"I'll come after people who defame or slander me," he said before last night's game against the New York Mets. "It's pathetic and disgusting. There should be some accountability for people who put that out there."However, I DO like his tact here:
A column in yesterday's Inquirer brought to light an Internet blogger who wondered if Ibanez had used such drugs.
"Unfortunately, I understand the environment we're in and the events that have led us to this era of speculation," he said.Whew, I'm not 42 and thankfully my parents have no basement. But I am always accountable.
"You can have my urine, my hair, my blood, my stool - anything you can test," Ibanez said. "I'll give you back every dime I've ever made" if the test is positive.
"I'll put that up against the jobs of anyone who writes this stuff," he said. "Make them accountable. There should be more credibility than some 42-year-old blogger typing in his mother's basement. It demeans everything you've done with one stroke of the pen."
And in case you weren't sure where I stand on Ibanez's surge:
Do I think that Ibanez is cheating in some way? No, I don't think so. But doesn't it, at least, look like the same late-career outlier that we now look back at for other players and point out "ah ha!"? We've done this for every player we thought/knew was using.