Alex Rodriguez: What He Should Have Said at His Press Conference

Sean SerritellaCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2009

This was from A- Rod's press conference. What so significant about this article is that I took out a lot of his garbage he was spewing to the media and just added that he did steroids very simply. The words in bold are the words he did not say. I took out all the cousin nonsense because that was a terrible job on his part. I'm basically trying to help A-Rod come out with a better press conference.

“First, bear with me. I’m a little nervous. Let me start by thanking the Yankees, my teammates, and my fans for their support over the last couple of weeks. The fact that you’re sitting here with me today means the world to me.

The last couple of weeks have been difficult and emotional. On one hand, it’s extremely tough to admit mistakes, but on the other hand it feels great to be moving forward.

I know that I’m in a position where I have to earn your trust back and over time, I’m confident that at the end of my career, people will see this for what it is. It was a stupid mistake, and a lesson learned for a guy with a lot of baseball to play.

Last Monday, I began the first step in the process of earning back trust when I sat down with Peter Gammons. I did so to accomplish two things; to tell the truth, and to apologize to my teammates and baseball fans everywhere.

Now, the next step is to address the media about what I took, and where it came from. In reflection, here’s what I remember.

In discussion with Peter Gammons, from the years of 2001 to 2003, I experimented with a banned substance that eventually triggered a positive test.

In September of 2004, I had a meeting with Gene Orza. During that meeting, he explained to me that I had been among the players that tested positive.

That was as specific as Gene could be, because Gene stated to me that there were a number of players on that list who might not have tested positive.

I think it is important to note, that the tests that were taken in 2003, and approved by the players to determine the extent of the drug problem in major league baseball.

Going back to 2001, I started taking steroids. I took them twice a month, for six months during the 2001 to 2003 seasons. I stopped taking steroids in 2003 and I haven’t taken them since.

I stopped taking the substance for several reasons. In 2003, I had a serious neck injury and it scared me half to death. I was scared for my career and for my life after baseball.

Second, after our voluntary tests, all the players voted for a major league drug policy. At that time it became evident to me how serious the result was, and I decided to stop then.

Since this time, I have been tested regularly, taken urine tests consistent with major league baseball, and passed blood tests for the World Baseball Classic.

In the days ahead, I know that people are going to debate my past with various opinions, and are going to talk about my future.

I realize that these opinions are out of my control. What is in my control, is going out and doing the job that I am paid to do. Spring training represents a new time for me, and a chance to compete for a championship.

It isn’t lost on me, the good fortune I received from playing baseball. When I entered the pros, I was a young kid. I was 18-years-old.

Right out of high school, I thought I knew everything and I clearly didn’t. Like everyone else, I made a lot of mistakes in my life.

The only way I know how to handle them is to learn from them and move forward. One thing I know for sure is that baseball is a lot bigger than Alex Rodriguez. I did steroids and I regret it.

And to my teammates, thank you.”