I will readily admit that I've been a big fan of Marlon Byrd since he showed up in a Chicago Cubs uniform a few years ago. And while I entirely understood why he was shipped off to the Boston Red Sox earlier this season, a part of me was sad to see him go. I enjoyed watching him play baseball --his hustle and attitude were both top-notch. I obviously meet this new report of Byrd's failing of a PED test with disappointment. However, in typical Marlon Byrd-fashion, he managed to come out on my good side all the same.
If you're not guilty (Ryan Braun), then you should appeal it. Byrd had this to say: "Although that medication is on the banned list, I absolutely did not use it for performance enhancement reasons. I am mortified by my carelessness and I apologize to everyone who loves this game as I do. I will serve my suspension, continue to work hard and hope that I am given an opportunity to help a club win later this season." It certainly doesn't make the failed test OK, but that is the response I would expect from someone such as Marlon Byrd --who has showed nothing but the utmost class since I've watched him play.
The rules are the rules. I know that, and Byrd knows that. No appeal, no "but I didn't know!" plea, just a "I made a careless mistake, I'm sorry, I'll 'do the time' and be back" --vintage Marlon Byrd-classiness. It's too bad this happened, but sometimes the adversity shows a player's true colors all the brighter --think what transpired after Jim Joyce botched Armando Galarraga's perfect game. While the call was still wrong, the class both Joyce and Galarraga showed rose above the ugliness of the situation.
Byrd seems to be doing the same thing. You've still got a fan here, Marlon.
Brian is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, having lived in Illinois his entire life and having followed Major League Baseball throughout.
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