I’m thinking (hoping?) that tomorrow could be a day to ban steroids talk from the blog and give everybody a break from this mess for at least 24 hours.
Good idea? Let me know what you think in the comments section and I will abide by the will of the people.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: ESPN is reporting that A-Rod will face questioning from MLB investigators into his steroids use. This is what happened with Jason Giambi last season. Do not expect much to come of it. MLB now has an investigations unit and this is what they do.
Meanwhile, you Jetertologists out there should study that audio I posted earlier. The Captain is a smart dude.
He said how much the team would support Alex several times and in several ways. But he also went out of his way to say how upset he was over having played in what is now known as the “Steroids Era.”
“One thing that is irritating and it really upsets me a lot is when you hear everybody say, `It was the Steroids Era. Everybody was doing it.’ You know, that’s not true. Everybody was not doing it,” he said.
“I think it sends the wrong message to fans, to baseball fans; I think it sends the wrong message to kids, saying that everybody was doing it, because that’s just not the truth. I understand there’s a lot of people who are big-name players that have come out and allegedly done this and done that, but everybody wasn’t doing it.”
Jeter was speaking for all the clean players today and making it clear that he is furious with the cheaters for casting such a cloud over the game.
Jeter rarely shows such emotion in interviews. He said pretty much the same thing several times.
Then there was this from Joe Girardi when he was asked about Alex’s character:
“Well, that’s not an opinion I would necessarily share. I know that Alex wants to improve who he is on a daily basis.”
Now keep in mind this is Joe Girardi. This is a guy who has something good to say about everybody.
The Yankees will say the right things about A-Rod and do whatever it takes to make him comfortable on the field. He’s too important to the season not to. But from Brian Cashman down to Girardi, Jeter and many others, they are pretty ticked.
Alex has some amends to make. In a way, they’re lucky this happened now and not in June. The Yankees have time to smooth it out.