Welcome Back, Your Dreams Were Your Ticket Out...
Nothing like the continuing steroid saga to bring one out of their July sports hibernation. Maybe it was the long summer's nap, or the prescription drugs, but I'm actually here to defend the ultimate Latin Lover.
Even though it doesn't seem unlikely that Palmerio didn't know exactly what was in the supplements he was taking, I tend to believe his excuse that it was taken completely by accident. Call my defense arbitrary and capricious, but Palmerio's numbers over the years have always been steady. As Matt pointed out, it's not like Sammy Sosa who went from not being able to hit to hitting 60 home runs, or Bonds who's production exploded as he approached 40, or Brady Anderson ('nuff said), Palmerio's career totals have been steady and the result of avoiding serious injury.
He does, however, deserve whatever inevitable shit storm awaits him for not being on top of his supplements. When the testing began David Ortiz stated, quite correctly, that many of the Latin players were at a language disadvantage, since many of the banned substances are easily available at any "health food store". Hell, GNC sold "diet" supplements with boatloads of ephedrine in them, killing even pro athletes. But Palmerio definitely doesn't fall into that category, so you're in for a tough ride Raffie.
And Barry Bonds scrapping his season? As a closet Giants fan, I hope the team will take this opportunity to re-define themselves without the slugger. We see it all the time in basketball, where a star gets hurt and the team learns to succeed without him. So far, though, the Giants haven't done this. Hopefully, this latest announcement will push them along.