Excuse-A-Paloooza: At Least A-Rod Goes the Classy Route
New York Yankee's Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez is the latest in a long string of MLB elites to get schnabbed, by proof or logic, for using performance enhancing drugs.
Tests done during A-Rod's last season in Texas in 2003, which were supposed to remain sealed, have surfaced. The only name so far to surface? Alex Rodriguez.
Close on the heels of this announcement, ESPN reporter and Red Sox fan extraordinaire Peter Gammons landed the interview of the year: a sit down with A-Rod himself. Rodriguez's statements remind us of old comment he has made in the past, and the things that others have said when on the hot seat.
How does A-Rod's measure up?
We all remember first baseman Raphael Palmeiro sitting in front of that congressional committee. He thumped his fist on the table while promising that he "never, ever took steroids." Later, after Palmeiro tested positive. he would add the word "intentionally" to the promise.
Roger Clemens Is Indignant
Pitcher Roger Clemens has improved upon the standard set by Raphael Palmeiro. He denies the allegations. When new evidence is presented, Clemens simply denies more. No new words, no new theories.
Simply, "Uh-uh, not me, boss."
Pitcher Andy Pettitte got nabbed by the same tattler that ratted out Roger Clemens. He decided to take the high road. Well, the somewhat high road, anyway. Pettitte's chorus of, "I only did it once" was soon followed by his second hit saying, "I was recovering from an injury."
Future Man: Mark McGuire
Mark McGuire would neither deny nor apologize. “I’m not here to talk about the past," McGuire told Congress.
What did he think they were going to ask about? The future?
Jason "Mea Culpa" Giambi
Jason Giambi's approach was freshy-fresh. He never admitted to taking anything, but he apologized for it. Giambi told USA today, "I was wrong for using that stuff."
Stuff? What stuff?
It's gold, Jerry! I tell ya, gold!
The Grand Master: Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds' plan, lets call it the "BOND'S GAMBIT", is to find someone to blame for everything. In Bonds' case, it is the media.
He cheats on his taxes? "The media hates me!"
He cheats on his wife? "The media hates me!"
Teammates say he's a jerk? "Media!"
He goes from weighing about 130 pounds and looking like Nipsy Russel in "The Wiz" to looking like an African-American version of The Incredible Hulk?
Well, you get the idea.
A-Rod Comes Clean
So, today in an interview with Peter Gammons, A-Rod decided to blaze his own trail. Rodriguiez said, more or less, "I did it. I was stupid to do it. I'm sorry I did it."
Only time will tell how this new approach pans out for Alex.