He lost a ton of money, but he didn’t lose much respect.
The baseball fraternity will embrace him when he returns. The Giants are particularly forgiving. San Francisco has signed several players in recent years, including Guillermo Mota, Clay Hensley, Jose Guillen and Miguel Tejada, who either have tested positive or were linked to banned substances in the Mitchell Report.
Some players can’t resist the temptation to cheat because the money is so great and the penalty is so weak. Their brethren understand that and can’t come down hard. They might be in the same boat one day.
Or at this very moment.