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A-Rod audio from today

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Feb 17, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here is some of the A-Rod audio from today. There’s a little wind because we were in an open-air tent. But you can hear what he is saying:

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As I’m listening to his comments, he keeps coming back to how young and naive he was when he started using PEDs. Yet A-Rod turned 26 in 2001. That was his seventh full season in the major leagues and he had just signed a record $252 million contract.

The naive defense is hard to justify considering he had played 790 big-leagues, been an All-Star four times and played in three playoff series to that point in his life. How naive could he have been? By 26, you’re an adult by any standard. That part of his defense does not add up.

I think he did well in some parts of his presentation today. But the excuses weren’t needed.

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If you’re consumed by this story, check out the Faceoff Blog on LoHud.com. Columnists Sam Borden and Rick Carpiniello are discussing A-Rod as well.

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80 Responses to “A-Rod audio from today”

  1. trisha - Want the truth? Read Canseco's book. February 17th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Thank God for the recession and the fact that our country if falling apart at the seams! That caused Arod to be the second story behind Obama’s stimulus bill!

    ;)

  2. Laura - Standing behind Alex! February 17th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Some were saying that people are now going to seek out this “cousin”. I have no doubt that’s the truth. I also have no doubt that Alex has compensated his cousin for this inconvenience.

  3. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 17th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    If anyone played a “young, naive and stupid” drinking game today while listening to Alex, they might be in the hospital right now

  4. Hman February 17th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    “But the excuses weren’t needed.”

    What excuses? I guess you ignored the part where he said that he has been looking all around for someone else to blame but realized that the only was responsible was him.

  5. john February 17th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    understand 26 isn’t “young and not an excuse. But I am 35 now and I was a lot different at 25 years old. When you are a superstar ballpalyer make big money out of highschool you don’t exactly have a lot of responsibilities to worry about do you? Other than playing ball and selling your image. It is possible that it all goes to their heads and they think they are above it no? So is it reasonable to think that he made a stupid mistake and maybe his use of the word immature isn’t exactly your definition of immature? I think it is reasonable. He was under Griffey’s wing before then. Remember when he went to Texas he became the man, the franchise and the superstar was born with the money. I can see how that is a lot to handle. Not justifying it but you can see how thngs change.

  6. Laura - Standing behind Alex! February 17th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    That picture of the team during the presser is kinda scary. They all have mean looks on their faces. I wouldn’t want to bump into those guys in a dark alley. Well, maybe Nady and Jeter. :P

  7. Old(kind, happy, sassy and classy)YanksFan February 17th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Pete – what do you want from this guy? EVERYONE who has done any PEDs did them to help their career. To play better and longer. Is that not obvious? He is one of hundreds, or thousands of guys, who used, and one of a minority to get caught.

    I know this media driven circus is heaven for those in the industry. I’m sure every ‘professional’ in the field will milk every single thing they can out of this. It will now never end. The will always be brilliant reporters who will ask ‘important’ questions… like the name of his ‘cousin’.

    This will never end. If the Yankees had a brain, they would have put a gag on him. This will NEVER end.

  8. john February 17th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Peter any clue if he actually finished his speech? The whole teammates thing seemed to throw him for a loop and I doubt it was finished by “thanks”. I also heard some sort of apology to Roberts was going to be included. He did mentioned it when asked a question, but just felt like he definitely lost the end of his speech there.

  9. Yankee Trader February 17th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Pete-

    Dissapointed in the medias not doing a better job of investigating the steroids used [probably injectible primobolan and oral testosterone], what side effects he had and why he didn’t go online before having himelf injected, to look at the dangers of the drug. “Young and stupid” doesn’t cut the mustard with me!

    Pete- You want a real story-find out who the other users were! That will level the playing field in MLB.

    Bud Selig out there claiming his wishes for testing in 1985 [remember the Olympics tested in 1975], were blocked by the players union. Did he say this to congress?? Everyone now looking out to protect their own interests!

    Go find out who the 103 other players were!!!

  10. trisha - Want the truth? Read Canseco's book. February 17th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Here’s what I’m thinking. Right now there is a list out there with 104 names on it. Only one of those people is breathing relatively easy right now – Alex Rodriguez.

