Checking the Wire 5/15/09


Remember how we all thought ManRam tested positive for the female fertility drug? Wrong. Turns out it was steroids while the prescription for HCG is what earned many a 50 game ticket riding pine. Lance Pugmire goes on to demolish the various excuses Manny has given or could have given. I think they know what they're talking about at Cedars-Sinai:

As for HCG, Dr. Glenn Braunstein, an expert in reproductive endocrinology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said the drug slightly bumps up testosterone production but typically not to the level that would cause a T-E ratio such as 4:1. A typical dose leaves a person's system in 36 hours.
Bruce Jenkins ranks the MLB ballparks. The Coliseum? Third to last. Eww.

Mental issues in sports, some overcome some don't. Hasn't it always been like that?

Monitor how the Giants do over the next two weeks because it'll be a good example of their ability to compete for the playoffs later this season.

Kurt Suzuki and his wife are holding a fundraiser for Josh Wilhite, Suzuki's college teammate and a victim in the hit and run accident that killed Angel's pitcher Nick Adenhart. And I would agree with Susan that Kurt is becoming the most popular Oakland A.

Post game notes form Schulman, Renteria getting an MRI, Fastball Master has a slow move to the plate, duh?

Baggs' post game notes, including this about pinch hitter Aurilia in the 8th:
After watching pinch hitter Rich Aurilia strike out while chasing a slider, I was wondering … where in the world is Jesus Guzman?

Aurilia has been much much much better against lefties in recent years and you know why Bochy would go with Aurilia over a less experienced option, but Richie (can I call him that?) has to put the ball in play. Renteria got the game tying base hit afterward, but in the end none of it matters.


Apparently, new GM Larry Riley will go hard for Chris Bosh and it might mean giving up Anthony Randolph. Let me speak for all Warriors fans, WHAT!?!?!?! If you are trying to build a title contending team, Chris Bosh is maybe the #2 in the three "IT" player triumvirate. Randolph could be a #1 and he could be playing Bosh's position by next season! So, this is Hell?


Robert Gallery is putting together a charity car cruise for the families of the slain Oakland Police officers.