Leave Alex Rodriguez Alone!

Shanan H.Analyst IFebruary 17, 2009

When I first heard A-Rod had taken steroids, I was very disappointed.  I'm 14, and as a kid who plays baseball and is a Yankee fan, I was very upset when I learned of A-Rod's usage.  I watched a lot of programs those first few days after the allegations and figured that this was a huge deal.

Here are some parts from Selena Roberts' article on S.I.com:

"Primobolan, which is also known by the chemical name methenolone, is an injected or orally administered drug that is more expensive than most steroids. (A 12-week cycle can cost $500.) It improves strength and maintains lean muscle with minimal bulk development, according to steroid experts, and has relatively few side effects."

"Anticipating that the 33-year-old Rodriguez, who has 553 career home runs, could become the game's all time home run king, the Yankees signed him in November 2007 to a 10-year, incentive-laden deal that could be worth as much as $305 million. Rodriguez is reportedly guaranteed $275 million and could receive a $6 million bonus each time he ties one of the four players at the top of the list: Willie Mays (660), Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762), and an additional $6 million for passing Bonds. In order to receive the incentive money, the contract reportedly requires Rodriguez to make extra promotional appearances and sign memorabilia for the Yankees as part of a marketing plan surrounding his pursuit of Bond’s record. Two sources familiar with Rodriguez's contract told SI that there is no language about steroids in the contract that would put Rodriguez at risk of losing money.

Arguments before an 11-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena are ongoing between government prosecutors and the players' association over the government's seizure of the test results from the Long Beach lab. The agents who collected the material had a search warrant only for the results for the 10 BALCO-linked players. Attorneys from the union argue that the government is entitled only to the results for those players, not the entire list. If the court sides with the union, federal authorities may be barred from using the positive survey test results of non-BALCO players such as Rodriguez in their ongoing investigations."

Some of these statements could sound like A-Rod was a criminal.  Selena Roberts; get the facts.  Here they are:

·           More than 5% of Big Leaguers had tested positive in 2003

·           He had good years in Texas, not the great seasons he has had.

·           He didn't use a lot of the drug.

When the report first came out, I was ignorant.  I didn't see these facts.  All I saw was one of my trusted players being bad. 

Well, we all make mistakes.  I didn't look at the facts, neither did Roberts, respectively, and A-Rod was ignorant, too, as he said today at the press conference.

I watched the press conference live, and after getting the facts, my outlook on A-Rod is different.

A-Rod was apologetic at the meeting and seemed to understand what he had done.  He offered a good excuse, "I was young and stupid" that kept the blame on him, while giving us a reason.  He accepted full responsibility of what he did.

Not only that, but he didn't know that this steroid, a relatively minor steroid, as steroids go, would make him test positive.  Here's what he said:

"I didn't think they were steroids. It's part of being young and stupid. It was over the counter. It was pretty basic, and it was really amateur hour. We went outside team doctors and team trainers. It was two guys doing a very amateur and immature thing. We probably didn't even take it right."

Today, A-Rod has learned a lesson.  I have learned a lesson (I will always know the facts!) and all of baseball, its teams, players, and fans, have learned a lesson. 

Here is a quote from today's press conference that serves as a great conclusion:

"I've made a lot of mistakes in my life. The only way I know to handle them is learn from them and move forward. One thing that's for sure is that baseball is a lot bigger than Alex Rodriguez."