Reporting Tony Lopez
WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Baseball fans at Raley Field Wednesday, say they are fed up with the ongoing drug scandal after an Oakland A’s star pitcher tests positive.
Bartolo Colon becomes the second bay area major leaguer in a week to be suspended for performance enhancing drugs.
It was tough to find a single thing wrong with the picture-perfect night for baseball at Raley Field Wednesday.
But in between the strikes, balls, hits, runs and errors, was the chatter in the crowd about Major League Baseball’s imperfection, and the latest error in judgment by another bay area big leaguer.
“It hit hard being an A’s fan today, and I was like ‘oh no, not another bay area guy’ First giants now A’s,” said Adam Cisneros.
Pitcher Bartolo Colon, who has the most wins on the A’s staff with 10, was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. It was the same performance enhancing substance Giants’ slugger Melky Cabrera was busted for.
Colon issued this statement: “I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A’s. I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program.”
Colon is now the fifth major leaguer this year to be busted for violating the drug program.
The stain on America’s past-time, for some, is getting tougher to erase.
“Sports should be natural. To me, you work out, you stay fit,” said fan Cynthia Mose.
And, you don’t cheat.
Some fans are using this as a teaching moment for their kids and grandkids.
“We are constantly telling them, ‘hey as time goes on, there’s gonna be guys out there that are gonna want to give you steroids and all this stuff to enhance your performance and all kinds of stuff, stay away from it,’ ” said Bob Fabella.
It’s a 50 game suspension for the first offense, 100 for second, and the third, you’re out.
However, many want baseball to come down harder.
“I think, maybe, second you’re out,” said Doug Powell.
So two strikes and you’re out in a sport where some fans are running out of patience.