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A Giant let-down; Melky Cabrera tests positive for banned substances

A Giant let-down; Melky Cabrera tests positive for banned substances

Has no one learned from Jose Canseco or Barry Bonds? Apparently not. There goes another one. Another super talented athlete gets caught in the worst way.

San Francisco Giants Melky Cabrera tests positive for testosterone, a banned substance and gets suspended for 50 games. Cabrera leads the National League with 159 hits. It seems he’s been hitting more than baseballs, and appears to acknowledge his use.

“My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used,” Cabrera said in a statement released by the union. “I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down.”

When Jose Canseco’s tell-all book Juice was published players and the MLB alike were angry when he asserted that as many as 80% of MLB players use or have used banned substances. He was ridiculed and called a liar, considered bitter because his own use caught up to him.

This latest reveal makes me wonder if Canseco’s been right all along.

Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire, Ken Caminiti and Jason Giambi  –all players with stellar careers and records have tested positive and admitted to steroid use; and there is more names not mentioned. A whole ‘lot more if you include those who haven’t been caught yet.

We all wonder why players with so many accolades, fans and material wealth would sacrifice all they’ve worked for. Every time one of these stories pops up we ask ourselves why they keep doing it. Maybe the answer lies in the question. The accolades and fans are priceless — and at that level perhaps they are also perceived as necessary.

Whatever the price we all know the cost is too high.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

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