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Zaun says check to Grimsley was not for steroids
2008-02-15 12:15
by Bob Timmermann

Toronto catcher Gregg Zaun denied that he has used PEDs and said the check he wrote to Jason Grimsley was likely to pay off a bet and then Grimsley used it to buy steroids for himself.


The 36-year-old catcher said that he owed Grimsley $500 -- possibly for losing a bet on a basketball game -- and he gave the check to the pitcher without penning Grimsley's name on the document. From there, it's Zaun's belief that Grimsley scribbled Radomski's name on the check and used it to buy steroids.

"You're talking about one check of thousands that I've written over the last seven years," Zaun said on Friday. "I'm supposed to recall why and when and to whom and where? That was nearly impossible for me to figure out, but when I went through the document and I looked at it, I could tell right away that the only parts of the check that were mine were my signature and possibly the $500 in the box.

"I knew right away there was something wrong. I wanted to at least offer up an explanation for how my name ends up in that report. Maybe people come away from this and think there's a possibility that this could've happened, because that's the way I remember it happening."

In the Mitchell Report, there are numerous copies of checks submitted to Radomski by Grimsley. Some of the writing on the check bearing Zaun's signature resembles writing on checks written by the former pitcher. By now, Zaun said he would've shredded his personal copy of the check.

"I would gladly produce the check if I knew where it was," Zaun said. "The photocopy in the Mitchell Report is clear enough. I knew right away I hadn't finished writing that check when I saw it."

Note to self: Get rid of category for "Illegal Performance Enhancing Drugs" in Quicken.

2008-02-15 13:01:58
1.   JL25and3
And they've completely misinterpreted what I wrote on the memo line. I was referring to St. Eroids, patron saint of backup catchers.
2008-02-15 13:09:41
2.   Eric Stephen
Next time I payoff a bet via check, I'm going to go ahead and leave the Payee blank.

I printed out a copy of the LoDuca thank you note -- on Dodger Stadium stationery -- and have it at my desk at work.

2008-02-15 13:10:12
3.   Eric Stephen
Oh yeah, and everyone knows Microsoft Money is better than Quicken! :)
2008-02-15 13:21:28
4.   El Lay Dave
Zaun's check is actually one of the least clear in the Mitchell Report.
2008-02-15 14:35:53
5.   misterjohnny
Back in my halcyon college days, we would write checks to one another for debts (pizza, beer, whatever) and put clever things in the memo line like "services rendered" and "really good dope". I guess I'd better not become a baseball player or run for office.
2008-02-15 14:43:34
6.   Daniel Zappala
3 OK, you've completely ruined your reputation. Now I can't trust your opinion on any other issue.
2008-02-15 15:27:19
7.   Eric Stephen
Even with the smiley face? Does the fine state of Utah not recognize such emoticons?
2008-02-15 20:03:31
8.   Daniel Zappala
7 We quarantine emoticons at the border. You can only get them from a state-run emoticon store.

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