No one was surprised.
But still, the news hurt.
One of baseball’s biggest stars, a man who ranks in the top 10 in all-time home runs along with names like Robinson, Griffey, Mays, Ruth and Aaron, is a cheater. A fraud.
In the midst of the scandal, I spoke with Mark Fainaru-Wada, an investigative journalist who along with colleague Lance Williams wrote “Game of Shadows.” In the 2006 tell-all best-seller, Fainaru-Wada and Williams exposed the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative and owner Victor Conte for supplying performance-enhancing drugs to some of the world’s top athletes, most notably disgraced home run king Barry Bonds.
So I asked Fainaru-Wada, what do you make of the latest scandal?
“I think people are completely kidding themselves if they think the era is over,” he said over the phone. “The whole point of BALCO was these athletes were using a range of drugs that they could use without getting caught.”
It occurs to me now that I left out a key detail. The man we were talking about in the interview wasn’t Alex Rodriguez, as you might believe after his 211-game suspension was announced Monday. You see, this conversation took place in 2010 when Mark McGuire admitted that he dabbled in PEDs during his playing days.
The sad, stark reality is Fainaru-Wada’s words are as true today — after Major League Baseball suspended 13 — as they were more than three years ago.
No one was surprised.
Pirates finish off suspended game, fall in nightcap
Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole’s winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.
WVU’s Harlee named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete
The Big 12 Conference announced its Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients for the 2014 winter sport season, and West Virginia University senior Jess Harlee earns the honor for women’s basketball.
Harlee was selected as the award winner based on a vote of each respective sport’s head coaching group, with coaches not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.
East can’t overcome No. 7 Lincoln, falls, 4-0
Thunder clouds weren’t the only thing looming over the East Fairmont (6-6) softball team Monday when the Lady Bees hosed No. 7 Lincoln. Joining the ominous clouds was a sense of urgency for energy that never showed up as Lincoln was able to shut out East Fairmont, 4-0.
Gyorko, Padres agree to extension
Jedd Gyorko, who hasn’t hit much of anything with a .178 start on this season, hit the jackpot on Monday, signing a six-year contract extension with the San Diego Padres for $35 million with a one-year club option at $13 million.
HERTZEL COLUMN- Spring game showed defense has improved
From Dana Holgorsen’s viewpoint, which was standing right behind the offense, West Virginia’s Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday was a rousing success for it showed very little of what the Mountaineers will be in this coming season, probably not even showcasing the man who will direct the offense in the quarterback position.
WVU signs guard; Adrian arrested for DUI
There was something good and something bad for West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins this past weekend as Kansas junior college player Tarik Phillip committed to play for the Mountaineers but rising sophomore Nathan Adrian was charged with Under 21 DUI after he was stopped at 1:20 a.m. Sunday for an expired registration sticker.
FURFARI COLUMN- Most plays good, some not so good in Gold-Blue scrimmage
There appeared to be a fine mixture of plays, most good with some not so good, in last Saturday’s West Virginia University’s Gold-Blue football scrimmage.
Bubba wins another green jacket at Augusta
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Experience counts on Sunday in the Masters
There’s a reason no rookie has won the Masters in the 35 years since Fuzzy Zoeller pulled it off.
And that’s a big reason Bubba Watson is now the proud owner of two green jackets.
Kesling’s bat powers Polar Bears
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