This kind of feigned apathy is the only way I can handle this regular revelation, because the wheels are coming off the whole mess.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons, come on down! You’re the next contestant on Performance Enhancers! Join Mr. Ankiel and Mr. Glaus on stage, why don’t you?
SI is clearly miffed about being beaten to Rick Ankiel by the New York Daily News, and is making up for it with a vengeance, with Luis Fernando Llosa and Jon Wertheim now fingering Gibbons in the mess surrounding Signature Pharmacy and the subsequent investigation by the Albany, NY district attorney.
A source in Florida with knowledge of Signature Pharmacy’s client list alleges that between October 2003 and July 2005, Gibbons received six separate shipments of Genotropin (a brand name for synthetic Human Growth Hormone), two shipments of testosterone and two shipments of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a hormone produced naturally during pregnancy, but taken by anabolic steroid users to stimulate the production of testosterone, which is suppressed as a result of steroid use. The information regarding Gibbons only pertains to receipt and not actual use of the drugs.
Even better, it’s tied to Jerry Hairston, Jr., who was already named earlier, and was teammates with Gibbons in Baltimore. Dave Trembley and Andy MacPhail must be loving this: getting beat 30-3 by Texas, no-hit by a Red Sox rookie in his second start, and now, steroid allegations a season after dealing with the fallout from Rafael Palmeiro.
That’s three teams with players named in the investigation so far; is yours next?
Photo: AP/Charlie Riedel