I’m sorry, but it is the biggest story in baseball.
1. Selena Roberts, the reporter who broke the A-Rod steroid scandal, is still working on a forthcoming book regarding the controversial slugger. Here is a rather interesting quote from her editor.
“The book is still a work in progress,” said her book editor, Mr. Hirshey. “I assure you she has more drug revelations as well as other news. Not everything that Selena has on A-Rod’s steroid participation has come out yet.”
In A-Rod’s interview with Peter Gammons, he did say that Roberts may claim that he used steroids in high school, an allegation which he quickly denied. One thing is definitely certain, though—Selena Roberts is going to sell a ton of books.
2. Mark Teixeira’s reaction to the A-Rod scandal:
“I know he’s going through a rough time right now, and I think his apology said it all,” Teixeira said. “He’s disappointed in himself, he made a mistake and we’re all going to move on … I’m just going to open up my arms, give him a big hug, tell him I love him and we’re going to get through this.”
I guarantee you, once the season starts Alex Rodriguez is always going to be presented as the Yankees’ illegitimate son while Mark Teixeira will turn into a mini-Derek Jeter (in terms of likability).
3. Here’s Jason Giambi’s reaction to the A-Rod story:
“I think Al did the right thing,” said Giambi, who played with Rodriguez for the past five seasons. “I think it was enough pressure playing in New York without having to look over your shoulder all the time. … I hope he gets through this all right, because he is a good friend.”
While I accepted A-Rod’s apology, why are people saying at least Alex “doesn’t have to look over his shoulder” anymore? That doesn’t make much sense to me. A-Rod said that he didn’t even know he had failed a test until Selena Roberts told him that he did. Also, although he knew he may have failed a test in 2003 (he was told he “may or may not have tested positive”), he didn’t know that the results were going to be released—it was supposed to be under lock and key—and he hadn’t heard anything about the results since 2004, right?
So, how was he living with a “monkey on his back,” exactly?
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