Major League Baseball suspended Manny Ramirez today for 50 games. He tested positive for an unspecified performance enhancing drug or drugs. Such an action on the part of Ramirez is the height of selfishness considering the current effort of MLB to rehab it's image after years of unchecked steroid usage among many of the league's top players. What fool would dare take a banned substance right now, with all the scrutiny? Only a self-absorbed egomaniac. Check that...an EGOMANNYIAC!
Secondary fallout to the Ramirez situation will be a closer look at the practice of his former team, the Boston Red Sox. The New York Yankees have received a disproportionate amount of focus because of the revelations about some of their high profile players and because they're a New York team. Boston has escaped similar scrutiny for too long. All of MLB has been tainted by the steroid/PED free for all that spanned 1990-2005, but the Yanks have shouldered the condemnatory weight because of their annual success (which evokes widespread jealousy).
Now that Manny has been caught does anyone think this is his first use of PED's? Of course not. He was in Boston for 8 seasons. Now that the jig is up on Manny, I expect him to sing like a canary about the Boston years.
Finally some good news for the much beleaguered Yankee nation!!!