Alex Rodriguez is a baseball superstar. He has been nominated to 12 All-Star games in only 15 seasons and has won multiple batting titles, Hank Aaron awards and MVP awards. But he's also one name on a list of 104 names. What was the list?
It was a list of players that tested positive for steroids in 2003—a random sampling of MLB players across the league, used to determine if mandatory, random drug testing should be implemented.
The players who took this drug test were told that they would not get into trouble if they tested positive and that their names would not be released to the media and public.
Yet, SOMEHOW, Rodriguez's name was released to Selena Roberts, an Sports Illustrated reporter, who immediately started to question Alex on the use of two anabolic steroids in 2003. That started the ball rolling as a media storm attacked Alex with questions and statements. They even gave him the new nick name: A-ROID.
He took this merciless beating like a man, answering questions, giving statements and telling the truth. But when he looked to his allies, they turned their backs on him.
Commissioner Bud Selig said that Alex has "shamed the game." This is coming from the same person who turned a blind eye to steroid use when it pulled baseball out of the cellar. Steroids saved baseball. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa slugging it out with the race to break 61 and the Home Run Derby. That all saved baseball, all thanks to Human Growth Hormone.
But now Selig is saying that Alex has shamed the game, a terrible thing to say to the man that is taking all the heat for steroid users, both past and present. To give Alex any garbage for his use of anabolic steroids from 2001 to 2003 is outrageous.
Rodriguez is one name that just happened to get leaked, while all 103 other players on that list still have their reputations safe. It is one thing to have your name be the only one released, but then to not have the support of your commissioner is just horrible.
Selig and baseball fans everywhere that attack and criticize A-ROD for his steroid use should be ashamed of themselves. Alex has to be so strong to be able to take so much verbal harassment.
From Madonna to steroids, A-Rod is the one player fans love to hate, but they've taken it too far this time. Alex is sticking his neck out for baseball players everywhere. For what?
Give the guy a break.