Perspective is an interesting thing.
In 2007, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound Jimmy Rollins hit 30 home runs for the Philadelphia Phillies and rumors (never proven) about his being “on the juice” spread around Philadelphia. In that season, Rollins hit a big playoff home run.
After the cheering calmed down, one of the fans yelled out from behind me: “Those are the greatest steroids ever.” Everyone laughed. It’s funny how people don’t mind steroids or PEDs when it is your team benefiting from them.
That’s probably the reaction from across Phillies Nation this morning when it was learned that catcher Carlos Ruiz has been given a 2014 exemption for the banned substance of Adderall. Since Ruiz was given a 25-game suspension at the start of the 2013 season for ostensibly using Adderall, that’s a curious development indeed met with numerous tweets of this type:
The MLB is letting Carlos Ruiz take adderall this season so I’m expecting him to hit 300
— sam (@AweSAMtweets_) February 19, 2014
Consider Chooch’s post-Adderall numbers compared with his numbers when he got his hand caught in the cookie jar. Ruiz was suspended for use of Adderall in the 2012 season when he hit 16 home runs with 68 RBIs to go along with a .325 average. After coming off the suspension, Ruiz’s five-month 2013 stats were five home runs, 37 RBI and a .268 batting average. In 2011, Ruiz hit six home runs and drove in 48 runs.
Ruiz is understandably rather quiet on the matter, preferring to not get into detail about his medication choices. Heck, he might even decide this season to go cold turkey on Adderall, but he probably would not have applied for an exemption if that was his original intention.
Maybe an Adderall exemption is something Rollins should consider.