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Gene Wang
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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

Produce and It's Forgiven


A positive drug test may lead some fans to question their loyalty to their favorite player, and that's a perfectly reasonable reaction, especially at the grass roots level. Imagine a father trying to explain to his young son why his hero Manny Ramirez can't play for the next 50 games this season. For many kids, news that their favorite ballplayer broke the rules can be devastating.

The baseline is different in the adult world. These days, it seems fans are much more forgiving of a player implicated for using a banned substance so long as he performs at a high level. Take Shawne Merriman. San Diego fans showered him with applause after each sack following his four-game suspension in 2006.

Odds are Dodgers fans will welcome back Ramirez in the same way. He's the reason the Dodgers are a World Series contender again after years of mediocrity. That's more than enough for the majority of fans to overlook a failed drug test.

By Gene Wang  |  May 7, 2009; 1:48 PM ET  | Category:  Gene Wang , San Diego Chargers , Steroids Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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