Monday, February 9, 2009

A-Roid

I could have gone with several catchy headlines for this article. A-Fraud, Gay-Rod, etc... It looks as if nearly everyone in the steroid era was juicing as Alex Rodriguez was outed in a Sports Illustrated report over the weekend. All of those who thought Jose Canseco was blowing smoke with his 2005 book Juiced owes him an apology. The only thing that can surprise me now would be if reports surface naming my childhood hero Cal Ripken Jr in connection with steroids.

Rodriguez came clean today in this interview with ESPN as he claims he was "young" and "naive" when he took performance enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003. I sort of buy this admittance, but really if he was so sincere and regretful, why did it take a Sports Illustrated report for him to admit his faults? Why not come out on his own when people like Clemens, McGwire and Palmeiro were lying before congress? Another example of a crooked Yankeee, proving my lifelong statement that the "Yankees Suck!"





Now does all of this diminish the game for me? Somewhat, but I still think the game itself overrides all of the rampant cheating over the past few decades. I still enjoy going to a ballgame (especially at excellent stadiums like Camden Yards and Nationals Park) and look forward to taking my kids to many games over the upcoming years. There's nothing like going to a park and experiencing the sights and sounds that are so unique to the game. Hopefully the recent increases in testing can once and for all put an end to the steroid era, but unfortunately any way you look at it, the history of Major League Baseball is forever tarnished.

6 comments:

Theresa said...

Seriously though - I think the other 102 players need to be outed as well. Though I am certainly not one to defend A-Rod or any other cheater, steroids were clearly a rampant problem - 103 players! Let's just get it all out in the open, look at history for what it is, and move on.

Stacey said...

Jeremy made me watch the whole hour of Sports Center last night. He is a huge Yankees fan and wasn't very impressed when they signed A-Rod. Personally I'm kind of "meh" about the whole thing. I was surprised to hear he was taking steriods for 3 years though. I was thinking a "youthful" indiscretion being more like a time or two. At least he came out an admitted it and didn't point any fingers. Agreed with T though that if the report outed A-Rod, what about the others? Also, anyone else think the Senate investigations into steriod usage is a waste of tax payer money? Let the League clean itself up and institute some harsher laws. No need to have a parade of players down to DC...

Theresa said...

I always thought that if there was ONE clean player, that it would be A-Rod. He just seemed like one of those freaks of nature, so gifted. So, knowing now that he used steroids, I am inclined to believe that they ALL used steroids until testing became more widely used. I am glad that he admitted it as well, not like stupid Barry Bonds and Mark McGuire. Yes, the Senate has more important things to be doing than policing baseball. But the players union is the biggest problem, I think. I don't believe they are capable of cleaning it up.

Jordan said...

I believe the only reason he admitted it is because of the backlash against Bonds and Clemens. Once he realized that denying it just hurts you in the long run, he decided he would come clean if his secret ever got out. It's still horseshit that it took a report by SI and an interview request by Peter Gammons to get him to spill the beans. I agree that I would like to see the rest of the list and I hope that players like Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken and Ken Griffey Jr are not on it.

Navin said...

I wonder who leaked this test result about A-Rod and not the other 102 players. There's a breach of confidentiality here. So I doubt we will learn of more positive results from the other 102, unless someone wants to get royally sued by the Player's Union. As for A-Roid. I never thought he fitted in with my Yankees, and now I wish we could just get rid of him. We don't need him....never did.

Nate said...

A-Rod has shriveled balls.