Posts Tagged ‘mlb’

Griffey Returns To Pacific NW

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

ken-griffeysiIt’s a happy day indeed for Seattle Mariner fans. Safeco Field, “The House that Griffey Built” will be home to Jr. in 2009. When rumors of this were swirling  last week, I was afraid to hope. Growing up in the Seattle area during the Griffey glory days it will be great to see him back in an M’s uniform once again!

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Worst Week Ever For Pro Baseball?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

images-23Indictments, confessions and lawsuits, oh my. Hope you’re wearing boots because the crap that keeps piling up around major league baseball just got deeper.

An ex-girlfriend of baseball star Roberto Alomar claims that the athlete is suffering from full-blown AIDS and insisted on having unprotected sex with her during their lengthy relationship. The allegations against Alomar, a 12-time All-Star and Hall of Fame candidate, were leveled in a $15 million lawsuit filed by Ilya Dall.

According to Dall, Alomar, 41, learned he was HIV-positive in early-2006, but that the athlete long had reason to believe he might have been infected. Dall, who said she has tested negative for the disease, contends that she has suffered emotional damage and that her children may have been exposed to the virus. Dall claims she began having unprotected sex with Alomar in May 2002, and moved in with him in February 2005. The couple, who lived together until last October, ceased having unprotected sex after Alomar was diagnosed with AIDS, she contends.

I have a big problem with this one. First of all, he “insisted”? What was keeping her from walking away and telling him to get lost. Second, if her children were at risk of being emotionally damaged or she was so distraught over their potential exposure to HIV she wouldn’t have stuck around for 7 years. 

I’m sorry, I know women are supposed to stick together, power of the sisterhood, blah, blah, blah. But if Alomar is in as bad of shape that she claims he is, he may not have much time left. The complaint claims that Alomar’s symptoms included “purple skin, too sick and weak to walk, needed to be in a wheelchair at the airport, was foaming at the mouth, couldn’t swallow.”

Take into account the fact that she just left him in October, I think she may be looking to cash in before he checks out.

My question is, did Alomar did try to convince her to have unprotected sex with him knowing he was HIV positive but did not tell her of his condition? If that’s the case then he’s a criminal. Or, did they have unprotected sex and neither of them knew he was HIV positive and then once they did know he was infected he still tried to get her to have unprotected sex? As far as I can the later seems to be the case and she could have walked away at any time.

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Tejada Pleads Guilty

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

images-17Former  American League MVP in 2002, Miguel Tejada has plead guilty to lying to Congress about  performance-enhancing drug use in pro baseball. His statements were made in 2005.

Who will be next on the purgery list??? Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds???

Unfortunately this isn’t a story that will go away anytime soon.

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Confessions of a Steroid Using Slugger

Monday, February 9th, 2009

images-15images-21images9In an entry on Curt Schilling’s blog, 38 Pitches, the former Red Sox slinger makes some good points on the issue of steroid use in baseball and, more specifically, on the outing and subsequent confession by A-Fraud that he did in fact use steroids from 2001-2003. 

First of all, Schilling gives A-Rod credit for doing what most others suspected of steroid use have failed to do, he fessed up and owned it. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens could face possible jail time, not because they may or may not have used steroids, but because if they did, they are guilty of purgery.

For arguments sake lets assume both Bonds and Clemens did take steroids. If they had told the grand jury the truth people would have been outraged and disappointed that two of baseball’s heroes took a short cut, but neither  would likely go to jail for using steroids.

A-Fraud will still always be linked to steroids but the story will eventually die down. The likes of Bonds and Clemens will continue to get the attention of the press because of the possible indictments that could be handed down over their false statements under oath. For players who want this whole scandal to just go away- if you did it, admit to it and then lets all move on.

Like Schilling I think Rodriguez made right in this particular decision. Here’s what Schilling had to say.

It doesn’t make him any less guilty, any less accountable or any less of a Yankee (subtle Yankee jab) but it’s refreshing as hell to see someone say “I f’d up, I made a mistake and I’ll have to deal with it”. He’s fricking human, he made a horrible choice and he’ll have to deal with it.

Do whatever you want, speculate on whatever you want but the guy ‘manned up’, admitted his mistake, that’s enough for me. Nothing we can do about it at this point but move on as fans and players.

Shilling doesn’t stop there. He goes on to call out MLB and the players association for letting this list of 104 positive test results to leak. When the players agreed to submit to the test in 03′ both MLB and the MLBPA gave their assurances that no one would be accountable for their test results, as there was no rule in baseball at that time banning steroid use. 

As it stands now A-Rod has been singled out from the list of positive results, which for him isn’t really fair. Maybe his result is the only one that the SI reporters could get multiple confirmations for, more likely, he is the biggest name of current players on the list thus his results will sell more magazines and get more press.

For guys who played during the 2003 season many have come forth and said that they would like the complete list of 104 names to be made public because until it is a doubt is cast over all of them.

The craziest thing of this entire steroid/HGH schamozzle??? Jose Canseco who spilled the beans early on (and profited from it via sales of his book, Juiced) turns out to be one of the most honest guys in baseball.

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Brotherly Love?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

mark_mcgwireAt this point do any of us question whether Mark McGwire took steroids? It seems rather than listing the big-time sluggers that injected steroids in the late 90’s and early 00’s it would be more efficient to name the few that didn’t. Steroid controversies still headline sport pages on a regular basis and it looks like Mark McGwire’s brother is next in line to try and cash in on the attention surrounding his brother’s use (or for argument’s sake, non-use).

It’s being reported by Deadspin.com that Jay McGwire is pitching a book to publishers that details his famous brother’s introduction to steroid use. Jay claims he is the one who introduced his big bro to a steroid dealer in the mid-90’s after he himself started roiding to prepare for professional bodybuilding competitions.

Is nothing sacred anymore? It’s bad enough that the nation’s passtime has been completely scarred by steroid use in the majors (and likely the minors too). Now, brothers are throwing brothers in front of the bus to make a buck. In no way do I defend Mark McGwire or his choices, but as much as I question his judgement I question the character of his bother.

There are just some things in life you don’t do. You don’t drink and drive, you don’t believe everything the play-by-play and color commentators say during a sportscast and you don’t sell out your famous family members to make a lousy dime.

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