Archive for February 18th, 2009

Rodriguez Reiterates the Ignorance of His Youth

February 18, 2009

If we can learn one lesson from what transpired Tuesday afternoon down in Tampa, FL, it would have to be that we all make mistakes. When Yankee slugger Alex Rodriquez agreed to address the fans and the media yesterday about his use of a banned substance, it was obvious that he was resided in the fact that he had made a big mistake.

“I was young, I was naïve, and I stuck a needle in my butt to help make my muscles bigger,” he said. “Just ask my teammates.”

Rodriguez didn’t actually say that, although we would’ve loved it if he had. Just imagine the cameras cutting to a quick shot of his teammates who are in attendance as they nod their heads in unison. Isn’t that what this whole confession was about? Solidarity, being part of a family, and getting the team back on track!

Prior to opening the floor to questions, Rodriguez gathered himself for a moment, held back some tears, and said, “Thanks,” to his teammates. At that moment any one of those guys would’ve shoved a needle into their backside just to have the most embarrassing chapter of baseball history over with and get back to playing baseball. Unfortunately, as we have found out, it’s not that simple. Skipper Joe Girardi thought that his third baseman had shown remorse and that he did a very good job.

The media on the other hand remains largely skeptical. If possible, the battalion of reporters who were present would have uncovered every last detail of Rodriguez’ career beginning with his early days as a Seattle Mariner up to and including his current state of tumultuous affairs. Rodriguez claimed that the last fifteen months had been extremely hard for him since he has been preoccupied with matters that detract from the game he loves.

“I miss playing baseball,” Rodriquez began to say. “I miss….simply being a baseball player.”

After fielding a barrage of questions both general and some personal (including whether or not the injection hurt), Rodriguez responded evenly to the criticism. He spoke with an understanding that his career may never be seen in the same light again.

“Judge me from this day forward,” Rodriguez said as the press conference came to a close.