Their mistake was overestimating Major League Baseball's leaders' preference for restraint, their distaste for ugly public dramas.
Biogenesis, Tony Bosch, Tony's dad, a new character with store-bought pecs and a spray-on tan named Porter Fischer who currently can be found raging against MLB's duplicity, the ballplayers who became clients and their many puppy-dog retrievers, all of them, they never thought MLB – Bud Selig, Rob Manfred, the 15 full-time investigators on the job, many others – would get this dirty.
Banging on doors? Rolling up in smoke-windowed sedans? Throwing grease money around? Flipping witnesses? Bringing muscle?
These are the guys are from Park Avenue?
After a decade of polite earnestness, Selig has unleashed what one insider called the most comprehensive investigation of its sort in the history of sports.