Hicks indicts Gonzalez
Rangers owner Tom Hicks has fingered former slugger Juan Gonzalez for using steroids, and the only thing I can say is, us fans should have done the same.
Never has anyone been a bigger suspect than Gonzalez, who always was one of my favorite Rangers.
Hicks said Gonzalez’s injuries and early retirement makes him suspicious. “We paid him $24 million for very few games … probably we just gave that money away.”
Gonzalez was the grandest Ranger hitter ever, with 340 homers from 1989 through 1999. Then Juan Gone went into free agency, steroids became an issue, and Gonzalez’s career dried up like Blackwater Gulch.
Gonzalez hit just 94 homers over his last six seasons; he played just 186 games his final four seasons. He went back to Texas and was a shell of his former self.
The evidence seems so clear now. We didn’t think about it in those salad days of the late ‘90s, when biceps bulged and balls flew over the fence like never before.
Juan Gonzalez seems nothing more than a footnote in the steroid scandals, but to those of us who follow Texas baseball, we now know what we were seeing.
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