Friday, December 7, 2007

Rick Ankiel Exonerated!

As many of you know, the "feel good" story of the 2007 baseball season was the amazing comeback of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel. The pitcher who became a hitter due to "wildness" issues on the mound hit 11 home runs and drove in 39 runs while hitting .285 in 47 games last year after his August call-up from the minor leagues.

Late in the season, several media outlets reported that Ankiel had received Human Growth Hormone (not a steroid) in 2003 and 2004 to help him recover from an injury. HGH was legal at the time, and it was used for a valid medical reason. Many respected media outlets such as ESPN tried to convict him and bring him down on the spot. It was a sad commentary on the state of our sports media today and how it's become almost tabloid-like in many instances. From what I could tell, Ankiel had done nothing wrong and I vehemently argued this point on several other websites.

Yesterday, and not at all to my surprise, Ankiel was exonerated of ANY wrongdoing by Major League Baseball. For more on this story, go to this link.


No comments: