Drew’s Morning Dish — Tues., July 23

July 23, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Drew’s Morning Dish — Tues., July 23

Chalk one up for the Doubting Thomas’s of the world.

I’m one.  When it comes to baseball players using steroids, that is.

Anyone with a brain knew Ryan Braun was lying 20 months ago when he wiggled his way out of a suspension by blaming the “test collector”.

That he was so vehement in expressing his innocence back then only makes it more laughable now that the truth has come out and Braun has agreed to sit out Milwaukee’s last 65 games of the 2013 season.

Goofs who continue to protect him will still say, “Ryan Braun still hasn’t failed a drug test.”

He doesn’t need to fail a drug test.

He’s a PED user.

He admitted that yesterday by signing off on MLB’s suspension.

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If I’m Chris Davis and any other baseball player enjoying a career revival with power and pop and production, I send Braun an e-mail and say, “Thanks for nuthin’, bro.”

Braun’s whole story and the trail of deceit he created only makes it easier for people like me to say, “I don’t know” when folks throw out the question, “Is Chris Davis using PED’s?”

Davis supporters will say, “The guy said, flat-out, he’s not using PED’s.  Isn’t that good enough?”

Ryan Braun said the same thing.  So did Rafael Palmeiro.  And A-Rod.

I’ll continue to say what I’ve been saying about Davis and EVERY OTHER MLB PLAYER when the question comes up —  ”Is XXXX using PED’s?”

Answer:  I don’t know.

And Chris Davis and the rest of Major League Baseball have Ryan Braun to thank for that stance.

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I love homers.

And I’m not talking about baseballs that fly out of stadiums.

I’m talking about “homers”…as in…people in our hometown who only see things through purple or orange colored glasses.

When word started to trickle out yesterday that Denver’s Von Miller is facing a 4-game suspension from the NFL, Ravens fans quickly jumped on that little nugget and claimed, “That’s really going to help us against the Broncos in the season opener!”

Maybe.

But, my guess is it probably won’t make that much of a difference .

This time last year, Ravens fans were lamenting the fact that Terrell Suggs was going to miss at least the first six games with a torn achilles tendon.

It sure didn’t seem to bother John Harbaugh’s team in the first two months of the season, did it?

In fact, it might have given Suggs a little more energy in January and February since his season was basically reduced to three months or so.

Von Miller is a nice player.

Denver can win without him, though.

 

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Tim Says:

    Ryan, meet Lance. Lance, Ryan.

  2. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    More names to be named, I’m sure !!!

  3. BK Says:

    It is such a joke. Nothing surprises me anymore. I actually find it hard to believe it would surprise anyone even if 70% of all major league players got popped for PEDs all at once. The media needs to stop acting surprised as well. The headlines should now just read, ‘Braun caught using PEDs, suspended for the rest of the year. Now on to the highlights from the other games….’. No need to dig into these stories anymore and get 10 different experts opinions. It is what it is and it is not going to stop until they start voiding contracts and suspending for an entire year for first offense. Lifetime ban for second offense. 54 games and the loss of a few million dollars doesn’t even affect the hair on Braun’s a$$ compared to his remaining 122 million owed. Instantly VOID ALL CONTRACTS when caught and you might see some improvement in this battle against PEDs.

  4. raz_la Says:

    Agree with what BK says, but……………..the legal ramifications and the almighty Player’s Union would never stand for it. There would be no baseball played on the field for at least a year……..it would all be played out in the courts!

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