In terms of the baseball players who have been dinged for PED use, Antonio Bastardo may or may not have registered as a player people actually cared about. Sure, he is a useful left-handed relief pitcher with career left in front of him, but I’m not sure if people would have noticed if he addressed his suspension or not.
I made a mistake…I met this guy one day in 2012. I was thinking I needed some help. I did it just once and I ended up on the list. It was a bad situation.
āIām mad at myself. It was a mistake I made and I paid the price. I never did it again, just that one spring training, never in the regular season or in 2013.ā
You know things are going to end badly when a story starts, “I met this guy one day in 2012…” I bet Bastardo is far from the only person, across many walks of life, who regrets the outcome of a story that started that way.
His candor is appreciated here, though, and the accountability he offered will get him a lot further than it would have to try and dodge the issue. Now he can just worry about contributing out of the bullpen for the Phillies.