In summary, a blogger suggested that Ibanez's monster year will "immediately generate suspicion" for PED's. Ibanez took umbrage. Some select quotes from Raaaauuuul:
I'll come after people who defame or slander me. It's pathetic and disgusting. There should be some accountability for people who put that out there.A few thoughts from the perspective of a Phillies fan and a blogger:
You can have my urine, my hair, my blood, my stool -- anything you can test.
- I love the fact that Ibanez has stood up and volunteered to be tested. I wish more players would do that when they are suspected or accused. There are certainly cases of false bravado, where players will ask to be tested knowing full well no one will show up with a urine cup (see: Sammy Sosa), but this is at least better than ignoring the accusation (see: Mark McGwire) or apologizing for...something (see: Jason Giambi).
- I would decline the opportunity to get some Ibanez stool.
- Ibanez is wrong to call the blogger or his post "pathetic and disgusting" and even more inaccurate to suggest "accountability for people who put that out there." This blogger did not accuse Ibanez of taking steroids. He merely commented on the suspicious tendencies of fans around the country who have seen the effects of PED's on baseball. This blogger did not put this "out there." He's not responsible for this. He's accountable for nothing. The players are responsible. Brady Anderson, Brett Boone, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and the rest. The owners are responsible. The commissioner is responsible. Where's the accountability for these people? Ibanez's anger, while totally justified, is misdirected.
Raul Ibanez is pissed! Why? Some a-hole blogger speculates that his breakout season at the old age of 37 has something to do with PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs). From Raul, "I'll come after people who defame or slander me. It's pathetic and disgusting. There should be some accountability for people who put that out there. You can have my urine, my hair, my blood, my stool -- anything you can test." Needless to say, it appears he most definitely gives a shit, literally, what public opinion is of him, especially since he's earned everything through "desire, character, work ethic". The fact that he's not ignoring this story and is sticking up for himself makes me admire and like him all the more.
Having lost their 1st round pick because they signed Raul Ibanez, the Phillies had to wait until the 75th pick in the 2nd round during yesterday’s draft. With their first pick they selected a switch hitting high school outfielder from California named Kelly Dugan. He’s not famous yet, and may never be, but his dad is. His dad, Dennis Dugan, has played bit parts on many tv shows and movies. He’s also the director of such comedic classics as Happy Gilmore, Beverly Hills Ninja, Problem Child, Big Daddy, and many others. So, even if his kid doesn’t pan out, at least we may have a comedy made about his minor league endeavors.
4 homeruns off of Johan Santana should win you a ballgame. Some teams go an entire season without hitting him that hard, let alone all in one game. However, the Phils bullpen faltered (finger pointed at Condrey and Durbin), and they lost 6-5 to the Mets. Since the beginning of 2008, the Phils have an ugly 8-15 record against the Mets, and that needs to start changing if they plan on repeating as NL East champs.
Cole Hamels looks to continue his scoreless inning streak and even the series with big-tongued r-tard Mike Pelfrey on the mound for the Mets. Did I ever mention that I hate the f’n Mets? Because I really hate the f’n Mets!