Matt Holliday has been one of the more outspoken anti-PED players in baseball. He has called for tougher penalties and has been harsh when asked to talk about the PED cheats. But he does have a capacity for forgiveness too. At least with respect to a new teammate:
When it comes to Jhonny Peralta, his new St. Louis Cardinals teammate, he is willing to forgive and forget . . . ”I am against PEDs and always will be,” Holliday said Monday at the Cardinals’ winter fan festival. ”But I also am a forgiving person and he served his suspension. That’s the rules of the game. I’m happy to have him as a teammate . . . ‘He took the suspension, served it . . .”
Totally reasonable tack to take. And not at all inconsistent with his calls for tougher penalties and the eradication of PEDs in the game.
I wonder why it is that baseball players can be 100% anti-PED yet do not feel the need to demonize players who cheat or otherwise treat them like pariahs but a large swath of the media and fans cannot.
The World Series champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit President Trump in the White House on February 15. Some have speculated that manager Álex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico and has been critical of Trump and has been a big factor in Hurricane Maria relief efforts, might not go as a form of protest. Thus far, nothing concrete has been reported on that front.
However, third baseman Rafael Devers says he isn’t going to join the Red Sox on their visit to the White House, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Devers would prefer to focus on baseball, as the Red Sox open spring training on February 13 and position players have to report on February 17. Per Chris Mason, Devers also said via a translator, “The opportunity was presented and I just wasn’t compelled to go.”
Devers hails from the Dominican Republic and he, like many of Major League Baseball’s foreign-born player base, might not be happy about Trump’s immigration policies. Understandably, he is being tight-lipped about his motivation, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Devers is making a silent protest by choosing not to attend. He is thus far the only member of the team to bow out.
Devers, 22, hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 home runs, 66 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 490 plate appearances last season.
Last year, when the Astros visited Trump at the White House, they did so without Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltrán. Both are from Puerto Rico. It is certainly not unprecedented for individual players to opt out of the White House visit.
No word yet on what food will be served during Boston’s trip to the nation’s capital, but the smart money is on hamberders.