Reefer Madness

reefer_madness.jpgThere are home runs and then there are home runs. When a guy like Ryan Howard hits one off the sweet spot, chances are it’s going to travel a longs ways. However, when someone like Scott Podsednik gets one out of the park, you assume that there must have been a strong gust of wind somewhere around the end of its ride.

Similarly, there are drugs and then there are drugs. Now I don’t want to say that some drugs are all right because it’s true that most have some sort of side effect. But even implying that PED’s and a drug like marijuana have the same kind of effect on sports and the players or that they should be punished the same way is pretty ignorant.

That’s why I’m curious about this Geovany Soto admission. I don’t think it’s any secret that a lot of professional athletes enjoy a little visit with Steve Green every now and again and it has become even more prevalent and less stigmatized among the younger generation. But, MLB under Bud Selig has often shown a tin ear when it comes to these sorts of things. Their response to Soto’s test will show a lot about what direction they plan to head.

If it was up to me, I’d hand out the minimum. A slap on the wrist, some drug counseling or something along those lines. But you never know when and where reefer madness is going to strike and my guess is that they’ll come down disproportionately hard on Soto after screwing the pooch with the PED debacle. Hopefully they’ll see it my way but if it turns out that Soto is also growing a little on the side, maybe even mixed in with the ivy in the outfield, well, then all bets are off.




  1. Jonestein

    The only real side effect of “drugs” has nothing to do with the munchies and everything to do with the disastrous unintended consequences of this futile “war on drugs” in the US. It seems that no one ever thinks about these things. How many lives have been lost to gangs & cartels who continue to be funded by through-the-roof profit margins…margins that would disappear if drugs were just made…*GASP*…legal?!? I’m not even going to get started on the laundry list of other unintended consequences…did we learn nothing from alcohol prohibition? Apparently not, since our Nanny-State is in the process of making tobacco illegal too…the drug cartels must be drooling over the prospect of black market tobacco profits!

    Oh, and the Rangers won last night. :^)

  2. redstatebluestate

    I agree with Jonestein… and Joe… still, a Geo Soto punishment might help the Cubs more than anything… like Erin said, “have you seen his numbers this season?”

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