Friday, September 07, 2007

Feel good story, gone bad?

The New York Daily News has broken a potentially shocking story that Cardinals pitcher turned slugger Rick Ankiel allegedly received a year long supply of human growth hormone (H.G.H) in 2004 from a Florida pharmacy that was part of an American cross country illegal drug distribution operation. Well, I guess this story might explain Ankiel's 'unbelievable' power surge?!

Say it aint so, Rick

According to the paper, Ankiel received eight shipments of HGH from 'Signature Pharmacy' (sounds pretty shady, eh?) in Orlando from January to December 2004, including the brand-name injectable drugs Saizen and Genotropin.

Sadly, the stunning news comes one day after Ankiel’s biggest day yet - a two-homer, seven-RBI performance - and as the Cardinals were inching their way back into the NL Central race.

Will Ankiel be suspended? How will MLB react? Interestingly, the date given as the date Ankiel allegedly purchased said materials (2004) was before MLB banned HGH and they still can’t test for it. Bud Selig’s faces a tough task fighting the ridiculously strong baseball players union getting a suspension out of this one, on the face of it.

You have to ask though, what is with these millionaire idiots? First Rodney Harrison and now Rick Ankiel. Eventually, you are probably going to get caught, how is it worth it? Just idiotic behaviour, assuming this is all true and not part of some macabre smear campaign against the former shoe-in for 'Comeback of the year'.

For the love of God. Where is George Bush Snr and his 'Just say no!' campaign when you need it? I guess he's busy making arms deals with Saudi Princes.

Are major professional sports stars lining up for the second part of Traffic (movie tag line: 'No one gets away clean') or something?

Worse yet, I was all chuffed at having picked up Ankiel in a baseball fantasy league. The fool's going to ruin my playoff run. Damn.


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