Sunday, October 21, 2007

Paul Byrd and HGH; Perspective & Our Heroes Are Not What We Think They Are

In sports, entertainment or any walk of life, we all like, appreciate and honor a great story. However, as well, things are not as they seem.

Honored and praised for his performance in the playoffs, Cleveland starter Paul Byrd impressed fans and experts alike with his clutch performances during the ALDS and ALCS.

Now, everything has lost it's luster. We don't know if the allegations are, or if he he was used in a while, but this morning it was revealed that Indian pitcher Paul Byrd bought some HGH in 2005.

Paul Byrd, who pitched the Cleveland Indians to the brink of the World Series with a victory in Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday, reportedly admitted to taking human growth hormone under a doctor's care.

"I have not taken any hormone apart from a doctor's care and supervision," Byrd told "The Indians, my coaches and MLB have known that I have had a pituitary gland issue for some time and have assisted me in getting blood tests in different states. I am currently working with an endocrinologist and will have another MRI on my head after the season to make sure that the tumor hasn't grown."

A report Sunday in The San Francisco Chronicle said Byrd bought nearly $25,000 worth of human growth hormone and syringes. According to, Byrd did not dispute that account.

Needless to say, the news puts a damper on the whole run by the Indians. At this point, I'd say it could be possible anyone could have bought PED's now. I'm not shocked, but considering Paul Byrd's statements on being a Christian, his anti-steroid statements, and his good guy image (I have talked a bit with him in Baltimore one night), it was a little surprising, but I am not shocked by anything I hear. People often say one thing and do another all the time.

At this point, I am considering him guilty in light of the American legal procedure, as in this case, it there's smoke, there's fire.

Maybe he did it to improve and come back from injuries or healing. I'd suspect he'd wanted to keep his spot in the sport and as well for financial benefit.

Good people sometimes do stupid things; alas, temptation is hard to turn down sometimes.

In the end, I'm just curious as to why the news of Paul Byrd has been divulged now?


Ian said...

I said the same thing at the end of my post. I actually went as far as emailing the authors of the article to ask why.

The Lady said...

Nothing Christians do suprises me anymore.

KevinGillman said...

First of all, what Paul did occured in 2002-2005, not 2007, so what he has done this postseason, and even this season is legit. He also has talked about in his new book that he was being treated for a brain tumor, and still has to get checked on almost every city he is in. MLB knew that, and so did the Indians. Now the interesting thing is the man who is in charge of this HGH investigation is George Mitchell, who was still a director of the Red Sox. Byrd threw 5 innings and won Game 4, hmmmmm. It seems to me that Mitchell's aide called the Chronicle and told them to dig up some dirt, and they gave them the resources to start digging. It's very suspicious and very bad timing to release his name out there now.

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Anonymous said...

With the trades and acquisitions made going into the draft, plus the bulk of the team that is carried over from last season, and the trades and draft picks made during the draft, it sure seems like the Pats are going to be the team to beat in the AFC this season, and perhaps in all of the NFL.

Considering the Pats were almost in the Superbowl last season with a pathetic receiving corps and that they've added very talented players into said receiving corps this season, barring some nasty injury(ies), they look to be the team to take it all.I say injury(ies) because I think they could survive an injury or two to some positions, but if they lost Brady they'd probably have a hard time recovering.

I wish I could say that the Redskins did well in the draft and/or in free agency but so many holes still exist that I'm not sure they'll be significantly better than last season. I suppose on face they should be if they can keep their corners healthy. With Landry (argh, hard to type that name as a Redskin!!) back there with a healthy secondary they might be able to cheat up more and put more pressure on opposing QBs. Might.

They still have what should be a lot of talent in the receiving positions, and Campbell should be better, but they don't have the quality on either line (offense or defense) that I wish they'd have, so it could be yet another year of .500 at best, or worse.

Still, the NFC East looks to be the NFC Least again this season. None of the teams there look like they'll be that good, and none really look ready to step up and take the division.

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hghater said...

Some doctors have been concerned about giving HGH to diabetics. Previous studies, including Dr. Rudman's study using large doses of HGH, showed that HGH had caused increased insulin resistance in patients, so diabetics saw an increase in blood glucose levels.

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