June 10, 2009
An angry Raul Ibanez(notes), off to a blistering start since joining the Philadelphia Phillies, insisted his offensive output has not been as the result of using performance-enhancing drugs, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
"I'll come after people who defame or slander me," he said before last night's game against the New York Mets. "It's pathetic and disgusting. There should be some accountability for people who put that out there."
The leftfielder, who turned 37 last week, entered last night tied for first in the National League with 54 RBIs. He was second in home runs with 19. Over his career, Ibanez's 162-game averages for homers and RBIs are 23 and 95, respectively, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
"Unfortunately, I understand the environment we're in and the events that have led us to this era of speculation," he said. "At the same time, you can't just walk down the street and accuse somebody of being a thief because they didn't have a nice car yesterday and they do today. You can't say that guy is a thief."
Ibanez said he had never used performance-enhancing drugs, according to the Daily News.
"You can have my urine, my hair, my blood, my stool — anything you can test," Ibanez said. "I'll give you back every dime I've ever made" if the test is positive.