A couple of years back, I wrote an entry about an Astros minor league prospect who tested positive for steroids and asked – how STUPID can you possibly get???!!! Got a lot of comments/emails – in fact, more comments/emails than I have received on any other entry including World Series writeups – many from personal friends of the guy, saying he’s a good guy (OK, I’m leaving out the personal attacks and the Bad words) and he made a mistake. So this time, I’m not going to say that Schafer is a maroon (as Bugs Bunny would say) – or even an imbezzel.
But he’s 25, not a teenager. He’s already had drug trouble with MLB (for HGH, which is banned, because it might could make the boys look purtier…) and he sure nuff didn’t need no mo problems. I can even understand the minor leaguer and roids – the guy had a low batting average, maybe injuries, was getting older, time passing by, he’s desperate, hopes he finds just a little SOMEthing to hang on. Hopes the stuff will be gone from his system when the tester comes around. I understand that. Really, I do – it’s just not true that shooting up turns you from a scrub minor leaguer into a major league All-Star, even if the media and lots of fans think it is.
He gots NO excuse.
You heard the story - he is out driving in Florida after midnight – an expensive car with expired Mississippi plates. He has the windows rolled down and is smoking an illegal substance while driving. Cops bust him for 25.9 grams of marijuana, which is a felony (in Florida), with 5 years hard time and you lose your car (under the “car committed a crime by having illegal drugs in it so the cops get it” law.) Wonder how many prisoners in Florida are doing 5 years hard time for possession of 2 marijuana cigarettes. And they wonder why prisons are overcrowded and the kind of criminals who do things like rape and kill get early releases.
But I digress. Where was I? Oh yeah -
If you’re gonna drive a car with expired plates, don’t commit a felony while doing that. And even if you didn’t think it’s a felony, you KNOW it’s against the law, the cops see an out of state car, they look for stuff.
Who knows WHAT the Florida courts are going to do – the boy is lucky he’s got some money and he’s White and an athlete. But truth is he’s too old to be THAT stupid – there’s just no excuse.
If he’s inside when Spring Training starts, or he’s convicted of a felony, he won’t be with the team. But that’s OK. We’ll have JD Martinez in LF, and have Shuck, Bogusevic and Bourgeois platoon CF and RF and we’ll also be sure to re-sign the remnants of Jason Michaels for that juicy Veteran Winning Goodness he’s provided for the last 3 years.
And, sad news – a local boy from Conroe, Dustin Kellogg, age 18, picked by the Astros in the 34th round this year, died when he drove head on into a semi. I really REALLY hope alcohol was not involved – a lot easier for your parents/friends/family if you fell asleep at the wheel than if you got drunk and killed your self…
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