In A-Rod We Trust…or Not…


A day later, I am still stunned by the developments revealed on Saturday regarding Alex Rodriguez and his apparent steroid use in 2003.

The last thing I wanted to see was vindication for Jose Canseco but here it is for him with A-Rod’s name smeared across every sports page in America.

I am troubled that A-Rod knew he had tested positive and he had to have known there was always the possibility the information would be leaked one day (particularly considering the ongoing government investigation and the case against Barry Bonds).  He had over five years to think about this day, yet none of A-Rod’s subsequent statements has given any hints of possible drug use. 

When the “A-Fraud” comments came out through Joe Torre’s book, The Yankee Years, Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter came to A-Rod’s defense…even Larry Bowa.  It will be interesting to see if they are so quick to come to A-Rod’s defense this time.

Alex needs to be honest about his past drug use, giving us some insight into why.  An apology for all concerned is expected, and it is up to him to convince us that the drug use did not continue.

The next few days will be very critical for A-Rod, and they will shape the future perception of him.  He has a chance to right the “wrong”.  Alex, it is up to you…


On the bright side, Yankees camp open on Friday for pitchers and catchers.  It will be great to see CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett arrive in Tampa.  The first photo of Sabathia and Burnett together with Chien-Ming Wang, Andy Pettitte, and Joba Chamberlain will be a classic.

It’s unfortunate that Joe Girardi will be beseiged by A-Rod questions, but hopefully, he’ll have the time to enjoy the presence of the greatest Yankee pitching staff in years.


Andruw Jones is clearly seeking a pressure-free environment.  By signing a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, he’ll avoid the media glare that would have accompanied a signing with Boston or New York.  But his chances of actually making the team are no less secure.

Andruw is a mystery to me.  In 1996, he looked like he was poised for a Hall of Fame career.  But by 2008, he looked tired and worn out.  He was offered an invitation to go to camp with the Yankees, which he declined.  When asked about Boston, he said “it’s too cold”.  That sounds like someone who clearly wasn’t up to the task of ‘trying to be the best, with the best’.  Good luck in Texas, Andruw…well, at least until you get the pink slip in late March…


Good for the Phillies in re-signing arbitration eligible first baseman Ryan Howard to a three-year, $54 million contract.  Ryan succeeded in achieving his desired annual salary of $18 million and the Phillies locked up one of their young stars through 2011.  It is going to be fun watching the Mets and Phillies slug it out this year…


Jane Heller wrote a great article for The New York Times today.  When all else fails, visit a psychic!  A very funny approach about predicting the Yankees’ 2009 season… 

I have started reading my copy of ‘Confessions of a She-Fan’.  So far, so good, except for the natural physique reference about A-Rod in the prologue in comparison to “those ‘roid guys with their cartoon muscles…”.  Oh well, he fooled all of us.  Jane’s book has that great, refreshing ‘we’re right there with you’ feel to it.  I am definitely re-living my emotions and feelings about the 2007 Yankees as I read the book…

And for the prediction?  I’ll go with Jane’s “Nope, I’m good”…





  1. juliasrants

    You have to wonder how many extra members of the media will be camped outside the Yankees spring training facility. I can imagine that it will be a distraction to the team. If A-Rod comes out and finally says the right things now it might help them. I would love to be able to be a “gleeful” Red Sox fan and hope that all these distractions will hurt the Yankees chances this season – but I can’t. These reports are too disturbing and cast a shadow over all of baseball. I hope A-Rod does the right thing; for the sake of his fans and the sake of his team mates and for the sake of all baseball.


  2. Jane Heller

    Yeah, that prologue in my book seems very sad now, Scott. But at the time I was convinced (and the beat writers were convinced) that he was clean as a whistle. Wait until you read the epilogue though. It’s scary how clairvoyant I really am. 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying the read. Also, regarding which teammates will stick up for A-Rod, did you read Bruney’s statement today? He says he’s 100% behind A-Rod. Who knew they were buddies?

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