Ryan Braun: A Cheater, a Liar and So Much More

Without going on a curse-laden tirade, there are few ways to express my feelings on the Ryan Braun situation, but let me try: Braun undoubtedly should be ashamed of his actions. I mean, what could have been going through the man’s mind when he flatly denied use of performance-enhancing drugs?

What stands out to me in all this is the predominant “me first” attitude blanketing the entire Biogenesis scandal.

And no one epitomizes that attitude more than the man branded as a “wuss” by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith: Braun, erstwhile MVP of the National League.

PED use can be somewhat forgiven, as evidenced by Jason Giambi: In 2007, the ex-Yankee slugger admitted to using a PED, and now, after reinventing himself, he is “beloved” in the Indians’ clubhouse and celebrated as an old dude who can still put bat to ball, as he did in this walk-off home run in July:

Likewise, Andy Pettite, who publicly admitted to HGH use in 2007, has continued his career and is, like Giambi, well-liked by his teammates and respected by Yankees fans.

While juicing is terrible for the players (just look at the health risks, which include higher risk of cancer, severe depression, liver damage, and heart attack), terrible for the fans and terrible for the game of baseball, fans tend toward forgiveness of their heroes. PED use is bad — really bad — but it need not destroy users’ reputations.

The real reputation-destroyer is deceit.

“I truly believe in my heart and I would bet my life that this substance never entered my body at any point.” —Ryan Braun in February 2012 after his initial 50-game suspension was overturned by arbitrator Shyam Das, who was later fired

The above statement, made before the start of Brewers’ spring training in Phoenix, has since been exposed as a brazen falsehood. It’s not just the lie that set baseball fans off–it’s the damning way in which he lied, proclaiming that he would “bet his life” that he never took a PED and that he’s a “victim of a process that completely broke down and failed.”

On July 22, after accepting a 65-game suspension, Braun was singing a markedly different tune.

“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization. I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed – all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”

To make matters even worse for “The Hebrew Hammer,” during the 2011 playoffs Braun’s levels of testosterone — a supplement banned by MLB — were “insanely high, the highest ever for anyone who has ever taken a test, twice the level of the highest test ever taken,” according to the New York Daily News.

On a seemingly daily basis, another story has come out portraying Braun as nothing short of a phony. On August 19, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported that Braun, “told stars around baseball before spring training 2012 that the man who collected his urine that tested positive for synthetic testosterone (Dino Laurenzi Jr.) was anti-Semitic [Braun is Jewish] and a Chicago Cubs fan in an effort to gather support throughout the game.”

Laurenzi later confirmed that Braun’s discrediting comments toward him caused “great emotional distress for me and my family.”

It’s one thing to lie to the cameras, but it’s another to throw another man’s credibility under the bus — and that’s where Braun crossed the line.

Braun’s statements in Phoenix (video below) are, in hindsight, nothing short of sickening and disgraceful.

His lies, persistent and victimizing, ruined the reputation of Laurenzi Jr., ended Das’ career, and let down the countless friends and players he pleaded to for support. One in particular is fellow Wisconsin idol Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers ripped of this series of tweets in 2011 after Braun, with whom Rodgers owns a restaurant, tested positive for a PED and garnered Rodgers’ support:

Rodgers also bet his salary with a fan on Braun’s innocence. He unquestionably lost the bet and subsequently deleted the tweet.

Rodgers later called Braun’s PED use “shocking” and “disappointing,” and added, “I was backing up a friend. He looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations and said they were not true.”

As for the 2011 NL MVP?

“He lied to a lot of people. I was convinced, after that MVP, that he didn’t do it. I think he should hand over that MVP to Matt Kemp,” Dodgers 2B Skip Schumaker told reporters in July.

Dino Laurenzi Jr., the man who collected Ryan Braun's positive test sample. Braun defamed Laurenzi Jr., calling him an anti-semite and a Cubs fan.

