I saw this on /r/NewYorkMets last night and just had to write something about it. I hear people say that his advanced stats and BABIP were at an all-time high, which signifies some luck. Plus he played in Texas, which is a bandbox. But I’m sorry. If you played with those Rangers teams in the mid-90’s, you were juicing. It’s literally that black and white. Instead of cup tests they probably wouldn’t let you leave the locker room unless you had a fresh needle mark in your ass. And I’m not here to judge. Anyone who wouldn’t take something to make them millions of dollars is stupid if you ask me. But lets call a spade a spade.
And while we are talking about the Rangers, look at Juan Gonzalez’s numbers in Texas. They literally make me laugh out loud as I look at them. Again, I realize the Rangers played in a hitter’s ballpark. But said ballpark was still on Earth and adhered to the laws of gravity like every other ballpark.
Also, Juan Gone was one of the best lazy nicknames of all-time, in that it just took the first parts of his name like A-Rod. Dammit, Juan Gone was the man.