I’m waiting for the game to start tonight, so tonight’s post will be brief.
The big news of the day, of course, is Manny Rameriz, and a positive drug test. He has been suspended for fifty games by Major League Baseball. I’m angry, and disappointed. I like Manny. Sure he’s quirky. Sure he’s got a bit of an attitude sometimes. But, I’m drawn to watch him play because I thought he was a great ballplayer, one with a natural ability – a gift. Now, I’m not so sure who I’ve been cheering for all this time. As more information comes out, maybe it won’t be as bad as everyone thinks. Here’s the statement Manny made earlier.
Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons. I want to apologize to Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I’m sorry about this whole situation.
The Dodgers had this to say.
“We share the disappointment felt by our fans, our players, and every member of our organization,” Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt said in a team-issued statement. “We support the policies of Major League Baseball, and we will welcome Manny back upon his return.
Time will be the ultimate judge of the truth. The Dodgers are riding high with thirteen home victories to start the season, and didn’t need this!
Now for some Detroit Tigers stuff! Dontrelle Willis is expected to be back in the rotation, and will start on Wednesday. According to Jim Leyland,
“This is not experimental and it’s not developmental,” Leyland said. “This is the big leagues. He’s going to the rotation and we expect everybody there to help us win games. The expectations are no higher on him than anyone else.”
I’m still skeptical about how he’ll perform. I hope he is back to what he used to be.
The Tigers game was rained out last night in Chicago, and hasn’t been rescheduled, yet.
They will face the White Sox tonight. Armando Galarraga is still scheduled to start for Detroit.
The other night, Jim Leyland’s line-up had a different look, and feel.
Josh Anderson replaced Curtis Granderson in the lead-off spot, and regardless of the position he bats in tonight, Granderson is glad to be in Chicago.
“I love to come home and play here and get a chance to play against the White Sox,” Granderson said. “It’s my favorite city to visit, but in terms of playing, I got to give it to Anaheim. I love playing there.”
So, let’s keep the bad weather away, and let’s play ball!
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