Still Don’t Like Him, But He Has A Little Respect Left

 

The smell of your own bullshit makes you wince sometimes.

The smell of your own bullshit makes you wince sometimes.

 

Okay….Alex Rodriguez sort of, kinda came clean to ESPN’s Peter Gammons today, confessing to his taking of “performance enhancing drugs” for three years while he was a member of the Texas Rangers.  This had to be a bit tough, considering it probably went against everything he was feeling when the story first broke, as evidenced by his first comments, which went kind of like “I’m not saying anything”.  He laid himself out for potential ridicule, and regardless of who we are and where we come from, that is never easy.  Now, understand, I do not give him a pass for what he did, because it’s still wrong and he was part of the culture in baseball back then that wanted to win back the fan base lost during the ’94 strike at all costs.  But there were 103 other individuals on the report that outed Rodriguez, and he is not the only person responsible for creating such a poisonous, moral free atmosphere in the sport.  Plus, out of all the individuals that have had their names linked to performance enhancing drugs, he the first one to come out with a confession relatively soon after he was accused.  He actually took responsibility for his actions in a way that makes you look at Barry Bonds and Mark McGuire and wonder, “What if they had done that?”.  Rodriguez, like the others, was guilty of bad judgement and a need to be recognized for greatness at all costs, but the hierarchy of Major League Baseball needs to accept some of the blame for their obvious encouragement of their athletes to cheat as well.  A-Rod impressed me today, because in all honesty, he didn’t have to come forward like he did and not too many others in the same situation would have, including me.  I do think he’s sorry only because he got caught, but baseball needs more people to step forward and make amends with their fans and the game itself.  It’s the only way to move on.

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~ by darrylthewriter on February 9, 2009.

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