My Valencia, my Valencia, his covering, well-traveled career.
“There’s really not much to it,” he said. “Basically, I’ve never had any contact with those people. I’ve never met Anthony Bosch, I’ve never seen him, never been to that clinic, never heard of that clinic until the story first broke. That being said, I’ve never, ever taken a PED in my life. Never failed a drug test in my life and I never will.
“I was shocked. I was real upset. I was trying to think how this could possibly be. I don’t know. I know just as much as everybody else.
“I really don’t know anything. All I know is that my name was on a piece of paper.”
Valencia is trying to make the team in spring training, so any negative news works against him, though he seems to have the full support of the organization.
“When I first found out, when I first got the phone call, I knew I was going to be in the clear,” he said. “I know I’m not going to get in trouble because there’s nothing they’re going to find on me. I’ve never done anything. But the only thing that bothered me at the time was, what’s the Orioles organization going to perceive? I thought about what Dan Duquette’s going to think, obviously what Buck (Showalter) is going to think, and my teammates. That’s what mattered most to me. That was my first feeling.
“I felt upset about that. I called Dan right away, spoke to him the very next morning and I told him what I just told you guys.”
Posted: February 13, 2013 at 06:53 PM | 22 comment(s)
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