He has an absolute right to be angry. PED is the scarlet acronym of baseball. And just because he went from a strong pitchers park on a crappy team to a bandbox on a great team doesn’t mean he did anything untoward to get there.
But it doesn’t mean it doesn’t. Especially in this day and age. You cannot implicitly trust that a superstar is not or has not cheated to win. It seems silly, but even hot starts have been tied to a new steroid cycle. Remember, Brian Roberts was named in the Mitchell Report.
And it’s not as if the Mainstream media hasn’t participated in the idle speculation game either. The mere existence of Barry Bonds would touch off a 5 minute debate on steroids on the Worldwide Leader. Hell, Outside the Lines during 2006-2007 had 75% of its episodes be about steroids in Baseball.
But that’s where our story really begins. For it seems, there are blogs that exist that I don’t write for. And Jerod Morris, one of the folks behind Midwest Sports Fan decided he wanted to try and prove Raul Ibanez’s innocence. And like me, and many people, he said that the speculation was premature. But there was a definite problem. And it was major league baseball’s fault.
And Jerod Morris unfairly gets blamed for the culture that people like John Gonzalez and Ken Rosenthal helped to perpetuate.
Moving on…More later, or tomorrow.