Well well well. ANOTHER FAMOUS ATHLETE BUSTED FOR WEED! If you're interested, by the way, here's a slideshow of a whole bunch of athletes busted for possession or failing a test: http://www.suntimes.com/sports/-1,pot-smoking-athletes-062509.photogallery?index=0
And the reaction is...meh.
We're not going to get into the should it be legal/illegal argument here because that's a moot point. In fact, we don't really know what to say about the whole thing. The guy smoked weed before the WBC. He got caught. Now, he can't participate in Venezuelan team sports for two years.
We're sure there are plenty of moralizers out there who are going to say that this is affecting his performance this year, that hitting .220 and hitting a bong are related. But, to the credit of the internet, we haven't found them yet. Even columnists have remained relatively silent on the issue, which is a shocker to us. These guys never miss a chance to grandstand! We guess that since there's no MLB penalty, it's just not a big deal. Hell, half these guys grew up with Mickey Mantle, whose alcoholic tendencies probably contributed to the decline of his otherworldly career. To make an issue out of this would be hypocritical, and we all know baseball writers are above that, right?
In any event, we're pretty sure no one's really surprised that professional athletes drink and smoke and do drugs. It's been a pretty well known fact for some time; that a positive test was revealed is unfortunate for Soto, but ultimately the silence that greeted the news was deafening. We won't go so far as to say no one cares, but...we've yet to hear from them.