Patriot Pat says...
The suspension is for 50 games.
Sports Illustrated reports:
Major League Baseball plans to announce the suspension later today. Ramirez, a baseball source told SI.com, explained to baseball officials he was uncertain that he was taking a banned substance and may have had a medical reason for using the substance.
The source said the substance was not classified as a steroid but was clearly defined as a banned performance-enhancer according to the drug agreement between baseball and its players association.
Banned substances can only be taken with prior knowledge and medical clearance from baseball's drug program administrators. Such exceptions are known as Theraputic Use Exemptions, or TUEs. The suspension is an indication that Ramirez did not have a TUE for the substance.
I'm sorry, Manny, but there is no excuse for this one. If it is truly for medical purposes, there is a clear option for you to have pursued using these drugs.
As stated above, you could have asked for a Theraputic Use Exemption, but you did not—or maybe you did, and they denied it, which would be worse.
You are a grown man, with resources beyond any comprehension to us common folk, and you couldn't determine what you were doing was wrong in the eyes of the league?
From a true Red Sox fan, good riddance.
Jason Bay is a breath of fresh air, and even though you provided us with some great firepower, you did so while creating great disdain in the fan base.
You deserve everything you get, and I hope you limp your way out of Los Angeles.
Andrew Cahill is a true Boston sports fan. Check out his Web site, "Patriot Pat's Patsies."
UPDATE: Manny Ramirez, as a Marine, I can tell you that when you are frequently drug tested, you must be extremely wary of everything you put in your body. Even if a doctor gives it to you.
Although, that is a convenient story.
UPDATE: This is what happens when Manny Ramirez is irresponsible. Just wonderful.