New story on ESPN, “Cubs players praise, back Braun collector”. My only question is this: What the fuck difference did it make how this guy performed at his job in the past? That is not being questioned. It is on the same line of thought as “MLB’s drug problem doesn’t wok because of the Braun case.” This one incident does not change anything that happened in the past or, possibly, anything that will happen in the future. It is what it is, and that’s all that it is. It was a SINGLE incident. The drug testing policy (and process) were ‘broken’ in this one instance. That doesn’t mean that it didn’t work before or won’t work going forward. It does mean that it didn’t work THAT ONE SINGLE TIME. Is this single failure indicative of a flaw in the testing procedure? Possibly, but that doesn’t mean that the whole system doesn’t work. Did the arbitrator find, in this one situation, that the collector did not follow appropriate procedure? Yes, but that doesn’t mean that the collector didn’t follow appropriate procedure in the past and won’t in the future. Nobody is hanging this guy out to dry, in fact, he has the complete backing of Major League Baseball. There is no reason for anybody to feel sorry for him or come rushing to his defense.
Listen, I am not a fan of Albert Pujols. I will go on record (and have in the past) to say that I feel he is one of the laziest players in the game. However, if this same situation happened with Pujols and he was exonerated because the sample wasn’t handled correctly, I would believe the same thing. The only evidence that is out there that Braun is guilty of anything was the positive test. That test was ruled invalid. Hence, there is no evidence that Braun is guilty of anything. It is extremely simple logic and it doesn’t matter if anyone agrees with the reasons that the test was ruled invalid. People that know an infinite amount more about the situation than anybody in the national media or the blogging world have decided that the sample was improperly handled and the test was ruled invalid. Why is there so many that are questioning it, with nothing to go on but the garbled “facts” that have come out since November?