't think the average fan cares about people taking steroids 5 years ago. Baseball attendance has never been higher. Shawn Merriman got suspended 4 games for using steroids last season and still finished second in the defensive player of the year voting. Why do people care are what happened in baseball 5 years ago but no one talks about something that happened just last season in the NFL?
If Selig would just assure fans that players of today are being tested and are 100% clean right now, I really think people would be fine with that.