“I’ll put that up against the jobs of anyone who writes this stuff,” he said. “Make them accountable. There should be more credibility than some 42-year-old blogger typing in his mother’s basement. It demeans everything you’ve done with one stroke of the pen.
“Nobody is above the testing policy. We’ve seen that.”
Again, surprising stuff from Ibanez. But his reaction was out of line.
Ibanez may very well be clean. I can’t say for sure because I don’t know. I do know he hasn’t failed any Major League baseball mandated steroids test. But until there is a test for Human Growth Hormone, who really knows who is clean? Remember, the chemists and the cheats always seem to be one step ahead of the people trying to stop them. If you don’t believe me, just go back and remember that it was years before anyone knew anything about the cream or the clear. Years. Who is to say that there isn’t some new synthetic steroid out there that we don’t know about? Who is to say players aren’t taking HGH?
I’m not saying they are. I’m not saying Ibanez is. What I am saying is that I don’t know for sure. And since I don’t know, I will presume guilt before I presume innocent. It might not be the American way, but history tells me I would be foolish to assume that anyone is clean.
If you don’t believe me, just go back to the day that Sports Illustrated broke the news that Alex Rodriguez used steroids. He was pretty much promoted by baseball as the anti-Barry Bonds. A lot of people were in some form of shock when they found out A-Rod had been using PED’s.
Then came the Manny Ramirez suspension. At that point no one was shocked that Ramirez used steroids. People were just shocked that Man Ram was stupid enough to get caught.
The biggest names in the game have been exposed as cheaters. Many other names also came to light thanks to The Mitchell Report. Hundreds of names – big and small. And those names were supplied by just two people – Kirk Radomski (a former employee of the New York Mets) and Brian McNamee (who worked with the Yankees). Two people from one city gave up hundreds of names. Do you think they were the only ones employed in Major League Baseball selling players and other trainers steroids and HGH?
If you do, you are incredibly naive. There are probably more names than MLB will care to admit to using steroids. Had they gotten more of these trainers to flip, we’d probably have a lot more names to talk about. Both big ones and small ones.
Fans – as I’ve said many times before – have gotten over the steroid issue. It’s the media that harps on it more than anyone else. And lately, even the media seems to realize that there isn’t much use in screaming your head off when someone tests dirty. The fans will still come to the ballpark. They will still shell out money for jerseys, shirts, and hats. The numbers over the last few years prove it.
Ibanez can be angry all he wants. But if he had been smart, all he would have said was “I’ve never tested positive.” Instead, he got defensive and promised to go after the people who raised the question.
It’s not a blogger’s fault that people seem to bring up these questions about players and their use of steroids and HGH. If Ibanez wants to be angry with anyone, he should be angry at all the players who cheated, a union which didn’t care what their rank and file were putting into their bodies, and management that didn’t want to see there was a problem because they were making money hand over fist.
Those are the people Ibanez should blame. Not a fan who brings up a legitimate question.