A-Rod or A-Roid?

JasonContributor IFebruary 10, 2009

First and foremost, I am not an Alex Rodriguez fan. I haven't been since he left Seattle. Second, I am not a New York Yankees fan.

That said, I should be loving hearing about A-Rod admitting to taking steroids. However, I just can't help but defend him. Here are two reasons why:

1. I'm just so sick of hearing about steroids in baseball. I'm having a hard time believing that no one took 'roids during that era. From the obvious Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmerio, etc., to guys who would break baseball fans' hearts such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Cal Ripken Jr. I have a hard time believing there wasn't one person who was clean. Just my opinion.

2. Did steroids really make that big of a difference for A-Rod? He's always put up great numbers. Look at 2007—best season he's ever had. Was he on steroids then? If you answered yes, then please hand in your fan card. Now, he said he used steroids during his three seasons in Texas. If that is indeed true, how much did steroids elevate his performance? He played in Texas, which has always been a hitter's ballpark. So let's do some math.

2001: Home Hrs-33; Away Hrs-19

2002: Home Hrs-34; Away Hrs-23

2003: Home Hrs-26: Away Hrs-21


So exactly how much did steroids affect Rodriguez's performance? Very little, in my own opinion. Like I pointed out earlier, the Rangers stadium is pretty much the AL version of Coors Field. Players numbers are inflated while playing at those types of ballparks.

Finally, I do not support steroids in any sports. I'm just sick of hearing about it. Experts and fans are obviously going to have their own opinions, and that's fine. I shared mine; feel free to agree or disagree.