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March 15, 2010

Former All-Star Talks Steroids, "Greenies"

Thanks to Jose Canseco’s bestselling book Juiced and its follow up “The Mitchell Report”, Major League Baseball may never get out from under the steroid cloud.

It seems that virtually every lengthy discussion about baseball ends up touching upon performance enhancing drugs.

That being said…I’ve never had the cajones to, in all my dealings with baseball players (past and present), ask anyone flat out if THEY did anything illegal.

I guess that’s where the anonymity of the internet comes in.

Over at Morgan Ensberg’s blog, “Stuart” threw out the following question: “Did you use PED’s and did you see others using them? A simple yes or no will not do.”

Yikes! Pretty ballsy “Stuart”.

More ballsy however…the former All-Star’s reply.

Stuart I am pumped up that you asked me that! I didn’t use steroids or anything else that helped build muscle.

The only thing I saw in the clubhouse was “greenies” which I have done about 10 times. Greenies are basically “uppers” and they didn’t do anything to me. I am not sure if that is a good thing.

I drink a ton of coffee and would drink something like 2 redbulls before a game if I felt sluggish.

I always use this analogy. In Hermosa Beach, where I grew up, there were a bunch of kids who smoked weed. I was asked if I wanted to smoke, but I said no and that was the end of it.

I eventually smoked in college about 30 times and I liked it. But I noticed that it made me eat a lot and I didn’t need any help in that department.

Back to the point, I didn’t smoke so I wasn’t in “that club”. If you are not in the group then you have no idea what guys are doing it. The same thing happened in college with cocaine. I have never done cocaine, but some of my buddies did and I had no idea. I just thought that they were really hyper.

My opinion is this. I can’t fault anyone for doing steroids because they are trying to do everything they can to get to the big leagues. I played in the Dominican and Venezuela and nothing you say will change my opinion on a guy making a decision to feed his family. This isn’t apples and apples.

I don’t even think that those guys who did do steroids pushed me out of the game. I had the ability to play the game at the highest level and that is really cool to me.

Amazing. An honest reply from a Major Leaguer to a fan.

In a time where agents and career politicking sometimes gets in the way…it’s refreshing to see Ensberg’s opinion on things.

Plus, dude’s got the makings of a decent site.
Check it out!

BallHype: hype it up!

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