Monday, February 09, 2009
Alex Rodriguez addressed the report that he failed a drug test in 2003 for the first time and boy did he draw some sympathy. First, he was apologetic and was as contrite as one can be when reading an attorney generated speech:
“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.”
But here's the kicker; he cited the pressure he felt coming to Texas after signing a $252 million contract with the Rangers as why he took the banned substances:
“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.”
Well, sure, one could find that reasoning to be somewhat plausible, but here's the problem with that. He stated that he felt "enormous" pressure after he signed a $252million deal with the Rangers, a team that plays in one of the smaller markets in all of MLB. Yet a little over a year ago he signs a $275 million deal with the Yankees, who play in one of the most difficult media markets in all of sport.
Yeah, that makes sense. One situation produced so much pressure to take an illegal substance, so I am going to put myself into a situation that will probably cause me even more stress. Maybe that's why he ran straight into the arms of 50 something pop singers. At least we learned something about Madonna; if she's dating a MLB player, they took roids at one point in their career.