Eric Thames Has the Perfect Response to More Random Drug Tests

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Eric Thames Has the Perfect Response to More Random Drug Tests

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About nine days ago, the Milwaukee Brewers were playing the Cubs in a three-game set at Wrigley Field.

And if you were online (or in a bar … or in my living room) for any amount of time during that series, you could tell that the fans in Chicago were justifiably frustrated by one man:

Eric Thames has been MLB’s hottest hitter this season, and his story is especially interesting because he was playing in Korea just one year ago.

By the time that game was over, Thames was hitting .405/.479/.1000 with 7 home runs, 4 doubles, and 12 RBI. But Cubs fans were not the only ones frustrated and fascinated by Thames’ offensive explosion.

In the eight games that followed that night at Wrigley, Thames added another four home runs, three of which came against the Cincinnati Reds.

And that was after he already hit four against Reds’ pitchers earlier in the year:


As of the start of play today, Thames is hitting .371/.482/.929 with a league-leading ELEVEN home runs. No one else is even close.

2017 MLB Home Run Leaders:

  1. Eric Thames: 11 HRs
  2. Bryce Harper: 7 HRs
  3. Freddie Freeman: 7 HRs
  4. Ryan Zimmerman: 7 HRs
  5. Joey Gallo: 7 HRs

But unfortunately, because of 1) his unique path to MLB greatness and 2) the world we live in today (and, more accurately, the one that surfaced in the mid-2000s), some have suspected Thames’ of using performance enhancing drugs (to no avail, mind you!).

In fact, since that Monday night in Chicago just nine days ago, Thames has been tested not once, but TWICE for steroids. The first was a urine test, the second a mixture of both urine and blood. But Thames isn’t letting it get to him.

Instead, he’s employed a real bring it on mentality, including the most fantastic quote I’ve ever heard in response to something like this:

“I have a lot of blood and urine.”

THAT’S how you handle it, my man. Just keep hitting dingers and passing drug tests and the only time your name will be in the headlines is when you pad your home run totals with more deep drives against the NL Central.

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami