Palmeiro Screwed Himself

Baltimore Orioles All-Star 1st baseman was headed down the road to Cooperstown but then seemed to take a U-turn. Not only does the evidence seem to suggest that Rafael Palmeiro took the powerful “performance-enhancing” steroid stanozolol, but it seems back on March 17th he lied about it before a congressional panel by saying “I have never used steroids. Period.

Yeah, he screwed himself. Now I don’t completely understand why there are congressional hearings that deal with baseball (don’t they have better things to do?), but regardless, Palmeiro may have committed perjury. Tom Davis said in an interview that “as a practical matter, perjury referrals are uncommon, prosecutions are rare. But this is a high-profile case, so I think it will get an honest look-see.” It doesn’t look good for Raf who recently got his 3000th hit (at a Mariners game that I was at, see picture below) joining hall of famers Aaron, Mays, and Murray as the only players with that hit count and 500 home runs.

Palmeiro has said that he stands by his testimony to Congress and that he has no idea how the drug got into his system. That seems a bit suspect to me. How do you not know you have ingested a powerful drug? I hope, for Palmeiro’s sake, that he didn’t actually take the drug and he will be let off the hook. If not, at wrose he could go to jail/pay fine for perjury and at best be banned from Cooperstown (I would assume). Time will tell I suppose.

Rafael doubles off the Mariners’ Joel Pineiro for his 3000th hit and his team joins him at 2nd for celebration. Seems a bit tainted now, doesn’t it?

Ή χάρις του κυρίου ημων Ίησου Χριστου μεθ’ υμων.

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