Eric Thames has been the biggest storyline in the MLB throughout this first month of baseball, crushing home-run after home-run, and raising eyebrows and speculations along the way. Thames is on an absolute tear, and has specifically been abusing the Cincinnati Reds, as last night when he blasted his league-leading 11th home-run, it also was the 8th he's hit against the Reds this season in just 6 games against the Reds (game #7 coming tonight, more dingers ahead?).
His red hot start has been the talk of the league, and many people want to immediately bring in the PED talk. For some people it's hard to imagine that a guy who hasn't played in the Major Leagues since 2012, and spent the last few seasons in Korea (tearing it up I must add) would be able to come out and get off to such a dominant start, but Thames is not worried. He dropped a great quote last night after he said he was randomly drug-tested for a second time this week:
"If people keep thinking I'm on stuff, I'll be here everyday. I have a lot of blood an urine."
I love it. This guy is just coming out every night, doing his thing, raking at an all-time pace (on pace for 81 home runs), and could care less if you doubt him. He's been doubted before, and it's all just noise to him, noise that he takes no offense too. Players, fans, analysts, everyone who watches baseball has at least thought to themselves, "he's gotta be on something, right?" and yet here he is, telling you flat out that if you wanna drug test him every day, have at it.
I hope that he's clean, because who doesn't love a good comeback story, and guys hitting home runs at the pace he is, and doing it without PED's is what baseball needs again. The steroid-era was the greatest time in baseball history, but as we all know the MLB is doing everything they can to forget, erase, and move on from that period, and a guy like Eric Thames are the perfect poster boy for it. Keep raking Mr. Thames, maybe just show some mercy for those poor Reds'.