Milwaukee Brewer MVP Ryan Braun recently tested positive for PED's, but had his MLB-imposed suspension overturned due to some technicalities in Dino I. Laurenzi, Jr.'s handling of Braun's urine sample. More specifically, synthetic testosterone was identified in the sample of the Brewers slugger.
As expected, the public backlash was vindictive and vociferous, regardless of Braun's successful appeal. Milwaukee's toast of the town, the 2011 season's MVP and a promising star in MLB's post-steroid era has been forever tainted by his mere association to PED's.
Justified or not, this is the society we live in.
However, this article is not aimed at condemning or condoning Braun, Mr. Laurenzi, Jr. or the system in general.
This piece will present information on four particular issues: why fans are, well, dumb; what synthetic testosterone is; what exactly causes it and its corollary benefits and drawbacks; why Manny Ramirez's situation is analogous to Braun's and if Mr. Laurenzi, Jr.'s alleged tampering could have adulterated Braun's pee.
But, first, let's all take a look in the mirror, spectrophobia be damned (that is your word of the day...you are welcome), and address our own issues when it comes to such matters...