The bigger they are, the harder they fall. We never even considered that Manny Ramirez would test positive for steroids. The wacky, crazy club-house destroying masher with a work ethic that defies the laws of humanity. Sound familiar...Mr. Alex Rodriguez. If there was any player we could say flew under the radar in the entire Steroid conversation, it was Manny Ramirez. Maybe we just didn't think he was "smart" enough to think to take steroids, to realize the benefit they offer. Or maybe we thought with his crazy baseball IQ, he was too smart to take steroids. And yet here we stand, today, with Manny Ramirez testing positive for steroids NOW. Not some day in the already distant past, but now in the post Mitchel Report Era where everyone was suppossed to have gone clean.
There will no longer be any talks of the crazy hair, or his in-game antics (talking on his cell phone behind the scoreboard). Now we will talk about how another sure hall of famer is tainted by the Steroid age. We will debate whether his over-the-top HOF credentials will be enough to outweigh the stigma which will now forever haunt his career. We will yet again wonder what drove such a great player to use Steroids. If this was his first use (which I of course doubt), then why. Why when we already had a First year Induction planned for 5 years after he retires.
Another great one has fallen, and yet again we found ourselves surprised. Will we ever learn, that in this Era, no player is free from scrutiny. We were foolish indeed. The Post-Steroid Era? Pfft. We haven't left the Steroid Era yet.