Victimized: In Defense of Alex Rodriguez
What, exactly, did Alex Rodriguez do wrong?
Did he break any rules?
Did he hurt anybody?
As a matter of fact, it seems that A-Rod's biggest mistake was trusting Major League Baseball.
Consider the situation in another setting. You're a big-time executive at a large corporation. The company wants to do a random drug test to determine whether such tests are prudent on a regular basis.
Here's the clincher: they promise your results will be confidential and anonymous.
Six years later, when your future looks paved with gold, the results become public.
Anyone in their right mind would be irate.
Mr. Rodriguez didn't break any rules. There was no steroid "policy" in 2003, when the test was given.
There is a huge disconnect, in my opinion, between him and players like Jose Canseco or Barry Bonds, who used steroids throughout their careers, including after the ban was established.
A-Rod was, and remains, one of the greatest players ever to step on the field. Now, because Major League Baseball lied to him, he may never get in the Hall of Fame.
What truly amazes me in this scenario is the fact that Rodriguez hasn't yet taken legal action against the league. They certainly violated the terms of their agreement when they allowed the results to become public.
If I'm A-Rod, I'm suing Selig's ass.
In closing, I'll say this; if A-Rod gets in, Rose gets in.
Thank you for reading.
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