The latest PED story that broke yesterday didn't surprise me. The fact that Alex Rodriguez was linked, yet again, to PEDs didn't surprise me. He's been the #1 most hated former Ranger since he left the team. What surprised me was seeing Nelson Cruz's name in the story.
I like Nelson Cruz.
I have a special place in my collector's heart for Nelson Cruz because my son had a personal encounter with him.
I don't want to believe that Nelson Cruz would be stupid enough to take PEDs.
That said, if it's true, I say throw the book at him and the others. No more kid gloves. I know it would never get by the player's union, but if these morons are stupid enough to take PEDs in any form, I would fully support a lifetime ban. Make the ban Pete Rose got look like a slap on the wrist. Wipe their stats from all official MLB records. Make like the CIA and get rid of any records that show they ever existed in baseball at all.
At some point, MLB needs to legalize all of it and let the players sentence themselves to a life of inflated heads, shrunken balls and early deaths or make the penalty a career killing death sentence. I'm not proposing the lifetime ban for people like Bonds and Clemens because they played in the era of PED acceptance in locker rooms and front offices (even if team execs claim they didn't know what was happening), but I think you need to tell these kids in adult bodies that it won't be tolerated anymore.
Of course, I may be wrong. It could be that I'm just extremely disappointed to see one of my guys implicated. Again.