Life is a series of decisions. This one was staring A-Rod in the face.
When you go to an MLB game and see Alex Rodriguez, he’s an automaton. He’ll do his standard machinations when he steps into the batter’s box, and take his customary deep breath. You don’t think of him as one who would ever sacrifice, until now.
He won’t garner a whole lot of sympathy for cheating with PEDs (baseball’s WMDs) while he was the highest-paid player in baseball. But he has come clean in a round-about way and America will forgive, if not forget.
The other choices were to be indignant (Bonds), defiant (Clemens), or evasive (McGwire). All three now are persona non grata with both MLB and their once-adoring public. Rodriguez took the path not taken, and for that alone, he should be respected.
Like everything Rodriguez does, this move seems very calculated. His unwillingness to reveal much in the way of specifics in the Gammons interview still leaves a bad taste. But, he admitted to a lot more than Jason Giambi, who continues to be popular in the baseball community.
Contrition is the key. This discussion, like any other from this generation in this sport, has a shelf-life. A-Rod’s playing career will almost certainly out-live it.
If anything, it opens the floodgates for many others to come forward who experimented during an era in which PEDs were overlooked by the baseball hierarchy and the athletes went untested.
Alex Rodriguez has stepped forward and shown some character in this February moment. Now Yankee fans, like myself, will expect our faith to be rewarded by him this October.