When someones drug test comes back tainted it’s called “dirty.” Therefore, Foreigner’s 1979 hit “Dirty White Boy” may just turn out to be Ryan Braun’s walk up music at visiting ballparks during the 2013 season if new PED (Performance Enhancing Drug) allegations come up “positive.”
Braun who followed up his 2011 MVP season with a 40/30 year (41 homeruns and 30 stolen bases) in 2012, and came in second in the MVP voting, is back under the microscope and in the middle of a PED scandal.
Braun’s name shows up in three of the Biogenesis clinic records. It’s not next to the name of any PED, like Melky Cabrera and Alex Rodriguez, but with a dollar amount next to it (“RB 20-30K”). The money was allegedly for Braun’s attorneys to retain the clinic’s operator, Anthony Bosch, as a consultant during his appeal for the positive test, during the 2011 post-season. Braun won that appeal, and followed it up with an infatic denial during last years Spring Training when he said:
“If I had done this intentionally or unintentionally, I’d be the first one to step up and I say I did it. By no means am I perfect, but if I’ve ever made any mistakes in my life, I’ve taken responsibility for my actions. I truly believe in my heart and I would bet my life that the substance never entered my body at any point.”
Now with the new dark cloud looming and a possible suspension right around the corner if the dots get connected, Braun was quoted as saying, “I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch, I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter.”
One thing to consider, since there is a record of a dollar amount owed at the Biogenesis clinic, then Braun’s people should have an invoice or something similar with the same dollar amount on it with a description of services rendered. If they don’t then it may revert right back to the old adage: if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…then, it’s a duck.
It should be an interesting Spring Training and 2013 baseball season for the “Hebrew Hammer.”