“Yes, but how does that make you feel?”
That’s a stereotypical response from a psychologist, and while we’re on the topic of stereotypes, being the psychology enthusiast that I am, and a chick, let’s talk a little bit about my feelings.
Just like the guys from MLB Network, ESPN, and every other sports station, I’ve succumbed to blogging about Manny Ramirez.
If, for some reason, you live under a rock and have yet to hear, Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games for taking a substance banned in the majors. This illegal substance is human chorionic gonadotropin. What is that? I had no idea, so like any good college graduate, I turned to Wikipedia. It turns out, human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, is a hormone that is naturally produced in the placenta during pregnancy. hCG, as a drug for males, is often taken along with steroids to assist in the side effects of coming off steroids. While taking steroids, your body stops producing testosterone, and so by taking hCG while coming off a cycle, it increases your production of set hormone and works to restore your body to it’s normal state… i.e., any parts that shrank should be restored to normal size. So, hCG is kind of like a kick in the nuts… literally, it’s what helps kick start your body to produce testosterone again. Basically, what Ramirez was taking isn’t a steroid, but it’s something that steroid users freqently take between cycles. However, for the most part, hCG is prescribed to stimulate female fertility and the testosterone production in males.
As I was talking with one of my friends today, who isn’t exactly the baseball enthusiast that I am, we talked about the suspension that Ramirez now faces. The debate of the damage that missing approximately 30% of games will give him. Was that too harsh? My friend said that she hated the way players had to be punished to show what the league is doing wrong… or something along those lines. Players do need to be made an example of, but is 30% of games too much? Too little? Right now, adding insult to injury, I think Joe Torre summed it up best by saying, “We need to regain the trust of the fans.” Ramirez claims he doesn’t want to appeal because he doesn’t want to miss a significant portion of the end of the season… so… did he actually take steroids? Not sure.
The truth is Manny Ramirez didn’t get suspended for taking steroids, he was suspended for the substance that was banned by MLB, which is not a steroid. That’s right, Manny Ramirez was suspended for trying to increase the size… or perhaps, get back to the normal size with a kick in his, apparently reduced size, nuts with hCG. If we go back to stereotypes, then I guess with the random drug testing that happens throughout the majors, I think that this only further shows that men really can only think with one head at a time. Or maybe it’s just Manny being Manny.
Despite yet another sad day in baseball, I am still stoked for Saturday’s game… hopefully I won’t see anything like that picture of Manny.