Not You Too “Q”

8/12/10



Thumbnail image for Omar in dugout.jpgNEW YORK – Former major league infielder Omar Quintanilla has been suspended 50 games for using a performance-enhancing substance.

The 29-year-old Quintanilla, a 2000 graduate of Socorro High School, was playing in the Colorado Rockies’ organization at Class A Tri-City of the Northwest League. He was hitting .252 with one home run and 15 RBIs.

Quintanilla was penalized Wednesday during the minor league drug program.

Quintanilla played parts of the last five seasons in the majors with the Rockies. He hit .220 with two home runs and 32 RBIs in 216 games.

The Rockies issued a statement saying they were disappointed to learn Quintanilla had been suspended.

The above story is from the Associated Press.

When I think of “Q” the first thing that always comes to my mind is heart. Despite his size the dude can play ball. “Q” was the first baseball player to autograph anything for me.

 It was a simple autograph on my ticket stub but the interaction and the experience was the spark that got me back into baseball.Thumbnail image for omar Q auto 2006.jpg

I write this entry with a heavy heart. Omar Quintinilla may not be a household name but I seriously looked up to this guy (so to speak). This news is crushing to me.

          To tell the truth I didn’t give a sheet about Barry Bonds..I’m not a Giants Fan.

                          Didn’t care about Manny Ramirez…I’m not a Dodgers fan.

I haven’t been personally affected by anyone whose taken “performance enhancing drugs” until now. If I had to make a list of ten ballplayers who I was absolutely sure never ever use steriods, Omar would be on that list.

     Hunter and I would watch Omar play and I would always say something to him like…

“See buddy, it’s talent not size”, or something along those lines”. I always cheered for “Q”. He has no idea but I was probably one of his biggest fans. All because of one cool interaction with him four years ago.

Thumbnail image for Omar Q 2-28-09.jpg                                                Steriods wreck everything.
Steroid needle.jpg The “juice” hurts more than the individual player and his reputation, it chips away at the heart of baseball, it’s loyal fans.


Thumbnail image for omar q 2-25-09.jpgSteriods hit home this time and it hit hard. 

Once again I find myself questioning the people I’ve put on a pedistol…(aka Vinny Castilla).

I can’t bash Omar because he’s always been a classy dude the times we’ve talked.
 

But if he reads this I just want him to know that this news rocked my world in a really bad way.

Get it together Omar…The Rockpile Rant is all about second chances so please brotha give me something good to write about.

     I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and I don’t dig steriods.

                             I’m all about keep’n it real.ranter hat-thumb-40x29-2107421.jpg

UPDATE-LUVMYROX sent me a link to this article from Troy Renck

NEW YORK — Omar Quintanilla, a well-respected player in the Rockies’ organization for years, released a statement today to The Denver Post, apologizing for his suspension. He was disciplined 50 games Wednesday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

He has spent the entire season in Triple-A battling through injuries. He was a valuable bech player for the Rockies last year, providing solid defense at a variety of positions.

Here is Quintanilla’s statement in full:

“I would like to apologize to my family, teammates, the Colorado Rockies Organization and their fans for recently testing positive for a performance enhancing product. I recently purchased this product over the counter at GNC and it was my understanding that after looking at the label, it did not contain any banned substances. I’ve always taken great pride in my nutrition, my training, my preparation and dedication to the sport that has given me so much.

 I realize just how fortunate I am to be playing professional baseball and would never intentionally do anything to jeopardize that or disrespect the game. “

                    Told you he was a classy guy. Thank’s LUVMYROX…D

 

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5 Comments

I have always liked and respected Omar, as well. I was disheartened to read about this yesterday, but today he issued an apology. From what he says here, he was as surprised as anybody to get the test results. I’m choosing to buy it. :)
http://blogs.denverpost.com/rockies/2010/08/12/quintanilla-apologizes-for-positive-test/4529/

Hey D,
I was totally taken aback when I read about Q. A lot of the stuff sold at the “nutrition” stores definitely needs to be used with caution. Since it’s not regulated some of the companies that make the “nutrition” supplements are less than on the up and up. I worked in a lab for several years that did testing on these type of products and you’d be surprised at what we found.
I’m a huge fan of Q as well and like luvmyrox choose to believe him.

D – I don’t think it was anything intentionally done by Omar. He was just trying to get back into shape faster after being injured and mistakenly took a banned substance. Still he should have been more careful and as you mentioned gives baseball a bad name.

I love players like Q that work hard and make to the club with their dedication to playing baseball. I think the Rockies are team of these guys and still have a shot at the playoffs.

R you still believeR this year? I am!

– Ken

D,
I remember when Rays farmhand James Houser got a 50-game suspension a few years ago. It was one of those momentsa you wanted to shake them and ask if they really know how special it was to play a kid’s game and get a good paycheck and lifestyle?
Of course recently the Minor Leagues began teststing for HGH. Hopefully it is just an over the counter muscle or diet supplement that was inadvertently taken by Q.
Always a tragic time for the fans, especially the young ones when their idols who they admire seem to stray beyond the rules.
A lot of great players have made these mistakes and gone on to again become productive players and model citizens of the game. The pain is real, the punishment is just, but you still want to believe you are dreaming.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

To all: I still believe. Never doubt that. I also take Omar at his word. I just wish we could move past PEDS, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon…D

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