So far we haven’t had any Tigers really bit by the steroid situation. Sure, Gary Sheffield has been implicated, but I still don’t picture him as a “Tiger.” I don’t know how I would react if it came out that Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen, or Placido Polanco appeared on a list. Marcus Thames! Please not Marcus Thames!
Anyway, I caught a clip on ESPN the other day of an interview with Pudge Rodriguez and he was asked if his name was on the same list that included the name of Alex Rodriguez. Pudge’s response?
“Only God knows.”
Weird, right? Rob Neyer touches on this subject here so I won’t editorialize too much. Rob takes this as an admission of guilt. I don’t think I would go that far, but it surely was not the right thing to say if Pudge is looking to stay out of the spot light.
I remember joking with friends a few years back when Pudge showed up to Spring Training with the Tigers looking like he lost 100 pounds. He had clearly lost a lot of muscle and a lot of weight. Who knows what that means.
If it turns out Pudge is guilty, does that taint the 2006 season? Does it keep him out of the Hall?
Fortunately for me, I don’t look up to baseball players. I don’t model my life decisions on what they decide to do as people. If it turns out Pudge juiced I honestly do not think I would care. Does that make me part of the problem?