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?