Thursday, March 1, 2007

Tough news to take

Hearing the news of Gary Matthews Jr.'s possible involvement with steroids was tough to listen to. In this day and age, no one is above suspicion when it comes to steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs these days.

But when it's a guy like Matthews, it makes it a little harder to hear.

The few times I was able to go to Arlington and do anything on the Rangers, Matthews was always available and accommodating. He came to Shreveport as part of the Rangers Caravan a couple years ago.

Matthews had the ability to blend in a room of youngsters, most 6 or 7 years younger than them, and had the energy to keep up with them. His locker was part of All-Star Row, with Michael Young and Mark Teixeira and had been inhabited by Alfonso Soriano previously.

Matthews' 2006 season was a dream. For a person who seems genuinely nice and likeable, here's hoping this isn't a start to a nightmare 2007.


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