O's Still Lead League in Roid Stories
No new names in the Sun today, but still, two more steroid stories.
* David Segui says he expects to be named in the Mitchell report, that he refused several Mitchell-led inquiries for assistance because he didn't want to be a snitch, and that he used both steroids and HGH. To my mind, this part at the bottom stood out:
Segui said he used hGH while with the Orioles, but obtained it with a prescription from a legitimate physician because his insulin-like growth factor readings were extremely low. He continues to take hGH daily.
A lifetime .291 hitter in nearly 5,000 at-bats, Segui said the perception that his sustained success was a product of performance-enhancers is a fallacy. He cycled steroids on occasion, he said, but there was no formal testing policy that prohibited it.
So, they didn't help his numbers because....he says so? Strong argument. And he's still juicing? So he can have enough growth factor to, what, mow his lawn?
* Also, Jay Gibbons says he will try to win fans back by "go[ing] out there and try[ing] to play good baseball." Good luck with that. He started his image rehab by appearing at a Christmas party yesterday and saying "it's about the kids." No word if the kids were juicing. Capri Sun, most likely.
The Orioles, as near as I can tell, are still comfortably near the top of the pack in ominous name-linking stories. In no particular order, we have Rafael Palmeiro getting suspended and also accusing Miguel Tejada in the infamous B12 incident; Jason Grimsley's HGH affidavit, which reportedly included the names of Tejada, Gibbons (who ardently denied the claims) and Brian Roberts; Darnell McDonald getting suspended after leaving the organization; the allegation that an HGH prescription was sent to Jerry Hairston Jr.'s address; Gary Matthews being linked to the Albany DA raid (although MLB announced he wouldn't be suspended); Fernando Tatis being linked to the Mitchell investigation; Sammy Sosa pleading language difficulties in Congress; and both Gibbons and Segui confirming they used.
That's 11 names, eight of whom were on the 2004 team, which really should have called the Ocean Sprays or something.
Gimme a bad rapper over that mess any day.
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