Tagged: Steroids

“My hypocrisy only goes so far…”

It may have been Val Kilmer speaking the poetic words of one Doc Holiday in Tombstone, but it’s a fitting description for Boston’s very own, David Ortiz.

I can’t believe I’m gonna say it, but I agree with Canseco, or, at least, feel the same way: unsurprised.
But the hypocrisy of the latest revelation that David Ortiz tested positive, or at the very least was on what can now be referred to simply as, The List, is simply incredible.  Ortiz has been named, along with Manny (but seriously, that’s even less surprising) on the same list that began its legened by stripping A-Rod of his baseball lordship.
Sigh.
But the best part, and the proof that anybody is capable of saying and doing anything is right here.
I actually suspected, before the Sox won the Series in ’04, that Ortiz had been dabbling in the ‘roids due to certain comments he made about guys getting busted.  About certain provisions that should be made for the latin players because of the language barrier.  I got news for you: I speak english relatively well and these six things I don’t even understand:
Anatrofin
Laurabolin
Kynoselin
Trenabolone Enanthate
And my personal favorite: Testosterone Cyclohexypropionate
Stumped?  They’re all ‘roids.  Of some form or another.  So, if somebody who has spoken english as their first language has absolutely no idea what any of that meant, should they too get a “pass” if they’re tested positive?
Or should that be the litmus test for guilt when discussing PED’s? 
“Hmm, Mr. Rodriguez, can you say, or give an accurate definition of Cyclohexylpropionate?  No?  All right, go ‘head and go, you’re fine.”
When I read his comments, and this was a ways back, so forgive me for not posting a link to said comments, I immediately thought he was planning his defense for when he got caught.
But I digress.  
I thought that way before I ever took a good gander at his stats
Almost as shocking as Brady Anderson’s 50-homer season outta nowhere, Ortiz was an overweight (light) slap-hitting no glove firstbaseman for the Twins.  He had three full seasons when he did exactly squat (2000, 2001, and 2002) and then he went to Boston.  And succeeded in blasting thirty dingers.  Then 31.  Then 41.  Then 47.  Then 54.
Hmph.
No red flags at all.
I remember a lot of his turn around being due to Boston’s hitting coach, somebody-Jackson, at a mild adjustment to his stance, opening it a touch allowing him to drive the pitch inside, much like “supplements” and “personal trainers” were attributed to the power surge in the ’90’s.  
And I also remember thinking, “Is that so?  Then why can’t Mark Bellhorn, Pokey Reese, or Gabe Kapler be anything than more than (below) average hitters?”
Only Ortiz?
Strange.
Like when you put dirty clothes in the washer and they come out clean.
Very strange.
But the fact that he was stupid enough in February to say if you test positive you should be banned for the year, knowing there was a possibility he could be on The List, is a monumental testament to how narcissistic professional athletes are.
Or stupid.
But now Ramirez is helping do even more to tear apart the Boston faithful with the help of Ortiz.  At least when Manny wanted out all he was doing was making an *** of himself and disgracing his own legacy.
Now it could be argued that Boston hasn’t won a legitimate championship since, oh, 1918.
Way to go.
I feel bad and I hate the Red Sox.
— RM

All Star Voting

All right.  Seriously. 
Manny Ramirez is fourth in the voting for NL outfielders? 
Are you kidding me?
As if there was a need for another reason why the All-Star game is nothing more than a popularity contest that is responsible for the home-field advantage in the World Series.  
But now it is indicative of how stupid most fans actually are.  Or, at least, how stupid Ramirez fans are.  
He’s suspended, lest we forgot, until the beginning of July and the All-Star game is in mid July.  So, should this preposterousness continue, Manny would end up being a starter in the the Mid-Summer Classic and have just over 100 AB’s, or just under, depending.
Now, should we even forget that he’s suspended for, uh, cheating, how can you even be eligible for a vote if you’ve missed better than fifty percent of the games played to that point?  
It doesn’t seem possible, or right, for that matter.
But lets get back to the bigger implication.
A guy we know, we don’t think it, we know he cheated, is voted into the all-star game and allowed to play.  What does that say about the drug testing policies, the sanctions, and the message it sends to the impressionable kids playing in high school or college?  
It says it doesn’t matter.  
But this isn’t the first time this has happened, and it begs for us to shed light on the idea that it isn’t just baseball that have steroid problems.  Shawn Merriman of the San Diego Chargers a few years ago was suspended for a quarter of the season for using ‘roids and was still allowed to play in the Pro Bowl at the end of that season.
What!?  So, he was suspended for using the juice, but was allowed to play in his sports all-star game, a nomination he was given because of performance–which was enhanced, and therefore illegitimate?  
Same thing here with Manny.  His performance, even if the sample size is hardly enough to describe an All-Star, is illegitimate and enhanced illegally.  
But even forgetting why he was suspended, how can a fan in their right mind vote for a guy with less than 200 AB’s?  
And fans make mistakes all the time when voting.  Some teams have more diehard fans than others and get votes in.  Others vote by how many times a night a players name is mentioned on tv.  For instance, Jason Varitek shouldn’t have even been a starting catcher in MLB last year, let alone on the All-Star team.
I think the year before that Brian McCann, the Braves catcher, was voted in and was hitting a robust .240 at the break.
Fans do get it wrong, sure.  Hell, I vote for Brandon Inge every chance I get.
But how do they get it that wrong?
–RM