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J.C. Romero ‘Phil’ of Shit; Admit Steroids Already

Lefty Reliever Should Just Come Clean Following Second Positive Test Since 2006; Leave Race Card Out


How convenient has the “I just used a supplement from GNC” become for professional athletes getting caught using steroids? It’s getting a bit redundant and now add two more to the list – lefty relievers J.C. Romero of the Philadelphia Philles and Sergio Mitre of the New York Yankees. Both were handed 50-game suspensions by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a still-unnamed banned substance.

Mediocre at best, both of these guys have no excuse not to do everything to enhance their performance, including hitting the juice. Neither of them will ever be mistaken for Victor Martinez, so one has to surmise that whatever they used was not a bulk builder.

The funny part about this is that it was only a few years ago that Romero tested positive for ‘a precursor of testosterone,’ which he promptly blamed on it being a fertility supplement that he and the missus were taking. No punishment was handed down back in 2006, but MLB has to be saying, ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.’ Another thing Romero should do is avoid pulling out the always-ready race card, which he sunk to doing pursuant to the suspension being handed down.


What makes the Romero situation even more peculiar is that he was informed on September 23, 2008 that he tested positive and hearings were conducted in Tampa during the World Series, without the knowledge of anyone in the Phillies organization (other than Romero and strength coach Dong Lien) aware of the entire situation. “I had no knowledge at all that he was in a hearing. None,” Philadelphia general manager Rubem Amaro told reporters.

When all else fails, point the finger and blame it on prejudice. The only thing that sounded more ignorant than blaming baby-maker pills was this classic from Romero: “If people are intimidated because Major League Baseball is a big organization, so be it,” he said in a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “But they are not going to make an example of me thinking that I’m just a dumb-ass Puerto Rican. It’s not going to happen. It’s not the way I’m built.”

OK, let me get this straight. Because you claimed that the banned substance was caused by a legal supplement bought at a GNC in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, MLB is picking on you because you’re a Puerto Rican, and/or a “dumb-ass.” Is it possible that Romero did test positive from a supp? Of course it is, and he can join the ‘Star Caps Five’ symphony right after he sits out the start of the season. I suppose that Romero hopes that spewing venom and pulling a Johnny Cochran still get his suspension reduced or lifted.

If you have been a faithful reader of this site, then you know that I have no love lost for Roger Clemens. So to actually use him in a reference that almost defends his actions is rare, indeed. To try to look at this in a different light, Barry Bonds has alluded to some of his problems being racially motivated; Romero has his say on the subject; but Clemens – who has been raked over the coals – hasn’t blamed him being a ‘dumb hick’ on any of this, has he?

If you used steroids, just man up and admit to it. Romero (who actually had an incredible year in 1992 for Minnesota with a 9-2, 1.89 ERA) sucked in ’06 when he used his ‘performance-enhancing fertility drug’ with an ERA over six. The following year, he had an ERA under two and a 2.75 last summer for the World Series champs. Judging by those numbers, he either used something totally bunk or didn’t do it properly.

Whatever the case may be, both suspended pitchers will have to live with it. I may be totally off base with my assessment of the situation, but what do I know? I’m just a dumb-ass Italian.

When using supplements always use them as directed and never overuse them. Drug rehabilitation centers often see and treat this type of addiction.

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