More names dropped today in the latest round of steroid allegations. From Sports Illustrated:
David Bell, a veteran of a dozen major league seasons, received six packages of HCG at a Philadelphia address last April, when he played for the Phillies. The cost was $128.80, and the drug was prescribed in conjunction with an Arizona antiaging facility. Bell acknowledges receiving the shipment but tells SI the drug was prescribed to him "for a medical condition," which he declined to disclose, citing his right to privacy.
Chalk up another ex-Phillie whose alleged steroid use didn’t enhance their performance while in Philadelphia. Sure David’s innocent until proven guilty, but just even to be mentioned means that you’re doing something wrong.
On a related note, did anyone feel a little uncomfortable having Gary Matthews in the booth for this weekend’s broadcast of the Phillies-Yankees game? I mean, the Sarge is great and he did a decent job in his announcing duties, but I felt bad for him knowing that earlier in the week his name was soiled in the papers. Having your son accused of using steroids while you are trying to build a broadcasting career seems like tough business. I didn’t hear him mention anything on-air specifically about Junior, but the topic will undoubtedly be breached as the season progresses.