Skirting The Truth
With all the current controversy surrounding Alex Rodriguez’s leaked positive drug test from 2003, I just wanted to put in my two cents worth: I think he is still (while not outright lying) trying to cover up a large portion of his steroid involvement, or at least make it seem much more benign than it really was. The only thing different with A-Rod is that, once he was caught, he opened himself up to a live press conference (more accessibility than guys like Mark McGwire or Rafael Palmeiro, for example). He allowed himself to be put through the wringer and now hopes that his answers will prove satisfactory to warrant some forgiveness. I, however, do not believe that he is portraying himself in the correct light based on two portions of his recent comments:
First, he has not (to this point, and likely ever) given what I would consider a decent explanation for why he continued to take steroids. All he says is that he was “young, naive, and stupid”, but to me that is a cop-out. You can’t tell me that when A-Rod saw his HR numbers surpassing 50 (in 2001 and 2002), up from his usual low-40s number, he didn’t realize it was because of the substances he was injecting into himself. Sure, Rodriguez may say that his rookie year in Seattle and his 2007 Yankees campaign were his two greatest seasons in the major leagues, but that is strictly a matter of opinion. I think that A-Rod knew EXACTLY what he was doing (taking steroids).
Also, we are all forgetting that MLB DID actually have a steroid “policy” in place before 2003. Basically, the policy stated that all substances deemed illegal outside the game were also illegal within the game. The steroid that A-Rod tested positive for, Primobolan, has never had an approved prescription use. Also, by itself it is a rather weak steroid, so it is often used in conjunction with other products (such as HGH, perhaps, the other substance that A-Rod tested positive for in ’03…hmm).
Thus, there are two many loose ends and fishy coincidences here for me to completely believe A-Rod’s claims. Plus, in 2007 (when under the steroid allegations of Jose Canseco) Rodriguez told Kate Couric point-blank that he never used steroids. Either he was a great liar, then, or a complete idiot. He wants us to believe that “idiot” line, but I lean towards the “liar”.