Dino Laurenzi Jr., the man who collected Ryan Braun’s positive test sample. Braun defamed Laurenzi Jr. in 2012, calling him an anti-semite/ Read Laurenzi Jr.’s full statement on the matter here. BILL SIEL/KENOSHA NEWS

Since his releasing a formal statement after being suspended, he Braun hasn’t spoken to the media. Instead, he left his teammates and coaches to stand uncomfortably in front of the cameras to and answer questions about him- the same teammates and coaches to whom he swore his innocence.

As punishment for all of his deceit, Braun received a 65-game suspension, meaning he will lose a mere losing just $3,251,366 of his monster contract, under which he is guaranteed to earn at least $116 million following his suspension. 65 games simply isn’t enough (the rest of this season and all of next season would be a start), as the financial loss hardly affects Braun at all. His upstanding reputation, however, is long, long, gone.

For all his muscle, Ryan Braun looks like a weakling, tossing his now-ruined reputation around like the baseballs he artificially sent to the Miller Park seats throughout his tainted career.

And no drug can fix that.

By Sam Brief

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Three-Point Play

This week, I was welcomed with open arms to Sports Muze’s “Three-Point Play,” a video podcast where three different sports topics are discussed. In this particular podcast, we debated our varying predictions for the upcoming NBA Playoffs, we outlined which teams surprised us so far in the young MLB season, and we analyzed Ozzie Guillen’s controversial comments on Fidel Castro.

This is hopefully the first of many Three-Point Plays for me, and I hope you enjoy it!!

Thanks for listening!!


By Sam Brief

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9/28/11. What will it be remembered for?

The day that a man was accused of plotting a terror attack on the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon, the day that The Supreme Court was asked to rule on health care, the day that Tom Brady (finally!) cut his hair?

What will 9/28/11 be remembered for?


Yes baseball.

Because last night was arguably the greatest night in baseball history.

Going in to the night, the Braves and Cardinals were tied for the NL Wild Card spot. Also, the Red Sox and

The Braves started off strong against the Phillies, the good feeling would not last long, though.

Rays were tied for the AL Wild Card spot.

The Braves were playing at home against the Phillies. The Cardinals were in Houston against the Astros.

The Rays were playing at home against the Yankees. The Red Sox were playing in Baltimore against the Orioles.

And the rest was up to fate, here’s what happened next:

7:10- The first pitches in Atlanta, Tampa Bay, and Baltimore were thrown.

7:19- Ryan Howard hits a double to put the Phillies up, 1-0.

7:21- Yankees go up on Rays, 1-0 after Curtis Granderson scores on an error by Ben Zobrist.

7:27- Chipper Jones hits a sacrifice fly, which ties the Braves with Philly, 1-1.

The excitement after just 17 minutes was unbelievable.

7:49- Dustin Pedroia hits a single, to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead on the Orioles.

7:54- Mark Teixeira hits a grand slam to left field to give the Yankees a 5-0 lead on the Rays.

After that dagger, all hope seemed to be lost in Tampa.

8:03- Dan Uggla hits a 3-run home run to give the Braves a 3-1 lead over the Phillies.

After a grand slam which extended the Yankees lead to 5-0, things in Tampa weren't so joyous.

8:06- J.J. Hardy hits a 2-run homer to put the Orioles up on the Red Sox, 2-1.

8:06- The first pitch in Houston is thrown for the Cardinals-Astros game.

8:20- Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon balks, which sends Marco Scutaro home, which tied the game, 1-1.

8:24- Nick Punto singles for the Cardinals, which caps off a 5-run inning for St. Louis.

8:35- Mark Teixeria hits his second home run of the game to give the Yankees a 6-0 lead.

Then, all hope was certainly lost for the Rays.

8:36- A Dustin Pedroia homer gives the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.

Then, the Red Sox surely would win the AL Wild Card.

8:52- Andruw Jones hits a solo home run to give the Yankees a 7-0 lead.

9:07- A Jack Wilson error leads to a Phillies run, which cuts the Braves’ lead to 3-2.

9:07- At this point, the Cardinals are leading, 7-0.

In Atlanta, nerves were running high. Sweat was dripping down players’ and fans’ backs, and it was

The Red Sox looked sharp in the beginning against the Orioles. Like the Braves, though, this feeling would not last very long.

almost time to panic.

9:34- A rain delay in Baltimore pauses the game.

