It has been about 15 hours since the Rick Ankiel story broke, and so far, the only public comment has been Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty's clearly confused, wha-wha-WHAT? quote of "This is the first I've heard of this; If it's true, obviously it would be very tragic, along with everything else we've had happen to us this year." (Hey, Walt: Screen your calls, dude!) This silence is not good, for anybody.
Clearly, if the story is true, and this was a one-time (legal, and prescribed) thing for Ankiel, it would certainly behoove him to jump out and say so, immediately. (Jeff Gordon of the Post-Dispatch has a simple remedy for Ankiel to try to put this behind him as fast as possible.) So why's everybody being so quiet? Where's the press conference? Where's the official team statement on the Cardinals' Web site? Where the hell's Scott Boras anyway?
The team says it won't comment until tonight when both Jocketty and Ankiel are scheduled to hold a pregame press conference. That seems like an awfully long time to be silent.
As for us, we might take a little weekend off from baseball; this whole day has just been exhausting, and we might need to sit a few plays out. If only there were something else on television this weekend ...
What We Lost, And What We Never Had [Deadspin]
Another Day, Another Messy Twist To Cards' Chaotic Season [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]