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Deep thought: A-Rod getting hammered is due in large part to random dumb luck

Aug 1, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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Whether it’s via settlement or via arbitration, by the end of the day there is no escaping the fact that MLB is gonna knock Alex Rodriguez absolutely senseless. Maybe it effectively ends his career. It certainly will cost him tens of millions. No one this side of Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe has ever been blasted to the stone age like A-Rod is gonna be.

But it’s probably worth remembering that the only reason MLB is getting this opportunity is because its testing couldn’t catch A-Rod in the first place.

Really: if MLB’s drug testing program had caught Rodriguez with the Biogenesis drugs in his system, he would’ve gotten a 50-game suspension. Maybe two years ago, maybe last year. Either way, he would have already served his time and been done with it. There wouldn’t have been a broader investigation into his activities and there wouldn’t have been the chance for him to make 50 bad decisions since it started, which I am assuming has happened. Instead, he would’ve gotten the Bartolo Colon/Melky Cabrera treatment and would probably be playing games for the Yankees next week.

But it didn’t go down that way. Colon and Cabrera had the bad luck — which now looks like very good luck — to have been caught on days when the Biogenesis testosterone was in their system. A-Rod did not. That’s all that makes them different here. It’s what made them subject to the collectively-bargained 50-game sanctions and what put A-Rod into this odd world where MLB, with union approval, can go off-books in the discipline department and drop its bunker-buster on him.

That doesn’t change anything, really. And it isn’t some indictment of MLB or its drug testing system. Drug testing will never be perfect. You can’t test guys every day so some people are gonna fall through the cracks. And as such, arguments that these circumstances somehow render A-Rod’s punishment unfair will almost certainly fail given where we are and will definitely fall on deaf ears in the court of public opinion.

But it is probably worth remembering that, as we give Major League Baseball our “attaboys” for getting tough on Rodriguez, that it was only given the chance to due to the vagaries and randomness of random drug testing to begin with. If the pee-collection schedule worked out differently in the past year, we’d be having a very different conversation about A-Rod and drugs and stuff.

  1. mybrunoblog - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    John Heyman is reporting that Matt Stairs called Arod and told him getting hammered isn’t as bad as he might think. Stairs went on to tell Arod that there’s no better feeling than having that done.

    • dezglobal - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      No better feeling then getting hammered? I think I’d rather do the hammering lol

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        why’s everyone joking about pitchers & catchers? /scowls

  2. Jack Marshall - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    He is also getting slammed because Bud, weenie that he is, didn’t have the guts to go after Barry Bonds, and sat back with everyone else while Bonds was breaking records and celebrating the benefits of cheating. If Baseball and Bud had the courage to litigate with Barry to stop the travesty, Alex might have been saved.

    • blacksables - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      ‘everyone else’

      That key point in your statement kind of negates the rest of it.

      • Jack Marshall - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        No, it kind of doesn’t. Bud’s in charge—he’s supposed to lead. And the fact that people in charge tolerate or ignore wrongdoing doesn’t excuse it. I’m sure you have all the other PED rationalizations ready to go too.

      • blacksables - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        Acutally, I don’t, because I could care less about the issue. Suspend, don’t suspend them. Has nothing to do with me. At one time, I was all hot and bothered about Bonds and the records they were breaking. Then I realized how endemic the problem is, and realized my judgement was about Barry Bonds being a dick, and since I’ve never actually met him, it was my emotions talking, and not common sense.

        Since I took the emotion out of it, it’s no different in my mind then Rose getting caught, or the Black Sox, or guys retiring and taking lots of money, or leaving via free agency, or a GM trading off a popular player. I have my favorites, and guys I want to see on certain team, but that’s me. The players come and go.

        It’s about the game. First, foremost, and always.

        There will always be more players, but there is only one game.

        I’m not a fan of Bud’s in any way, but all he did is what ‘everyone else’ – your quote – wanted. Led into the prosperous time it has ever known, with more people around the world playing the game than ever before.

        I hate standing up for Bud, but he did what ‘everyone else’ wanted, right up until ‘everyone else’ wanted something different. Everyone has to make choices. I don’t agree with the choices, but the fact that teams have enough money to give out $300,000,000 contracts means ‘everyone else’ was okay with it at the time.

        Hindsight is a bitch. And completely unfair.

      • Alex K - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        Jack, Are people with ‘PED rationalizations’ any different than people with ‘spitball rationalizations’ or ‘stealing signs rationalizations’? I only ask because I don’t recall you ever answering how one form of cheating is different than another?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        I only ask because I don’t recall you ever answering how one form of cheating is different than another?

