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