Yesterday, Cubs catcher Geovany Soto revealed that he had tested positive for marijuana while at this year’s World Baseball Classic. While it’s not expected to cause any problems for his major league career, he’s banned from international play for two years, or roughly 12 times the amount of time Manny Ramirez will have faced for his steroid use. For weed. Anyway.
Cubs manager Lou Piniella defended Soto today, saying that if he had known earlier than this week about the drug test, he would have encouraged Soto to come clean with it much earlier, rather than having it weigh on his mind and affect his performance. Then Uncle Lou engaged in an unusually candid bit of solidarity, saying that he, too, had smoked the reefer back in the day.