  11. Clare February 17th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Our last president managed to avoid answering for his conduct before he turned 40 (including a DUI arrest) with the excuse that when he was young and irresponsible, he was young and irresponsible.

    By that standard, ARod has another 7 years to be young and stupid.

  12. JoeyA February 17th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Alex’s Cousin- “Honey, pack your bags. We’re getting out of here. Don’t tell anybody where we are. And if a woman named Selena calls, don’t say a word!”

  13. Patrick February 17th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    “What excuses? I guess you ignored the part where he said that he has been looking all around for someone else to blame but realized that the only was responsible was him.”

    Saying “I was young and stupid” is an excuse! He is excusing his actions by saying that he was “young and stupid”. Personally, I think its enough that he admitted to using steroids and he explained briefly the situation surrounding his drug use. He is only hurting himself by using these silly excuses.

  14. john February 17th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    who cares who the other 103 are now? There are others that did it before or after. The test didn’t include HGH which Andy P said so he isn’t on it. Now that that is said, people using other banned substances wouldn’t be included. Essentially the game and sport was tainted for a long period of time with wide spread usage. There really is no point trying to single so many people out. You have to change the way you look at the era and accept it for what it’s worth. At some point I just stopped caring who else is out there other.

  15. Baseball Fan February 17th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    The only question I have is why does everyone say ” what do you want him to say”
    How about the truth.

  16. eric in queens February 17th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Clare-

    Great point. Baseball players are held to higher standards than presidents. Only in America.

  17. Phil February 17th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Pro athletes as a class aren’t terribly mature. He wasn’t a doctor at 26, he was a guy who skipped college to play a kids game.

    That being said, I have no doubt that the entire story has been framed to protect other players, and people in MLB. There’s no way that Texas clubhouse wasn’t like a steroidal trunk show back in the PED era.

  18. Michelle February 17th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    We all forget that we are not the same people we were when we were younger. . .I was considered mature for my age even when I was in high school, but I look back at my 20s and think – man, there are some things I would like to do over. . . and I am not the face of a franchise who just signed the biggest contract in baseball history (forgive me if I am not 100% exactly right – I am a fan of the game, but not obsessed). We should cut the guy some slack. There is no way to test the players who played the game in the decades before McGuire and Sosa and we will test all of the players to come. Records are what they are and A-Rod is still one of the greatest to play the game. He made a stupid decision and I trust that he is paying for it. . . I mean, have you ever seen an athlete more consumed by what others think of him?

  19. Hman February 17th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Patrick -

    C’mon. He wasn’t saying he was stupid in that he wasn’t smart enough to know right from wrong — as if he was somehow incapacitated and blameless.

    He was saying the decision was stupid. He was stupid to do it. He was immature and made an immature decision.

    Big difference.

  20. Phl Parcells February 17th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Did PEter get to ask a question?

  21. Doreen February 17th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    People do something wrong, they look for reasons, excuses, whatever. Why are people surprised that Alex is reacting much like any of us who were sent to the principal’s office or caught by our parents doing something we shouldn’t. I know, I know – this is STEROIDS. This is Major League Baseball. This is IMPORTANT. But at the base of it, it’s a guy who made a really tragic mistake, and while he is taking responsibility for his actions, he is trying to explain his actions. Explanations and excuses are indistinguishable, I guess, and what a person thinks they are depends on what their predisposition is toward Alex.

  22. john February 17th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I couldn’t stand Bonds for just being Barry and the steroids were obvious.

    Then I couldn’t stand Sosa and McGwire for chasing Maris knowing what they did.

    Now it’s the point of being absurd.

    The people who know baseball will always hold the clean players in higher reagrds. Those records will eventually be broken again.

    And now as far as the HOF how can you really say one guy in this era is free of the stuff while others aren’t? You can’t really. What will happen is exactly what Arod is counting on. He will prove he is free of stuff, put up the numbers and baseball will remember the guys who admitted to using and had time to prove they didn’t need it and hopefully be a positive influence to the game going forward. The Bonds, Clemens will just be thrown in the other group and shunned for quite some time.

