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Saturday, July 21st, 2018



At this point in Rafael Palmeiro’s life, he should be reaping the benefits of an incredible career in major league baseball, reveling in all its honors and preparing a speech for a future hall of fame induction. But that’s not the case at all. Consider the words of Lynne Palmeiro, Rafael’s wife:

“There’s no peace,” Lynne said. “He worked his tail off to get where he was. Now, it’s changed forever. Life in general has changed. It affected his career. It affected him. And our family. And our kids. People don’t realize that.

“My kids, all of a sudden, couldn’t go to the ballpark anymore, which is something they had done their whole lives. Everything changed for us.”

That quote comes from an article in the Dallas Morning News describing how Raffy now prefers privacy. The columnist, Jean-Jacques Taylor, was trying to pen a piece about Palmeiro’s induction into Mississippi State’s Hall of Fame. Palmeiro apparently did not return the columnist’s calls. But Lynne Palmeiro is wrong about one thing: We do realize it. We also realize steroids are illegal, as is lying to congress. We also realize that no act of contrition has ever been made by Palmeiro.

Here is what Rafael said in 2006:

“The tragedy of all of this is that it happened to me, and it shouldn’t have happened. It ruined my life and my career,” Palmeiro told the Baltimore Sun in June 2006. “That’s the tragedy of this. Three thousand, it’s just a number. It’s just a game. The other deals with my life and my livelihood and my family and all that I stand for. All of that is gone.”

Taylor ends his column with these words:

“Right now, you’d have to say his enshrinement depends on whether Bonds, Clemens, McGwire and Sosa get in.

If one gets in, they all get in. Palmeiro would enhance his chances by admitting his mistakes.

We love to forgive in America. All you have to do is ask.”

  • dhaab

    We also love to tear our heros down in America.

    I cringe when I see writers and bloggers denigrating another human being like this. Judge not, lest you be judged.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    LOL. Who’s denigrating and/or judging? Nobody. As for tearing our heroes down, he pretty much did that himself.

  • dhaab

    Doing steroids or lying to congress doesn’t have any affect whatsoever on how I feel about him or any other person. Using the word “we” in your little monologue gives the impression that everyone feels the way you do. Nothing could be further from the truth. Back to your pulpit now, judge. :)

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Those are things he did; they aren’t judgments on him- regardless of using the word we. A judgment would be saying he’s a terrible person for doing those things. Big, big difference.

    Point is this: he’s going the Pete Rose route and it’s obviously affecting him personally. The sad thing about a lot of the high profile steroid users like Bonds, Clemens and Palmeiro is that they would have made the HOF had they never even messed with them.

  • dhaab

    Agreed. But I still don’t believe those players shouldn’t make the HOF. I have no doubt in my mind that over 90% of pro athletes take “supplements” in order to enhance their abilities. And I’d bet the majority of those supplements are not regulated by our government. Does that make it right? No, but I certainly don’t think anyone should vilify those that are higher profile suspects.

  • dhaab

    …or require the suspects to make a public apology.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    I don’t disagree too much, but Palmeiro is not a suspect. He had positive tests and hence lied under oath to congress. And there are some (maybe many) that consider McGwire’s “not going to go into the past”, Sosa’s “no speaka da english” and Palmeiro’s finger-wagging lie as one of the ugliest events in baseball.

    These guys should look at Giambi’s example. He fessed up and no one ever really talks about him as a roider.

  • dhaab

    In my opinion, there isn’t a pro athlete in the past 30 years who isn’t a suspect. It just so happens that the more high profile ones are being vilified, for the most part. Probably because they were more successful and higher paid.

    I’ll ask again. Why do you think they owe anyone an apology?

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