Manny Ramirez – STEROIDS?
I woke up this morning with many questions streaming through my brain:
Would opening my window and chucking my alarm-ringing cell phone outside be worth the $200 I’d have to spend replacing it?
If I tossed my phone out, could I throw my wife out the same window – without legal and moral ramifications – for continuously imploring me to get my lazy arse out of bed so we could go shopping already?
What’s for breakfast?
Can the Dodgers continue their home winning streak?
Is there any chance Kobe gets suspended for his elbow on Ron Artest last night?
Would I have a chance to finish the A-Rod blog I began working on yesterday after reading the Selena Roberts book?
Needless to say one thing I wasn’t pondering was the likelihood of Manny Ramirez getting dished a 50-game suspension for using a banned substance. Which is precisely what I awoke to find screaming at me from my laptop screen, courtesy of ESPN.
The sting of this development is fresh, and to discover what exactly is in the wound, it needs to stop bleeding. And it may not for a while. Before we place our stamp of judgement on the matter, there are several questions we need answered.
1) What exactly did Manny test positive for?
2) Who prescribed him the medicine which triggered the positive test?
3) What was Manny’s “health issue”?
4) When did he test positive?
Once those questions have been sorted through, NotinHD.com (and the rest of the world) will be able to properly put the Manny situation in perspective. If nothing else, the opinions we bring to the table should be informative and entertaining, as they will be coming from the mouths of three Dodger fans.
Without the facts I have one gut reaction that I’m chewing on: Could Manny testing positive actually be a blessing in disguise for MLB?
Hold on, think about it. At this point, fans and media have picked out their biggest and best rocks to stone former superstars, with nothing more than convictions based on speculation.
Manny testing positive – and receiving a 50-game suspension – is real. It’s tangible. And this is the first time we have had a thought-to-be user, who hasn’t been an easy villain.
I know, I know, Boston fans want you to believe otherwise, but my guess is once the dust settles, they will realize this affects them more than anyone, and revert back to the unabashed support they once reserved for the lovable dreadlocked slugger who helped them break the curse twice over.
So in the end, when combined with the likes of Jose Canseco, A-Rod, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and potential Hall of Fame steroid users yet to be uncovered, (I’m leaving Rafael Palmeiro off this list because I wouldn’t give him a ticket to Cooperstown clean or dirty) fans may begin to see the magnitude of the problem.
Are writers really going to be able to stomach not voting in anyone over a twenty year or so time period? Because that is what may happen.
If A-Rod and Manny used, who’s to say Ken Griffey Jr. didn’t use? Or Greg Maddux? Or Cal Ripken Jr. (already enshrined)?
The point is, until a positive test pops up, we don’t know if a player used or not.
Not testing positive doesn’t mean a player didn’t juice. It just means we don’t know about it yet.