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Accusing Nomar of steroid use

Mar 11, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

You apparently get one day to savor your retirement before someone accuses you of taking steroids. Yahoo!’s Steve Henson, everyone:

Eight years with the Red Sox made Garciaparra a master at deflecting
tough questions in a genial manner. Performance-enhancing drugs weren’t
a topic he’d discuss, and if steroids had helped him bulk up in Boston
and break down periodically thereafter, he’d take that secret to the
Manhattan Beach, Calif., home he shares with wife Mia Hamm and their
young twin daughters.

Garciaparra’s name didn’t come up in the Mitchell Report. He never
testified before Congress. He wasn’t implicated in BALCO. Yet numerous
people in baseball, from executives to reporters to other players, talk
about his career as if performance-enhancing drug use was a given . . . It is the hulking figure on the SI cover, though, that everyone remembers. And in hindsight, with what we know about the era and Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds(notes) and A-Rod and Manny Ramirez(notes) … well, make sure to take a look at that cover.

Henson goes on to say “He is retiring for one reason – an ailing body. Only he knows all the reasons it got that way.”

For the second time today I have to say that I don’t know if a player ever took PEDs, but I know the writer making the accusation doesn’t know either, yet does it anyway. And though I’m certain the answer will be “never,” I ask again: when will anyone in the mainstream media call out guys like Steve Henson (or Rick Telander or Jon Heyman) for hurling such accusations the way they called out blogger Jerrod Morris for doing something far, far less irresponsible?

And no, “because we think Nomar did it and Ibanez didn’t” is not an acceptable answer. At least not for people who like to lecture others about “journalistic integrity” all the time.

  1. Luvheat - Mar 11, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Journalists suck ass period!!! As long as it’s a big story who cares if it’s true? I HATE reporters and photogs. keith oberman is thee biggest turd in the toilet that won’t flush

  2. willmose - Mar 11, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Craig, who, besides you, thinks that sportswriters and blogger are journalists? I know that a great many of you think of yourselves as journalists but you are not. You are gossip columnists for sports. The day you all stop trying to one up each other on the lastest rumor instead of fact is the day one of you might cross the line into journalism.

  3. revenge - Mar 11, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    just another black eye for the nation.

  4. Spice - Mar 11, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Let me start by saying i hate the Red Sox and everything associated with the Red Sox.
    That said:
    I don’t know if Nomar took PED’s or not and neither does anyone else on this forum nor do any of the members of the media.
    His sculpted anatomy is not proof he did. Many athletes have sculpted bodies and they get them from good genetics and hard work.
    Nomar was injury prone his entire career and if memory serves, he was injury prone in college.
    Back in the Day Reggie Jackson had a physique that seemed to be carved out of granite. PED’s? Doubtful
    Mantle was described as have the muscles of a Greek God. PED’s? Doubtful.
    Did Nomar do PED’s? Don’t know. Neither does anyone else here or anyone in the media.
    It is a no win situation. Have a great physique? You must have done PED’s? You say you didn’t? PROVE IT. Can’t prove a negative? TOUGH.

  5. yankeh8r - Mar 11, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    u’r evidence is that he has some muscles? u take ped’s and it reduce some brain cells?

  6. Showme - Mar 11, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Maybe it’s just me, but I wonder where all the reporters were when all of this PED use was going on. Did they fall asleep at the wheel, or just not want to rock the boat. It seems that the reporters always like to pick on the easy target. Nomar may or may not have used PEDs. He didn’t set any records, doesn’t have a chance at the Hall, even though he did have some good years. So why not throw out there all kinds of accusations without any proof to back them up. That’s a lot easier than real reporting.