9:56- Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scores Pete Orr, and now the game is tied.

Then, panic in Atlanta was at an all-time high.

10:11-  Atlanta’s Jack Wilson strikes out in the bottom of the 9th a man on third.

Blew a chance at a win. Once again.

10:17- A Bases-loaded walk puts the Rays on the scoreboard and the score is now 7-1 Yankees.

10:18- Allen Craig hits a home run to seal the deal as the Cardinals defeat the Astros, 8-0.

The Braves now needed to win to make it another day.

10:23- Evan Longoria hits a 3-run home run to bring the score to 7-6 Yankees.

The Cardinals dominated the Astros, 8-0, and then watched in the clubhouse as the Braves completed their collapse.

The Rays then had a new life.

10:33- Chipper Jones hits a deep fly ball in what looks like a game-winning hit, but Michael Martinez makes an

amazing catch to rob him. The score remains 3-3 in the 11th inning.

10:47- With a 2-2 count, 2 outs, down to their last pitch of the season, pinch hitter Dan Johnson hits a home run for the Rays to tie the game, 7-7.

The Rays then had a new(er) life.

10:58- The Red Sox- Orioles game resumes in the bottom of the 7th.

11:18- Boston’s Marco Scutaro is running home, barely gets tagged out at the plate, and the Red Sox lead remains 3-2.

11:28- Hunter Pence hits a blooper into right field to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead.

It is now complete: After the Braves lost, their season was over. This capped off the second-worst collapse in MLB history.

The Braves were now 3 outs away from completing one of the most epic collapses in MLB history.

11:40- The Braves’ Freddie Freeman grounds into a game-ending double play, the Braves lose, 4-3.

The Cardinals were now in the playoffs. Their comeback and Braves collapse was now complete.

The NL Wild Card race is now over.

11:59- With a man on second, Baltimore’s Nolan Reimold hits a double to tie the game, 3-3 in the bottom of the


12:02- Only 3 minutes later, Robert Andino hits a single to left field to bring Reimold home. The Orioles had now won, 4-3.

The Red Sox walked off the field, heads hung low, the entire city of

It's over: The Red Sox season abruptly ended after blowing a 3-2 lead in Baltimore. 3 minutes later, the Rays won to put the cap on the AL Wild Card race to end the biggest collapse in MLB history.

Boston scowling at them fiercely. After building a stellar all-star lineup during the offseason, they had let the entire city of Boston down.

12:05- Only 3 minutes after the Red Sox walked into the clubhouse, they watched as Evan Longoria hit a walk-off home run to seal the deal. The Rays had defeated the Yankees, 8-7 in a miracle comeback.

The Rays were down 9 games in the Wild Card, they were down 7-0 in this game, heck, they were down to their last strike, but they just wanted it so badly.

After what many are calling the greatest night in MLB history, the Red Sox and Braves have completed the 1st and 2nd biggest collapses in MLB history.

On the other side, the Rays and Cardinals have come back from down 9 games (Rays) and down 8.5 games

Go crazy: Just like that, the Rays were in the playoffs after an Evan Longoria walk-off home run.

(Cardinals), to pull of miracle comebacks.

On September 1st, the Rays had a 1 in 278 million chance of making the playoffs.

In the words of the legendary Al Michaels,

“Do you believe in miracles?”

By Sam Brief


This week is my favorite week of the entire 2011 MLB regular season. And it was for 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and every year since I started watching baseball.


Wild-card races.

Simply, these races are so exciting, so exhilarating, so mind-boggling, and so…good that I just can’t

Collapse: The Red Sox are playing terribly in September, and are on the verge of blowing their 9 game wild card lead. As of now, the Red Sox would not make the playoffs.

stop talking about them.

As of today, the Braves lead the Cardinals by 1 game in the NL wild card race, and the Red Sox and Rays are tied in the AL wild card race.

There is a reason why I mentioned the NL race before the AL one. Over the past week, all of the talk has been about the Red Sox collapse, how they were winning their division on September 1st, and now are in danger of missing the playoffs. How, on September 2nd, they held a 9 game wild-card lead that is now a tie. How they are 6-19 in September, how the Rays are breathing down their backs with a strong September (15-10). If the season ended tonight, the Rays would win the AL wild card, and make the playoffs. Even though it is a tie, because of head-to-head play, the Rays have the advantage.

