Thursday, May 7, 2009
Manny Ramirez Suspended for 50 Games
The Dodgers tie the record for most consecutive home wins to start the season (12), the starting pitching is decent, they have a closer who's ready to be considered elite, and there's no shortage of offense..things were definitely looking up in Mannywood. Then the bomb drops. Manny Ramirez is suspended by MLB for testing positive for...wait for it... a female fertility drug.
Wasn't expecting that.
"The officials investigated Ramirez further and found evidence that he was using Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (H.C.G.), a fertility drug for women that has been known to be used by athletes to generate the body’s production of testosterone after steroid use." - NY Times
That makes more sense. This is extremely unfortunate and saddens me to no end. I've always been an avid fan of Manny and all his Mannyness, and I really don't want to believe that he's just another juicer like Canseco and Fairy Bonds. Manny of course claimed that it was a big misunderstanding and he didn't know the drug was banned blah blah blah, he's most likely just covering his own ass but I REALLY hope he's being honest. His legacy may already be tarnished by his antics in Boston and accusations of "not playing hard" but that was all at least entertaining. Now we're getting into some serious stuff....this doesn't bode well for the ManRam. I think the Dodgers will still be sitting in a pretty good position when he does return, especially since the NL West is sketchy at best minus the Dodgers.
If Albert Pujols is ever found to be taking performance enhancing drugs, I officially give up on baseball.