The Cardinals annoy me as much as anyone, but really, what do you expect the guy to say? "No, I don't forgive him, I hate his guts and he's not welcome here."
I wouldn't be so quick to throw stones at the Cardinals, as there's little doubt due to the nature of the game the last few decades that more than a few of our favorite players here probably used whether we knew it or not.
Sean Casey took "about a half a cup back in the 80s"
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Forgive is a hangup for me if he truly did use that terminology.
Drop usage of forgiveness, and word things along the lines of "he served his time", or "we're ready to move on" and it's pretty much the plain vanilla type response a player should be giving.
However, whether the team knew or not is incredibly important. It would be difficult for a team to know the PED history of player they acquire without testing every player themselves. The Cardinals however, know the PED history of Peralta, and that's what makes the signing so different from most other situations.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
From the article:
"I am against PEDs and always will be," Holliday said Monday at the Cardinals' winter fan festival. "But I also am a forgiving person, and he served his suspension. That's the rules of the game. I'm happy to have him as a teammate."
What yanked my chain was he only mentioned giving a pass to his new team mate --- guess his passes only go so far.
The older I get - the better I was
and yes - I hate the Cardinals (Reds fan since 1958)
I hate the Cardinals.
He took his suspension without much complaint.
Also, at the time he got busted for using he was putting up one of his worst seasons on record. This is why i don't believe he has been "rewarded" for his use. His alleged use came in 2012, and he was suspended in 2013.
At the end of the day its the GM's job to go out and put a winning team on the field. I would not begrudge the reds or Jocketty if they traded for Bruan, honestly I would be quite envious. If baseball wants to remove them, go for it, but until then I won't begrudge a team for doing what they believe is necessary to win (as long as it is within the rules).
If the cardinals offered the reds Peralta for Cozart straight up (neglecting contractual obligations) would you actually say no for the reason of him having been busted for PEDs?
Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.
He does not, in my eyes, need to be player over his head again like last year. All he needs to do is be more threatening than Kozma which he still accomplishes. His contract was also worked out in a way that it shouldn't really cause the cards any problems moving forward.