Signed, unsealed and delivered
Add another ex-Oriole to the list of accused steroid users: According to an Associated Press report, Geronimo Berroa’s name appears in a federal agent’s affidavit, based on Jason Grimsley’s accusations, that was unsealed earlier today.
Berroa played for the Orioles in 1997. That was my first full year on the beat. And as I recall, he wasn’t real happy with the way manager Davey Johnson used him. He did a little ripping in the visiting clubhouse before a game in New York – and all on the record, which was a bonus.
Grimsley also accused former Orioles Rafael Palmeiro and Pete Incaviglia of taking amphetamines, and David Segui of using performance-enhancing drugs.
Palmeiro claims that someone contaminated his Tylenol.
No mention of Jay Gibbons and Brian Roberts, despite reports to the contrary in October 2006 from the Los Angeles Times. Oops.
I wonder how many phone calls Andy MacPhail fielded today regarding the Roberts trade rumors. I heard the first one, via a phone call, while I stood outside the GNC in Eldersburg (I was there to purchase vitamin C tablets. That should keep me out of the next Mitchell Report). And it just took off. And it was completely false, which so often happens during the winter months.
The Cubs want Roberts badly. That much is accurate. And the Mariners and Reds remain in play for Erik Bedard. Sounds pretty dull compared to what was being discussed here earlier.
There wasn't much of Piniella's profanity-laced tirade that's printable.