Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo has never been one to not speak his mind. And the whole steroids era issue is no exception. Bob Nightengale of the USA Today recently wrote a great piece on Arroyo and his stance on PEDs.
HERE is the entire article. A great read and while many may not agree with Arroyo on this, you have to respect his position:
“I have a lot of guys in (the locker room) who think I’m out of (my) mind because I’m taking a lot of things not on the (MLB-approved) list,” Arroyo says. “I take 10 to 12 different things a day, and on the days I pitch, there’s four more things. There’s a caffeine drink I take from a company that (former teammate) Curt Schilling introduced me to in ’05. I take some Korean ginseng and a few other proteins out there that are not certified. But I haven’t failed any tests, so I figured I’m good.”
“People can think what they want of me,” he says. “I don’t give a f—-.”
“You think this country really cares about what ballplayers put in their bodies?” Arroyo asks. “If we really care, why are we pumping Coca-Cola in every kid’s mouth, and McDonald’s, and Burger King and KFC? That (stuff) is killing people.”
On Amphetamines: “That stuff’s like bubblegum compared to steroids,” he says. “You’re playing (night games) in L.A., you fly across the country, and you’re pitching a day game at Wrigley (Field in Chicago). You telling me you don’t want something to wake you up? You have half this country, maybe more, that can’t function without a cup of coffee.”
“It might be dangerous,” he says, “but so is drinking and driving. And how many of us do it at least once a year? Pretty much everybody.”
“I don’t regret a thing,” Arroyo says. “Neither should anyone else.”
Besides, with all the J.T.M. the man has probably eaten over the years, that poison likely eats up all the illegal stuff anyhow…
And here’s a hilarious commercial featuring the Reds star.
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