MLB Listings: Now Hiring! $20 Million a Year, Must Be Comfortable with Needles

Thomas CrismanContributor IMay 8, 2009

PHOENIX - APRIL 12:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers warms up during batting practice before the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 12, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

I was going to call this: "How Manny broke my heart," but that seemed a little over-dramatic.  Though very accurate.

So Manny now too eh?

Every day I turn on the TV or switch on my computer and go to Google news another one of my personal sports heroes turns out to just be another juicer with delusions of grandeur.

First it was McGwire, then Clemens, now Manny.  There are a lot of others, but these were the guys that broke my heart.

This was the last thing the Dodgers needed.  This was supposed to be their year.  Manny felt like he was finally the free agent pick up that was going to work out. 

Maybe it still will though, 50 games is less than a third of the season.

It's not like this was a dignified steroid suspension though, the Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) he was caught with in his system is generally used to restore proper testicular function and size after a course of steroids.

It wasn't, "oops! some really heavy steroid was found in your blood", it was, "oops! you're on really heavy steroids AND your man grapes are raisins". 

I now officially know too much now about what's going on below Manny's belt.

Was it 'roid rage that caused him to knock down traveling secretary Jack McCormick when he was with the Red Sox?  Did the Sox have an inkling already before they traded him? 

It looks likely now, and regardless of any of that, it's just a sad day for baseball.