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I will openly admit that I was an Alex Rodriguez apologist.
The key word is ‘was‘.
Those days of trying to explain away and most likely just convince myself that he wasn’t baseball’s Stalin so that I could continue to root for him to do well and, one would think, in turn the team to do well are over. I can’t do it anymore.
I kept quiet when the Biogenesis story initially broke. I kept quiet during his back and forth with the Yankees about whether he was healthy enough to play. I kept quiet when he continually ran his mouth about letting the arbitration process run its course.
How can I now?
The most hated man in sports (arguably) appears to have upped his game. While it’s indirect, you would have to think that Alex had to give the go ahead for his people to leak other players (including Ryan Braun and his own teammate Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli) to the media as PED users, at least according to a report by “60 Minutes”.
If it’s true that Rodriguez’s inner circle did in fact I have no idea how he could ever recover. Even if there was a slim chance before, that slim chance would now be downgraded to no chance.
I’m fed up with this man. He’s a rat and a shit stain on the sport of baseball.
I still stand by the 211 game suspension by MLB in lieu of a lifetime ban. Why force the MLBPA to go above and beyond to defend a man who is a bane on their existence? It’s just that much more reason that MLB and the Players Association can get together with a mutual interest for much, much more harsh penalties for PED users. It’s rare that the league and it’s PA has a mutual interest in anything.
From the ESPN.com article on Rodriguez being a rat;
Rodriguez’s lead attorney, David Cornwell, released a statement Friday morning denying the latest allegations:
“These allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex, this time by driving a wedge between him and other players in the league,” Cornwell said.
Hysterical. It’s simply hysterical that Cornwell thinks that a wedge the size of the Grand Canyon doesn’t already exist between Rodriguez and other players in the league. For every Mike Trout and John Lackey who expressed themselves, there’s probably a hundred more, at least, that kept quiet, yet feel the same way.
So Alex can have his appeal and he can play his games until the original suspension is upheld (and I do think it will be upheld). He can delude himself into thinking that there’s more than fifty people in all of baseball who have any respect left for him after all this.
A-Rod is 35 now and I think he’s got another good 3-4 years of driving in a 100 (barring injury obviously). Lets just say for the sake of argument that he drives in 100 exactly in the next two seasons after this one (saying he doesn’t drive in another run this year, which obviously won’t happen, but anyway) that would leave him being 37 with 214 left to tie and 2 more years of being pretty good still. Now lets say over the last 2 years of being decent still he drives in 85 those years it would leave him being 39-40 and only needing 44 more RBI’s to tie Aaron for most all-time.
It really does seem that if he can stay healthy he will probably become the all-time RBI king. That’s crazy.
Also, he has 626 career HR’s, Barry Bonds has 762* so he needs 136 to tie him. He could get REALLY close on that one too.
AND he probably won’t get 30 HR’s this year, which will make it the first time he has failed to get 30 in a season since 1997 when he had 23 and it was only his 2nd full MLB season.