I have not paid very close attention to the whole Biogenesis PED scandal that has engulfed baseball over the last year.
Part of this is because I can’t pronounce the word. Whereas one would say,“bīōˈjenəsis” I tend to read the name as, “bīō – JEN – ee – sis” and that’s just frustrating and, quite frankly, bewildering. I mean it’s verbalized inside my head where nobody can hear my inner-monologue. I didn’t have to admit it to you, yet I just did. Bewildering.
The other part of the story that leaves me on the sideline is my desire to live in a state of denial. The newest incarnation of the PED debate involves Yasmani Grandal and Everth Cabrera and I just don’t want to hear the connections.
I don’t care about Yasmani because he served his suspension already. But to think that Cabby could be done for 50 or maybe even 100 games is painful for me. The 2013 season has been about Andrew Cashner (Dressing the Deer), Dale Thayer (Where Eagles Thayer), and the greatly improved play of Everth Cabrera. Watching Cabby draw walks like he never has before and seeing him slap the ball around the park has been tops for me – and to think that it’s all been fake, a facade created by some clinic in Miami – well it’s just not somewhere I want to go.
We have started to bounce some ideas off of each other behind the scenes at Padres Public but until then here are a few other places to check with for news. Matthew T. Hall of the U-T gathered some initial reaction on Twitter yesterday as the news broke and this morning Gaslamp Ball covered the story. For a detailed look at the legal issues surrounding suspected PED users check out Jonah Keri’s piece at Grantland. It’s pretty great.
In the meantime I shall stay put in my comfortable cabana of denial. I like it here.
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