MORE ON RYAN. Bob Ryan's speculation over Nomar Garciaparra and steroids is not playing well with two of his fellow sportswriters today. His Globe colleague Gordon Edes writes:
Garciaparra has had a startling run of injuries, but in the absence of any evidence, it is treading very dangerous ground to suggest that they were the result of his intense training program, or the muscle-building supplements (like creatine) that he has acknowledged using, or illegal substances he has vociferously denied using, an assertion backed up by Red Sox medical officials and teammates.
Here is Sports Illustrated's Stephen Cannella:
The point is, we don't know if Garciaparra ever has used steroids. It would be easy to name 50 other players about whom there were, or are, similar whispers. But there's a difference between rumors that swirl around the batting cage and what should make it's [sic] way into print or onto our TV screens. Let's face it: There's enough circumstantial evidence to indict nearly everyone who's worn a major-league uniform in recent years as a steroid user.
But without proof or probable cause - a failed drug test, a public admission in court or to a journalist, even an accusation in a tawdry tell-all book - reporters can't try to deduce who's using and who isn't based on appearance, home-run power or proclivity to major injuries.
The Herald's Tony Massarotti takes a pass today (click here if you want to skip the top; although it's about D-Lowe, so you might want to read it), writing a beefy Nomar item without mentioning either the Ryan controversy or the S-word.
I'm not sure if I'm going to follow this daily - it looks like it might blow over pretty quickly - but for further developments, keep an eye on the Phoenix's Mike Miliard and on the invaluable Boston Sports Media Watch.