Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 10/24/14
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It is particularly difficult to watch a presidential debate or State of the Union and hear the party line as a response for each question. It becomes a predictable exercise where each answer is as rehearsed and choreographed as a pop music performance at the Grammys. When reporters engaged Carlos Ruiz in questions about his 25-game suspension for Adderall use, Ruiz stuck to the talking points, the party line: he was very sorry that he disappointed everyone, he’s putting it behind him. Chooch had a very unique opportunity on his hands: he could have been a trailblazer, he could have been the first person taking a PED to describe the advantages of taking them, detailing why he took them, stating what aspects of his game they improved. He could have had the mia culpa of all mia culpas, describing when and why he started, why he continued to do so even after he was busted once and told he would be tested eight times a year. Chooch didn’t give any of those details. Now, why he didn’t is ...
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