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Alex Rodriguez, who anonymously tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 admitted to ESPN’s Peter Gammons of past steroid abuse dating back to 2001. Rodriguez joined the Rangers in 2001 after signing a then-record 10-year, $252 million deal.
In A-Rod’s words:
“When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure, felt all the weight of the world on top of me to perform, and perform at a high level every day,” Rodriguez told ESPN’s Peter Gammons in an exclusive interview in Miami Beach, Fla. An extended interview will air on SportsCenter at 6 p.m. ET.
“Back then, [baseball] was a different culture,” Rodriguez said. “It was very loose. I was young, I was stupid, I was naïve. I wanted to prove to everyone that I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time.
“I did take a banned substance. For that, I am very sorry and deeply regretful.”
My thoughts: The story of steroids in baseball has taken a tragic turn when the man that was to lift the game out of the Steroid Era ends up tainted by past steroid use. As for the 103 other players that tested positive for steroids in MLB’s anonymous testing program in 2003, they should all be named at some point.
We know that more names will be leaked, but baseball cannot turn to the next chapter without closing this one. They need to expose those names for the guys that didn’t cheat (whoever they are) at all. I will forever suspect people like Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, and other past Red Sox stars until they are cleared from that 2003 list.
Of course, there are definitely players not among the list of 104 players who did steroids in the past and will probably never be exposed.
Did A-Rod do the right thing in admitting to steroid use?
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