Waking up this morning and turning on ESPN news I expected to hear about the previous nights scores and what not. But no. It couldn’t be that simple. There had to be some kind of breaking news flashing at the bottom.
“SI.com is reporting that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003.”
Immediately I turned off the television. Instead of going through my normal routine of checking espn.com, foxsports.com, and SI.com, I decided to get some coffee and think about this later. I then thought maybe I should blog about this but decided against it because I didn’t have all the facts and was simply running away form reality.
So after reading the original SI articles and the ESPN ones as well as some Yankees blogs I have come to my own conclusions on the much discussed super star.
I don’t care.
Just of the boat, this is information that should never have been released into the public. Rodriguez participated in a voluntary drug test in 2003 and was told that none of the results would be revealed and was to be sealed under court orders. So none of this is supposed to be public knowledge and whoever has released this information to SI is the real criminal and I wish there were a way of trying them for violating court orders. So all of this information should be irrelevant and nullified by the fact that it was obtained illegally. Just the way that evidence obtained without a search warrant is thrown out because permission was not given for the search to be conducted in the first place.
It doesn’t matter to me that he took steroids in the past before it was being tested or even if it was considered wrong. Whatever happened as happened. You can say what you want about steroids but it does not give you better hand eye coordination which is what most of hitting is. Rodriguez has never been on the media’s right side and is constantly being bombarded with questions about his character, marriage, hitting, fielding, kids, contract, image, friendships and of course for him not being "clutch”. When will it end. It seems reporters try anything and everything to find something wrong with him.
Say what you what but A-rod was a star and the best player in baseball way before he tested positive for steroids. Even before 2000 he had two seasons of 40+ home runs. I can guarantee by looking at him at that time you would see a scrawny little kid who just had all the god given talent in the world and was using it to max.
Now for those of you who are going to say that the Yankees now have another steroid user on their team and they are full of them. Well screw that. The Yankees did not know about any of this and are just as shocked as me or you. This all just a sad situation that should never have happened and now Alex Rodriguez is going to be the next Barry Bonds and will probably get dirty looks for the rest of his life. Great job Sports Illustrated! You just ruined another life. Kudos to you! Did someone say Pulitzer?
You don’t deserve it.