Say it ain't so
The text message came in at 6:50 last night. To borrow the line from Ralphie in "A Christmas Story," it was THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the "F-dash-dash-dash" word!
I knew the sender of the text, whom I commonly refer to as my heterosexual life partner (think “Scrubs” :) ), was in Las Vegas for the weekend, so in two seconds I processed what the word could have been for. I knew he wasn't in trouble or he'd have just called. I knew that he didn't lose a pile of money because that's just not how this cat rolls. I knew the word was used regarding something we both enjoy, but does not directly affect us. Isn't it funny how we do so many text messages these days that you can learn someone's intent in four letters?
In the next two seconds the things that he and I both enjoy rolled through my head and my main thought was that Prince just signed with the Cubs. Since I've been cable and broadcast television-free for years I couldn't turn on the tele to find out what caused the “F bomb” and besides, that's almost an archaic way to get up-to-the-second info these days. Plus the future Mrs. and myself were in the middle of the two-part “Cheers” Season 8 finale so just about anything could wait 11 minutes.
After we watched the ups and downs of Rebecca, Sam and Robin Colcord I opened the old Twitter feed on my Droid and there it was. The news that I would NEVER have guessed would be right there. News I would NEVER have imagined.
RYAN BRAUN TESTS POSITIVE FOR HIGH LEVELS OF TESTOSTERONE
I'm not going to lie. My heart sank, as I imagine, did those of thousands of other fans. How could this be? The face of our franchise -- a franchise that has FINALLY returned to a competitive state -- failed a test for performance-enhancing drugs.
I'm not here to convict Mr. Braun. The Brewers issued the following statement, Ryan vehemently denies and says there are highly unusual circumstances. I hope so.
I'm not willing to convict him yet. If you want to know EXACTLY how the lab testing works, read this.
I'm all for an adult American's right to choose, but I also understand that Ryan plays a game that has rules. Follow the rules or you're a cheater. I obviously want the appeal process to play out and find out that it was indeed a mistake, but who knows? If he is guilty then he must do his time: a 50-game suspension that would put him back on the field on May 31.
I understand why Cubs fans, and really fans of most teams, would look at him and want to scream "YOU ARE A CHEATER." Sammy Sosa looked one of my not-so-handsome cousins right in the eye from about eight rows away as he chanted, "cheater ... cheater," loud enough for Sammy to hear. We were in Maryvale surrounded by Brewers fans, so he was safe.
How will Ryan be received if he is found guilty and has to sit for 50 games? Personally I'm not ready to think about that yet. I don't want to make any judgments until I know the verdict. I hope if you consider yourself a member of Brewer Nation, you feel the same. He's one of ours and he's done nothing but be a model citizen and teammate since the day he was drafted. We can't turn our backs on him now, after what he's given us in such a short time.
What do the Brewers fans think? Cubs fans? I know you're out there, NVgrf, so what does the Cards fan say? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Have a great day!
Tim Thompson is a carsalesman, farmer, and huge fan of the Milwaukee Brewers. He lives in Milton area with his wife and two kids. Tim is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.