This Colon Smells Funny!
Instead it was this-
''I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A's,''.... ''I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the joint drug program.''
He forgot to say, "Baseball has been very good to me," also. Maybe, next time.
And, so it is. Another player, another suspension; Another team that will have unwanted, added pressure and questions during a time when that sort of thing is most unwelcome; Another dissection of a career that peaked during the so-called "steroid era"; Lastly, and most importantly, it's another new facet of the investigations and black-cloud questions surrounding the scandalous MLB scandal, steroids.
Colon's case is proof that the original debates of the late 90's and early 2000's were not entirely accurate. While officials have been pointing fingers at the players with forearms the size of tree trunks and pecs that look like a Golds Gym tee-shirt for over a decade now, the rest of the league got away with it, hiding behind the muscle of their colleagues. Dust off the magnifying glass and call up George Mitchell, the real truth of how multiple players were cheating may have been hidden under a layer of fat, or behind an All-American smile. Regardless, it looks like things were missed.
Not convinced? How many people looked at what Bartolo Colon was doing this year, and years past, and said, "That guy has to be taking something. Look at his body!"? Chances are, the answer is absolutely no person, sane or insane, thought Bartolo was the poster-child for P.E.D's. Never, ever!
As previously written, I had spoken to a player back in the early 2000's about steroids. He informed me he was taking a cycle and there were others on his team following suit. There were a few questions, namely the grapes to raisins ratio, I wanted to ask, but I left it between the lines.
The outcome was amazing, absolutely amazing. Question the results produced by steroids all you want, but he went from 91 to 95 in less than one off-season - Long-toss was credited, but anyone that has ever played knows long-toss works, but not for miracles. The velocity gained was truly shocking.
However, his body-transformation was most shocking. It didn't change, at all. His muscle tone the year prior looked identical to when he was taking steroids - Maybe a little rise in the trap's, but not enough to write the MLB to launch investigation. It was a pitcher that did it - cheating - quietly and repeatedly. He finished his career as a success that never went against the norm, to the MLB or his team(s). All lies.
Until now, others may have had the same easy path, flying under the radar while damaging the game and the integrity it has lost since the 90's.
So, what will be done?
There is no reason to over-explain the Bartolo Colon case, now or in the future. It's wasted breath at this point to continue wondering and guessing about every player that tests positive for a banned substance.
Unfortunately, like the adaptation of a virus, officials that are looking under the giant MLB-microscope have to know this integrity-conundrum virus has adapted. Where there was once muscle-bound Mark McGwire's to use as specimen, there is now blubber-bound Bartolo Colon's clogging the Petri Dish.