        He won’t, because it’s a slippery slope he knows he can’t rationalize his way out of. The same way we can bring up how Bonds/Clemens didn’t break any MLB rules since steroids weren’t against the CBA at the time. Then someone brings up the Fay Vincent memo, which we then remind that Vincent himself said was toothless due to the MLBPA having to sign off on it, which they didn’t.

      • Alex K - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        I’m very aware he won’t answer, church. I have asked him multiple times when he moralizes steroid use how it’s diiferent than other forms of cheating. I’m still yet to get a response. I’m going to continue to ask until I get an answer.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        Yeah I called him out on his bullshit about Bonds in a thread like 6 months ago, which he finally responded asking me to clarify. I did, then no response.

    • jkcalhoun - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      I’m curious about the nature of the litigation you would have found courageous (as well as ethical). Can you elaborate?

    • kcfanatic - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      If A-Rod retired today, MLB could not withhold any of his guaranteed money. If the settlement is going to end his career anyway he should just retire, and screw Steinbrenner out of millions.

      • Alex K - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        If he retired he would be screwing himself out of millions. He doesn’t get paid after that no matter how much money is owed him on his contract.

  3. blacksables - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Do you think not suspending Colon and Cabrerra, and other’s already suspended previously, was a deal made with the union to get them to support the other suspensions?

    Just seems strange that these are considered a second strike for those guys, as hard as they are going after everyone else.

    I don’t care about any of it really. I’m a Royals fans and we don’t have any players good enough to need to do steroids. And their statistics show it.

    • blacksables - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      strange that these are NOT considered a second st

    • jm91rs - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      I’ve been wondering the same thing. What if the records Bosch has shows that Melky took some sort of steroid along with the testosterone. They busted him for Testosterone last year (I believe), wouldn’t they try to bust him for the other drug in this deal?

      I feel like Colon, Cabrerra and Grandal are getting off easy here. I’m fine with that, it just seems that the way MLB was out to get everyone connected with Biogenesis, these guys should be feeling pretty lucky.

    • chip56 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Depends on what dates their records showed they were clients. If Melky and Colon were clients prior to their test dates then you’ve already suspended them for their involvement with the clinic. If the records indicated that they were clients after their positive tests – then they would be in line or a second suspension.

  4. dondada10 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Not to beat a dead horse, but following your argument Braun should’ve gotten more than 65 games.

    He did fail a drug test and then made a mockery of the system by getting off. He hasn’t apologized to anybody, including the man who he cost his job.

    A-Rod is gonna get 150+ games because of his hubris, among other factor. Braun should’ve gotten something similar.

    • clemente2 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      He only made a mockery of the system with people who not understand the system. Braun’s encounter with the the system last year validated the system.

  5. pugsley927 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Looking forward to the public lynching of A-Roid

  6. tfbuckfutter - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Looking back even further, it’s Alex’s bad luck that the sport could never punish Clemens and Bonds the way they deserved. And now they need a sacrificial lamb that will make the same impact.

    That said…..he’s a giant douchebag (Like Clemens and Bonds) so it doesn’t break my heart.

    • dondada10 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      I never thought of that. I wonder how the present day would’ve been different if MLB (of the FEDs)had been able to pin something on either Bonds or Clemens.

      • jm91rs - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        As of right now the only punishment those guys ever saw is not making the Hall of Fame (for now). I doubt players worry too much about that until their playing days are over. Had they been suspended for a large amount of games, banned, fined etc, maybe some more of these guys would have taken note. Of course players are always going to look for an edge so I’m not sure it would help.

    • cohnjusack - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      Why do only Clemens, Bonds and sometimes McGwire get singled out? Why not Fernando Vina or Matt Williams or Juan Gonzalez or any of the other hundreds of ballplayers who used steroids in the 1990s/2000s?

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        Because suspending Fernando Vina or Matt Williams isn’t the same as suspending the biggest name or names in the game?

        Because Clemens and Bonds were not only the biggest names, but also the most obvious abusers of the system. Much like A-Rod is now.

      • dondada10 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Bonds has the most homers ever. And in fairness, homers are the crown jewel of stats. Clemens has what, 7 Cy Youngs?

        The biggest fish need to be fried.

      • chip56 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Since all their playing careers are over the only thing that their PED usage impacts is their legacies. Matt Williams, Juan Gonzalez and Fernando Vina didn’t have any legacies…Bonds, McGwire and Clemens do.

