When Alex Rodriguez was benched last year, a lot of fans cheered. Then, when he went down with an injury, more fans cheered because it has left him on 647 career home runs.
A-Rod currently sits 13 home runs behind Willie Mays for fourth all time. Like many fans, my hope is that he never passes it.
While he likely will one day, his struggles at the end of last year brings hope that he won't break the all-time record.
I'm not saying Barry Bonds is a saint, because he isn't. But, by A-Rod not breaking the record, that leaves hope for a guy like Albert Pujols to come break it.
But that's another topic for another day.
Rodriguez struggled last year to get the job done and was replaced by a lesser player in Eric Chavez. When he returns from injury, he'll have to answer for the latest PED scandal to hit the news.
Regardless of his true innocence or not, he has admitted use once before, so why wouldn't he attempt to cheat once again?
Perception is everything in the world of sports. You are not innocent until proven guilty in the court of public opinion.
No matter what he does the rest of his career, he will be considered a failure because of his need to cheat.