Yesterday, Texas Rangers president and MLB's all-time strikeout king spoke to a gaggle of fans noting that "that baseball was finally addressing the use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs by major leaguers after previously ignoring the problem."
Said Ryan, "Baseball turned its back on the problem and ignored it. Anytime you realize you have a problem, the longer you go without addressing that problem, then when you do decide to address it, the tougher it is to do. I think that's where we are with baseball."
"It's painful to go through. But I feel like we are headed in the right direction. We will get a handle on it. How soon will that be? I don't know. But I think it will be in the near future and [performance-enhancing drugs] will be something in our history."
Ryan should know. He picthed 27 seasons in the bigs until the age of 46.
Conveniently, Ryan left out any mention of his own performance enhancement pill that he not only abused, but flaunted.
The campaign's accompanying television ads started out with Ryan in his Texas-drawl mumbling, ""If i want to keep playing baseball..." Essentially admitting that without the little scientifically-developed, man-made pick me up, the Express' Hall of Fame career could have very easily been derailed.
If he would so readily brag about this short-cut, who knows what else he might be hiding. A fearsome competitor with a real aggressive streak, one can't help but think what mind and body altering drugs he might have been on when he viciously attacked Robin Ventura in an obvious ibuprofen-induced rage.