by Derek "Mr. Fantasy" of The Sportmeisters
So, it looks like I was right all along.
I always said that Alex Rodriguez was the most overrated player in baseball, and now we know why.
On Monday, A-Rod answered the recent rumors of a 2003 drug test survey, but the answer that we received was one of complete shock to most people. When Jose Canseco put out the rumor in his book that he introduced A-Rod to steroids, I for one, actually believed that A-Rod wasn't clean. When people would say that he was the best hitter in the game, I would simply say, "he has to be on steroids."
A-Rod Now and Then
Now, we don't know what banned substance he used, but we know that he did indeed use something. A-Rod coming out and admitting his use is probably the smartest move of his career. If Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Roger Clemens had just admitted their usage, then maybe they wouldn't be in the legal situations that they are currently in right now.
You may notice that when you deny and then are later found out to have lied, we destroy that person, but if you admit using, such as Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi, we tend to forgive and forget. However, in A-Rod's case, we may have a different situation. Giambi is good, but nowhere near the caliber of player that A-Rod is.
I have always referred to A-Rod as the most overrated player in baseball, but I will admit that he is a great player. He is expected to break Bonds' home run record and establish a few more records in years to come. I, for one, am extremely happy to see a player of his stature come out and admit to using and apologize and try to get on with his career. But, the question is how will we view those records? Are those records tainted? Will he be torn down like Bonds and Clemens, or will we forgive him and let him resume his Hall Of Fame bound career?
Only time will tell.