Monday, February 9, 2009

A-Rod Tells All

As I said before A-Rod should come clean and that is exactly what he did today on ESPN. What he generally said was that he took PEDs from 2001 to 2003. Here is his full quotes from ESPN
"When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day," Rodriguez told ESPN's Peter Gammons in an interview in Miami Beach, Fla. "Back then, [baseball] was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young, I was stupid, I was na├»ve. I wanted to prove to everyone I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time.  "I did take a banned substance. For that, I'm very sorry and deeply regretful. Overall, I felt a tremendous pressure to play, and play really well" in Texas, the New York Yankees third baseman said. "I had just signed this enormous contract I felt like I needed something, a push, without over-investigating what I was taking, to get me to the next level. I am sorry for my Texas years. I apologize to the fans of Texas. The more honest we can all be, the quicker we can get baseball [back] to where it needs to be," he said. "It wasn't a real dramatic day. I started experimenting with things that, today, are not legal, that today are not accepted ... ever since that incident happened, I realized that I don't need any of it. There were a lot of people doing a lot of different things," Rodriguez said, noting that he wasn't specifically pointing out the Rangers"I had never heard anything since," he said. "Whatever I was experimenting with in Texas might have been OK."
This is exactly what A-Rod needed to do. Lay down exactly what he did and apologize. He did not lie and say it was a one time thing. Hopefully this three year stint is the extent of his steroid usage and he is not lying to the masses. A-Rod took full responsibility which is exactly what he had to do. If he is lying and more info comes out he will be in a much worse position. 

I am surprised that Alex actually did this. This was a smart move and all of Alex's other media moves have not too bright. Usually whatever he says cause more trouble. 

This is the biggest scandal I have ever covered and I think there is a lot we still don't know. Since this was an MLB test and they found out that so many players were on the juice but the steroid policy was still lax. I still think that commissioner's office should have done a much better job with steroids in baseball.