A-Rod admits use of PEDS in pre-Yankee years…

A-Rod speaks…

I have to admit that Alex Rodriguez has done exactly what I expected him to do.  Granted, he had plenty of professional and legal advice in the hours leading up to his interview with ESPN, but I feel that he handled the situation in the best possible manner under the circumstances. 

He admitted taking a banned substance, was apologetic, and expressed the proper degree of regret and remorse.  So long as there are no further disclosures of subsequent drug use, I do feel that A-Rod can slowly begin to rebuild his image and legacy.  Sure, he’ll be harassed in opposing cities, and even at home until he slams a few game winning home runs.  But clearly, Alex has handled this much better than, say, Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds. 

None of us will ever know the pressure that goes with a then-record $252 million contract and an intense desire to not only be among the best but to be the very best.  It’s not an excuse to cheat, but it was an era that did not have the necessary controls in place. 

Actually, A-Rod may benefit from being the first of 104 players disclosed as testing positive for PEDs in 2003.  Right now, the spotlight is clearly on him, but once the other 103 names start to filter out, there will be other surprises and the attention A-Rod is currently receiving will be significantly diluted. 

I found it absurd that the New York Daily News would actually suggest that the Yankees should simply drop A-Rod and the “eat” the remainder of the $275 contract.  To simply prove a point?  That makes absolutely no sense to me.  If Alex truly stopped using PEDs after 2003, it means that he has been clean for over five years.  There needs to be a statue of limitations for forgiveness.

I was fooled by A-Rod once, but I am willing to give the guy another chance to prove himself.  Hopefully, the rest of America will agree.  But, Alex, don’t let us down again…

 

Congratulations to Tiger Woods and family…

Congratulations to Tiger and Elin for the birth of their second child, a son named Charlie Axel Woods.  The baby was born Sunday night according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

I liked the ESPN comment that said “Let the records show that Woods now trails Jack Nicklaus by four majors and three offspring”. 

Tiger’s daughter, Sam Alexis, was born June 19, 2007.

Hopefully, Tiger will be back in action soon despite the “increased” household…

Tiger Woods and his wife Elin prior to attending the Ryder Cup welcome dinner this week.

 

3 Days to Camp…

Despite the ongoing A-Rod saga and the residual effect of The Yankee Years, I am getting excited about Yankees camp opening this Friday for pitchers and catchers.  The first workout is scheduled for Saturday.  It is going to be so fantastic to see Yankee-related interviews involving others than just A-Rod, Joe Torre, and Derek Jeter. 

What’s the over/under for how long it takes CC Sabathia to take command of the Yankees’ clubhouse?  His energy and personality will bring so much to the team, and it will be great to see him prepare for the Yankee Stadium home opener on April 16th.  I feel the city of New York will become quickly enamored with CC, and he’ll give DJ a run for his money in terms of popularity.  Well, maybe not with the teenage girls, but with the rest of us.

I am feeling pretty good about a sweep of the Boston Red Sox on April 24th through the 26th!  ;)

Time to start thinking about something other than PEDs…finally!

 

Photo Credits:

1.  Alex Rodriguez:  AP Bill Koutron

2.  Tiger & Elin Woods:  David Cannon/Getty Images

3.  CC Sabathia & A.J. Burnett:  AP

 

 

3 Comments

Scott – you know them are fighting words! Or are you just making sure that I actually read your post all the way to the end? ;-) I think A-Rod made a good start today. What I’m having some trouble with is this – we all know that playing for the Yankees is like living in a fish bowl; it ain’t easy. If he used steroids in the less pressure filled environment in Texas, why would he suddenly stop using them when he arrived in NY? I can’t help but wonder if we don’t know the whole story yet! And I think you miss typed – it will be a RED SOX sweep that weekend!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

hey yea A-Rod made a good star saying that he used steriods…and i think all the fans of A-Rod should give him another chance…cause thats the only thing that he has done wrong in his MLB…and he only used that thing for 2 years..he had a lot of pressure..and he wanted to prove that he was the best..even i would done that….

http://junior13.mlblogs.com/

Scott,
It’s nice that you’re giving A-Rod another chance, a chance to regain your trust (as well as other fans). I’m sure that he needs that right now. Granted, he did do better than Bonds and Clemens at his apology, but he still lied about it for years. This is all such a mess. Hopefully baseball can save us and itself.
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

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