No doubt about it folks. The cat’s out of the bag now. Sports Illustrated broke the story Saturday reporting Alex Rodriguez, third baseman for the New York Yankees, tested positive for steroid use back in 2003 when Alex Rodriguez was with a different organization. Nice timing. Pitchers and catchers report next week to begin spring training, and it’s going to be a media feeding frenzy. While Alex Rodriguez has some issues to face, the Yankees stand to be considerable losers out of this ordeal.
Or shall we say, deal. Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees signed a big contract in December 2007. The agreement calls for a 10-year, 275 million deal, and Rodriguez is signed through age 42. This steroid issue, unfortunately, will always linger with Alex, and the Yankees are only in the second year of the new contract. It’s disheartening because the Yankees, prior to agreeing to the long-term deal, had envisions of him eventually breaking the all-time home run record currently held by Barry Bonds. It is Rodriguez who is touted to be baseball’s home run savior, like a John Wayne riding in on his horse. That was the idea.
Don’t get me wrong, Rodriguez may eventually break Bonds’s home run record, but will it have the same meaning? The court of pubic opinion will probably not weigh favorably, which trickles down to the Yankees, who just got their John Wayne dreams shattered.
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