“You can look at some people and know that they probably aren’t using” PEDs, slope-shouldered vet Adam LaRoche said. “For example, me. And Gio.”
The worst-case scenario — a positive test and a 50-game suspension — would throw all this talk in the trash. That could happen. The rule in baseball now: Suspicion is wiser than gullibility.
For now, however, Gonzalez is entitled to something more than just the benefit of the doubt that we accord anyone whose reputation is cast in doubt without conclusive evidence. To date, the only Gonzalez with a Biogenesis connection is Gio’s father, Max, who acknowledges buying anti-aging products from the clinic. There’s also a photo of Gonzalez with a Miami trainer who’s entangled in the web. That connection may need more light.
Dark clouds, threats of rain and chill winds have muted the mood of the Nats’ first two spring training workouts. That seems an appropriate metaphor for their 21-win southpaw who is under his own cloud and probably will remain there, at least in the public mind, until he passes every MLB test, then reproves himself on the mound this summer.