        Even if there weren’t links between Fernando Vina and PED we wouldn’t be asking if he should go to the Hall of Fame.

  7. charlutes - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    “mercifully come to an end”. You guys sure hate all this steroid crap…better come to A-rods defense, then flip flop 400 times and write 100 more articles on nothing. I’d rather read about how being 40 gives you a sense of superiority.

    • dondada10 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      Nobody has every come to A-Rod’s defense. Craig’s defended the Constitution (damn liberals), but he’s never defended A-Rod.

  8. jayscarpa - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    It’s always the cover up that gets you in the end.

    • dondada10 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      …unless you get away with it…

    • spursareold - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Richard M. Nixon

  9. DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    The guy was on 60 minutes in 2009 (or was it earlier?) goign on and on about the mistake he made in 2003 with PED’s. And yet he kept going. How are we to assume if he got a 50 game suspension, that would have been the end of it?

    • jarathen - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      I always love when people say stuff like, “Yes, I used to habitually do that bad thing, but then I stopped for my own reasons/because something became unacceptable.”

      A-Rod’s claim about taking steroids only when he was mostly caught red-handed was such an obvious lie.

      • Alex K - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        But Pettitte’s wasn’t?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        The best part of the Pettitte denial/truth is that he was caught in an ADDITIONAL lie, and yet he still gets the benefit of the doubt. (For those who don’t know, Pettitte, after being caught, admitted he took PEDs only once to recover for an injury. Then he was asked again if that was the only time, and he admitted that he did it a second time as well).

      • clemente2 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Yes, Pettitte’s public situation so far is actually worse than A-Rod’s, yet no outrage. Lots of this going on. Lots of people rationalize it with ‘well, he’s a dick so he deserves it while this other guy is cool, so no problem’, but that is all only rationalization. Until all the users are condemned equally, the condemners are just using the PED issue to push other agendas.

      • jfk69 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Most people when caught say..I can’t believe this. It was first time. I like to correct them.
        IT IS THE FIRST TIME YOU WERE CAUGHT . Now we can begin

      • jarathen - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Pettitte does better in the public eye because people like him more. A-Rod is disliked because he’s kind of a weird self-absorbed bajillionaire. Pettitte comes off like a quiet, noble, team player. There’s also another difference but I don’t think it actually matters all that much for this discussion.

        I just don’t understand why these people cling to as much of a lie as they can, but I’m also not the kind of maniac that it takes to be a professional athlete.

      • Alex K - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        I was only pointing out that Pettitte got fully 100% caught in his lie (and then changed his story) and still gets a pass because he’s an “aw shucks” type of guy.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        I think it’s because Pettitte is so bland and everyone expects him to balk. Meh.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      You can’t be sure, but then you can’t be sure about anybody ever.

  10. theeasternfrontpage - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    “But it’s probably worth remembering that the only reason MLB is getting this opportunity is because its testing couldn’t catch A-Rod in the first place.”

    That’s not true at all. Even if Arod had tested positive last year, MLB could have suspended him for life, a full year, whatever to the extent that he was involved in recruiting people, continuing to use after his first suspension, and possibly, they would argue, any steroid use prior to his testing positive. If arod had tested positive and been suspended under the COB, that would not make it any more or less likely that this Biogensis lab would be uncovered and we’d still be where we are today. The entire premise of this article is incorrect.

  11. largebill - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    How much are the Yankees paying MLB to effectively void their ill advised contract?

    I ask that with tongue firmly planted in cheek. However, with teams doling out ridiculous contracts like A-Rod’s and now Pujols’ which they quickly regret but have to live with for ten years, players will soon get leery of the drug screening being used as a backdoor opportunity to erase bad contracts.

    • bigharold - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Especially when the same “sources” that are leaking to the press everything you ever wanted, or did want, to know about A-Rod are already saying that the owners want to add language to the CBA that will void contracts.

      MLB was getting pretty good cooperation from the union with regard to PED enforcement. The talk about voiding contracts and MLB going after A-Rod outside the JDA is going to end that. And, as you point out, this voiding contracts nonsense is basically figuring out a way to protect owners from themselves.

  12. sdelmonte - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    1. I am sure some people want more and more drug testing. And all that would lead to is accelerated efforts by the PED creators to make more drugs that would be invisible. Oh, and a steady whittling away of civil liberties.

