Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., June 5

June 05, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., June 5

Ahhhh…now it’s summer.

Long days.

Warm weather.

Grilling burgers on the deck.

Trips to the beach.

And breaking news about suspending baseball players 50 games because of steroid use.

Baseball — the great American sport.

Of course, we all knew this steroid stuff was true back in the winter when the story first broke about Biogenesis and Dr. Anthony Bosch.  The players denied it – like always – but only a fool would think they were all innocent.

The two biggest frauds of all are Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun. Anyone who used is guilty and subject to the suspension, so in that regard all of the named users are frauds in their own way.

But A-Rod and Braun are King Frauds I and II.

Rodriguez sat in front of Peter Gammons four years ago and wordsmithed his way through an interview about his own steroid use, claiming he was “clean” and vowing to do it the right way from here on in.

Braun embarrassed MLB last year by failing a drug test and then coming up with a bizarre story about a tainted urine specimen and some guy leaving the bottle out on his kitchen table and – VOILA! – he was suddenly “not guilty” and avoided the suspension Bud Selig was prepared to hand down.

King Fraud I and King Fraud II, coming to a stadium near you soon.

These guys are hilarious.

“Just tell the fans you didn’t do it…they’ll believe you.  Most of them aren’t smart enough to know any different.”

Can’t you just hear Braun’s agent telling him that?  I sure can.

Except we’re all smart enough to know that Ryan Braun, and A-Rod, and the rest of the guys on that Biogenesis list didn’t get there by signing up through their local church.

Guilty.

Like we suspected all along.

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I’m not sure if the Ravens really ARE interested in JaMarcus Russell or not.

My only question would be this:  ”Why would they be?”

What on earth could JaMarcus Russell possibly bring to the table (please, no food jokes here) for the Ravens?

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Roger Federer is once again trophy-less at the French Open.

Much like Pete Sampras, Federer hasn’t been able to take his hardcourt and grass court mastery to Paris every May.

Yes, yes, Federer did manage to win one French Open to complete the career Grand Slam, but he didn’t have to face Rafael Nadal in the Final, so it only half counts.

Sampras, of course, never did win on the clay in Paris.

Horses for courses, I guess.

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We’re getting one day closer to the U.S. Open golf championship, which means you’re about to find out who my “dark horse” betting favorite is for next week’s event at Merion in Philadelphia.

Get your money together.

Put $100 down on this guy.

You might be thrilled with me on June 19.

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  1. Matt Says:

    Roger Federer and Pete Sampras don’t belong in the same sentence when talking about the French Open. Pete Sampras’ best result in Paris was one semi-final appearnace in 1996. Roger Federer made the finals 5 times, losing to Nadal 4 times and once more in the semi-finals. If not for playing in the same era as the best clay court player in the history of tennis, Federer could easily have 6 French Open titles. He was the 2nd best clay court player for a solid decade, something Pete Sampras wasn’t even close to. Pete’s last 5 years on tour he never even made it out of the 2nd round. And Pete didn’t have to face a master like Nadal on clay, he played in an era of a revolving door of champions at the French.

    Federer has also won 6 master sereies 1000 clay court tournaments and lost in the finals made in another 8, 7 of them to Nadal. Pete Sampras on the other hand, made just 1 finals appearance in his entire career.

    I know this is a shocker but Roger Federer has more wins than any other player in the history of the French Open including 7 time champion Nadal. Not bad for someone who “hasn’t been able to take his hardcourt and grass court mastery to Paris every May.”

    Sorry for the long-winded rebuttle, but I don’t think people truly appreciate just how great and consistent Roger Federer has been throughout his career. 36 straight quarterfinals which spans 9 years is something that will never be close to broken. Just to stay healthy that long is incredible, but to win at least 4 matches at every major every year is just mind-boggling, especially in an era that is much more competitive than was much easier than Pistol Pete’s.

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