September 22, 2005

At Least One Injured in Baltimore Bus Pile-Up: Feeling lonely in the spotlight, Rafael Palmeiro informed a congressional committee a teammate gave him whatever it was that caused a positive steroid test. [bugmenot]

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 01:13 PM - 20 comments

Finally, someone standing up and ... passing the buck.

posted by blarp at 02:12 PM on September 22, 2005

Feels a lot like the final 3 episodes of every Survivor season. You know the player is gunning for that million dollars but the only way to get it is to basically sell out everyone in sight and hope no one remembers your role.

posted by YukonGold at 02:21 PM on September 22, 2005

Oh, Raffy. Say it ain't so-sa.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:21 PM on September 22, 2005

What a shitbag! I'm all for cleaning up the game (I think) but take your punishment like an adult, man, honorable human being...cheater?

posted by garfield at 03:15 PM on September 22, 2005

Ha, weedy you sure hit a homer there. You know sosa is juicing, he has more acne at 36 then a 14 y.o. girl after a 4 day hershey kiss binge. As for Raffy he might as well just disappear because he'll never be respected or believed again.

posted by pasdpildoc at 03:44 PM on September 22, 2005

Reminds me of Hunter S. Thompson giving Billy Hatcher the "Swine of the Week" award in the San Francisco Examiner after Hatcher got caught with a corked bat and quickly blamed teammate Dave Smith.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:46 PM on September 22, 2005

Raffy will never take another at-bat in MLB. No one anywhere likes a rat and he won't be welcomed in any major league clubhouse. Garfield's right, shitbag is the right word to describe him. Man up Raffy, and take the consequences of your actions like a man and leave everyone else out of it. i'm sure this player didn't force you to inject so stop trying to blame it on someone else.

posted by erkno11 at 10:49 PM on September 22, 2005

some players do inject vitamin b-12 from time to time during the season. i bet this is the excuse that he will try to use, that he thought it was a b-12 injection.

posted by erkno11 at 10:52 PM on September 22, 2005

raffy named tejada. and erkno11's right about the b-12 excuse.

posted by goddam at 11:14 PM on September 22, 2005

SportsCenter has announced that it was Miguel Tejada, that Raffy tried to blame. But I agree, wow, what an ignoble way to end a probable Hall of Fame career.

posted by uglatto at 11:18 PM on September 22, 2005

Before the game, Orioles interim manager Sam Perlozzo said that if the first baseman had named a teammate in trying to explain his steroid test, it probably would be best that Palmeiro not return to the team this year. This is the best thing I have heard anyone involved in this whole thing say so far.

posted by jojomfd1 at 11:54 PM on September 22, 2005

some players do inject vitamin b-12 from time to time during the season. i bet this is the excuse that he will try to use, that he thought it was a b-12 injection. I believe Jaun Rincon of the Twins used that very excuse, Saying that Trainer on his winter ball team told him they were giving him a B12 shot!

posted by daddisamm at 01:47 AM on September 23, 2005

Damn - Tejada?!? The biggies are starting to fall... Think Miggy starts getting booed? Or is blame from Raffy more akin to a panacea these days?

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:47 AM on September 23, 2005

Raffy needs to pack it up and drift into the sunset. He's such a horrible liar he's only succeeding in making himself look dumber and dumber. Denial, passing the blame, total ignorance as to what he's putting in his body. Maybe his next injection will be a lethal one, because he obvioulsy wouldn't know any better. I can just imagine others coming up to him with this substance or that substance and Raffy saying, "Sure, I'll take it." He belongs on tour with the Grateful Dead, not playing major league baseball.

posted by dyams at 09:00 AM on September 23, 2005

It seems Rafael's the fallen angel in this version of the story.

posted by Hugh Janus at 10:44 AM on September 23, 2005

This is a bummer, Rafy wants to bring someone else down with him and he goes with Tejada. I was a fan but he's pretty well burned every bridge and it would really be better for all concerned if he just shuts up, goes home and doesn't try to interact with baseball anymore. He screwed himself and he should take it like a man and go down by himself and not try to damage other players' legacies because his is ruined.

posted by fenriq at 11:48 AM on September 23, 2005

I thought the part of the article that was the funniest where his lawyer said someone "leaked" the information. Like this is the CIA or something. Rafael was jus lonely because he figured out that the lie everyone tells their parents isn't true. Everyone is NOT doing it.

posted by mcstan13 at 12:14 PM on September 23, 2005

Did Palmeiro say this in his arbitration hearing, before the positive test news became public, or did he say this more recently? The article quotes Orioles exec VP Jim Beattie as saying, "That was investigated by HHPAC [House Health Policy Advisory Committee], and just to be sure they tested the stuff that Miggy had. It was found to be the B-12. That cleared it. End of story." That makes it sound like Palmeiro mentioned Tejada a few months ago. If that's the case, it's slightly (and I emphasize slightly) less damning to Palmeiro's character than it would be if he ratted out Tejada just yesterday.

posted by cl at 12:24 PM on September 23, 2005

Raffy is gone for the rest of the year! The orioles said don't come back!!

posted by jojomfd1 at 05:27 PM on September 23, 2005

Hes done forever- period.

posted by redsoxrgay at 08:04 AM on September 25, 2005

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