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The press conference aftermath

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

Joe Girardi said he thought today’s press conference was “sufficient” for the Yankees to be able to move on from this. At some point, that will have to be the case. The season is coming regardless of what A-Rod said or didn’t say. The same questions can’t keep being asked.

The problem with Alex is you can’t be sure what to believe. Consider this timeline:

— Tells Katie Couric and others that he never did anything.

— Tells Peter Gammons he did something but he wasn’t sure what it was.

— Says today he did some mysterious over-the-counter drug from the Dominican with an unnamed cousin. At one point today A-Rod said the drug gave him energy. Then he said he wasn’t sure what he did. As he closes one hole, he opens another. It’s beyond reason that anybody would be “young and stupid” enough to inject themselves with a drug so many times unless it was helping them in some way.

It could have been handled a lot better and it could have been handled a lot worse. Some will find his emotion genuine; others will think it was phony. There is no right or wrong answer to this.

I asked Don Hooton whether Alex had contributed any money to his foundation. He has not and there are no plans to, he said. “He’s going to help us raise money,” Mr. Hooton said.

I thought it was a positive for the Yankees that so many players showed up. Perhaps this will help bring the team together.




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