This gets all of the attention.

Disappointment in Atlanta: The Braves are on the verge of blowing an 8.5 game wild-card lead, and it

On the other side, on September 1st, the Braves lead the Cardinals by 8.5 games for the NL wild card. The Braves then went 9-16 in September, and the Cardinals went 16-8 in September to cut the Braves’ lead to 1 game.

I do understand that the Red Sox collapse is probably greater than the Braves collapse but still, how come no one at all talks about the Braves-Cardinals race?

My guess is that it is because there is more interest in the Red Sox, who are often more scrutinized, than the Braves. This is why ESPN talks about the AL Wild Card race for 5 minutes, and the NL race for 30 seconds.

Recently, there has been unnecessary amounts of chatter regarding MLB playoff realignment. The proposal is that instead of there being 1 wild card spot for each league, there be 2 wild card spots for each league.

Right now the Rays are tied with the Red Sox, and the Cardinals are 1 game back of the Braves. Everyone is talking about these tight races, and there are tons of excitement around the nation

Pumping up the crowd: B.J. Upton the Rays are electrifying the MLB with a strong September. The Rays are now tied with the Red Sox in the AL Wild Card race.

regarding this situation. I don’t know if there has been anytime all season than what is unfolding currently as I write.

If this proposed playoff realignment goes through, then the current situation would look like this:

All of the divisions would be clinched, and Red Sox and Rays would both have clinched a Wild Card spot, so the AL race would be non-existent. The Braves and Cardinals would have clinched their Wild Card spots and, because all of the NL divisions have been clinched, the games would be flat, and have no meaning. No one would be talking about the MLB playoffs because all of the divisions are clinched, and if the Wild Card race isn’t gripping, there is nothing to talk about. The last few weeks of the 2011 MLB season would just be boring, dull, and tedious.

Sleeping on the job: Do you want MLB games to look like this at the end of the year? So, don

So, then why would the MLB discard the amazing thrill and unbelievable races that having only 1 wild card spot provides?

The last week of the MLB season would go from the most action-packed week of the season to the least.

In other words, the last week of the MLB season would go from the best of times to the worst of times.

By Sam Brief


Hi! On Wednesday, I introduced a new segment on the blog, called The Weekly Word. This is where YOU send me your questions (with name and location), and I will answer them every week on The Weekly Word. Here is my first go-round:

Tom B. (North Carolina)-

Who will be in the Super Bowl, and who will win?

I think that from the AFC, the Jets will go to the Super Bowl. They looked really good in the first two weeks. A comeback victory against the Cowboys showed their ability to win tight games, which was also displayed last year by the “Cardiac Jets.” Today, they blew out the Jaguars, and I think their

Saints fans saw this image after Super Bowl 44, and can expect to see it again after Super Bowl 46.

amazing defense mixed with a solid offense and the key offseason addition of Plaxico Burress can propel them to the Super Bowl. From the NFC, I’m going to go with the Saints. They have looked sharp in their first two games, and even though their defense was terrible against Green Bay, they were great against the Bears. Also, in the second half against the Packers, they really picked up their game. Any team with Drew Brees taking snaps is a contender, and Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram are great additions to their offense. Expect Jets vs. Saints in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI. Also expect the Saints to win, their overall balance and experience will serve them well on their road to a second championship in the past 3 years.


David C. (Texas)-

What’s your take on all of the week 1 injuries in the NFL?

Simply, many of the players a just out of shape. After the lockout, many players were not in top shape, and this led to injures. A decrease of physical activity leads to an increase in proneness to injury.

Rams running back Steven Jackson highlighted the unusually extensive week 1 injury report.

Many, many players got injuries week 1 and there were almost as many week 2, including season-ending injuries to Jamaal Charles and Nick Collins. In the words of Reggie Williams, “In this game all you need is speed, strength and an ability to recognize pain immediately.” Well, the speed, strength, and ability of players to recognize pain was lost during the lockout with a lack of physical activity, and that is why almost 30 players left the field week 1 with injuries.


