By Ted Gay – @TedG63
You’re Michael Chavis, and you’re 22 years old. In 2014 you were a first-round pick of the most successful baseball franchise this century. You were, until an oblique injury put you on the sidelines, on the cusp of a break out spring training which would either have paved your way to an illustrious Red Sox career or to you being the centerpiece of a deadline deal which could have ended with you being in the majors by later summer.
You’re Michael Chavis, and while you were recovering from your injury, major league baseball suspended you for 80 games after testing positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosteron, a performance-enhancing drug. Before the suspension you were Michael Chavis prospect, now you are Michael Chavis, a cheater.
You’re Michael Chavis, and you immediately responded to the suspension with a prepared statement absolving yourself of knowingly taking any banned substance. If your words were ever in that statement by the time it was released they had been so polished any echo of you were swept away. It would have been better if we read the words of a repentant young man and not those of a high paid layer or mouthpiece.
You’re Michael Chavis, and if your statement was truthful, then you did something incredibly careless. You are an athlete, and you know you are drug tested. You have to be vigilant about every substance you take, and if you are swallow something unknown, you better remember the exact circumstances that caused you to consume it. When you are an athlete, there is no greater tool than your body. How do you not know what you put in it?
You’re Michael Chavis, and if you are guilty, you have betrayed the organization that drafted you and invested money in you. The promise you have shown is false. You have used performance-enhancing drugs to climb over your own teammates and to move up the prospect list. You are in the minor leagues. You did not take his substance to help your team win; you did it to make yourself win. How do you expect to be trusted as a teammate?
You’re Michael Chavis, and without stepping on a major league field, you may have cost the Red Sox a 2018 World Championship. If Sam Travis produced in Pawtucket you would become not only superfluous but a valuable trading chip that could have given the Red Sox the final piece of a championship puzzle. Now you have no value, and if Boston needs to make a deadline deal, they will have to trade a more valuable prospect.
You’re Michael Chavis, and for the rest of your career, you are going to be remembered for being suspended after failing a PED test. Your walk-up music will be a fan in the grandstand endlessly shouting “PED.” No matter what you achieve, there will be a question that you are juicing, again. These three letters will follow you throughout your career.
You’re Michael Chavis, and personally, I hope you are lying and you willfully took PEDS. I would rather you were a cheat than a fool. I don’t like cheaters but they are more palatable when they are on my side.
You’re Michael Chavis and you must face the possibility that 20 years from now you are going to look in the mirror and see someone who could have had it all but threw it all away.
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