I like it when a member of the Braves hierarchy, typically JS, introduces Hank Aaron as the real HR king. But if you’re going to say that, shouldn’t you think twice before inducting Javy Lopez, who all but admitted to using PED’s, into the team’s Hall of Fame?
You either cheated or you didn’t. It shouldn’t matter whether you’re in the record books or a nice guy — both of which apply to Javy. It also shouldn’t matter whether you’re talking Cooperstown or the bowels of Turner Field.
“Well, everybody seen players getting big, hitting the ball harder, home runs and stuff. All of a sudden – boom — they got the big contract and everybody’s like, ‘You know what, did that, it worked for him, why not do it?’ . . . I mean, how can I explain this? It’s like if you’re going to race cars, if you’re going to race a car and some people are using nitro in the fuel [Lopez laughed], and you see them winning all the time, and you’re
using regular gas – you know what? If they’re using nitro and they’ve been winning, well, I’d be stupid enough not to use nitro, too.”
That was Javy circa 2010. Sounds like an admission to what most of us already assumed after a 32-year-old Javy hit 43 homers in 2003 after hitting just .233 with 11 HR’s the year before. You’ll recall that was his free agent year, and he was rewarded with a 3-year, $23.5 million contract.