A few minutes ago Yankee third-baseman Alex Rodriguez confirmed a Sports Illustrated report which claimed he tested positive for steroids in 2003. A-Rod admitted to using “performance enhancing drugs” during his three year tenure with the Texas Rangers. According to Rodriquez, it was the pressure to perform after signing his record breaking deal with the team that led to his decision to cheat.
I’m not surprised by the news. But I am disapointed.
I’ve always kind of liked A-Rod – as a Yankee anyway. The reason my son doesn’t have an A-Rod poster on his wall has more to do with the fact that he has frosted tips and dabbles in Madonna, er… Kabbalah, than any other factor. Otherwise, I have typically defended him against the “A-Fraud” and “Mr. April” jeers of my fellow fans in pinstripes.
A-Rod’s reputation isn’t likely to ever going recover from this. Not even among the Yankee faithful. And that’s a shame because he didn’t need to cheat. His ticket to Cooperstown had already been punched, and his stats alone earned him a place at the “greatest ever” table. He’ll now spend the rest of his career in exile instead.
It hardly seems worth it.