The Real Truth about Yankees Alex Rodriguez part deux The Real Truth about Yankees Alex Rodriguez part deux The Real Truth about Yankees Alex Rodriguez part deux
 

The Real Truth about Yankees Alex Rodriguez part deux

Last week I wrote an article defending Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriquez, called ‘The Real Truth about Yankees Alex Rodriguez’

English: A-Rod batting in 2007.

English: A-Rod batting in 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In essence it was my mea culpa about the way Yankee fans treat certain players, specifically Rodriguez because whether I like it or not, people get labeled and that includes sports fans too.

So, even though I have gone against the norm and defended A-rod it doesn’t devoid me of being stereotyped with the rest of the angry, A-rod bashing Yankee fans.

And lucky for you, I am not done yet about why A-rod gets treated unfairly by baseball fans and media alike about a certain topic, which is STEROIDS.

Sports fan or not, A-rod is the poster child when the topic of steroids and professional sports are being discussed, which I cannot deny is not only fair but deserved.

Back on February 9, 2009, A-rod admitted on ESPN that he took steroids, or PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs) while playing for the Texas Rangers during a three-year period beginning in 2001.

The detailed interview with Peter Gammons was A-rod’s call, as his name was leaked as being on the infamous, supposedly anonymous and US court sealed Mitchell Report.

Now, I am not writing this to defend A-rod’s choices, as speaking for myself I have made plenty of stupid ones, but he did, do the right thing by asking for forgiveness and owning up to it.

And what have baseball fans and the media done since A-rod came clean and said sorry?

We have crucified him for his omission ever since, myself included.

It made me think about what kind of example this sets for kids.

I mean how do you explain all the A-rod hate after he told the truth to a child?

The story is a man made a mistake, denied it, but eventually did the right thing by admitting his mistake and apologizing to everyone, which in A-rod’s case was an entire Nation.

And look where it got A-rod, as he could have lied like the others but he choose to tell the truth and has paid for it ever since.

Wouldn’t a kid be confused by the aftermath?

A-rod cannot sneeze without it being linked to steroids and cheating. And what kind of message does the fact that Hall of Fame voters will openly say they will vote for Roger Clemens but not A-rod?

And what about Red Sox David Ortiz, aka Big Papi?

Ortiz gets praised almost weekly for his remarkable and record-breaking numbers but has been given the courtesy of not being labeled a cheater.

First, let me remind you of the fact that home run statistics significantly rose due to steroid use.

Secondly, don’t forget that Ortiz didn’t break out into 2003 when he hit 31 home-runs with the Red Sox, after coming over from the Twins where he never hit more than 20 in six single seasons prior. Big Papi had never driven in more than 75 runs, nor had a batting average higher than .282 (except in his 1997 when he played in just 15 games).

Ortiz’s name was leaked from the same list as A-rod’s, and he denied ever taking steroids but admitted to drinking vitamin shakes at the time in the Dominican Republic, as he told the Boston Globe, “I don’t know if I drank something in my youth, not knowing it.”

All you have to do is read these recent articles praising Big Papi to see that lying was the way to go:

Ortiz lone bright sport for Red Sox in 9-6 loss -­ Newsday via Associated Press – 06-26-2012

At Age 36, David Ortiz Still Getting It Done – by Evan Bleier; Huffington Post – 06-26-2012 – this article basically defends Big Papi as a steroid user who had enough fan support to get away with it.

Ortiz has 20 HRs, on rare pace for his age – by Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston – 06-25-2012 – he talks refers to the steroid era as if Big Papi is looking in instead of being a verified user via the Mitchell Report.

David Ortiz to Release Brand New of Health Conscious Big Papi’s Kitchen SalsaNESN – 06-25-2012 – just imagine what kind of negativity would be unleashed if A-rod released a health conscious chip dip?

David Ortiz’ Clutch Hitting, Leadership Continue to Strengthen Case for MVP – by Luke Hughes; NESN – 06-21-2012 – convincing readers why Big Papi should be a lead candidate for 2012 MVP.

Look, all I am trying to say is that A-rod deserves to be forgiven for his mistake, and commended for coming clean as we live in a time when lying is the glamorous road to take even when everyone knows your guilty.

This whole debacle is a disgraceful example for kids to witness as it leads them to believe that NOT telling the truth is the better option than owning up to what you did.

Instead someone like A-rod gets persecuted day in and day out for actually doing the right thing in the end. All while a guy like Ortiz’s lies and takes us for fools; as his baseball records are showered with glory because for some reason they count in the court of public opinion?

So, if you could please explain to me how telling the truth and apologizing makes people hate you more?

It is just another example of how the rules don’t apply to Alex Rodriguez.

Look I am no way condoning A-rod using PEDs because it is cheating, but as the great Martin Luther King, Jr. used to preach:

“The time is always right to do what is right.*

*  doesn’t everything that applies to MLB have one of these?

7 Comments

  1. alcan says:

    good freegin article…

  2. Don says:

    I might me wrong, but I don't think A-Rod was mentioned in the Mitchell report. I think his name was leaked as having tested positive when the government siezed the test results of MLB's anonymous tests to see if testing needed to be implemented. Same place Manny & David Ortiz's names were leaked from, they just don't get the same amount of negative publicity as A-Rod because they're not Yankess.

  3. ken says:

    i couldn't agree more, however the problem goes further than suspected or verified ped use and that is this yankee fan mentality of ragging on players to the point of ruining thier confidence etc. i've been a yankee fan since 1957. then you rooted for them, didn't really bad mouth them. the golden rule then and now should be these are not just my yankees but ours. i predicted in an earlier post this spring that a.j. burnett would probally win 30 games and win a cy young award. well who got the best of that trade the pirates or the yankees ? just let the players play and just enjoy cheering for them. that includes thick or thin. i'm actually surprised that someone hasn't come down on kuroda yet and start a grounswell of krudola remarks. oh yeah a.j isn't he 9 &1 now ?

    • Richard Griffith says:

      Oh yeah, bring AJ back, that would solve everything. Now he gets to pitch in the NL C and strike out pitchers. I think the CY and winning 30 are safe for now.

  4. Richard Griffith says:

    I am interested in his Performance now not his PED's in the past. But thanks for the history lesson,

  5. Tanned Tom says:

    I think steroid usage is long down the list of why people hate A-Fraud. There's his failure in the clutch, his narcissism, his opting out of the richest contract in sports, need we go on? The very best thing for the team would be to find some way to void his contract. And finally, does anyone believe he stopped using steroids after he was traded to NY? I don't, think he's admitting to a big lie to cover up an even bigger one.

  6. coolnewyorker says:

    A-Rod before and after 2009 is what A-Rod has been and is. 2009 for him is like, for Jete the year the boss died . Derek before and after 2010 is what Derek has been and is .

    To gush on A-Rod because of 2009 is as bad if not worse than to bash Jeter, actually at any time.

    The bottom line: Jeter is clutch team player and A-Rod is the exact opposite. PERIOD.

    But Klueless Kate does not know this. She will continue to gush on A-Rod (and AJ) and derogate the fans for treating A-Rod for who he is… each time he disappears in clutch situation. He does disappear a whole lot. But Klueless Kate does not know this. She might be stuck in 2009. Or she simply is dense.