First, an admission (I feel like I’m starting my blog posts this way a lot, lately): when the whole Ryan Braun thing first broke, I read an article in which one of the paragraphs started, “Braun is appealing.” I, of course, nodded. Braun is appealing. I agree.
Then I realized that, well, that wasn’t really (at all) what they meant.
They didn’t mean he was appealing, in that he has fantastic hair and all that. They meant that he was appealing the 50 game suspension he’s going to face for allegedly using PEDs during the playoffs.
That was sort of an “oops” moment on my end.
Now, of course, the new reports are saying that not only is he appealing, but the substance detected in the test was a banned substance, but not a performance enhancing drug at all.
The mystery, the mystery.
My feelings on HGH and other performance enhancing drugs are pretty black and white: if you do it and are caught, you should face consequences (MLB seems to agree with me on that). But at the same time, I don’t think that those who are caught shouldn’t be endlessly brought out and picked on and humiliated for it by the media and us bloggers.
Because they could strip Brauny of his MVP and give it to Kemp, but you know what? Kemp could very well have done something, too. Not to be completely cynical, but many of them may have (probably did). I don’t think we’re anywhere near eliminating the issue.
Still, it does make me particularly sad about Braun. I hope some satisfactory explanation is given and we avoid the suspension deal, but at the same time, that may feel empty and cover-up like. At the point, I feel like it’s basically a lose-lose.
Speaking of depressing posts.