We’re less than 24 hours away from the start of the 2017 baseball season… for some reason, the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays get the honor of playing the very first game at 1:10 p.m. The marquee match-up of the day pits the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs against their St. Louis rivals at 8:35 p.m. (I doubt I will manage to stay up to watch the end of it.)
The game I’ve been looking forward to since Madison Bumgarner shut out the Mets last October 5th will happen on Monday as the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets kick off their 2017 campaigns. The Braves will be better as they begin their first year in a new stadium (let’s hope they’re still using it by the time the local taxpayers finish footing the bill.)
When Major League Baseball permanently banned Jenrry Mejia for failing a third drug test in less than a year, I thought I was done writing about him.
Turns out, I was wrong. Mejia has retained a lawyer and held a press conference last week alleging that Major League Baseball framed him because he did not provide testimony against an unnamed player.
“Mr. Mejia was told by league representatives that if he did not provide testimony on a particular player they wanted to investigate they would go out of their way to find him positive a third time,” attorney Vincent White said. “My client believes he has no choice now but to fight.”
Considering the tactics Major League Baseball allegedly used when they were investigating Alex Rodriguez, it’s certainly possible to imagine that Mejia is telling the truth.
(It should be noted that Major League Baseball representatives have denied that there is any truth in Mejia’s allegations.)
“Sadly, the comments made by Mr. Mejia and his representatives today continue a pattern of athletes hiring aggressive lawyers and making wild, unsupported allegations about the conduct of others in an effort to clear their names,” MLB said in a statement.
At some point, I guess we will find out if Mejia can back up his claims.
Jenrry Mejia has a fascinating story to share. He grew up in Santo Domingo and earned money shining shoes for about $8 a day, not taking up baseball until he turned 15.
“I didn’t like baseball,” Mejia told Star-Ledger reporter Brian Costa in 2010. “I just wanted to make money.”