I Am A Bitter, Angry Man (well, maybe not so much)

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ankiel ny daily news cover

Boy, I wish I had Drudge’s flashing siren icon to put on top of this post. The NY Daily News is reporting that Rick Ankiel received a 12 month supply of HGH in 2004.

All the usual caveats apply. I’m not one of the steroid-obsessed people like most in the media. I enjoyed watching Bonds break the HR record. But if nothing else, this should take some of the gleam off the Golden Boy, and that’s a nice way to end the day. It will be fun to watch all his admirers try to justify and/or minimize the impact of this story.

(h/t MLB FanHouse)

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The Natural. The stuff of legends. The greatest baseball story of the year.

Bull*&*@#$*!!!

OK, so everybody loves Rick Ankiel. He has been the recipient of numerous fawning stories recounting his poor childhood, superstar potential as a pitcher, tragic failure and now a phoenix-like rise from the ashes. Peter Gammons, notoriously susceptible to any nostalgic story involving the Cardinals wrote, “What I do care about is the fact that this man overcame demons and dreams and pain few have ever experienced.” Please.

I don’t care. I unsubscribed from the Deadspin feed because the editor is a Cardinals fan and can’t resist the urge to write him love letters every week; there’s an entire category devoted to him on the site. It’s a man-crush on the scale of Vince Young and Austin. Right now Ankiel’s getting on-base at about 90 points higher than he ever has in the minors and is slugging over 200 points more. He’s having a nice month, but if the Cubs manage to royally screw it up and the Cardinals get into the playoffs we’ll never hear the end of it.

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