Blog Entry

Waiting for A-Rod

Posted on: February 17, 2009 11:57 am

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Big Top, er, tent is ready and the podium is set.

Now, with disgraced slugger Alex Rodriguez expected to conduct his first public news conference at 1:30 p.m. EST today, want to know what a (Bronx) zoo this place is?

The parking lot at George M. Steinbrenner Field is jammed. So jammed that, a few minutes ago, a reporter left to make a Starbucks run and was warned by a security guard that he could not guarantee that she'd be allowed back in the parking lot -- that there'd be room -- when she returned. So she bagged the Starbucks run.

Meantime, before the Yankees' morning workout, their clubhouse was crammed with media. If you're the least bit claustrophobic, it wasn't a good place to be.

Veteran pitcher Brett Tomko, in camp trying to win a bullpen job, put it best as he threaded his way from the front door toward his locker in the back of the room.

"It's like going around landmines here," he said of dodging all the reporters. "It feels like playing hoops and you're making your way around defenders."

As of 10:15 a.m., when they closed the clubhouse and the Yankees prepared to go to the field, several key players, including Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon, still were absent. And there was no sight of A-Rod, yet.

Today is reporting day, with the Yankees first full-squad workout scheduled for Wednesday.

See ya after the A-Rod show.


Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 4:08 pm

Waiting for A-Rod

I'm tired of hearing about the stupid A-Fraud situation. It's like the Texeira chase all over again. This stuff is getting really old. I agree with Ortiz's statement about a year long ban. They should keep the random drug screening but add the year long ban. Also Selig should start acting like Rodger Goodel. In the fact that he doesn't take any crap. Selig needs to put his foot down and discipline the players who get caught.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2009 2:42 pm

Waiting for A-Rod

Why, because Rodriguez is generally better than everyone else? Because he has the most to lose? Because he is an easy target? Because neither he nor anyone else has proven capable of defending him?

With regard to the steroid users in baseball during those carefree years of the late 1990s and early 2000s, let’s not delude ourselves. The game was so severely tainted that everyone is guilty now. Any by everyone, we mean everyone. If anyone out there is still has an image of what the typical steroid user looks like, here’s a tip: destroy it. It means nothing. Former Red Sox infielder , for goodness sake, and Alexander was a 5-foot-10, 165-pound stick figure who couldn’t hit the ground if he jumped out a window.

So really, who else was on that list? Derek Jeter? Greg Maddux? Randy Johnson or David Eckstein? None of those players has the body of a suspected steroids user (whatever that is), but it makes the entire issue much easier to comprehend and rationalize if we can at least identify some of the good guys.

Here in Boston, save for the affair involving Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, we have been surprisingly immune from performance-enhancing crimes in the world of professional sports. (Harrison served a four-game suspension in 2007 after admitting that he used human growth hormone.) Even then, more than a few Englanders defended Harrison’s actions by suggesting he was merely trying to recover from an injury so that he return to the field more quickly, apologists turning a blind eye to the sins of their own.

As for any transgressions that have taken place at Fenway Park, let’s not fool ourselves. There must have been at least some deceit. When Major League Baseball released the Mitchell Report late in 2007, details included an e-mail from Theo Epstein -- the Sox made a trade for Gagne anyway -- and a photocopy of a personal check written in 2001 by former Sox first baseman Mo Vaughn to known steroids dealer and former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski. Vaughn declined to speak to Mitchell, and so we can only wonder if Vaughn was using performance enhancers during the 1995 and 1996 seasons, his peak years in Boston, which included one Most Valuable Player Award (1995).

In 2003, the year of Rodriguez’s alleged steroid use, Rodriguez won the MVP. It was after that season that the Red Sox tried to trade for him. The results of testing conducted that season were intended to remain anonymous and were for the singular purpose of implementing a new testing policy. According to the SI report, a total of 1,198 players were tested, meaning that 8.8 percent were caught using some form of illegal substance.

Know what 8.8 percent translates into? About two players per 25-man roster, about 3.5 players per 40-man. Keep that in mind before arguing that the Red Sox took the field with a cast of altar boys.

All of that brings us back to Rodriguez, who became public enemy No. 1 in Boston the moment he ended up in New York on Feb. 16, 2004, almost five years ago to the day. Locally, there is now more reason to jeer him than ever before. For Rodriguez, the good news is that unlike Clemens, Bonds, Miguel Tejada or, effectively, McGwire, he is not alleged to have lied under oath. He is just the most talented and/or accomplished player to have allegedly succumbed to his insecurities during an era that was badly out of control.

So it appears Alex Rodriguez used steroids, too.

But he had lots of company.

Think we’ll ever get the entire guest list?

We nned them to release the 100 so names and lets get all out in the open.

Remeber there was probably alot more using steroids than the 100-125 that got caught.

There should be a mandatory (1) year suspension without pay for anyone using human growth hormone, steroids.


Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 2:26 pm

Waiting for A-Rod

So, he confessed in a confidential interview.  Was he using at the time?  When and why did he stop?

I HATE them cheating, but these are real questions. Any transgression that is only righted becuase you get found oout does not prove anything. If you stop becuase you know it is wrong, there is room for fogiveness.

Did i mention that I HATE THAT ANYONE CHEATED? even Big-head Barry.

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2009 2:09 pm

Waiting for A-Rod

pressure in texas?!  he went to new york!! talk about pressure.   he was still using; just didn't get caught,  that we know of. 

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2009 2:05 pm

Waiting for A-Rod

Whoopie. A bunch of reporters wait around to listen to some BS from an admitted liar and cheat. Why? Do they think the fans are actually going to believe anything this guy ever says in the future? Why give him a forum at all?

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2009 1:27 pm

Waiting for A-Rod

maybe if we didn't pay these guys so much, they wouldn't feel soooo much pressure to perform up to big league levels. put him in the minors or pick up games and he would have no pressure. what a crock. ballparks were still full years ago. play with heart. we get fans at our softball games. i'm 46 and still run like a kid.  no pressure and no illegal drugs.   go brewers

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2009 1:18 pm

Waiting for A-Rod

Tudorsdn14, if you read or heard the entire conversation with ortiz, he even said he thinks Arod and other players shouldnt be punished. He said if people get caught currently they should be banned. He even said he knows that the majority of players in the game during that era atleast tried something to get an advantage.

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2009 1:15 pm

Waiting for A-Rod

As a diehard BASEBALL fan, I dont feel cheated. I dont feel like baseball players owe me an apology. Steroids dont win championships and thats what matters. The personal accomplishments mean nothing. So what, my son wont have a HOF inscription when he gets Arods autoraph 20 years from now.  All these comments on how fans are disgraced. I still will buy those 5 dollar hotdogs and 9 dollar beers and Ill still root for my team. I truely believe 80% of ball players during that era used some sort of substance. Ive thought that all along. Not just to get stronger, but the recovery time is what makes the impact. When I played high school and college baseball people used stuff. Not just steroids but other substances to decrease the healing time after a big workout.

How can bud selig even consider punishing a player from that era when there was no drug testing. This leads to my next comment, sports writers have no right in determining who gets in the hall. Almost all of them were never even good enough to play at a competitive level. Just because they report on topics, which are usually their bias opinions doesnt mean they know what they are talking about.

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2009 12:44 pm

Waiting for A-Rod


Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2009 12:43 pm

Waiting for A-Rod


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or