New Respect for A-Rod for admitting steroid use, less respect for Major League Baseball and Bud Selig

In an interview with ESPN’s Peter Gammons, Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance enhancing drugs as a member of the Texas Rangers. Rodriguesz told Gammons he used illegal substances between 2001-2003.

“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 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.

Rodriguez goes on to apoligize to his fans for his drug use.  The interview will air Monday at 5 PM Central on ESPN.

While other players have denied their steroid use to the hilt, Rodriguez addressed the situation head on.  I’ve been critical of A-Rod (yeah I’ve called him Pay Rod) because of his ability to hit with runners in scoring position.  I give him props for doing what Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Rafael Palmerio have been unwilling to do.

The real criminal in all this mess is never even questioned: Major League Baseball.  Every clubhouse in baseball knew what was going on, and they did nothing about it.  Baseball refused to put a performance enhancing drug clause in their collective bargaining agreement so in essence they signed off on it.  Selig and his crew enjoyed all of the sold out stadiums that resulted from all the home runs hit in the steroids era.  What a shame.

Where are all the people who were calling Jose Canseco crazy after he published his book Juiced?  Has he been wrong about anything or anyone?

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