The Real Questions for Alex Rodriguez

Chad MatejickaContributor IApril 1, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Third baseman Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees fouls off a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during a Grapefruit League Spring Training game at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 28, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

After watching Alex Rodriguez’s interview, where he plead guilty to steroid use, one can only wonder if A-Rod really thinks before he speaks.

In a world where there are lawyers, agents, and publicists advising these millionaire athletes of what to say long before they are in front of the cameras, there is nobody to blame but the person.

With his interview with Peter Gammons, A-Rod stated “When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me, and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day.”

A-Rod, what type of pressure did you feel when you came to the premiere baseball market of the world in New York as the highest paid and best player in the game? How did you handle the most pressure of your often criticized life in New York?

Even better, if this story never leaked and A-Rod became the all time home run king and a first ballot Hall Of Fame election; would he have felt guilty giving his speech and accepting his plaque?

Would the 800-pound gorilla that he stated was on his back this past Monday been too heavy to accept baseball’s ultimate achievement?

Only A-Rod can answer these questions.

In the meantime, the only thing that we can do as baseball fans is sit and wonder what could have been for one of the most gifted players in baseball history.

Thanks A-Rod.