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I Am Not So Sure I Love U, Ryan Braun

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.

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Why Steroid Crackdown Matters and On The Weirdness of The Franchise Premiere

The latest in the Other Barry’s legal saga ended yesterday.  Was it a waste of money?  Probably.  But unlike a lot of people, I think since Bonds used PEDs (does anyone really dispute that?) he should face legal consequences.  Why?  I have people in my family who have been competitive cyclists and really into watching the pros.  Let’s just say it’s one of the dirtiest sports around.  Everyone is taking performance enhancing drugs and it’s not much of a secret.  These days, cycling isn’t really fun to follow.  As baseball fans, I think we should do everything in our power to make sure that baseball doesn’t revert to “steroid era” or beyond.

That leaves the argument that the sport should be dealing with it, not the government.  I get that, but I disagree.  I think a sport that is very prominent in a country impacts that country.  So if you have to cheat to compete in the sport, I think that has a profound impact on a culture.  I don’t think this is a witch hunt with Bonds, nor do I think it’s unfair.  If he cheated, he deserves to face a sentence as decided by a court of law. 

Moving on, The Franchise (yep, I’ve gotten over calling it the Desperate Ballplayers of San Fran) had a half-hour preview that aired last night.  (You can watch it here.)  Weird programming, to air it at the same time as a game, with an off-day the next day.  I guess in the DVR era that isn’t important?  It was strange.  I didn’t know Bruce Bochy smokes.  And Marc Kroon is interesting but the obsession…?  And I hate watching people work out, so Pablo and Andres?  That was painful.  And why were there so many shots of players talking while driving?  I mean, that’s really strange not to mention really dangerous.  I’m not a reality TV aficionado, so help me out here.  Are driving shots common?  And the way Posey/Bumgarner/Belt interact with Wilson cracks me up to no end.  Different stratospheres, it seems.  Mostly, I thought their choice of storylines was strange.  I do think Freddy Sanchez is underrepresented and his story is sweet, it just seemed a little random.  And Zito’s riffs were really non-descript.  Not blown away by his musical skills, yet.  But I’ll admit that I cried when Brandon Belt got The News and I thought how Bochy/Evans delivered the news to him and Kroon was interesting.  Though am staying the eternal skeptic.  They may have just done that for the cameras.  I guess the real premiere isn’t for a long time, so we have many lonely weeks of watching and cradling this half hour gem.  Or just watchin’ some actual baseball.  I vote for that.

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His Name is Bonds. Barry Bonds. And Guess Who Looks Pretty Darn Cool in the Desperate Ballplayers of San Fran Trailer?

(Please send your healing thoughts Eugenio Velez’s way.  A friend who is a Dodger fan- yep, I consort with Dodger fans, on occasion- alerted me about his injury today.  Hope it’s not as bad as it initially looks.)

I always think of Bonds as “the other Barry”.  I guess that was Zito’s title, but I’ve always been a Zito fan and never been a Bonds fan.  And I find this trial really, really fascinating.   I’m not much of a legal buff myself but I’ve found myself following this all closely. 

FAQ about the trial:

*Is Anderson being paid off?

*Bonds didn’t know he was using steroids? 

*HGH isn’t a steroid at all?

*Was that you (Diamond Girl) who arrived late to the jury carrying a Victoria’s Secret bag?

I can only answer the last one and the answer is no.  I am not serving on the jury.  I am not, actually, old enough to serve on a jury.  Even if I were, I am really anything but impartial.  In addition to which I do not shop at VS.  So no, it wasn’t me.

And my answer, which is by no means backed up by anything, to the question about him knowing or not knowing is: there are lies, damn lies and fiction.  That line is courtesy of journalist/writer/professor/connoisseur of strange news Adam Peneberg who is basically a rock star in my mind.  Read Viral Loop.  And subscribe to Fast Company (he’s a staff writer for them).  And hey, if you have the SAT score and the money, go to NYU.  He’s brilliant.

Everyone’s been slamming Tejada these past few days about his marginal spring.  I obviously haven’t seen him play, but I am guessing we should get used to it.  I don’t think he’ll be terrible, this year, but I don’t think he’ll contribute a whole lot.  He’s too normal.  Which sound terrible, but it’s the truth.  He was just a middle-of-the-road free agent and the Giants team is basically Wack Land.  I just don’t think Tejada was a good fit, playing-wise(it’s not like his play has surprised anyone this spring, really) or clubhouse-wise.

That said, I don’t think it’ll stop the Giants from competing (not gonna say winning, people, so give up on that hope) in 2011.  The pitchers might just want to work on pitching the strikeout/fly ball/groundout-to-anything-other-than-short.  Not too hard, right?

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p.s.  I saw the first trailer for the Desperate Ballplayers of San Fran (actually named “The Franchise”.  Lame.) today and I have just two things to say:

a.  Is that all Pat Burrell can do?  Drink water/beer/unidentified substance while obviously thinking he looks very cool?

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b.  Barry looks cool.  Really cool.  The hair is fascinating.  What else is new?

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