The Alex Rodriguez story hit Saturday. Maybe you heard about it. I know we’re all getting somewhat jaded about the issue of performance enhancing drugs and our elite athletes. In fact, some people have started to feel sorry for A-Rod. Not me.
Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmero, Mark Maguire, Sammy Sosa, Jason Giambi, Andy Pettite and now Alex Rodriguez decided they wanted an edge, that their god given talents were not enough. So they took steroids. They did this for selfish reasons. For a bigger contract. For the prestige of hitting the most home runs. Whatever. They made this decision.
On ESPN Radio all weekend I heard talk of who A-Rod should blame for leaking his name and his test results. Is it the feds, the union, MLB? (Personally, I think it was Barry Bonds or his attorneys, as he is the only one who stands to benefit from this disclosure.) If A-Rod is ashamed, embarrassed or if he loses endorsements because of this, and wants to assess blame, then he should check his mirror. No one forced him to take steroids. He made this decision. Is it right that his name has surfaced in this connection after the players were promised anonymity during the 2003 tests? No. But it happened and A-Rod has no one to blame but himself. Live with it.