The last thing the White Sox needed in the middle of a heated pennant race with Detroit were
distractions thrown their way.
But there it was on Friday, front and center, so much so that catcher A.J. Pierzynski addressed the
media before the eventual 7-5 loss to Kansas City, over an internet rumor that said the veteran was under
suspicion for steroid use by Major League Baseball.
Pierzynski not only called it "completely baseless," but couldn't believe how a post on the message
boards of a local radio station in Chicago on Wednesday, spread like wildfire by Thursday. He would have
addressed it on Thursday, but the Sox were off, and Pierzynski was back in Florida visiting his family,
taking advantage of the one-day breather.
"Apparently certain people in the media, they know who they are and I don't have to mention them by name
-- they just go ahead and run stories and talk about stories on their air without getting sources," an
obviously irritated Pierzynski stated. "It's a shame because people that don't do anything, haven't done
anything, can be targeted, and you can say whatever you want on the internet.
"But that's the life we live and the world we live in, and unfortunately it's happened to other people
and this time it happened to be on me.
"It's over with now and hopefully people find something better we can talk about (on) the White Sox
instead of something that is completely baseless."
As far as who specifically gave the rumor life on the station, Pierzynski wasn't sure. But he did find
it ridiculous that because a player is having a career year -- like Pierzynski is -- and it's happening in
a free-agent season, then the growing opinion is to jump to that conclusion that PEDs must be the reason.
Pierzynski is having his best power season ever, connecting on homer No. 25 in Friday's loss, as well as
grabbing his 72nd RBI as the weekend series with Kansas City began, but there has never been suspicion
about him before, and MLB officials were said to have told Sox officials he has never had a positive drug
According to several media outlets, the Sox were so bothered by the rumors that they had asked MLB
Pierzynski said that he has been tested "at least five times" this year.
The problem is that whenever there's smoke, like there has been in the game this season, people assume
there is fire. Marlon Byrd, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon have already tested positive for performance-
enhancing drugs since Opening Day, and ordered to serve 50-game suspensions under MLB's penalty system.
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