At this point everyone and their mother has gotten a chance to see the Alex Rodriguez interview, so without touching too much on the specifics of what he I want to make a few quick notes:
- Obviously, this was a very well crafted public statement, in which he admitted wrongdoing but nothing too specific so as not further incriminate himself. I know it’s very common for someone in this situation to have an attorney present, however I was little taken aback by the number of times Arod looked over to check with his attorney before answering some of the questions. I know the guy has got a lot to loose, but this spoke volumes to me in terms of insecurity in what he said, and takes away somewhat from the message of sincerity that he was attempting to convey.
- I was also a little shocked by the unintentional vanity. It gave a little insight into the man. Rodriguez answered many of the questions in terms of awards and numbers, and very little about winning and losing. There was a lot of talk about where he was certain years in terms of MVP voting, HR totals, and consecutive games streaks. I believe he feels truly injured and is sincerely sorry for taking steroids, but I think maybe the reason he is so hurt is that it diminishes the value of his most prized possessions: his numbers and his awards. Maybe that’s the reason he seems not to produce in the clutch. If a home run is just one of the 800 or so you are trying to accumulate for your pretty little personal collection, something to polish and put on your impressive mantle, what does it matter if it occurs in the second inning or in extra innings? This might have spoken volumes about the man and his motivations.
-Who would have ever thought that Jose Canseco’s book would be the gospel? Everything that man has said or written about steroids in baseball has been right on the money. He’s batting 1.000 in outing players on steroid use. He has taken on all these guys who have questioned his credibility, questioned his facts, questioned..hell the messenger in general and proven them wrong. Amazing isn’t it? Who would have ever thought the man most responsible for restoring the sanctity of baseball would be the greasy guy from the Surreal Life who fought Danny Bonaduce on pay-per-view? Are we really going to look back forty years from now and be able to say that Jose Canseco is the man most responsible for saving baseball? Unbelievable.