I hate to say it… but Manny did it right

I hate to say it… mainly because I’ve been a Manny apologist for a while now… so I am expected to catch some flack for this.

But Manny has been the strange model of how to deal with being caught with steroids.

Seriously, think of it. He was caught… he never denied it. He never fought it.

Oh yeah, his handlers and Scott Boras tried to make us believe that Manny was taking fertility pills. But did you notice Manny himself shrugged and took the suspension.

Now look, I am not trying to equate Manny with St. Thomas More… but serving the suspension and not denying it will go a long way of making people forget it.

There was no vague apology a la Giambi.
There was no denial of Bonds.
There was no odd legal phrasing like McGwire.
There was no finger waggling of Palmeiro.
He didn’t suddenly forget how to speak English like Sammy Sosa.
There was no grandstanding (and throwing his wife under the bus) like Clemens.

Now of course being caught as a ‘roids user is no longer shocking. And he didn’t break any Holy baseball records.

But I’m telling you, Manny living on his own planet in the end will be as big as an asset as steroid fatigue.

When he comes back to Los Angeles he will be treated like Lindbergh returning from Paris.

(Remember, these are the same fans who vilified Bonds all of those years.)

So you superstars who test positive in the future, be like Manny and just take the punishment and hurry back.

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THAT’S ENOUGH, NOMAR!

Hey Nomar…

I asked Red Sox fans to give you a standing ovation… and they did.
And I’m you expressed a sadness that you never got to say good bye to the fans of New England.
But NOBODY asked you to get an RBI single and help the A’s beat the Red Sox.
Seriously… knock it off.

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Cain is able

I wonder how many times Matt Cain has heard that?

Probably daily. Oh well.
I’m just happy that stories about Matt Cain no longer have include the phrase “pitching better than his record would indicate.”
In fact he is the walking proof that Win Loss record can be overrated.
He posted sub 4.00 ERAs the last two seasons (3.65 in 2007, 3.76 in 2008.) On a team that could score 4 runs a game, he’d be a 15-16 game winner easily.
But on a team that considered Randy Winn its big run producer, he would put up 7-16 and 8-14 records.
Well now he’s a 10 game winner and an All Star. And the Giants, as my dad keeps reminding me, are a playoff team with terrific pitching (throw in this Ryan Sadowski kid who might be for real!) and suddenly Cain might be pitching in October.
My dad said “Cain’s the ace of the team.”
I reminded him that not only was Lincecum the defending Cy Young award winner but leads the league in strike outs, innings pitched, complete games, shutouts and second in the league in ERA.”
My dad said “Cain has more wins.”
I let it slide. Cain was underrated because of his win loss record, so I suppose he could be overrated a little for the same reason.

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