A-Rod nabbed as baseball’s biggest name in steroid era

It’s ironic how 10 years ago, the one aspect of the game that was supposed to save baseball has been, for the last six years, the same thing that has destroyed it. But even more true, the irony of the situation is sad. Players today live by the homerun and die by it too. Just last week, Alex Rodriguez’s admission into using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 through 2003 while with the Texas Rangers sent shockwaves throughout baseball and all major professional sports.

Unlike Bonds and Clemens, A-Rod’s reasons for taking steroids were those that we have never heard before. Not to gain an advantage on other players, or to hit his way into the record books. He could do that on pure talent alone. In fact, he was on his way to being a baseball Hall-of-Fame candidate until now.

Rodriguez claimed that he used steroids to deal with the pressure placed upon him by members of the sports media. Pressure from playing for Texas on a ballclub that averaged 72 wins over the three seasons he was there, while finishing in last place in the American League West division in each of those seasons? No, much more like the pressure to live up to what he had become. A young phenomenon on the borderline of superstar. Possibly the greatest player to ever step foot on a Major League diamond. Or just simply, a brand. Alex Rodriguez felt the pressure immediately after he became A-Rod. And now, like Bonds and Clemens, he is the latest – and GREATEST – to fall.

“In his youth, A-Rod was the Natural,” Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated wrote. “What was possible? Hell, what wasn’t possible?”

What’s not possible is now becoming clear. Maintaining his physiological clean reputation, gaining fame as the undisputed record-holder in a multitude of statistical categories, and possibly and most importantly, denial into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

The time period of A-Rod’s usage evokes skepticism. Although he adheres to his claim that he only introduced his body to supplements for his three seasons in Texas, it is likely that he continued to use the drugs during his first few years in New York, and possibly even this past season. It would only make sense. How can you take steroids to deal with the pressure while playing in Texas, but not in New York?

To suit up in pinstripes – given the Yankees’ past tradition and illustrious legacy – and to play in the largest media market in the entire world where sports writers are more like paparazzi and the fans don’t take kindly to having “off-days” is certainly no easy task day in and day out. In fact, being a sports mega-star in the Big Apple is like living under a microscope, where the term athlete is likened to, and often exceeded by, celebrity.

Nothing seems shocking anymore. Rodriguez, Bonds, and Clemens are the biggest names to fall from grace and there are still 104 more players who have been mentioned in dabbling with illegal substances. In an era disgracefully dubbed as the “Steroid Era,” players are all given the same chance to be great. Illegal substances are distributed as widely and freely as players’ baseball cards. Everyone has equal access to them, but because they are so prevalent and the question of who’s using is often a mystery, baseball’s hallowed records are no longer about which players were better than others. Due to last week’s events, and more of the same to come in the future, nobody can say for sure who the best players are because there is no accurate way to assess a player’s talent. Is the talent pure or processed? That is the real question that will ultimately save baseball and provides accurate insight into who the great players truly are. Fans want to know not which players did take steroids, but which ones had the opportunity to take them, and didn’t.

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One Response

  1. usfcrowsnest
    A-Roid is just proving what many of us knew all along. He feels that he can be all things to all people. And if nothing else it has clearly proved that he isn’t that intelligent to begin with.
    That sham of a press conference proved it once and for all. His answers were all too easily orchestrated. And the hiring of a PR firm and high priced attorney merely suggests to me that a fool and his money are easily parted ! A-Roid was shortchanged as far as services rendered.

    I’ve provided you with a link to a piece I’d completed on the original interview given to Katie Couric on ” 60 Minutes ” in 2007.

    And there’s also a piece on the press conference hastily convened at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fl. Another publicity sham once again which served the player no purpose whatsoever.

    In order to view just click on the text below to view.

    As and when you’re ready I’ll look forward to reading your comments.

    tophatal 1 ………………

    A Fraud It Was The Best Of Times It Was The Worst Of Times Not More Of The Same ………………….

    ……………………


    If You Are What You Say You Are Then Have No Fear ………………..

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