; Life is like champagne......: A-Rod admits usage

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A-Rod admits usage

This does not surprise me at all. A-Rod admitting to use of illegal steroids during his time in Texas. What does surprise me he stated he has been completely clean during his time as a New York Yankee. How can we believe this after not being truthful on his interview over a year ago stating he never took steroids and had no pressure to do so? It may be me but he just does not sound sincere at all in the interview. And he got caught in the pressure? I cannot imagine the pressure is bigger in Texas than in NY?

And then there is the statement from the New York Yankees.

“We strongly believe there is no place in baseball for performance enhancing drugs of any type, and we support the efforts of the Commissioner to continually improve the testing process.
“We urged Alex to be completely open, honest and forthcoming in addressing his use of performance enhancing drugs. We take him at his word that he was. Although we are disappointed in the mistake he spoke to today, we realize that Alex—like all of us—is a human being not immune to fault.
“We speak often about the members of this organization being part of a family, and that is never more true than in times of adversity. Alex took a big step by admitting his mistake, and while there is no condoning the use of performance enhancing drugs, we respect his decision to take accountability for his actions. We support Alex, and we will do everything we can to help him deal with this challenge and prepare for the upcoming season.”

To me, this is just as disappointing of a statement. Yes we are all human and make mistakes, but he had many chances to redeem himself. Nothing in his contract about usage? No fines, no suspension? They did not test him before he became a Yankee? Just another politically correct statement issued by the office.

I admit he is not my favorite player on the NY Yankees, this does not help. When I go to my first game of the season in the new stadium, I will not boo him, but I will not praise him either. He has to live with his decision and as he well knows, Yankee fans are not easy on players.

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