Good job, Geo! Geovany Soto tested positive for marijuana during the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Soto had this to say about the positive test: “I feel embarassed. I’m man enough to do stuff, I’m man enough to face it. I just want to apologize to the Cubs orgnization, my family and the fans. I want to put this behind me. I don’t want this to be a distraction for me or my teammates… It’s embarassing and I want to move forward. It was a mistake and I’m sure everybody makes mistakes in their lives. I guess this was my mistake. It’s one of thoese things. I guarnatee it will never happen again. I’m not that kind of person. I want to move forward.”
At least he acknowledged that he did it and didn’t try to make excuses that he didn’t inhale or that it was really something else provided by his doctor. And since he has known about the positive testing for months, maybe that explains why he has had such a horrible start to the 2009 MLB schedule. Going into Friday afternoon’s action against the Chicago White Sox, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year was batting just .227 with 6 HR’s and 21 RBI’s. In 2008, Soto hit .285 with 23 HR’s and 86 RBI’s.
Cubs Manager Lou Pinella and GM Jim Hendry have acknowledged that it is not that big of a deal and that the Cubs want to move past this disclosure. While Soto will not be able to play international baseball for 2 years, MLB will not take any action against Soto for the violation.
Let’s hope the disclosure gives a sense of relief to Soto and he can start doing what he does best – hitting the baseball with authority and power for the rest of the season…