  23. Rob Abruzzese February 17th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Arod would have you believe he was 23 or 24 in 2001. Or maybe he slipped up and really started taking roids in 1999?

  24. Phl Parcells February 17th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Michelle-

    tells more about your 20s :) it sounds sexy.

  25. Hman February 17th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    A-Rod made a bad decision.

    We all have. And there are usually reasons for it. Reasons not excuses. Maybe someone more articulate would come up with more than “stupid.”

    But, when I look back at some of my mistakes, stupid often comes to mind. Not an excuse, but just a reason.

    Cut the guy some slack. He’s a ball player, not a scribe.

  26. Patrick February 17th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Hman,

    When asked why he did the steroids he didn’t simply say “I was looking for an edge so I bent the rules” He said “I was young and stupid”.

    Blaming youth for bad decisions is an excuse in my eyes. Did you see Joba say “I am really young and stupid, that’s why I got a DUI” ?

    Look, I think its enough that A-rod admitted to using steroids. He’s only hurting himself by excusing his behavior.

  27. Pete February 17th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    let us not forget Bill Clinton lying to the nation and borderline under oath.

    what is Boli, does it contain the steroid he tested positive for? for alex’s sake it better

  28. john February 17th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    A 25 or 26 year old making millions of dollars and surrounded by people doing things for him and selling his image does not make one mature. Maturity for us may be working hard, struggling to make ends meet, going back to school, living thru tough experiences. Think of how you would be going from nothing to making millions of dollars, would that make you mature or do the hardships of life wake you up? Even still running around with Madonna, etc. Is that mature?????? I would say he pretty much can argue he was immature back then especially the way he acts now can’t he?

  29. trisha - Want the truth? Read Canseco's book. February 17th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    “Our last president managed to avoid answering for his conduct before he turned 40 (including a DUI arrest) with the excuse that when he was young and irresponsible, he was young and irresponsible.

    By that standard, ARod has another 7 years to be young and stupid.”

    And I don’t believe that the president prior to our last one was so young when he toked but didn’t inhale!

  30. Phl Parcells February 17th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    alex was born on July 27, 1975, making him 24 n 1999, not 2001.

  31. Phl Parcells February 17th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    And I don’t believe that the president prior to our last one was so young when he toked but didn’t inhale!
    ********************************
    He was a grad student. I’m thinking he was 23.

  32. Hman February 17th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Patrick -

    See above.

    And I think he mentioned with Gammons that he was looking to get an edge. To get more energy for the long haul of the season, or something to that effect.

  33. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 17th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    How old was he in 2001? 26?

  34. JoeyA February 17th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    It’s time for those other names to come out.

    The nation has vilified Alex over this for long enough. Other fans of other teams need to experience this and realize these guys aren’t devil-worshipping ruiners of baseball. They did what every other generation in baseball has done:

    Used the technology of the time that wasn’t banned by baseball at that point, coupled with baseball’s indifference toward such things, to gain a competitive advantage over the competition

  35. Tom February 17th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Here’s an article by a novelist who took steroids to research a book he was writing:

    http://www.esquire.com/feature.....ck=main_sr

  36. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 17th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Duh nevermind-it’s in Pete’s post.

  37. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption February 17th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Hman
    And I think he mentioned with Gammons that he was looking to get an edge.

    ————————

    The only question left is did he want it in blazing copper?

  38. trisha - Want the truth? Read Canseco's book. February 17th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    “Look, I think its enough that A-rod admitted to using steroids. He’s only hurting himself by excusing his behavior.”

    Not for nothin’, but what part of “what I did was wrong” escapes you? Excusing his behavior? I heard Arod say a lot of things today but not once did I hear him say he was excusing his behavior! He was asked why he did what he did. Perhaps you can email him a response you would have considered “acceptable”.

    And by the way, if he truly considers what he did a product of being young and naive, are you really anyone to sit in judgement and say it was something else? I mean really.

  39. GreenBeret7 February 17th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    john
    February 17th, 2009 at 6:18 pm
    who cares who the other 103 are now? There are others that did it before or after. The test didn’t include HGH which Andy P said so he isn’t on it. Now that that is said, people using other banned substances wouldn’t be included. Essentially the game and sport was tainted for a long period of time with wide spread usage. There really is no point trying to single so many people out. You have to change the way you look at the era and accept it for what it’s worth. At some point I just stopped caring who else is out there other.

