October 31, 2013 |
In Boston this week, a patchwork collection of athletes with grimy beards and dirt-caked knees had the remarkable strength to elevate a city torn by tragedy. A baseball season that began with the horror of the Boston Marathon bombing ended with the magic of a Boston Red Sox world championship. When the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals and clinched a title at swaggering, swooning Fenway Park for the first time in 95 years, you really wanted to believe this was another example of Boston Strong.
October 4, 2013 |
Albert Pujols wasn't bluffing. The Angels slugger followed through on his threat of legal action, filing a defamation lawsuit Friday in Missouri against Jack Clark for his accusation that Pujols used performance-enhancing drugs. In the suit, Pujols accuses Clark of disseminating "malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods" about him, and says Clark's accusations were "an outrageous ploy to generate attention and ratings" for Clark's new sports-radio talk show. Clark, whose show began airing on WGNU in St. Louis early in August, based his accusation on conversations he said he had with Chris Mihlfeld, Pujols' former personal trainer.
August 12, 2013 |
Albert Pujols needs to come through in the clutch, and we're not talking home runs or RBIs here. Pujols needs to pursue his lawsuit against Jack Clark. Call it slander. Call it defamation of character. But don't call it off. Last week, Pujols was accused by Clark, on a radio show in St. Louis, of having been a juicer, of taking performance-enhancing drugs during a major league career that has already included three most-valuable-player awards and will, barring shocking proof that Clark was accurate, be celebrated with first-ballot inclusion in the Hall of Fame.
August 5, 2013 |
The saddest part of another syringe-spitting afternoon in baseball Monday occurred when, for one of the first times this summer, Alex Rodriguez spoke the truth. He had just been hit with a drug suspension bigger than Barry Bonds' neck, a record 211 games that would carry him through next season and probably end his career. Yet he was dragging baseball further through the pill-littered muck by appealing the suspension. In fact, in a bit of breathtaking irony, his injured hip finally healed, he was using the exact day his suspension was announced to make his 2013 debut.
August 4, 2013 |
Major League Baseball is likely to announce Monday a suspension of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez through the end of the 2014 season for using banned performance-enhancing drugs. The discipline, however, might not keep baseball's active home runs leader off the field should he appeal the punishment. A baseball official unauthorized to speak publicly on the matter described the situation as "extremely fluid" Sunday night, but said league officials expect Rodriguez to appeal.
July 27, 2013 |
Players turn their backs on Braun Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is getting no love from his peers after agreeing last week to a season-ending 65-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. Although none of Braun's teammates have criticized Braun publicly, several reporters who have been around the Brewers clubhouse say privately players have expressed satisfaction with the suspension. And the rest of the league is equally angry with the former National League most valuable player.