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Must-Click Link: Doug Glanville’s disappointment with Marlon Byrd

Jun 27, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

Marlon Byrd AP AP

We’ve heard people piling on Marlon Byrd for his positive PED test as if he owed them something and, frankly, it’s pretty unseemly. Contrast this with an excellent column from Doug Glanville today which outlines true disappointment.

In it Glanville explains how veterans mentor young players and how young players grow up and do the same to the next group of kids. Glanville was Byrd’s mentor when the latter came and eventually took over his job with the Phillies, and he describes how that all works and the sort of relationship that is formed if everyone has their head on straight.

Byrd, by almost all accounts, had his head on straight his whole career, which is why Glanville is saddened to hear the news about the PED test. It’s not a judgmental thing like you get from the sanctimonious jerks in the media. It’s the sort of valid and honest disappointment one can only have for someone about whom they care deeply as Glanville clearly does for Byrd. And based on the tone, it’s a disappointment, one suspects, that will one day go away because good people eventually make amends when necessary.

Great reading.

  1. seeinred87 - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Good read. I wonder if knowing that will mean anything to Byrd.

    I loved this part in the article, too:

    “Byrd was in my group of four hitters. I was slated to lead off as the veteran in the group. I declined. I told Byrd to “step in there, rook.” Floyd drilled him. Lesson learned: Never hit first against an excited rookie early in camp.”

  2. Jason @ IIATMS - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    THere are fewer more thoughtful guys than Glanville. Love reading his work.

  3. vanmorrissey - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Nice story, thanks for the link Craig. Often pictures are painted as either black or white but reality is tinged with all shades of gray. Reasons are his own for doing what he did and sometimes we just don’t understand where a person is coming from but that’s the way life is. Glanville is great as both a writer and his commentary on ESPN.

  4. romoscollarbone - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    I always appreciate insightful perspective. Thanks for the link.

  5. badmamainphilliesjamas - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    I liked Glanville as a player, but even more as a writer . . . great insight on the game of the head and heart.

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