    ————————————————————

    How far do you want the “tainted game” to go back? Is 1883 far enough back, when Cap Anson (the best player in the game) refused to let his team play a game if Fleetwood Walker was playing in the game?

  40. Ham Fighters February 17th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    i think alot of people are underestimating arod’s stupidity. and his slickness.

    this is just the kind ridiculous thinking that happens when someone with a huge ego and a lesser intellect cooks up a plot in his head.

    arod wasnt gonna let the other players know that he was using or even interested, he was going to act clean in front of his teammates, his agents and everyone else while still getting the same boost he saw everybody else on his team getting. and he was gonna do it through his cousin, who would never sell him out to anybody.

    its stupid enough for me to believe, at least as far as the facts check out.

    iv been more critical or him than most on this board, and i called pettitte a liar as soon as he claimed one-time usage of hgh last year, so im drinking the kool ade, but i believe arod’s lame story.

  41. Patrick February 17th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Hman,
    If you are such a homer that you can’t see how A-rod is making excuses for himself then I am wasting my time responding to you.

    Personally I don’t care if he excuses his past behavior. I accept that he admitted to doing drugs and I believe he is clean right now. I also believe that steroids do not really effect a ballplayer’s ability beyond the ability to stay healthy longer.

  42. Ham Fighters February 17th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    not drinking the kool ade

  43. bodhisattva February 17th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Did anyone hear Damon interviewed? He was asked if Rodriguez cheated.

    He said, ‘Perhaps, for those three years. But pitchers were doing it at the time.’

    That’s a major admission about the pervasiveness of steroid use by an insider. Is anyone going to follow up…? Pete….? In the interest of truth, justice, the american way and balance…? Or is that too “boring?”

  44. Doreen February 17th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    This is funny -

    I just turned on MLBN and the press conference is on. the funny part? The EXACT question I tuned in on the radio this afternoon at about 2:15 is the SAME ONE I tuned in on now! I guess I’m not destined to hear (see) it from the beginning! :lol:

  45. JoeyA February 17th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    This is the biggest bother and what shows you Alex can never be truly honest:

    “Alex, did you plan on disclosing any of this information prior to the revelations of Selena Roberts?”

    Alex’s answer, not word for word: “What happened happened and I’m just doing what needs to be done now”

    Should have said: “No. I got caught. You get caught, you fess up. Of course I never planned on bringing this up, since I don’t touch the stuff anymore and it was all in the past. I realize now, it’s not worth having those skeletons in your closet, so i’m here to tell you the whole truth regarding PED’s and my career.”

  46. Chris Barrows February 17th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I agree that he perhaps overused the “young” and the “naive” but at age 24, I know quite a few people my age who leave some maturity to be desired.

    All the same, he made a mistake and at least came out and said something. Some questions he didn’t answer weren’t exactly a surprise considering the fact that he had guidance from a man who guided politicians.

    I do agree that the other 103 should come out, but likely won’t.

  47. able 21 February 17th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Pete – I think your views were balanced and fair today.

    I am amazed that some here just reflexively circle the wagons around Arod without the appropriate level of criticism. My country right or wrong and My Arod, Roids or No Roids just don’t shake true these days. We’re much smarter than that and I’d like to think, based on what I’ve read here, that it holds true here too.

    We’ll see

  48. Hman February 17th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Not being a homer at all, Patrick. Just not holding A-Rod to a standard that you seem to demand. You are wasting your time nitpicking his statements, Patrick. Trying desperately to find something to attack. He has said numerous times that he is completely responsible for his decision.

  49. Ham Fighters February 17th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    im not being a homer either, ive been calling the guy a liar and media whore for a week.

  50. Ham Fighters February 17th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    i think thats probably as close to the truth as alex can get.

  51. able 21 February 17th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Contrary to popular opinion, it isn’t over. The orchestrated lack of an ability to ask a follow up question was the worst P.R. fiasco of today’s events. Follow up started immediately after the press conference, and will continue for the immediate future.

