It’s sad that he even has to — his words: “it sucks” — but Chris Davis does feel that he has to deny PED accusations. And that he did to the Baltimore Sun:
“I have never taken them. I have no reason to. I’ve always been a power hitter. With me, I think the biggest thing was the consistency of the contact … When I was making contact, I was always hitting for power. I’m a guy that likes to work out a lot. I’m a guy that used to eat whatever I wanted to, but I started getting into my mid-20s, I’ve been seeing that change. So I’ve been taking better care of my body. I have a pretty strict diet. But I’ve never taken [performance-enhancing drugs]. I haven’t felt the need to.”
All of that will be for naught of course. People who like to write the “questions remain …” story are the same people who raise the questions, and that’s a feedback loop that is immune to external data.