Chicago Cub catcher Geovany Soto has been banned from international baseball for two years for testing positive for marijuana during the World Baseball Classic. (He can now also be subject to random tests from MLB, which doesn't ordinarily test for weed.) His manager, former M's skipper Lou Piniella (remember tantrums like (this?), has his back:
"Look, I have smoked dope one time in my life, and it didn't do a damn thing for me, and I never tried it again. I'm fortunate because of that. A lot of people do. You can even buy it in California from a pharmacy.
"I do know young people make mistakes at times and learn from mistakes. I've made a lot of mistakes in my life personally, and I've learned from them."
While I'm not of the opinion that the cannabis plant (or the products thereof) should be prohibited, I think I speak for most baseball fans when I say I'm grateful that it didn't mellow Piniella's harsh.