The Hill-Man's Blog

A-Roid gets emotional

If it's February, it must be time for a NY Yankee to hold an emotional press conference and admit to using steriods.  Giambi sweated a lot more during his...and Andy Petite told the truth...but those are really the only differences between years past and the FRAUD of an event I just watched at Steinbrenner Stadium.  They ought to replace the vaunted pinstripes with needles on the uni's down there.

Does Arod really expect us to believe the crap he was spewing today?  There is a formula for these mea culpa press events, and he followed it to the "T".  First, tell everyone how nervous you are, so we all feel sorry for you. Then, mention how every one of us has made mistakes, since we all can relate to that.  Third, talk about how naive and innocent you were when you made said "mistake" and, finally, get emotional when talking about the incredible support you have received from friends, family, fans and teammates.  And then, go back to your sport (or your job as a politician) and collect your paycheck.  See?  Its simple.  Except that, in this case, it's not over.

AROID expects us to believe that, as a naive young ballplayer, he took an "over the counter" energy booster from the Dominican Republic and that's why he tested positive.  As he was throwing his cousin under the Yankee team bus, explaining that this was all HIS idea, he casually used the disclaimer "here's what I remember".  Ah, yes.  That covers all bases (pun intended).  That is Arod's version of "to the best of my recollection".

We are supposed to believe that his cousin recommended some random, over the counter product from the DR, that he needed to inject in his ass, that he took for six month cycles, for three years...and that it was just a "mistake"?  That during those three years he "mistakenly" used Bolle', (as he told us it's called on the "streets" in the Dominican Republic), he put up the best numbers of his career, but he is not really sure that it had any effect?  It was, after all, just an "energy booster".

Sorry, Alex.  As the saying goes, I was born during a night game...but not last night.  You want us to "judge you from this point forward"?  Then, be honest.  Tell the truth.  As the other saying goes, "it will set you free".  Until then, you are just another liar who got caught.  And, by the way, if you don't think every one of those 200 reporters left that room and is heading out, with cash, to prove you aren't telling the truth, then you truly are a "naive young ballplayer".  I'm sad to say I am pretty sure we haven't heard the last of this.  My gut says Sports Illustrated has reporters on the plane to the Dominican right now....looking for Mr. A-Fraud's cousin.

My favorite part of today was when he got choked up thanking his teammates...you know, the guys that Joe Torre said in his book called him "A-fraud".  I counted...he couldn't speak for 39 seconds because he was so "emotional".  If his teammates cared so much, where were they all?  Petite was there but that is self-explanatory.  Save the tears, Alex.  You are going to need them for the next couple of apologies.

There is one thing he said that I agree with 100%- "baseball is bigger than Alex Rodriguez."  I just wonder if he really believes that one, also.