Paul R. (New Jersey)-

What are your thoughts on the idea of a pitcher wining both the Cy Young and League MVP?

The idea of this possibly happening with Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander excites me. I am pretty sure that you’re talking about Verlander here. He leads the MLB with a 2.29 ERA, and a whopping 24 wins! Verlander also leads the Majors with 244 strikeouts and an 0.91 WHIP. Now, after all that, how can one

There is no problem with a pitcher who is as good as Justin Verlander winning Cy Young and MVP, and it should happen.

say that he isn’t worthy of winning both AL Cy Young and AL MVP? It doesn’t matter to me if they are a pitcher, shortstop, or right fielder, Justin Verlander is more valuable to his team than any other player in the league, and that is the definition of an MVP.


Mike P. (Tennessee)-

What are your thoughts on the new kickoff rule in the NFL this year?

I can’t stand the new NFL kickoff rule. By moving kickoffs from the 30 to the 35 yard line, the NFL has almost ruined the single most exciting play in football. Kickoff return studs such as Devin Hester and Joshua Cribbs won’t get the chances that they usually get. If you look closely at a game, you will find that most kickoffs nearly go through the goalposts! That should only happen in video games! I know in week 1, there were a few return touchdowns from Randall Cobb, Darren Sproles, and Percy Harvin, but I expect that number to die down drastically given that there is a 34% increase in touchbacks from last year. I find this new kickoff rule just obnoxious, and I hope it doesn’t last too long.


The League Sports Talk (Tennessee)-

What are your thoughts on the idea of super conferences being prevalent in college football?

I like this idea very much. I think a great proposal would be to have 4, 16-team, super conferences: The

With Syracuse and Pittsburgh joining the ACC, the super-conference idea becomes more of a reality.

Pac 12 (or 16), the Big Ten (or 16), the ACC, and the SEC. I would also hope that a total conference realignment would prompt the NCAA to ditch the BCS and introduce a playoff system. I hope that super conferences do become prevalent in college football very soon.


Thank you all for your wonderful questions, and I hope to get more questions for next week on The Weekly Word.

Remember, to ask a question, leave a comment on the blog, email me at: briefsam@gmail.com, or ask me on Twitter (@SamsSportsBrief)! I need you first name and your location, thanks!

By Sam Brief



He is the symbol of struggle and misery for Cubs fans all over the world. He has recieved numerous death threats. He is the single most hated man in Chicago today.

But Steve Bartman deserves absolutely none of this.

In 1945, Billy Sianis placed a curse on the Cubs after they prohibited him from allowing to take his goat into the stadium. Sianis said, "Them Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more." The Cubs haven't been to the World Series since.

October 14, 2003: The Cubs are one victory away from winning the NLCS over the Florida Marlins and advancing to their first World Series since 1945. The entire city of Chicago was buzzing with nerves and excitement. This was perhaps the biggest game for the Cubs in more than 60 years. 

In the top of the 8th inning, the Cubs were leading 3-0 and it looked like they were going to win. Louis Castillo hit a foul ball to left field.

Moises Alou was pursuing the ball and he was going to catch it, the Cubs would win the game, go to the World Series and win for the first time since 1908. The whole city of Chicago would rejoice, and the Cubs would be the champions of the world.


Then, a fan, Steve Bartman went for the ball, deflected it, and Alou didn’t make the catch.

The Cubs then went on a collapse, allowing 8 runs in the inning.

During the 8th inning collapse, there was an error on a ground ball by shortstop Alex Gonzalez, which, if he made the play, would have ended the inning with the Cubs up 3-1.

Nobody pointed to Gonzalez as the reason why the Cubs lost, though.

Bartman was escorted out of the stadium while getting bottles thrown at him and angry fans screaming at him.

The Cubs lost the game 8-3, and eventually, the series. 

Bartman was now public enemy #1.

He didn’t deserve to, though.

First of all, any fan’s reaction when they see a ball going toward them is to try and catch it. Bartman wasn’t looking at Alou and whether Alou would catch it, his eyes were simply trained on the ball and he tried to catch it. 

Steve Bartman reached for the ball, and deflected it out of Moises Alou's reach. We learned an important lesson from this, "Be careful what you reach for."