  52. bodhisattva February 17th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Damon on MLB now talking about pitchers using.

  53. S.o.S. February 17th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    “Should have said: “No. I got caught. You get caught, you fess up. Of course I never planned on bringing this up, since I don’t touch the stuff anymore and it was all in the past. I realize now, it’s not worth having those skeletons in your closet, so i’m here to tell you the whole truth regarding PED’s and my career.””

    Alex should have hired you as his PR man Joey. Not bad. But im sure someone would still have a problem with that. You either love em or hate em. It will always be like that.

  54. trisha - Want the truth? Read Canseco's book. February 17th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Able -

    Reflexively circling the wagon, or perhaps not feeling the need to criticize that the MINORITY seems to be feeling?

    Time to check your own smartness meter. Perhaps it needs a little calibration.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....llId=67717

  55. trisha - Want the truth? Read Canseco's book. February 17th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Ham Fighters don’t bother. You were definitely on the other side of the fence but obviously have the ability to be objective and fair. Then there are others like able21 who were not going to change their opinion for love or money.

    He will apparently be in the same minority who lives to see Arod pilloried daily. The rest of us will put this behind us and enjoy one hell of a season.

  56. GreenBeret7 February 17th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    able 21
    February 17th, 2009 at 6:42 pm
    Contrary to popular opinion, it isn’t over. The orchestrated lack of an ability to ask a follow up question was the worst P.R. fiasco of today’s events. Follow up started immediately after the press conference, and will continue for the immediate future.

    ————————————————————

    And, if they allowed follow-up questions, they’d still be there repeating the same BS questions. They’ve already made their decisions on what they have decided to believe.

  57. able 21 February 17th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Trisha – I just had this funny premonition it would be you who responded.

    Flash polls? Real science. Thanks for making my point.

  58. able 21 February 17th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I don’t want to see Arod pilloried. I simply want the full story so he can go on. That’s the truth.

    I don’t want some sugar creme with cherry on top answer.

    Gumbaya.

  59. trisha - Want the truth? Read Canseco's book. February 17th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    No able21, YOU corner the market on real science.

    :lol:

    Enjoy trying to find other people to whine with.

  60. trisha - Want the truth? Read Canseco's book. February 17th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    It appears, alas, he will go on, with or without you able21.
    :D

  61. able 21 February 17th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Trisha – what’s that stupid smiley face mean following a comment like that?

  62. bill February 17th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    why is there even a need to know some of this garbage? the guy did something there was NO consequences for at the time. arod isnt the problem the greedy media is trying to sell papers and gain viewers and we all have to put up with this untill they get the answers that dont matter anyway he did it case closed, hall of fame closed, he cant break the records, or what ever your views are.

  63. jpsice01 February 17th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    When you are 26 years old – which I am not yet – I too believe you should probably know right from wrong. But these guys who have never gone to college, never had a 9-5 job, never gone through the same experiences most people go through in their early 20′s are definitely less mature than people who get to experience these things. Throw in a couple hundred million dollars and all the girls and parties you want – and you get a very immature person in a 26 year old body.

    We’re talking about the same guy, who 7 years later (you would think he would have matured by then) was caught cheating on his wife. Maybe he meant it more as he was immature and stupid – and we should not take “young” so literally.

    It makes me believe that he did actually write the speech himself. He stumbled multiple times with his english (could have been because he was nervous) – but if someone else had written it for him, I doubt they would have him keep saying “young and stupid.”

  64. trisha - Want the truth? Read Canseco's book. February 17th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    It means that the only one who counts in this picture is Arod. Your determination that he wasn’t forthcoming really doesn’t matter a hill of beans as long as Arod feels comfortable with his press conference. In that “flash science” the majority of the people felt they got the “full story.” So it becomes your own problem and issue that you personally don’t buy it. Not Arod’s.

    And don’t delude yourself into thinking that there was any story, even one made up, that was going to satisfy the blood-thirsty among the press.

    Buster Olney is a pretty objective bystander. He thought Arod did a good job today.

