Yankees “star” third basemen Alex Rodriguez, who is currently rehabbing from hip surgery, continues to be in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Whether it be first admitting he took steroids after years of denial, his embarrassing playoff performances in which he hit .111 twice, giving his phone number to a random fan during a playoff game last season, or hanging around with his cousin Yuri Sucart in 2011 after saying that he was the one who injected A-Rod with steroids in the early 2000s, and after the Yankees banned Sucart from having any contact with the team. The list goes on and on and on, so on that there can probably be an encyclopedia written in his name about what not to do during a baseball career. This time, A-Rod is being accused of being injected with performance enhancing drugs as recently as last year, as part of the Miami New Times story involving Anthony Bosche who is closely related to steroids and HGH.
As only Alex Rodriguez can, he defiantly denied all the accusations (we’ve heard this before). Here’s his statement through a publicist:
“The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true. He was not Mr. Bosch’s patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story — at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez — are not legitimate.”
Unfortunately for A-Rod in this situation, he is guilty until proven innocent. I will never forget the 60 minutes story from 2007 where Katie Couric asked Alex if he ever used or was tempted to use steroids, only to admit it 2 years later. Here’s the video, and it’s pretty amazing that he could sit there like that and deny everything when it was true:
All you can say is wow to that. After seeing that interview, how can you with a straight face say that you believe him? It’s impossible. What makes it look worse for A-Rod is that some of the other players named in the story like Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera have admitted to, tested positive, and been suspended for using PEDs. National pitcher Gio Gonzalez and Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz were also named. They both denied it as well, but both players had never been previously linked to steroids.
It’s sad to say, but the credibility of anything Alex Rodriguez says is non-existent. As a Yankees fan, I hope that they void his contract, or he retires so they can save $24 million dollars in salary in each of the next 5 years. He just came out and said that he has no plans to retire and is targeting a return to the Yankees after the All-Star break. (YAY) I’ve had it with him and his ridiculous behavior.
In terms of rooting for A-Rod, I would hope that this report is false and he never used steroids after admitting he did in 2009. With him though, it’s hard to say that he’s innocent. That’s the bottom line.
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