Jeff Passan just dropped some interesting news on a slow news day. Major League Baseball, it seems, has sent a memo out to players warning them that over-the-counter sexual-enhancement pills — the sort often sold at gas stations or via late night TV ads as as “male enhancement” products — run the risk of giving players positive PED test results due to contamination with products that violate the league’s substance abuse policy.
Passan’s report says that use of these products is rampant among ballplayers. He also says this that “at least two players this year were suspended for performance-enhancing drugs and claimed the banned substances found in their urine came from the unregulated products . . .”
If we assume that he’s only talking about major leaguers here, it’s probably worth noting that there have only been three positive PED tests among major leaguers so far this year: Tim Beckham, Frankie Montas and Steven Wright. So, um, maybe someone wants to go track these dudes down and ask them if they’ve bought any “RhinoZen Black Fire” or whatever.
No, I do not know of that product personally. I read about it. REALLY!
Anyway, just another normal day in the big leagues.
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.