The title says it all… the A-Rod saga is FINALLY over! Hallelujah!
Hopefully this is the last post I will write about Alex Rodriquez… that is until the Yankees write him a check for $61 million and tell him to search for a job elsewhere. Now that I have had time to think over everything since his decision, it was time to write.
Last night, Rodriquez came to his senses and decided to drop his case against Bud Selig, MLB and the Players Association and accept his punishment.
As everyone knows I am not an A-Rod fan to begin with but obviously if he makes a nice play or hits a home run I will appreciate it. Then again I would do that for any player so it’s a moot point.
Now that he has dropped his lawsuit against Selig, MLB and the Players Association it signals two key points. The first one is that he knowingly took steroids and won’t admit to it and secondly, whether or not you agree with Tony Bosch, his story is starting to add up.
I once had a guy in one of my Psychology classes tell me once while I was still in college that A-Rod was god and the best player that ever lived for the Yankees. Now whether or not he was kidding (which I don’t think he was) is a different story, but to say he is a god and the best player to live and play for the Yankees I’m sorry that is just not accurate. First off A-Rod is neither of those things by a country mile. He doesn’t even come close to matching up to the likes of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Whitey Ford, Catfish Hunter, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, Mickey Mantle, Goose Gossage, Andy Pettitte among many other greats. Those players where great and legends for the Yankees but to say A-Rod deserves to be in that category is absurd. Let’s not forget the legends of baseball either, Stan Musial, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Ralph Kiner among many more (there are too many to name).
Look, I’m not going to sit here and tell you how to think about a certain player but when they receive a suspension for a full year and seemingly lie to the nation and the fans about steroid use how can anyone still consider him a role model for their kids.
Again, his decision to withdraw his lawsuit sums up the loose ends that he knew he used PED’s, lied and that Bosch seems to be a believable person (Some might disagree and that’s fine).
One last note is that when his suspension is over he will be turning forty by the time 2015 rolls around. Will he still be able to play competitively? Will his two hip surgeries finally force him to retire? Would the Yankees even want him back? Would any team want him?
Only time will tell but I know one thing for right now the A-Rod Biogenesis scandal is behind us.