The Filibuster

Obviously this week’s headlines have been dominated by the Manny Ramirez saga.  It now appears that his people are trying to persuade the public that his positive test was rooted in medication he was taking for “personal health issues” (translation: erectile dysfunction), even though science tells us HCG is a drug predominantly used by men coming off steroid cycles.  My question to you is this: if a man makes $25 million a year, what difference does it make if the plumbing works or not?

–Jeff
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jeff lung.jpgOnly a few things in life are more emasculating than needing “performance enhancing drugs” in the bedroom. For instance, wearing a pinky ring and owning a Microsoft Zune. Seriously man, all you need is a Zima in your other hand and you’d have the trifecta. Getting back to the point, though, if Manny is telling the truth and he was prescribed HCG for that reason, it makes sense that he would have tried to keep it on the DL. I mean, if you’re watching baseball one day and decide that Cialis is right for you, you probably aren’t going to keep that bottle of prescription pills in the medicine cabinet next to the Benadryl and Preparation H.

The problem with this new Manny saga is that it’s hard to know what he is thinking. Or if he is thinking. The man is an enigma, a mystery wrapped in a riddle. Could he be telling the truth? Of course. Could he have been knowingly juicing and covering it up? Of course. It’s not like A-Rod where momentary disbelief gave way to “Yeah, he’s kind of a d!ck and that doesn’t really surprise me.”

manny_being_manny.jpgBut, to go back to your original question, does an immodest amount of money make up for impotence, I think the answer is pretty clear when you consider that the treatment of ED has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Clearly there’s a need, manufactured or not, and clearly corporations are doing all they can to market to that need. When Mike Ditka schills for you on national television, you have obviously filled a very specific niche.

However, I think the more important question is, what does this new revelation do to the game of baseball? And at this point, I think it’s difficult to know. For me, it doesn’t really have much of an affect. Manny’s enigmatic personality allows me to put off making hard decisions like that. Obviously he shouldn’t have been taking a banned substance but, like he said, he’s also passed 15 drug tests over the past few years. Is it really possible that every single one of them could have missed something this big?

Baseball has been suffering since the A-Rod story broke. And Manny’s suspension and positive drug test are not going to help. But there are also so many positive story lines in baseball and so much to enjoy that I find it hard to concentrate on the negatives. I mean, I know you saw Verlander’s 2-hit gem and Granderson’s catch the other night. That’s what baseball is all about. And if Manny has to sit 50 games in order for us to refocus on that, well, that’s life. Hopefully that’s enough time for him to go see a real doctor and get some Viagra.

-A

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I would think that since Manny is now in Hollywood and playing the Leading man/woman role depending on why you think he took the medication, he is trying to leave another Hollywood legacy on us here.
He has the past symbols of Errol Flynn and Lionel/John Barrymore who threw out that masculine man persona for so long that people wanted to be swashbucklers because of them.
Maybe Manny wants to leave that masculine impression, or DNA as his legacy in Tinseltown. Baseball player have long been thought of as being the “strong-like Bull” guys, and maybe Manny is wanting to sow some wild West coast oats.
I would have more respect for him if he said he was just going out bird-dogging and cruising the Sunset Strip for woman than coming off a cycle.
But we might never know the truth. But isn’t that what excites us about Hollywood in the first place…………rumors, side-door conversations and the hint of scandal.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

I was watching the Red Sox game on Fox yesterday. As much as I HATE the announcers, one of them raised an excellent point – He was not surprised at all by this news about Manny. He felt that for years Manny felt he could get away with what ever he wanted because he was a great hitter. His thoughts were that things finally caught up with Manny but the question remained – would Manny even care?

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I was watching the Red Sox game on Fox yesterday. As much as I HATE the announcers, one of them raised an excellent point – He was not surprised at all by this news about Manny. He felt that for years Manny felt he could get away with what ever he wanted because he was a great hitter. His thoughts were that things finally caught up with Manny but the question remained – would Manny even care?

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Why’d you do it Allen? Why did you bring up that awful game. Make me cry again.
Manny’s an idiot, plain and simple. I really hope the story they’re feeding us is true for two reasons: 1) It means he really wasn’t using steroids or anything like that and 2) It means Manny needs help in the bedroom which is pretty funny if you ask me.
Melissa
http://clemsongirlbaseball.mlblogs.com

The drug he took is, if medical in nature, used to boost sperm count, not really for the Viagra-type effect :O) He’s already got 3 kids…is he saying now he’d like to build an army? Ha!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Manny is aloof. Everyone knew when he was in Cleveland that he would pick any bat off the rack, be daydreaming and be picked off first in the 1995 World Series. So this is no surprise that he probably really didn’t care what he actually put in his body or didn’t think he would be detected.

Aaron
http://mlbtribefan.mlblogs.com

Athletes blaming a failed drug test on an alternate source is not new to sports.
Knowing that most of the bloggers on this site are from the States, i’m sure what happens in the Canadian hockey world means little to you, however there is relevance and comparability to this story.
Quite some time ago, at that time, the Montreal Canadiens goalie was Jose Theodore and he failed a drug test for a banned substance. His excuse? He took a drug meant for hair loss prevention (or hair growth) and there was a slight amount of a banned substance within that drug.
So how long are pro athletes going to take banned substances and blame it on something else?
If you are going to do something wrong, do it right…just ask Richard Gasquet (Pro Tennis player testing positive for crack!!)

I just read about Gasquet, who claims the test he failed was a mistake. Yeah, right. I’m glad you’re sounding positive about your Tigers, Allen. That’s the headline of this post right there. Verlander is cooking!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

This whole steroids scandal has completely ruined baseball for me. From now on, I’m only watching clean sports like football, horse racing, and professional wrestling.
-Erin
http://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

I’m doing a live chat righ tnow on my blog, come check it out!
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