Roch around the clock


July 02, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

Nominee for Quote of the Year: "The tragedy of all of this is that it happened to me and it shouldn't have happened. It ruined my life and my career. That's the tragedy of this. Three thousand, it's just a number. It's just a game. The other deals with my life and my livelihood and my family and all that I stand for. All of that is gone."

Rafael Palmeiro, please step to the podium and accept your award.

It still makes no sense to me that Palmeiro would allow himself to get caught - and that's what his steroid use at the time would have amounted to - and ruin his career and his reputation, not to mention putting his family through such trauma. The public humiliation was assured with Major League Baseball's current drug testing in place. And just as he was about to be handed a VIP card to the 500-home run/3,000-hit club.

This was precisely his argument last summer. And while so many people chose to call him a liar and a cheat, I was too busy searching for the logic, trying to make sense of it all, trying to understand why a man nearing the steps to the Hall of Fame would have intentionally set himself up for such a mighty fall.

One year later, I'm still looking for it.

Will we ever know the truth?

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