Do you want Alex Rodriguez to get suspended or not?
Personally, I do not want A-Rod to serve anytime away from the New York Yankees, but the likelihood of him getting fully absolved is slim.
Still, the punishment, for what I am not exactly sure still, cannot be any longer than 65-games, if even . That is what Ryan Braun just served for shamelessly lying, and weaseling his way out of a failed urine test but not because the results were wrong.
Braun’s dishonesty destroyed lives.
I remember listening to Braun’s winded acceptance speech for winning the 2011 NL MVP award, only to find out later that he had known the test results before receiving the honor. That award belonged to Matt Kemp, but Braun did not care and neither did MLB.
Since Braun has apologized; he has taken the test handler who he threw under the bus out to dinner; written a letter to Commissioner Bud Selig; and released a statement without an admittance.
Braun affirmed that, “I came to the realization that it was time to come to grips with the truth. I was never presented with baseball’s evidence against me, but I didn’t need to be, because I knew what I had done.”
Braun got off on a technicality, which got his failed test eradicated and it seems like he is going to be forgiven by Brewers fans.
A-Rod has no failed test, and MLB has not made any evidence public from the infamous, and now shut Biogenesis case, so the only thing he is guilty of is giving everyone a headache.
It is no secret that Selig dislikes A-Rod, as he led a yearlong, desperate and dirty investigation in trying to nail him, which ended in him handing A-Rod a 211-game suspension.
Since A-Rod’s 2009 PED admission, he has passed all nine MLB issued urine tests and has vehemently denied using any form of PEDs since 2003.
Look I do not think that A-Rod is an angel, but the way MLB conducted itself was disgraceful, and it makes me question whether all the allegations made against him are legit because the sources certainly were not.
Yes, A-Rod was honest about using PEDs after his name was leaked to the media from an “anonymous, court sealed” document back in 2009, but he did not have to come forward.
Red Sox David Ortiz blew it off, so did Manny Ramirez and over 100 of their peers who got to remain anonymous.
Another PED example is Jhonny Peralta. Peralta is fresh off serving a 50-game PED suspension for his involvement Biogenesis, but got a four-year, $52 million deal from the St. Louis Cardinals a few weeks ago.
FOX’s Ken Rosenthal titled a recent article about it called; ‘It pays to cheat, at least in Jhonny Peralta’s case.’
My God…I remember back when somewhere at sometime A-Rod’s confession would have been considered doing the right thing.
I had been under the impression that telling the truth always wins and comes without an asterisk at the end.
Does anyone realize what kind of message this sends to kids?
Too many Yankees fans chucked their own moral values aside because of their personal dislike and jealousy of A-Rod.
No one seems to give A-Rod credit for piggybacking the Yankees all the way to a World Series Championship back in 2009, which drives me nuts.
A-Rod told the truth back in 2009, something my mom would call “taking the harder, but higher road” when I was a kid but the majority of Yankees fans still hate him.
I feel horrible for his two young daughters, as it must be hard to hear people booing and cursing at their dad at games.
A-Rod not only has Selig’s crusade to deal with, but also Yankees ownership hoping he gets thrown the kitchen sink so they can rip up his paycheck.
But putting all the drama aside, the real question is who the heck is going to play third base this season if A-Rod is suspended?
The thought of Mark Reynolds or Eduardo Nunez as the starting third baseman gives me nightmares.
Fact is the Yankees best third base option for the 2014 season is Alex Rodriguez.
Even at 38-years old, A-Rod is darn good defensively, and his right-handed power bat makes the Yankees line-up tougher for opposing pitchers to face.
See, I want the Yankees to make the playoffs because there is nothing better than October baseball in the Bronx.
The bottom line is A-Rod lessens the possibility of the Yankees missing the postseason for the second season in a row and I am all for that.
“We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions. We all agree that it is in the best interests of the game to resolve this matter. When Ryan returns, we look forward to him making positive contributions to Major League Baseball, both on and off the field.”
I do not remember A-Rod getting that same courtesy.
Time for Yankees fans to root for the team and not the player. Enough said.