Eric Thames to Skeptics: “I’ll Be Here Every Day, I Have Lots of Blood and Urine” (Video)
The Milwaukee Brewers don’t stand much of a chance of making the playoffs this year. However, thanks to a shrewd signing in the offseason, their fans will still have a reason to come out to Miller Park.
Eric Thames flamed out of MLB in 2013 after spending parts of three seasons with the Blue Jays. However, he discovered his power stroke in the Korean Baseball Organization, where he won a home run title and an MVP award. So the Brewers signed him to a three-year, $16 million deal in the offseason. And he’s repaid the Brewers’ leap of faith by hitting .371/.482/.929 and mashing more dingers than anyone else in Major League Baseball.
Unfortunately, Thames’ shockingly good April has led to a lot of speculation as to whether his stats are chemically enhanced.
On Tuesday, Thames crushed his MLB-best 11th home run of the season during the Brewers’ 9-1 win over the Reds:
After the game, Thames was subjected to a drug test administered by MLB as part of its anti-doping program. It was his second “random” drug test this month and third since joining the Brewers.
To his credit, Thames isn’t offended by all the whispers and speculation about possible PED use.
“This whole thing is surprising me, as well,” Thames told MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy. “I really have no goals for this year. I wasn’t trying to break any records or set anything. I just wanted to apply what I learned in Korea to see how it would fare here. I’m shocked at all the results. I’m just here to play ball, and do my best to stay healthy, and stretch as much as I can.”
Thames then followed up with a quote that will go down as an all-time classic.
“If people keep thinking I’m on stuff, I’ll be here every day,” he said. “I have lots of blood and urine.”
You gotta love this guy’s attitude.
Hat Tip – [The Score]