Major League Baseball announced today that Los Angeles Dodgers left-fielder Manny Ramirez has tested positive for steroids and will begin serving a 50-game suspension tonight.
Wow. Wow. Wow.
This actually surprises me more than Alex Rodriguez’s admission of steroid use. Manny. He has such a fluid swing and perfect balance. You watch him swing a bat and I honestly never considered him as a steroid-user since his swing was so perfect. I never suspected his power, because his swing was so powerful that I assumed it could generate it.
Well, I was wrong and this leads me to ask a whole new series of questions. Before this, the league, fans, and media abided by the policy, “innocent until proven guilty”. If you weren’t connected to steroids, you were assumed to have been clean. I don’t think that’s the case anymore. How can anyone be above suspicion when the two greatest hitters in baseball have been caught in the last two months? Now, it is “guilty until proven innocent”.
Even more than that, if Manny and A-Rod felt the need to use steroids to keep up, than what players didn’t use steroids? If they needed them, then what player in the league could somehow resist he urge to dope? For the last couple years, there was some suspicion about A-Rod, from Canseco to Katie Couric. There was no suspicion about Manny and that is why this is such a bombshell.
Manny’s comments that it was a mistake with his doctor and that he accepts responsibility, but didn’t actually use steroids is more of an embarrassment than an excuse. Really Manny, you think anyone will believe that? Canseco commented recently that there is a “90% chance” that Manny’s name is in the list of 103 players who tested positive for steroids in 2003 (the one with A-Rod in it). Well, that chance is now 100%. He is on the list. I have no doubt about it and no one else should. Canseco hasn’t been wrong before and Manny just got caught. So why is Manny making an excuse?
His name will trickle off that list and all of a sudden he will have to answer questions about his steroid use as well as his lies. Once that happens, his Hall-of-Fame chance is gone. The lie is what will break the camel’s back. If he came fully clean now, admitted it all, and told every speck of truth (like A-Rod failed to do), he could still savage his image and career. He could still have a shot at the hall of fame. The lie now ends any shot of him being inducted. It will come out. Just wait and see. I don’t understand why players think they can still hide from the truth? The media is too good and too connected. Any little flaw in your story will be exploited and reporters will find the truth. This game of cat-and-mouse, where a player is caught, makes an excuse, and then is caught in a lie, is getting old. Man up, Manny. You cheated. You got caught. Stop Lying.