The Chicago Cub's shortstop Ryan Theroit hit one home run last year. Sure the winds were always blowing in against him, and the mound was elevated only when he batted, but one home run is not impressive. The slugger has banged out 5 this May alone. What is this...Brady Anderson revisited?
The Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander points out that the Theriot power outburst now comes under suspicion in 2009 MLB times. In time past, fans might conclude Theriot spent more time working out over the winter, or matured as a hitter this year. No more: the juice is in.
You, sir, all 5-11, 175 pounds of you, are doing devious things.
To wit, Theriot -- no disrespect, but if he's 5-11, I'm 6-12 -- hit two home runs Wednesday night at Wrigley Field against the Padres, giving him five times more home runs in 33 games this year than he hit all last season.
Brrinnnng! Eee -- ah! Eee-ah! Zzzt! Zzzzt!
That rings the steroid/HGH/ whatever-designer-drug-is-in bell, doesn't it?
But if he were, say, Manny Ramirez (37 home runs in 2008), he would have just hit his 185th homer of 2009.
Really, Theriot is not a serious suspect for juicing. Apparently his bat found a sweet spot or two. However, this is 2009 and post-Clemens, post-Bonds, post-A-rod, Post-Manny, post-McGwire...it goes on and on and on.
But this is what baseball has wrought.
This is what we tried to tell Bud Selig and Donald Fehr and all the head-in-the-sand executive clowns for years and years would happen if Major League Baseball and its union left athletes to their own devices, acting as though crazy numbers came about just because eating and lifting had become trendy...
What's the old saying -- you reap what you sow?
When you plant cheating, Major League Baseball, cynicism will be your crop.
Telander's correct. Once the slippery slope of enhanced achievement is breached, then it is a long slide down. Speaking of enhancement,where is Ms. California when you need some positive enhancement? Or Brady Anderson for that matter?