  7. Sean - Mar 11, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    So like Boston fans to crap on a guy that gave us everything he had. Thats why we dont win championships here…no one wants to play for us. PED’s are here to stay. Its in every sport and “we” the fans put so much pressure on these players to score touchdowns, hit home runs and score goals that they often do it just to be better. Here’s a news flash for you people. PED’s don’t make you hit home runs, score goals or get touch downs. Hard work and determination does. The PED’s help you recover and stay in shape. Diet is key and without a clean diet, YOU DONT BUILD MUSCLE. In closing, Nomar was a great player and gave us years of enjoyment. Let the man retire and get the F–k off his back, haters! Born and raise in Boston and Im still a YANKEE FAN!

  8. diamondduq - Mar 11, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    You’re merely backing up my point regarding the taboo nature with which PEDs are still handled. Everyone claims to want to know the truth but as soon as PEDs are mentioned the first thing out of their mouths, as with yours, is that there is no proof, which may well be the case, but that does nothing to reduce the likelihood of PED use by Nomar and the like, it merely serves to perpetuate the collective blind eye that had been and continues to be turned on PED use.

  9. Troy - Mar 11, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Roids. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  10. Kimmer - Mar 12, 2010 at 12:48 AM

    Finally. If I am understanding this correctly, the reporter’s lives are FINALLY opening up to scrutiny?! They have NEVER been held accountable before (aside from Dan Rather when he crossed “W”). In court, when a witness testifies, he is cross examined and slandered by the defense attorney or prosecuting attorney. And made to look bad if he has a questionable past. But never in the court of public opinion is the reporter’s integrity or morals questioned. This has always made me feel like they get a free pass. And I always felt this would come to an end. FINALLY!! America is WAKING UP!!! Hurrah.

  11. scatterbrian - Mar 12, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    “the first thing out of their mouths, as with yours, is that there is no proof…”
    Exactly, because Exhibit A in this speculation is an altered photograph on the cover of a magazine.

  12. DiamondDuq - Mar 12, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Please go through my posts and tell me where I even mentioned some silly photo? Did Barry Bonds take PEDs? Where’s the proof? Outside of his confession where was the proof of Mark McGwire’s PED use? Are we going to take the “if he doesn’t confess and we have no hard evidence then he must not have used them” approach? Because that’s simply naive.

  13. scatterbrian - Mar 12, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    What you consider naive, I consider a virtue, and the American Justice system considers it your legal right.
    Apologies if I confused your evidence with others. But that SI cover is what most people lead with when discussing Nomar and PEDs, which I think is a weak platform.
    Your position is this: “Nomar’s performance pre-testing and post-testing are drastically different … and he suffered physical breakdown often linked to steroid use.” Physical breakdowns among baseball players are also often linked to the game itself; the grind of a 162 game season, playing through injuries and rarely, if ever, being 100% healthy, etc. This has happened to countless players over the history of the game. That it happened with Nomar and coincided with the beginning of PED testing isn’t enough to convict him, in my opinion. There are just too many variables to definitively state that Nomar used PEDs.

  14. Spice - Mar 13, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    what I don’t understand here is the conflicting theories:
    Nomar’s performance declined because of the drug testing and his injuries were caused by the damage the drugs did to his body.
    Griffey Jr. is widely considered to be absolutely clean and yet he had a long string of injuries resulting is decline in performance that prevented him from being seen as the greatest player of all time.
    OK here are some players that had sudden and dramatic decreases in performance either due to injury or illness:
    Mickey Mantle (retired at 36)
    Jimmie Foxx (for a long time the youngest to hit 500 home runs yet hit only 34 more)
    Lou Gehrig (retired at 36)
    Joe DiMaggio(Hit .301 in 1950, .263 in 1951, retired at 37)
    Jackie Robinson (Hit .311 in 1954, .256 in 1955, .275 in 1956 and retired at 37)
    Hack Wilson (hit .356 in 1930, never hit over .300 again and was retired at the age of 34)
    Must have been the PED’s huh?

  15. UR DA ONE - May 12, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    News – Miguel Olivo Cather Colorado Rockies is using PED’s. Another Latino player that is extending his career with using illegal substances. League please check into this ASAP!!

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