I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season.”
And on and on it goes.
Mistakes? Quite vague terminology if you ask me. Mistakes could mean anything from sending in a final blog post with a spelling error to getting into a fender bender. Cheating? Cheating is a choice, not a mistake.
But I’m not here to bash on A-Rod. I don’t agree with what he did, but at least he came out with an apology, even though it wasn’t quite the one we deserved. Would I have preferred he do a press conference at Yankee Stadium? Sure, but its his choice, much like utilizing the powers of the PEDs was.
Do you remember when A-Rod first made his splash in the major leagues? As a scrawny 18 year-old in a Mariner’s uniform, he broke out into the scene and displayed range and power in his first few seasons. In fact, he had better range than Jeter. He was the youngest AL batting leader at 21 years old. He was impressive in all aspects of the game, and then he miraculously bulked up. But he was still amazing…HOF-caliber, maybe. But we never will know, will we? And that is because of the PEDs.
So the PEDs were not just a mistake, A-Rod…they were a choice that ultimately got you caught. It lead to the downfall of the impressive young stud. We can’t even pinpoint exactly when the PED chaos began for A-Rod, but he made the decision and he kept making that same decision over and over and over again. At this point, a written apology won’t do anything.
So what does he need to do? He’s playing another season, but in many people’s heads, he cannot be forgiven for his indiscretions.
I am a die-hard Yankee fan and I love rooting for the underdog players. I love rooting for the players that come back and have something to prove to everyone. I love watching that and watching it all unfold as the season wears on.
But I don’t know what to do. I can’t root for someone who doesn’t even remotely seem sorry for what he has done. He might have apologized in a letter and I know apologizing out loud can be the most difficult thing for anyone. But he needs to.
So until the words are spoken straight from the mouth of Alex Rodriguez himself, he cannot be forgiven by the sport of baseball. Until we can stare into his eyes and see the true pain and guilt he feels for what he has done to disgrace the sport once and for all, only then can we truly forgive his actions.
So for now he’s not that kid who grew up loving and respecting the sport. He is not the player who impressed so many with his wide range of skills. Right now, he is the player who can’t own up to his choices and can’t just expect to be forgiven by one hand-written letter.