February 9, 2009
A-Rod vs. A-Roid
We all have read the newspapers, seen the website banter, and listened to his interview with Peter Gammons. We know all about A-Rod using steroids between 2001-2003 as a Ranger. But, what we don't know is whether or not this will forever tarnish any records he will have, or shatter his chances at Cooperstown.
I listed to Mike Francesa rip people new ones all day for being stupid about this, and not paying attention to what actually happened. Then I watched the exclusive interview with Peter Gammons and A-Rod. A-Rod is going to be on trial with all sports fans, teams, MLB and anyone with ears that likes sports for a long time to come for several reasons -- A-Rod will probably break Bonds homerun record (thank God), he makes more money than anyone else in the game, and he plays for a team whose fans demand perfection, wins, and nothing short of a God like performance he is capable of. Not to mention he plays in the most media critical city.
A-Rod was asked if he thinks that this will destroy his chances at the hall, and his reply was, "I hope not, but I don't get a vote". He followed that up by saying that he hopes that people will see his career as consistent throughout, and before and after he was using steroids. He was putting up numbers before 2001, and he continued to put them up after 2003. He managed to win MVP in 2007 win no steroids. I agree with him on his stats, without question they are consistent. He looked more than apologetic in the interview and was admittedly guilty. Despite the fact he can't win a World Series to save his life, he does love the game, and plays it well from April-September.
Personally, I don't want to see him left out of the Hall of Fame despite not wanting Bonds, McGwire, or Sosa in. They used steroids for a consistently a long period of time supposedly and then acted real shady about what happened. Now A-Rod, if he tested clean at all other points in is career should be allowed a mistake. I don't say this because he is a Yankee because I don't really care for him on the Yankees, I liked him better on other teams. Pettitte made a mistake and admitted he was wrong, and that is fine with me. He did something dumb, he owned up to it, he stopped and moved on. If that is the case with A-Rod, who can fault him for something like that? Most of us have all done something dumb, be it smoking pot or something like that, we (hopefully) saw it was dumb and no longer did it. Because of his contract, his status, and his love of drama in the media this is going to be interesting.
10 years from now when/if A-Rod retires who knows what people will think. Maybe he ends up not getting in on the first ballot as a punishment, or not in at all.
I'm just wondering how everyone else feels, or what you guys think about it. My thoughts are a little jumbled, but I think you can get the idea.