Jose Guillen is [Allegedly] an Idiot
The San Francisco Giants are rolling right through the World Series, winning the first two games at AT&T Park this week. Obviously, this puts the players and the organization in high spirits.
Sadly, their buzz may be killed with the news of outfielder Jose Guillen -- left off the postseason roster due to a nagging neck injury -- being linked to a federal investigation into shipments of performance-enhancing drugs.
Really Jose? Again?
Apparently, several unidentified lawyers informed Major League Baseball just before the playoffs began that they were looking into shipments of human growth hormone that was sent to Guillen's wife, who lives in the Bay Area.
I guess I don't really care to speculate or belittle his injuries, it's just a curious situation: is Guillen not playing this postseason because his neck hurts, or because he's so totally busted again? A source near the investigation tells Hardball Talk's Craig Calcaterra the latter is not the case.
No, this isn't the first time the 34-year-old Guillen has been mixed up in steroid allegations. Back in 2007, the news came to light that he had [allegedly] purchased more than $19,000 worth of HGH, steroids and other random performance-enhancers from the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center between May 2002 and June 2005. He was promptly suspended for 15 days, then the news got old and everyone pretty much forgot what a cheater he [allegedly] was. Until now.
Hopefully this crap won't distract the Misfits in their quest for a ring. Or, if you're a Rangers fan, hopefully it will.
Speaking of the World Series, one of my favorite pastimes is partaking in a little sports betting among friends. One pal in particular (who must remain anonymous since I've totally crushed this season) and I took our baseball betting ways to the ALCS and NLCS. Sometimes we bet for bar tabs, other times for straight cash homey.
This year, I let my hopes and dreams of a New York Yankees/Philadelphia Phillies-free Fall Classic determine my bets. Clearly, I've consumed quite a bit of free PBR and Jameson, and also won some dough so far. But as much as I heart the Giants and would love to see them win it all, I went with the Rangers in six. Did I make a mistake? Will they turn it around? I'd love to hear your thoughts.