Guess How Geovany Celebrated His Rookie of the Year Award?
Geovany Soto Tests Positive for Pot
So you just won the 2008 Rookie of the Year Award, which was AWESOME, but then your team then get swept in the first round of the playoffs, which is a total bummer. How do you celebrate your achievement and forget about your failures at the same time? If you’re Geovany Soto, you just might be puffing on a blunt.
It was revealed that Geovany Soto tested positive for Drugs during the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Nope, it wasn’t steroids, HGH or PED’s. Unlike all those hulked up Sammy Sosa’s, Geovany Soto tested positive for Marijuana. I wouldn’t be surprised if smoking a pot “enhances” your baseball experience, but noone has ever claimed that it enhances your performance.
Lou Pinella on Pot: “Look, I have smoked dope one time in my life, and it didn’t do a damn thing for me, and I never tried it again. I’m fortunate because of that. A lot of people do. You can even buy it in California from a pharmacy. I do know young people make mistakes at times and learn from mistakes. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life personally, and I’ve learned from them.”
I don’t know how many people will agree with me, but I find it almost refreshing for a baseball player to test positive for something other than steroids. If Geovany Soto puffed in California, it may not have even been illegal. It could have just been “medicinal” for his sore shoulder that’s been bothering him.
It doesn’t seem like MLB or the Cubs are all that concerned either, as neither organization plans on disciplining him. Sounds fair to me. If Geovany wanted to celebrate by downing rum or finishing off a bottle of night train it would be perfectly acceptable. Instead he chose to smoke a weed that’s been used for centuries and can even be found growing wild along Illinois’ highways.
I’m not saying people should smoke pot, I’m just saying it shouldn’t be a crime. I don’t believe in punishing people for victimless crimes. Cigarettes, gambling, alcohol, drugs, prostitution – these aren’t good things but they are not assault, theft or murder.
As Brian the dog on Family Guy said “We as American adults with free will have the right to use marijuana if we choose to. Enough government profiteering in the name of morality, enough with this phony war on drugs”.
Of course, Geovany Soto isn’t going to be taking up the legalization issue though. Instead, Soto said:
“While I fully acknowledge my inappropriate behavior, I want to assure my fans and my family that this was an isolated incident. I do not say this to minimize or deflect from my conduct and I fully understand the ramifications of my actions. I have and will accept any and all consequences. I am fully dedicated to the game of baseball and my teammates, and I apologize for any distraction and embarrassment this may cause them. Finally, I would like to thank the Chicago Cubs organization for its support in this matter. I take great pride in putting on my Cubs uniform every day and I look forward to helping the team achieve a successful season“.
Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke Trailer
We now now why Geovany showed up to camp overweight. Too many cheetos in the offseason from when he had the munchies.
Thanks for the comic relief Geovany. I needed something to take my mind off of the Cubs disappointing season. Apparently you did too.
You may now start making your Geovany Soto pot jokes in the comments below.
Geovany Soto tested positive for marijuana at World Baseball Classic – Chicago Sun Times
Geovany Soto ‘embarrassed’ by positive drug test at World Baseball Classic – Chicago Tribune
Soto tested positive during Classic – Cubs.com