No one’s accusing him, but Dan LeBatard is wondering what would happen if Cal Ripken was found to have used steroids and had a press conference of his own, and quotes at length from Ripken’s imagined speech. It’s long and worth a full read so I won’t block quote it here. Go read it. I’ll wait.
Did you read it? Good. Of course you now realize that the article
really is LeBatard using the construct of a ‘roiding Ripken to argue
that steroid use is not a black and white issue and that there are many
logical arguments out there in favor of their use. That the people who
did it aren’t the monsters they’re made out to be. He does a great job
of it actually. Makes many, many good points.
He ends it by asking “what if Ripken or someone like him did it that way? How would that go over?”
Reason, sense and all of that aside: cities would be burning and
“baseball writer” would rocket past lawyer, physicians and professional
wrestlers on the list of professions with the highest suicide rates.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.