Man, when this steroid news comes, it comes in waves. I woke up this morning to hear that Rick Ankiel was connected to HGH. The news saddened me, as it did much of the baseball world. Ankiel’s story is unique, and save for Cubs fans, nearly everyone has wished him the best in his comeback. I’m not quite sure how this will affect his future, but since the drug wasn’t banned at the time Ankiel was linked to it, he could walk away with little or no penalty.
Troy Glaus surely won’t get off that easy. The Blue Jays slugger has been linked to performance enhancing drugs. This wasn’t HGH like Ankiel — which, incidentally, might not enhance one’s ability to play baseball much. Rather, Glaus has been linked to nandrolone and testosterone, both anabolic steroids, both banned by baseball at the time they were shipped to Glaus: September 2003 and May 2004.
Glaus’s 2003 campaign ended in late July as he suffered from shoulder woes. He came back for the beginning of the 2004 season and tore the cover off the ball, keeping his OPS healthily above 1.000 until he went down again in mid-May, missing most of the next three and a half months, returning in late August.
So let’s recap. Glaus has season-ending surgery in July ’03. So you figure he started rehabbing in, oh, I don’t know, September. Then he suffers another injury in May of ’04. What were those shipment dates again?
Now, the Sports Illustrated article assures us that they can only confirm that the steroids were shipped to Glaus’s home, not that he actually took them. Whew! Sigh of relief. You know, because I know plenty of meatheads who buy steroids all the time and don’t use them. The syringes make great wall decorations, and the drugs themselves are great for training your Doberman to kill on command.
So it appears that Glaus was likely on the juice during the Angels’ 2002 World Series run. You know, the one where he knocked three homers against the Yanks? Then again, we have little room to talk. No doubt our resident Juicer shot himself up before knocking two homers off Pedro Martinez in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.
I’m willing to bet that Selig jumps on this opportunity and attempts to levy a 50-game suspension on Glaus. And we sure as shit know that the players’ union will have a thing or two to say about that.