  65. S.o.S. February 17th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    bill,
    Good point. We have 10 thousand people losing their houses a day. Hundred of thousands losing their jobs. Country hasnt hit rock bottom yet. Threats of depression. War,etc. and this gets more hype than anything else going on. Youd think he was Britney Spears or Bradelina.

  66. able 21 February 17th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    jpsice01

    That’s one way to look at it, except he had a very high priced P.R. firm who wrote and approved his every word.

    I really want to forgive him and move on. I’m still in foreplay, however, and not ready to light the cigarette.

  67. Major Deegan February 17th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Does anyone know the number of players who were tested originally?

    25 man active rosters, 30 teams in MLB=750 players. 104 players test positive that’s just about 14%. Seams really high. Either there were more than 750 players tested or the steroid thing was really bad back then.

    Seems like the best thing that could happen to A-Rod is that the confidential list gets published ASAP. Why should he be the only one sweating it out? I demand to see the list! For the record I don’t really care, but it would certainly make it look less like a witch hunt if it happened.

  68. declineoptions07 February 17th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Pete, meet Able 21, Able 21, meet Pete, now turn away from the mirror and realize like the rest of us that you are teh same person.

  69. S.o.S. February 17th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Major Deegan,
    I believe the percentage was 7-8%. There must be more players tested. Maybe all the players on the 40 man roster.

  70. Major Deegan February 17th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks S.o.S.

    I still say publish the list. Everyone in the pool!

  71. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing February 17th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    “Our last president managed to avoid answering for his conduct before he turned 40 (including a DUI arrest) with the excuse that when he was young and irresponsible, he was young and irresponsible.”

    Not to mention the president before that. How old was he when the Lewinsky scandal broke? That happened while he was office and old enough to know better, no? :)

  72. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing February 17th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I dont know if he’s around but murphdog made two points in earlier threads that I think are directly correlated.

    Something about there needing to be some kind of steroid and other drugs amnesty where everyone can come clean without fear of reprisal from MLB, MLBPA, the Feds etc etc..

    You also mentioned that A-Rod’s answers today wouldn’t stand up to cross-examination in court. I think you’re right about that. But I don’t any player giving up the kind of information that would stand up to it, would – not without some kind of amnesty, ironically. :)

  73. S.o.S. February 17th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Im with you Major. If their going to leak out one name thats supposed be private. Then release all the names and lets get past the steroid era. Dont think it would happen and i dont think they care. They already got the biggest fish they could. Cant wait for baseball. Tired of the soap opperas.

  74. Eric F Langborgh February 17th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    “How naive could he have been? By 26, you’re an adult by any standard. That part of his defense does not add up.”

    It wasn’t an excuse, he pled “guilty.” It is an explanation. And with so few people accepting responsibility these days, extending their adolescence into their 20s — and this seems esp. true of ballplayers like Alex (look at his personal life!), that explanation of what was behind his actions is very plausible, imo.

  75. BL February 17th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    If you’re consumed by this story… what, maybe the media, I’m done with it, let’s play ball!

  76. BL February 17th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    If you’re consumed by this story… what, maybe the media, I’m done with it, let’s play ball!

  77. Vincent February 17th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Pete,

    He has been told since he was a teenager, and maybe even before that, that he is special. All he has had to do is play baseball his whole life. Athletes aren’t the most mature people in the world and Alex isn’t the only one. Its a different mindset so I’m not so sure why you think a 26 year old baseball player can’t be naive or dumb?

  78. Juggy February 17th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Pete, if you think someone at the age of 25-26 could not possibly be young and naive, then I don’t know what to tell you..

    Shoot, I’ve known people that age that did the stupidest things in their lives.. 25 is a number, there is no mandatory age limit when being young and naive cease to exist. College helps a lot with the maturing of a person. Something I am sure a primadonna at the age of 18 never got the chance to learn. Even now in his 30s, his actions in his personal life are selfish and childish. I just care about him being clean now and playing baseball..

    I can grasp the concept of a 25-26 yr old acting immature, but I guess that’s because I am not biased and don’t have the normal “holier than thou” attitude most baseball purists feign having.. I am sure now that you’re 50 Pete you don’t do anything immature anymore at your 50 yearly bruce springstein concerts :/

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