More A-Rod drama, continued….

In an article on the Yankees mlb.com site, Bryan Hoch wrote an article about the report in today’s New York Times about Major League Baseball investigating Alex Rodriguez with regard to his steroids use. The Times story claims that MLB investigators are “checking into the
accuracy of Alex Rodriguez’s statements about when he used
performance-enhancing drugs.” These investigators have contacted A-Rod’s “associates” to find out whether or not he used banned substances before or after the 2001-03 time period he admitted to in February. According to Hoch, Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman, and Derek Jeter are unaware of any investigation and have not been contacted by any investigators regarding steroids use by Rodriguez.

Also per Hoch’s article, Joe Girardi is quite upset about the soon-to-be released book about A-Rod by Selena Roberts. He says he doesn’t understand why anyone would write a book like that. C’mon, Joe, you can’t be that naïve. You know it’s all about the money…books like this sell like crazy, which will make lots of money for Ms. Roberts and will make her a pseudo-celebrity. That doesn’t make it right, of course…but that’s just the way it is.

I find this whole situation utterly ridiculous. While I personally was disappointed and disgusted to find out in February that A-Rod had, in fact, used steroids, I find it equally disgusting that the only name leaked from that list of 103 players was Alex Rodriguez. If MLB is, in fact, investigating A-Rod about his steroids use, then those investigators should also investigate each of the other 102 players on that so-called “anonymous” list of players who failed drug tests. It’s time to stop persecuting ONLY Alex Rodriguez, simply because he’s Alex Rodriguez.

I wonder…would there be all of this hype and publicity — in fact, would Roberts have even written this book — if A-Rod was still playing in Texas, or if he had ended up with the Red Sox rather than the Yankees? Did all of this mess happen just because he is a Yankee?

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6 comments

  1. juliasrants

    No, the mess happened because he is the man making the largest salary in baseball. And what I find troubling know, in addition to the steroids, is the pitch tipping. If he cheated to help a player on another team he should be thrown out of baseball.

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. diamonddiva

    Good point about the money. He also seems to have an ego to match his salary…but his insecurity also seems to be as massive as his salary. I used to be a fan of his when he played for Seattle, but the contract with Texas changed my mind about him. I’m not happy about the steroids issue — I still think the other 102 names on that list should be released since A-Rod’s name was “leaked” — but I totally agree about the pitch tipping. Again, it’s part of the ego and the need to be the best…to have that batting average as high as possible, even if he has to cheat (by helping the opposition) to get it.

  3. diamondsareagirlsbestfriend

    I’m just glad he’s not a Mariner anymore. I still remember the 2001 All Star game in Seattle. He came out an waved and the whole crowd was completely silent. A reporter interviewed him on what he thought of Seattle’s welcome and he remarked that he was glad to see there were no hard feelings. The crowd suddenly erupted in boos and monopoly money begain raining down from every corner of the field. The interview was cut short and A-Rod went back into the dugout.

    I’m not trying to be mean to A-Rod fans, we just don’t really like him very much here in Seattle.

    I definately don’t agree with singling one person out of many who all did the same thing wrong to make an example. I think it is taking the easy road; letting one person be the fall guy. The fact that so many players failed drug tests is a much bigger issue that needs to be addressed across the board. It’s easy to put a band-aid on the problem by punishing a few and placing all of the guilt on their heads. Don’t hold public hangings Baseball, you are better than that.

    http://diamondsareagirlsbestfriend.mlblogs.com/

  4. diamonddiva

    Jane, you’re right…we do need to wait for actual proof of the pitch tipping before calling for A-Rod’s head on a platter. Unfortunately, because I just don’t like the guy anymore, I tend to jump to conclusions when the negative stories come out. I wouldn’t be surprised if the pitch-tipping claims turn out to be true…but I hope they are proven to be false.
    Diamondsareagirlsbestfriend, I remember that All-Star game…I have to admit that the monopoly money “rain” was pretty funny! And well said about the public hangings.
    Jeff, I suppose you’re right. People are often quick to attack the Yankees for various reasons (sometimes deservedly so), but I guess this crap would have hit the fan regardless of which uniform A-Rod might have been wearing.

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