Get a Life
February 19, 2009 by admncc
Welcome to The Constant Complainer.
I’d like to take a brief minute to chastise young Alex Rodriguez for the way he handled last week’s steroid scandal. The more I hear about it, the more it ticks me off.
First, clearly he was in an awkward situation. Results for the steroid tests from 2003 were supposed to remain confidential. However, in this day and age, I’m not surprised they were leaked. Frankly, I’m glad they were. I don’t know about you, but I would like to know if the MVP that year tested positive for an illegal substance. And aside from being the MVP that year, I’d like to know it if the baseball player they think will break Bonds’ home run record tested positive for steroids.
OK, his test result aside, my bigger complaint is the juvenile way he apologized. He reads a prepared statement and says, among other things, that baseball is bigger than Alex Rodriguez. Please!
Have you ever heard the term “mi culpa” used anywhere? An old boss of mine said that is always the best way to seek forgiveness. Just say you’re sorry with no strings attached, accept full responsibility, eat crow or whatever else is needed. And you know what – it works!
But ARod made some fundamental errors. He waited too long to make a statement in the first place. Then he read his legally prepared statement and tried to avoid any major media catastrophes. Not to mention the fact that he previously lied to Katie Couric when he denied ever using steroids.
Finally, and this is my biggest point: When you look at an athlete, what do you see? I see a lot of things, but one thing in particular that I see is a machine. These guys are workhorses, they are methodical in their routines, they are superstitious and they absolutely know what is going on with their bodies. So when ARod said he wasn’t sure what he was taking or what was being injected into his body – I say, that is a lie. You mean to tell me that a professional athlete is going to let someone inject a substance into his body and he doesn’t know what it is. I absolutely refuse to believe that.
As far as I’m concerned, ARod’s name should have an asterisk next to it, in any record books, just like Bonds’ and Sosa’s should…