If you look at the footage of the play, you can see that about 4 fans go for the ball. Anyone of them could have touched the ball, it just happened to be Bartman.

The fact that the Cubs lost the game isn’t Bartman’s fault, it’s the Cubs’ fault.

Steve Bartman DIDN’T give up 8 runs in an inning.

Steve Bartman DIDN’T make an error on a play that could have ended the inning.

Steve Bartman DIDN’T lose game 7 to the Marlins.

Steve Bartman DIDN’T affect the Cubs’ chances to make it to the World Series.

Steve Bartman IS 0% responsible for the Cubs not making it to the World Series.

Even today, Bartman remains as the scapegoat to Cubs fans all over the world, people just over-exaggerated the play, and didn’t look at the big picture. 

In fact, in 2008, the Associated Press quoted Alou saying, (In reference to the Bartman play) “You know what the funny thing is? I wouldn’t have caught it anyway.”

Even Alou knows that it wasn’t Bartman’s fault. He later said “It’s time to forgive the guy (Bartman) and move on.”

Following the incident, the Cubs released this statement:

“The Chicago Cubs would like to thank our fans for their tremendous outpouring of support this year. We are very grateful. We

would also like to remind everyone that games are decided by what happens on the playing field — not in the stands. It is inaccurate and unfair to suggest that an individual fan is responsible for the events that transpired in Game 6. He did what every fan who comes to the ballpark tries to do — catch a foul ball in the stands. That’s one of the things that makes baseball the special sport that it is. This was an exciting season and we’re looking forward to working towards an extended run of October baseball at Wrigley Field.”

Even the team itself recognizes that it’s not Bartman’s fault.

The city of Chicago won’t move on until the Cubs win a World Series. Fans just have to realize that  the 2003 Chicago Cubs, not

Steve Bartman: The scapegoat of Chicago- but, he shouldn't be.

Steve Bartman, are responsible for them not making the World Series.

As WBEZ Chicago Public Media puts it:

“Very often, we look to find scapegoats…

Steve Bartman was the perfect scapegoat.”

By Sam Brief


He is as honest as ballplayers come these days, and it is finally paying off for Jim Thome.

Last night, in Detroit, Jim Thome hit both his 599th and 600th home runs in the same game, the first player ever to do that.

On Monday, Thome became the first player in MLB history to hit both his 599th and 600th home run in the same game.

Thome’s legacy will not completely be about the fact that he hit 600 home runs and is one of the great players to ever step on the baseball diamond. People will remember him as one of the nicest, most genuine, and most honest players to ever step on the baseball diamond. Even though Thome played in the midst of the PED era, I think there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Thome passed on the ‘roids. He is as clean and as honest as they come.

In addition for his honesty, Thome is known around the MLB as one of the nicest, kindest players in the big leagues. In May, Sports Illustrated conducted a survey, asking 290 MLB players who they thought the nicest player in baseball was.

Jim Thome got more votes than any other player, taking 21% of the vote. 2nd place was Phillies OF Raúl Ibañaz, with only 7% of the vote. This shows that Thome definitely gets the recognition he deserves.

Indian religions believe in the concept of “karma.” This says that when you do a good deed, good things happen to you, and when you commit a sin, bad things happen to you. Karma definitely applies in this situation. Jim Thome definitely deserves reaching this feat, because though acts of kindness and honesty, he powered through and hit number 600. Even though he is at the unripe age of 40, he still got the feat of 600 home runs past him.

President Abraham Lincoln was once known as “Honest Abe” due to him being a truly honest President in a world of corruption and dishonesty. This relates to Thome, because in the world of baseball, with steroids and plenty of dishonesty, Thome remains clean and honest. He is one of just a few bright spots in an otherwise murky world of

Jim Thome always has a smile on his face, and puts one on everybody around him.


Thome is now complete; he is one of the best power hitters of his time, with every one of his accomplishments without the influence of steroids, and all while keeping a smile on his face, and putting one on everyone around him.

Abe Lincoln sure was an honest guy, but we can forget about honest Abe, because now, it’s all about honest Jim.

By Sam Brief