Tell me it's not true.
Let me know that the canceled check, written to Kirk Radomski in November, 2005 for more than $3,000 which says "Thanks!" as a note is not what it seems.
Give me another explanation.
At a point in my life when I've freely admitted, "nothing surprises me," I have to confess: this revelation shocks me. You've purchased human growth hormones?
I guess I'm not only old, but I'm also naive. I never would have expected this. Not from you. Not ever.
I'm aware that you've had to pitch against hitters who have "bulked up." I realize professional athletics is a competitive business and that many people seek any advantage possible.
I just didn't imagine you would be in this group, especially after what you've been quoted as saying on the subject. Maybe that's what hundreds of local sportswriters are saying today after reading the Mitchell Report and thinking back to the precocious athletes they watched grow up while in high school.
It's strange to think of someone almost a generation younger than myself as a hero, but what else would you call someone who overcame the astronomical odds to earn a paycheck as a professional athlete? It's rare when someone from Champaign-Urbana reaches that elite level. I've always admired anyone from our area who managed to reach the big time.
When I saw Barry Bonds' name associated with the baseball investigation, I was not surprised. Not even when I saw Roger Clemens' name. But when I saw your name, surprise was only one of my feelings.
I was disappointed.