    2. A-Rod really should have quit while he was ahead. The fact that he was caught before (albeit without suspension) and saw his popularity plummet really should have told him something. There is something amazingly arrogant, or amazingly stupid, or amazingly narrow minded, about a man who doesn’t learn from his mistakes.

    3. Pondering the utter irony: A-Rod goes to amazing lengths to use something to improve his performance and health. And yet look at where he is now. Anecdotal evidence that using PEDs is no guarantee of enhanced performance. (Though imagine how bad off he might be without them?)

    • paperlions - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      #2….ARod is getting hammered because he is a freaking idiot. He may be super talented and good at baseball, but the guy is a complete moron. Throughout his entire adult life, he apparently has managed to not become closely associated with a single non-idiot to give him advice or to even do research into PEDs to see what REAL benefits they may have (if any) for him as a player.

      He used in the first place because he is stupid.

      He kept using after being outed the first time, because he is stupid.

      And, he got caught now because he is stupid. Really, how big of an IDIOT do you have to be to visit Boesch and not run away as fast as you can? You have to be pretty stupid….because all of that anti-aging wellness peddling BS is just hokum designed to separate stupid people from their money.

      • ilovegspot - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        Want to see how dumb arod is just go see the picture of him kissing himself in the mirror.

  13. heyblueyoustink - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    If I’m ARod at this point, seriously, I take my money that I already have, go buy and island, populate it with mail order girlfriends, and bid MLB adieu.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      It’s startling sometimes how much you love money.

    • fissels - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      All that money won’t take away the pain of knowing that deep down he is a fraud

    • Gamera the Brave - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      …and mail order girlfriends!

  14. stoutfiles - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    He’s getting hammered not just because he cheated, but because they supposedly have evidence that he impeded MLB’s investigation, tried to destroy evidence, and has been supplying players.

    The other reasons are that the Yankees don’t like him and Selig doesn’t like him, which also aren’t random dumb luck. Alex is not very likeable.

  15. myhawks1976 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:36 AM


    I enjoy reading your stuff. I thought your boy in a candy shop posts from the All Star game was great.

    But damn dude, I don’t understand what it is you’re missing here. This isn’t about Alex taking HGH or Testosterone. If it was, he would have been slapped with his 50 gamer and sent on his merry way. Your an attorney, let’s examine evidence, circumstantial or not….

    A. Ryan Braun beat baseball, flaunted it, jumped on a soapbox and sagged his finger at it. He has lied repeatedly to everyone involved. You can’t tell me he didn’t become public enemy number 2 in Seligs eyes. He got 65 games.

    B. Melky, Colon, et al, were caught and got their 50

    C. Other players in the Bio ring are going to sit out the year

    D. Selig is skipping the JDA with ARod and going straight to his god powers with the “best interest of baseball” clause.

    E. The union, whether liking ARod or not, would be obligated to fight that tooth and nail on the precedent it sets alone, is NOT foaming at the mouth on those threats .

    F. ARod, a guy who is completely image conscious is considering accepting a 200+ game ban?

    And you think this is just about him taking a few shots? Come on now.

  16. chip56 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Honestly, this might be the most balanced column you’ve written on this subject Craig.

    I’m all for Alex getting banned for life if, as rumors suggest, his involvement with BioGenesis goes far beyond being a client; but I understand your feeling that the process up to this point has been unseemly.

    As we get closer to this suspension actually happening, more details about his level of involvement have started leaking out – that he was possibly steering other players to BioGenesis, his attempts to destroy records and subvert MLB’s investigation by doing more than just not cooperating – seem to give credence to Selig’s threat to use the “best interests of baseball” clause against him.

    Like you said, the system is not and will not be perfect – I’m sure that there are a dozen other BALCO’s or BioGenesis places out there and that there are current players who frequent them and have adopted a “that will never happen to me” mentality when watching what Alex, Braun and the others implicated are going through. But in the absence of perfection we aim for “best we can do” and MLB and the Union seem to have done that here.

    Once again though I go back to a question – do you think that if Don Fehr was still the head of the MLBPA we would have seen this level of cooperation between the league and union, not just in this instance, but in the CBA governing PED testing at all?

  17. coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Craig, you could have saved a lot of time writing the column by shortening the title to : AROD=DUMB

    Which he confirms every time his lips move.

