Drew’s Morning Dish — Tues., August 6

August 06, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Drew’s Morning Dish — Tues., August 6

Oh, that Curt Schilling.

Some memory he has, huh?

He spent most of Monday lambasting Alex Rodriguez and the rest of the cheaters who were given the boot on Monday in the wake of baseball’s latest PED scandal.

You remember Schilling, right?  With 216 career wins and a stellar post-season history, lots of folks are willing to make an argument for him as Hall of Famer.

That’s why he has free reign to blast baseball’s cheaters, I guess.

Except Schilling forgot one small thing:  he was one of them, too.

Schilling admitted to being injected with Toradol “nearly every start I made in the last ten years of my career.”

Toradol is a powerful pain killer that requires a doctor to administrate, but Schilling – and others with the Red Sox – skirted that regulation by having the Boston team trainer shoot them up before games.

It’s not “steroids” in the technical sense and Toradol wasn’t on the banned list (because there really wasn’t one) back in 2003 and thereafter when Schilling was getting needled twice a week like a horse preparing for the Triple Crown series — but make NO mistake about it, Toradol was a “performance enhancer” for Schilling and anyone else using it.

If Toradol didn’t enhance Schilling’s career, here’s a quick question:  Why take it?

Right.

We’re not as dumb as we look.

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Speaking of the Red Sox, they got shut out last night by the hapless Astros, 2-0.

Hilarious, right?

The Astros, with 37 wins all season, blanked the mighty Bostonians on Monday night.

Who gets blanked by the Astros?  And who loses to some guy named Brett Oberholtzer, a career relief pitcher turned starter because…well…because Houston doesn’t really have any legit pitchers now that they’ve dealt Bud Norris.

You’d never see the Orioles lose to a scrub like tha –

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Harold Reynolds had the line of the year on Monday night, and somehow it’s not going to be an “issue” with the PC police who patrol what people say about other people these days.

Prince Fielder led off the 9th inning in Cleveland with the Tigers trailing the Indians, 2-0.  He belted a double and scored moments later when Victor Martinez singled to left field.

MLB Network was following the 9th inning live and providing in-game commentary as the drama unfolded in The Land of Cleve.

Alex Avila belted a 3-run home run later in the inning and the cameras trained on the Detroit dugout showed a jubilant bunch, led mostly by Fielder who hopped around like Kevin Bacon in Footloose and chest bumped anyone within arms reach.

That’s when Reynolds authored one of the great one-liners in recent memory as the MLB cameras showed Fielder’s happiness:

“Look at Prince, he must think he’s getting a cookie!”

Now, Fielder is a large man.  I’m not saying he has a weight problem, but he looks like he could go on the Gary Player sit-up plan for a few months.  OK, let’s call it like it is — he has a weight problem.

Anyway, I was both parts LOL’ing and sitting there stunned at what Reynolds said.

Had that been Ichiro Suzuki in the dugout — and had Reynolds offered this:  ”Look at Ichiro, he looks like he just discovered there’s Chicken Lo Mein on the post-game buffet” all hell would have broken loose.

Right?

I think so, too.

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All Johnny Manziel has to do is just stay out of trouble at Texas A&M and his path is paved with gold.

It’s not hard, Johnny.

Just wander around campus, show up for a class or two, try not to get caught with weed — and do what you do best after that, which is PLAY FOOTBALL.

Except he can’t even do that.

These cheaters crack me up, especially the ones born on 3rd base who thought they hit a triple.

Manziel’s “career” in College Station is over with, you can bet that.

My guess is it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy — but I’m just guessing on that one.

 

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  1. Tim Says:

    Drew, loved your conversation w/ John Buren yesterday. Great radio. Have him on again sometime.

  2. Brian Says:

    Drew,

    You can’t change your race (Michael Jackson aside) but you can change your belt size. You’re comparing apples and oranges. In this case, donuts to egg rolls may be more appropriate.

  3. BK Says:

    Buren interview was really good.

    Sorry though, I don’t buy the Toradol take on Schilling and I don’t like Schilling either. That is just hometown piling on and not logical thinking. Do some research, ALL pro football teams administer Toradol before and during games for injured payers. So you are basically calling almost EVERY football player, including most Ravens and Ogden, a cheater by this reference. Really?

    Toradal is no more an enhancement to Schilling’s performance than taking any other pain reliever like ibuprofen and it is certainly not a powerful painkiller. Powerful anti-inflammatory maybe. It is not even a narcotic, which football players take regularly btw. It is a NSAID and is basically just muscled up ibuprofen. I know because I was on it for an injury. Because it is injected is what makes it act faster and better than pill form, but so can ibuprofen. Just because something is ‘injected’ doesn’t make it evil.

    Toradol is LEGAL in MLB you know, including being injected with it, so how did Schilling cheat? Just because they skirted the process some by who administered it, doesn’t making it cheating for the player. The club can take some heat for it, but the player has not gained ANY advantage because of who administered it to him. It is the same drug going into his body.

  4. unitastoberry Says:

    If I was Schilling I would be more worried about side effects to my liver and kidneys from 10 years of injections of that stuff cause it sure as hell won’t make you pitch faster. Maybe without pain, but not faster. (DF: Pitching “without pain” – when pain existed hours before a start, as Schilling admitted to – turns a “pain killer” into a “performance enhancer”. I don’t disagree with you that he should be concerned about his health after all those injections, but for Schilling to chastise PED users and not point a finger at himself is laughable. He used a product that was only supposed to be administered by a physician in order to perform.)

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