Alex Rodriguez admitted Monday that he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-03, saying he did so because of the pressures of being baseball's highest-paid player.I'm biased because I'm no Yankee fan (instead I root for the Mets, blame my mother), but should anyone really be shocked by this news? Especially after Jose Canseco recently outed the Steroid Era (with the Mitchell Report nailing it later on) in that "Juiced" book. For years Alex Rodriguez has proven himself to be nothing but a phony--a ballplayer more concerned about his own greatness than that of his team. Is it any wonder why the Yankees haven't even made a World Series since A-Fraud put on the famous pinstripes?
"When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day," the New York Yankees star said in an interview with ESPN that was broadcast Monday shortly after it was recorded.
His admission came two days after Sports Illustrated reported he tested positive for steroids in 2003, one of 104 players who tested positive during baseball's survey testing, which wasn't subject to discipline and was supposed to remain anonymous.
"And I did take a banned substance and, you know, for that I'm very sorry and deeply regretful. And although it was the culture back then and Major League Baseball overall was very -- I just feel that -- You know, I'm just sorry. I'm sorry for that time. I'm sorry to fans. I'm sorry for my fans in Texas. It wasn't until then that I ever thought about substance of any kind, and since then I've proved to myself and to everyone that I don't need any of that."
The 33-year-old All-Star third baseman was regarded by many in baseball as the most likely to break Bonds' record of 762. He's already 12th on the career list with 553 homers, 209 behind Bonds.
People will naively congratulate A-Fraud for telling the truth, but this is the same guy who lied to Katie Couric's face (and the American public) about ever taking steroids just a couple of years ago. In other words A-Fraud is only coming out as a cheater now because he got caught. From his dismal postseason numbers to cheating openly on his wife to former manager Joe Torre calling him out for being "selfish" in his new book, Alex Rodriguez has been nothing but a disappointment and a failure as a Yankee. I'd say get rid of him, but considering that the Yankees are about nothing but making money these days, they deserve 9 more years of A-Fraud.