After feelings of jubilation from defeating the Washington Nationals Tuesday, San Francisco Giants fans along the Peninsula were likely devastated at the news that left-fielder Melky “The Melk Man” Cabrera would be suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance (PES.)
By testing positive for a PES, this year’s All-Star MVP in the National League is in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, according to an article on MLB.com.
"My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used," the second-leading hitter said in a statement issued by the MLB Players Association. "I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization, and to the fans for letting them down," said Cabrera.
The Twitter sphere exploded with irate—and jaded— sports fans.
@FakeGeneLamont: I blame the Language barrier for Melky Cabrera not being able to "Ryan Braun" his way out of his situation.
@BMSLB54 How many times do I have to tell people?!? Steroids are for LOSERS!! Rabies will give you the edge. #BMS #melkycabreraFormer all-stars from other sports, including National Basketball League player, @JalenRose: Suspended Melky Cabrera wins All Star game MVP giving the NL homefield advantage in the World Series. Really exposes a bad idea. #MLB
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