  18. pokerchip1956 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    There are at least 3 differences with A-Rod’s case than there were with others, which justifies whatever he gets. First, if there IS evidence he used PEDs (even if he didn’t test positive), this is a repeat offense. Second, if the reports are true, he recruited others to the clinic (encouraging others to violate MLB rules). Finally, and perhaps most serious, and again IF the reports are true, he tried to buy the records from Biogenesis so they could be destroyed – basically, obstructing investigations. Finally, it’s worth noting that while Ryan Braun only got a 65 game suspension, he ACCEPTED his punishment without trying to fight it. A-Rod has been very vocal about fighting it to the end.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      You know your first point is wrong right? That this is his second violation. The failed test in ’03 wasn’t against the CBA/JDA because there was no JDA at that point.

      To your third point, how is that a violation of anything? First we have to prove he tried to do that, and with this evidence list of scumbags, that’s not going ot be easy. Second, everyone gets rid of evidence of their drug use. Couldn’t you argue that throwing away the needles after injecting yourself is “destroying evidence”?

  19. mtr75 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    This whole A-Rod thing is beyond ridiculous. He didn’t do anything worse than anyone else. This is all about Selig trying to make everyone forget that say there and cheered his way through the steroid era just like the rest of us did. He’s trying to wash a few things off his obituary when it comes. Nice try, Bud, but you’re just a cheap suit. You’ve done nothing to help clean up the game. This is all about you and saving face.

    And for the record, I’m a Mets fan (who would admit that) and I couldn’t give a crap less about A-Rod if I tried.

  20. mtr75 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Oh paperlions, spare me the self-righteous nonsense. “He used because he’s stupid.” He’s got $500,000,000 says he wasn’t stupid. Don’t sit here and tell me you wouldn’t have done the exact. Same. Thing. Give me the roads, give me a few hundred million, smear my name, call me a liar and a cheat. I’ll be at one of my dozen mansions if you need to reach me.

    • paperlions - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      No, he doesn’t. He has $500,000,000 that says he was very talented at baseball. There is no evidence whatsoever that any of his PED use helped his performance.

    • paperlions - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      ….and there is nothing self righteous in what I wrote.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        I love how other people use their moral positions to argue with others — who may or may not share that ethical stance. You’re full of it because *I* would do it. lol

      • paperlions - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        Yeah, people are awesome, and consistent, and superior, and smart, and also…none of those things.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        Oh, you know you love people.

  21. tjg25 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    It is an indictment of the player’s union though. What a joke.

    • clemente2 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      I do not think we know yet. The union is probably under pressure from a majority of players now to let the punishments go forward. Seems to me Braun and the others, especially the one who by rumor will get no punishment on the grounds they paid already, are getting off fairly easy, so maybe the union had something to do with that. And with A-Rod, maybe the union has been trying to help, has told him what it will do if the punishmnent goes certain ways, and then been asked by A-Rod to let him negotiate. I expect if he got a lifetime ban, the union would be all over it.

      So, we do not know.

  22. jfk69 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Bud Selig finally atones for getting caught in 300 million dollar baseball owners collusion case. Arod likes to think he is rich and it will be different. This the USA Arod…and there is always someone richer with an axe to grind.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Bud Selig finally atones for getting caught in 300 million dollar baseball owners collusion case.

      Wait what? A group of owners violates federal law and a player getting busted for PEDs atones for that?

  23. wjarvis - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Everyone says you can’t test players everyday, but in reality it’s not that hard to test players on most days if the league was committed to it. The harder part would be to get the players union to agree to allow it. For every team to devote space for a lab, buy equipment and hire the techs is not that expensive when you consider how much players are getting paid and teams are making.

  24. shipdog7 - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    The Yankees handling of A-Rod is and was pretty slick. As long as he is rehabbing the Yankees collect from an insurance policy against him. They know he won’t be effective coming back after the long layoff. Why rush him when an insurance company is paying his salary? So they waited until MLB suspended him or banned him.

  25. 1pt12era1968 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    ” If the pee-collection schedule worked out differently in the past year, we’d be having a very different conversation about A-Rod and drugs and stuff.”

    Oh, I don’t know about that, Mr. Calcaterra. How about THIS instead: If A-Rod had STOPPED using PEDs in 2003 when he SAID he did; or, if he had never used PEDs in the first place, as he had claimed on MANY instances before he got busted – THEN we would be having a very different conversation about A-Rod today. A-Rod CHOSE to use PEDs from the very early stages of his career and CONTINUED to use PEDs throughout his career – even after being busted. THAT is why we’re having this conversation about A-Rod. That A-Rod has perpetually LIED about it with the queasy élan of the best of sociopaths – and continues to do so – carries significant reason WHY he is so REVILED. Beginning and end of story.

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