American baseballer and golfer hit sporting high and low

by | Apr 13, 2015

New York Mets player Jenrry Mejia

New York Mets player, Jenrry Mejia

Baseball has not taken a firm play-hold in Trinidad and Tobago but in Cuba, neighbouring Venezuela, in some Latin American countries and in the USA, it is ever popular.


And with the sport’s popularity in the US, the rules of engagement are as strict as required.


One player who was lately found guilty of rule infraction is paying a hefty price.


He is New York Mets player Jenrry Mejia who has been suspended for 80 games without pay after testing positive for the banned substance stanozolol.

The pitcher, 25, will not be able to play again until July and would be ineligible for the Major League play-offs if the Mets qualify.


“I know the rules are the rules and I will accept my punishment,” Mejia said.


“But I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system.”


And he goes off to serve his ban while another Texan basks in the world sporting limelight for his brilliance at golf.


In golf meanwhile Texan


Jordan Spieth equalled the lowest winning score in Masters history to cap a record-breaking display at Augusta and win his first major.


The 21-year-old American, second on his debut last year, shot a two-under 70 to triumph on 18 under.


England’s Justin Rose hit 70 to finish 14 under, joint second with three-time champion Phil Mickelson (69) who ended runner-up in a major for the 10th time.


World number one Rory McIlroy finished fourth on 12 under after a 66.


The story going into the Masters had been all about the Northern Irishman’s quest to become just the sixth man to win the Grand Slam of all four of golf’s majors.


But it was Spieth, the new world number two, who dominated the headlines on each day, equalling Tiger Woods’s winning score of 18 under in 1997, when the former world number one won his first Green Jacket.


Spieth also became the second-youngest Masters champion, winning the tournament at the age of 21 years and 259 days, 155 days older than Woods when he recorded his 1997 win.


He also became the first player in 39 years to lead a Masters from start to finish, and the first to shoot 28 birdies at the tournament.


A one-over 73 for Woods meant he finished tied 17th on five under, while 2014 champion Bubba Watson carded a 74 to finish tied for 38th on one over.