Typically, those conversations arise when the players butt heads with the owners during CBA negotiations. Steroids, however, created an unprecedented need to revise the agreement in mid-stride this winter, and that made Wolf a person of interest when the topic was addressed.
"I definitely think it's a good thing," Wolf said of the stepped-up testing. "I was against it for years, but in light of what has happened I know that we have to do this. I think that doubt will slowly be taken away."
The winter of discontent caused by the BALCO scandal and other steroid-use revelations got another blast of frigid air from the pages of Jose Canseco's book Juiced. While the book might be considered by some to be more hysterical than historical, it has caused feathers to fly in baseball's sweaty cathedral - the clubhouse.
"It's not that I don't believe him; I just don't care," Wolf said of Canseco's comments. "There are a lot of things that happen in clubhouses that would bother the hell out of people - but they happen here."
Wolf believes that the best-case scenario for baseball is if the balance of the game doesn't sway in the scandal's aftermath.
"I don't want to see a big change in the game," Wolf said. "I'm hoping that there isn't one. The possibility is there, but that's something time will tell."
On a more personal note, Wolf had a nerve removed from the top of his right foot. Actually, the problem had been causing him discomfort for years. How did the nerve become inflamed and irritated in the first place? Ill-fitting shoes - an understandable problem when you feet are quadruple-E width. That width goes beyond standard sizing, and only one athletic-shoe maker makes a running shoe that fits him properly. Wolf will pitch in spikes that are a standard width, but he'll use a tool to stretch out the spikes this season. As for how he feels, "I'm good," reports Wolf. The left-hander has been able to participate in all of the drills this spring and hasn't been slowed by the surgery.
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