The Steroid Era: It Ain’t Just in Baseball

I’m sure you all heard the news today.  A high-profile name linked to steroids, threatening to tear the ballroom dancing world apart.

I’m sorry, did you say ballroom dancing?

That’s right, folks.  In her blog today, Dancing With The Stars contestant Jewel revealed that she came down with tendinitis in her knee.  She went on to say:

“Hopefully these steroids will really do the trick and I can keep bad flare ups at a bay in the future.”

So there it is – admission that she’s juicing.

If you’re anything like me, your first response was: Jewel has a blog?  And people read it?

If Jewel pulls this thing out and wins it, I think we’re going to have to talk seriously about an asterisk.

In other news – this a little more baseball-related, it was great to be at work this morning and see the Astros-Braves game on ESPN.  For a baesball addict with serious withdrawals, this was precisely what the doctor ordered.

Though Sergio Perez and Rule 5 pick Gilbert De La Vara (two pitchers not expected to make the 25-man roster out of camp anyway) blew the lead established by the Astros offense, Roy Oswalt, Brandon Backe, and Alberto Arias, there were a lot of positives in this game.

Christopher Johnson.jpgFirst and foremost, Christopher Johnson.  With the quagmire that is the Astros’ third base situation – where all talk has been of Aaron Boone and Geoff Blum creating the worst platoon situation mankind has ever envisioned – Johnson is emerging as the guy to beat at third.  He still probably needs some time in AAA before he’s called up full-time, but the way he’s seeing the ball right now, he’s making the most of his time in Spring Training.

It’s still very early, of course, but this is very promising.  Aside from Blum, he’s the most competent defender at third base, as well, so the faster he proves himself ready, the better.

ph_430571.jpgThe second player to make the organization notice him is John Gall.  Gall has always shown an ability to hit in the minors, but hasn’t gotten regular work at the Major League level.  With the lack of outfield depth in the Astros’ organization, this may well be his time to break through.

He’s been putting together some very nice at-bats in this very young Spring Training, and looks like he may be forcing a tough decision.  We’ll see if he can keep it up.


  1. roundrock15

    There’s a lot at stake, and I suppose it should be expected that competitors will seek whatever edge they can. As of this writing, steroids are not explicitly prohibited in DWTS rules. It’ll be interesting to see if Congress holds investigations.

  2. renaudtn

    RR15: you write so many blogs I can’t keep up… 🙂
    So i’m a little late to comment. Agree with Johnson: he could probably use some time in AAA, but it’s very likely that he’ll join the team sooner than later (if he doesn’t make it out of ST…). I have high hopes for Sutton as well.

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