If you lie to a Congressional committee on the use of steroids in major league baseball, does that constitute perjury? Maybe he should ask Mr. Clinton what exactly constitutes perjury. On the 15th of July, Rafael Palmeiro had his 3,000th career hit. Today on the 1st of August, Rafael Palmeiro took a ten-day suspension for breaking the league's new steroid policy. Before I get into the dirt, I still believe wholeheartedly that Palmeiro is one of the best players in the league and he deserves a place reserved for him in Cooperstown.
"Palmeiro had appealed the suspension, but an independent arbitrator ruled the first baseman, one of only four players in major league history with more than 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, had to serve the suspension starting Monday. The suspension and the appeal had not been made public until the announcement of the suspension Monday."
"I am here to make it very clear that I have never intentionally used steroids," Palmeiro said in a statement. "Never. Ever. Period. I am sure you will ask how I tested positive for a banned substance. As I look back, I don't have a specific answer to give. "Unfortunately, I wasn't able to explain to the arbitrator how the banned substance entered my body. The arbitrator did not find that I used a banned substance intentionally -- in fact, he said he found my testimony to be compelling -- but he ruled that I could not meet the heavy burden imposed on players who test positive under the new drug policy" (The Washington Post).
Okay, so not so important given that Saudi King Fahd has died and President Bush sidestepped the Senate (a bad idea if he wants a smooth Supreme Court confirmation process) to get John Bolton installed as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations...BUT-- on my fantasy sports Yahoo! baseball league, Palmeiro is my third player to get suspended under the new steroid policy. What a team. When Raffy returns in ten days, he's going to think the heat he took back in his Viagra commercial days was nothing. Viagra vs. performance enhancing drugs? Hmmm...