Monday, June 29, 2009

Good Thing Uncontrollable Bouts of Rage Aren't a Common Side-Effect of Steroids

In a news article custom-made for perpetuating stereotypes, steroid suspendee JC Romero of the Phillies went after a Tampa Bay Rays fan in St. Petersburg:

TORONTO (AP)—The Philadelphia Phillies confirmed Saturday that one of their players was involved in a confrontation with a fan following Thursday’s game at the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Phillies did not identify the player in their statement. The Rays also confirmed the incident but did not release details.

The St. Petersburg Times reported on its Web site Saturday that Phillies reliever J.C. Romero grabbed and shoved Robert Eaton, 25, of New Port Richey, Fla., after the fan made two comments about steroids.

Romero was suspended for the first 50 games of the season after testing positive for androstenedione, a substance that Mark McGwire used in the 1990s that was later banned by baseball. Romero, who earned two wins in Philadelphia’s World Series victory over Tampa Bay last year, has sued the manufacturer of an over-the-counter supplement that he said led to his positive test.

Eaton told the newspaper he called out to Romero after a couple of Phillies brushed off his requests for autographs, asking the left-hander to get him some steroids. After Romero told him to shut up and that he didn’t know what he was talking about, Eaton said he replied that Romero was the one who’d been suspended recently.

“He reared back and kinda grazed my chin and grabbed me by the neck and threw me back,” Eaton told the newspaper. “I was in shock.”

Looks like Roger Clemens' bat-throwing behavior might have a complement! As for the Dodgers, they may want to think about giving Manny Ramirez some earplugs for upcoming road games...