Rick Ankiel, the Unnatural?

Rick Ankiel. The guy is swingin' a red-hot bat these days.

Everyone's favorite pitcher-turned outfield sensation homered twice for a career-high seven RBIs last night, to lead the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals to a 16-4, rain-shortened ass-whooping of the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday night.

Smoking the tie-breaking, three-run shot in the second inning and a two-run dinger in the fifth, he is batting .358 with nine homers and 29 RBIs in just 23 games since being called up from the minors on Aug. 9th. Ankiel has done nothing but amaze the crap out of us.

"The thing to remember when you get up there with runners on base is that the pitcher is the one that's in trouble," explained Ankiel.
Except for when the Daily News reports that you received Human Growth Hormone.

He reportedly received eight shipments of HGH from Signature Pharmacy in 2004, one year before he began working his way back as a power-hitting outfielder. Apparently, he stopped receiving the shipments just before before MLB banned the substance in 2005.

We suppose that if we stopped loving everyone who took HGH before it was banned, we would have few players left to love.

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