Alex Roidriguez: Today's Confession Changed It All

Jared ShaefsContributor IFebruary 9, 2009

Alex Rodriguez, or as we should call him, Alex Roidriguez, admitted to using performance enhancing drugs while he was on the Texas Rangers from 2001-2003.

A-Rod said that he felt the weight of the world on his shoulders and he had to be one of the greatest players out there to live up to his $252 million contract. So to live up to all this hype, Alex decided to make a huge mistake and take a banned substance.

Note to Alex: There are better and smarter ways to become one of the greatest players ever than taking PED's.

Before today, the story was that A-Rod tested positive for a banned substance in 2003 on an anonymous survey. It could have been believed that A-Rod did it for one season just one time and the test came at a bad time, but today's confession saying that he took it over a three-year period changes everything.

If Alex took a banned substance over a couple months for just one year, than so be it. It's not understandable but it could be forgotten given the right amount of time.

However, taking steroids over three years, where it affects every single one of those years is just outright stupid, and that can not be forgiven.

Taking steroids for a month or two shows in one year, but taking steroids for three years affects three years out of 15 years in your career. That is a substantial amount.

From the 2001-2003 seasons, A-Rod's stats per year led like this: .305 batting average, 52 home runs and a .615 slugging percentage.

While A-Rod's stats per year from the other 10 years where he supposedly was clean read like this: .309 batting average, 39.2 home runs, and a .574 slugging percentage. 

While A-Rod was on some type of banned substance, his home runs per season and slugging percentage both grew, showing that the banned substance did in fact affect his play on the field, and something like this will never be forgotten. 

With A-Rod's confession, he has officially tainted his legacy forever. It was tainted with the news just a little, but now it is officially tainted.

The "white knight" who was supposed to lead baseball out of the steroid era and break Barry Bonds' home run record all with work and talent is no more.

Now he's just another legend (or so we thought) who will forever be remembered with steroids.