We are still awaiting word from Alex Rodriguez on his reaction to the news that his failed steroid test in 2003 has become public. SI’s report has been out there for most of today, and Rodriguez learned of the magazine’s story on Thursday. Clearly he is spending some time – correctly – figuring out what his next step should be.
To me, it’s obvious: Disclosure. Full disclosure, confession and, as much as possible, explanation. If A-Rod goes the Roger Clemens/Barry Bonds route on this, the stories and questions will never go away. If he takes the more open road (Andy Pettitte-ish), he’s got a chance of this not lingering for the entire season and being a distraction to him and everyone else in the clubhouse.
If it were me, I’d be as specific as possible the next time I talk to the media. I’d talk about what I did, when I did it and how I obtained it. I’d talk about how it made me feel and, hopefully, why I stopped. I’d answer all the questions people wanted to ask me.
The only way for A-Rod to avoid people continuing to try to turn over all the stones is to turn them over himself. If he lays out the entirety of his story, maybe he can weather this, at least for the time being. If he goes the Rocket Route, this is a story that could truly make a mess of the entire Yankees season.