Julio Franco answers Van Slyke
In case you missed it last week, Andy Van Slyke went on TV and spouted off on some of the steroid users in baseball. Of course Andy has no actual PROOF that they used steroids, but he told everyone that they did anyway, because you can tell when you look at them. Nice going Andy.
Well, Julio Franco, the ageless one (seriously, no one knows his real age):
"I'm 40, I'm 23, I'm 45, I'm 51," Franco said Monday. "I tell you a story. The other day we had to go out for a team picture. First, they gave everybody a questionnaire. One of the questions was, `Can you tell us something about you that nobody knows?' I wrote, `My age.' "
Julio reacted replied to Andy's comments
on how Franco is a user of steroids:
"People look at me and give me credit," Franco said. "But if it was just my strength and ability, I wouldn't be here. God has given me the gift of being able to play baseball for a long time, and I'm grateful."
With steroid mania sweeping the world of athletics, maybe it's inevitable that someone would look at Franco and conclude the shape of his body and longevity of his career is a chemical creation.
The guy making the charges about Franco is Andy Van Slyke, former National League outfielder, known as much for his outspokenness as for his ability.
"That idiot Van Slyke says I must be on steroids," Franco said with a sense of outrage. "How can a person go on national TV and say something dumb like that? God doesn't make people stupid. Van Slyke had to be born an idiot."
Back when he was with the Indians (the first time), I used to love Julio. I used to try and emulate his crazy batting stance, with no success, of course. There was just something about him that I liked. And you have to applaud a guy who has persevered through so much to make it back to the majors.
The Philadelphia Phillies traded Franco to the Indians more than 21 years ago. Since then, he has been an employee of Texas, the Chicago White Sox, the Tribe again, Milwaukee, the Chiba Lotte Lions of the Japanese League, the Tigers of the Mexican League, Tampa Bay, Samsung of the Korean League, the Mexican Tigers again and Atlanta.
Damn, that's a lot of teams
! And a lot of leagues! Kudos to a player who truly loves to play.
posted by shawn
: 3/09/2004 09:44:00 AM -