Dr. Bosch the focus of a current PED investigation. Gio Gonzalez has been linked to the investigation.
I am going to apologize at the outset for the mildly personal nature of this post.
This morning’s report from The Miami New Times, detailing an ongoing investigation into an anti-aging clinic in Florida selling performance enhancing drugs, possibly to Major League Baseball players, has rocked the baseball world. This includes seizmic shocks through the heart of Natstown’s very own K street. Gio Gonzalez’s name was found in these records, albeit on a page that seems to include a bunch of legal substances, and the doubt machine has been rolling in full effect all day. Dan Kolko has been doing an excellent job of updating his article as more information comes out (and you should keep that bookmarked for a bit), but even now not much is known about the situation.
MLB has stated they are in the midst of an investigation (aka no comment), Gio Gonzalez has categorically denied using PEDs (not that he’s been officially accused of anything yet) and his father has backed him up. Most of Twitter went on its head this morning, and Nats fans are somewhere between a state of panic and zealous defense of the beloved left hander. It’s understandable, too. Gonzalez, by all accounts, is a fan favorite as much for his personality as his performance. The one time I met Gio (and his father, actually) I was nothing but charmed with what a great guy he was (both were). It’d be hard for me to recnocile that meeting with the possibility of his involvement in something so scanalous.
This post, however, is not to go through my opinion on whether Gio Gonzalez did something he shouldn’t have, or not. It isn’t to weigh up what it means to use PEDs, etc., or what it means for the ball club, or whether I think he “did it.” Indeed, what is pushing me to write is that these are, currently, fruitless questions with even less fruitful answers. Nature abhors a vacuum and so do we. It is up to us to fight against our nature and hazard too many guesses or opinions about things that, frankly, we know nothing about. Continue reading