Tuesday, June 06, 2006

For the record

Jason Grimsely is not the player to whom I referred in the post immediately below, but I wonder if Grimsely named that player to the Feds:

Grimsley provided "extensive statements regarding his receipt and use of anabolic steroids, amphetamines and human growth hormone over the last several years," the affidavit said.

Grimsley also provided "details about his knowledge of other Major League Baseball players" using illegal performance-enhancing drugs, including several close acquaintances.

An hour before Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia, Grimsley told The Republic, "I have no comment about that and no idea about that."

Jeff Novitzky, the IRS special agent in charge of the BALCO case, filed the affidavit, which also said agents were anticipating the shipment of human growth hormones to Grimsley's home. In a two-hour interview with federal investigators on April 19, Grimsley told investigators:

• Until last year, major league clubhouses had coffee pots labeled "leaded" and "unleaded" for the players, indicating coffee with amphetamines and without. He did not specify how many.

• Latin players were a major source for the amphetamines within baseball.

• Amphetamines also came from players on California teams that could easily go into Mexico and get them. Names of other players he suspected of using anabolic steroids or human growth hormone were redacted from the document.
I didn't realize that speed was a problem for MLB. I hope that the Feds nail them all.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Things that make you wonder

Friends of mine bought a beautiful home in Mesa. They bought the home from a baseball player who had played three years for the Diamondbacks before signing with another team in the National League. That player is still in the major leagues, currently toiling away in the American League. This player is no Barry Bonds. He's never hit .260 in a full year of play, and even though he's never hit 20 homers in a season, his best home run years, by far, were when he played for the Diamondbacks.

Guess what occasionally arrives in the mail at my friends' home (addressed by name to the former resident)?

Postcard advertisements from a mail-order pharmacy in Florida.

Care to guess which pharmaceutical product is featured prominently in the mailing?

Let's leave that one to the imagination.