Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Cardinals hate sobriety

Cardinals utility player Scott Spiezio voluntarily sought treatment for "possible problems related to substances" that the team did not specify. Spiezio, who has relished a hard-rocking image through his 12 seasons in the major leagues, was placed on the restricted list Thursday and will be paid while he undergoes treatment. He has not played since Sunday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, citing club and industry sources, reported Friday that it has confirmed Spiezio is seeking treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. "He realized he had a problem and wanted to get some help," general manager Walt Jocketty told the Post-Dispatch. "We're obviously very supportive and want nothing more than for him to get whatever assistance he needs."

It seems like the Cardinal's clubhouse is Boozetown USA. When your manager is a drunk and one of your teammates killed himself while intoxicated, how did it take him this long to get help? And if you couldn't tell this freak wasn't sober most of the time, then hearing of David Wells' diabetes must have been the shock of a lifetime.

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