Yasmani Grandal took center stage last Saturday to deliver a much needed apology to his teammates and the Padres’ organization.
The Padres catcher is suspended 50 games for violating MLB’s drug program, also met with the meida to ask for their forgiveness, but his apology to the media wasn’t as heartfelt as the one to his teammates.
It was more of a statement:
“Last November, I admitted to taking a banned substance and accepted my punishment of a 50-game suspension,” Grandal read from his statement. ” I have taken full responsibility for my actions and apologized to my teammates, the fans and the San Diego Padres organization. I plan to put that mistake behind me, serve my suspension and continue working hard to be the best player and teammate I can be.
“I am aware of the various press reports about so-called patient files from a Miami clinic, and that Major League Baseball and others are investigating those allegations. I intend to cooperate fully in their investigations. I have been instructed by legal counsel not to answer questions relating to the pending investigations. Based on that legal advice, I will have no further comment.
“Again, I realize that I made a big mistake and I very much look forward to returning to the field.”
Grandal’s apology to his teammates was held behind close doors, so it is not known what exactly he said to them. But, whatever he said worked because he won some teammates over.
Yonder Alonso, a close friend of Grandal’s dating back to their University of Miami days, told USA Today: “I know he works hard and this will be a small thing in his life. “Clearing your name is something that takes time. You accomplish it with your work and your effort day to day. I think he’ll be able to do it.”
Now I ask you Padres fans, do you buy Yasmani Grandal’s apology to the media and fans?