Someone emailed me yesterday to ask why a pretty big story — and a very good story — by Erik Boland didn’t get more attention this week. My guess would be that it’s mostly due to poor timing, coming in the middle of an unusual number of public comments from Hal Steinbrenner and a new four-year contract for Joe Girardi.
Also, I suppose, it’s because it’s hard to be stunned by this sort of thing anymore.
For the first time since his Biogenesis suspension, Francisco Cervelli opened up about his decision to use performance enhancing drugs. The fact he didn’t appeal the suspension back in August was very close to an admission of guilt, but now there can be no doubt. Cervelli said, essentially, that he was afraid of losing his job, took some bad advice from the wrong people, and cheated at baseball.
“Sometimes you listen to people who have nothing to lose; that’s dangerous,” Cervelli said. “When you’re desperate or anxious or scared, that’s when you have to step back, slow down and think about what can happen in the future with your actions in the present.”
Cervelli disclosed to Boland that he was actually in a hospital for a second hand surgery when the suspensions were handed down — remember, it was a broken hand that sent him to the disabled list this year — and he’s since done what the can to make it right. He’s apologized personally to Joe Girardi and talked to the young guys at the Yankees minor league complex about listening to the right people and making the right decisions.
If you missed the story when it was published this week, go back and read it now. It’s not interesting so much for the bombshell revelation that Cervelli did, in fact, cheat. It’s interesting for the way Cervelli’s tried to quietly react the right way, make amends and move on.
Associated Press photo