“Once a cheater, always a cheater.”
A common refrain baseball players that have a strike against them due to a failed test and subsequent suspension will hear from the fans. Just like it is instinctive for some to continually point a finger at players that have missed time due to PED use, the same might be said about those that cover the game.
Side note here. I had a couple of other topics I considered writing about today. I wanted something pleasant. That said, I had been thinking about this particular issue for a few days now – and you know why – and was willing to hold off even longer. There was a spur – actually, a tweet – and I dove into this. I was hooked.
I would love to say that hopefully, this is the last you’ll ever have to read or hear about the subject of PEDs for 2013, if not forever. Sadly, as you will later see, that might be the case.
Back to that spur…
Earlier today, there was a back-and-forth on Twitter between ESPN’s Buster Olney and Hardball Talk’s Craig Calcaterra.
The tweet that induced the exchange?
Bartolo Colon is 40 years old and got the win in the 1998 ASG–which is why a whole lot of people in the game wonder if he's cheating,again.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 28, 2013
Now, Olney’s responses to Calcaterra have since been removed. Calcaterra’s remain. A shame because you don’t get the full account of the conversation. Well discussed by both Olney and Calcaterra. Also, as Calcaterra himself points out, Olney is “a cool guy who disagrees civilly”. Are you allowed to disagree civilly on Twitter?
Honestly, don’t know how winning the ’98 ASG and his 2013 season have anything to do with the PED conversation other than he’s still around and pitching well. And Calcatrerra mentions the disconnect.
Five players. Five different routes and futures.