Q&A-ROID: 10 FAQs on Baseball and Drugs

Here’s 10 questions on the A-Roid scandal, while wondering why we can’t start investigating Wall Streeters the same way we do major league baseball players.

Q. Was the news that Alex Rodriguez took steroids a surprise?
No. We’ve reached the point where nothing about baseball and steroids should come as a surprise. Disappointing, yes, but not surprising.

Q. How will this impact A-Roid?
Alex Rodriguez takes a huge hit here. His reputation has been tarnished once again, his legacy under scrutiny, his numbers questioned. Remember this guy is already a head case, caught  between Madonna and A-Fraud and Derek Jeter envy, not to mention an appalling lack of production in crucial situations. For a superstar, A-Rod has an incredibly fragile and insecure psyche.He needs a shrink, a lawyer and a priest, and not necessarily in that order.

Q. What about the other 103 names on the list?
The other names on the list need to be released. If you release one name you should release them all and end the speculation — at least the speculation around the 2003 season.

Q. How does Barry Bonds come out smelling like a rose after  the A-Roid scandal?
This actually helps Bonds. It takes away some of the spotlight around his own legal  problems and March 2 trial. It also means that the only legitimate threat to his HR record is as stained as he is.

Q. What about those home run records? What should baseball do?
Unfortunately, you can’t go back, change history and rewrite the record books. The records will stand. A-Rod is exactly 210 homers away from breaking Bonds all-time home run record of 762. Averaging 30 homers a year, A-Rod would break the record sometime later in the 2015 season. The Yankees and baseball were banking on A-Rod having a “clean record” in chasing and eventually passing Bonds. Now it’s just cheater vs. cheater.

Q. Once a user, always a user. Are players still using today?
Undoubtedly, players are using performance enhancing drugs today, skipping merrily down the pharmaceutical path. Because where there are drugs there are also great masking agents. The sad part, some of the biggest names in the game risked their rightful spots in baseball lore by cheating. You can almost understand a marginal player trying to boost his performance and make the team — but not a superstar. That’s just stupid greed.

Q. Will this hurt the Yankees this year?
. Not really. The Yankees live in the fish bowl of the Bronx Zoo. They’re used to distractions. At the end, it all comes down to pitching. The Yankees have improved their staff, and if they get  good pitching, they’ll be back in the hunt for the 27th World Championship. Net net, it will hurt A-Rod’s performance but not the Yankees.

Q. What impact will this have on the sale of Joe Torre’s book?
The immediate impact is that A-Roid has  moved The Yankee Years off the back pages. Long term, it can only help sales, since fans will want to read all about A-Fraud.

Q. Who’s the most honest user in all of this?
Hate to admit it, but pretty much everything Jose Canseco has written and talked about has been proven true. For example, he was right on with his assertions about the Texas Ranger.  Jose can you see.

Q. Finally, what should Rodriguez do?
Get some good legal advice…but don’t sit on this, don’t try and duck the truth. Come clean. It’s something that Bonds with his flaxseed oil, and Mark McGwire in front of Congress, and Roger Clemens with that dog-and-pony show he trotted out last year all failed to do. That strategy hasn’t worked to well. Honesty is the best policy. Be a man, tell the truth and don’t make excuses for your behavior. “I’m not saying anything,” and “You’ll have to talk to the union” aren’t going to cut it. Nor is lying to Katie Couric. Nobody lies to Katie Couric.


4 Comments on “Q&A-ROID: 10 FAQs on Baseball and Drugs”

  1. Tom says:

    Rick, the question is did the Yankees suspect A-Roid was juiced prior to signing him. I thought that I remembered that when Giambi signed with the Yankees, his attorney excised the standard clause Yankees contracts had about steroid use. here it is actually.
    So to claim the Yankees have been blindsided by the A-Roid news is false – maybe caught b the public announcement, but with a $250M contract at stake, A-Roid and the Yankees attorneys must have discussed
    any drug use. In other words, the Yankees are just as guilty as A-Rod, having had Sheffield, Clemens, and Giambi steroid experiences.

  2. sportslifer says:

    At least A-Roid stood up and told the truth — at least we hope he told the truth. That alone puts him in a differenty category than other users — the honest juicer. Did the Yanks suspect A-Roid was a user — perhaps. Like I said, nothing surprises me anymore.

  3. Will R says:

    The Peter Gammons interview on ESPN was pretty revealing. Good Q&A. To his credit, A-Rod came clean, though when asked the same question by Katie Couric, he lied. Also to his credit, he took the PEDs before they were ruled illegal by MLB. I agree with Tom that the Yankees (and the MLB) all turned a blind eye and looked only to home run records, sold out stadiums and rich TV contracts.

  4. marcys says:

    I agree with your first paragraph–we ought to be able to put Wall Streeters on the hot seat like baseball players. Who hurt other people the most?

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