To give credit, I must. I must give at least a little to Alex Rodriguez.
Alex Rodriguez admitted to using PED’s for a three-year period.
Did Alex have to admit that he used for so long? Or could he simply have stated to the public that he used only in the year that he was caught?
This caught me by surprise, as I just came across it after disturbing my computer from its “sleep mode.” Like every other baseball player, it seems that Rodriguez simply could have admitted to using in a very short period of time, during whichever time period he was caught–2003 in this case.
I have to hand it to the man, at least he came out and made it sound truthful. And maybe it is, maybe he is telling the truth. But of course, as a viewer, from afar, I am skeptical by nature as to if it was in fact three years. But saying that it was “three years,” definitely scores points, seeing how there may not have been any legal ramifications involved in admitting to longer than he had to.
Does this clear Alex for the past four seasons? No, it does not. There are undetectable substances, there was a questionable testing program in place, and there are lingering questions that we have about whether there is a simplistic way to avoid getting caught.
Digress: My Dad makes a good point. Is there a document that states the exact testing plan that MLB has put forth? Because I did some light searching and could not come up with anything. If anyone has any information, please let me know.
Back to the subject at hand. So, yes. ARod will always be “tainted” because of this, but now that he has come clean for three years, rather than one, people will have a little more respect for him.
And because none of us were Major League baseball players, don’t just come out and dismiss everything that everyone has done. If you wish to do so, then I guess that is your opinion. But had we been in that situation, how would each of us, as individuals have handled it? I have not shied away from letting people know that I was dangerously close to flirting with steroids–And that was simply to get bigger and stronger for no reason other than to look good. At least baseball players are doing this to improve their game.
Was it cheating? Yes. But come on, let these guys have a second chance to redeem themselves as people. The game was embedded with steroid and amphetamine use. Both are forms of cheating, and the percentage was mighty great, in my opinion, of how many players were using either/or. Steroids to a lesser extent, but I have to believe that many people were either popping amphetamines, or stocking up on syringes.
Alex Rodriguez cheated. He then lied to us on 60 Minutes. Does he have personal flaws? I would definitely agree with anyone that thinks that he does. But as far as this steroid culture–that is hopefully passing us by–many athletes cheated, some were caught, some weren’t. And hopefully the testing program is the answer that all of us fans want—not just digging through the past and trying to find every wrongdoer.
I will hope Rodriguez fails as a player. It impacts how the Boston Red Sox finish in the division.
But I also find a very positive thing in Rodriguez admitting to that “three-year” period.
I will question what he has done, and what he will do. But I WILL NOT dismiss it.
I guess that I should have watched the video, rather than just skim through the article as I did. But Rodriguez came off as saying that he “did not know” what he used. Now this may be accurate, maybe he didn’t know. But that makes it sound a little suspicious, as if maybe he is implying that he wouldn’t have used had he known that it was a banned substance.