7 Feb 2009
You may not have noticed, but I haven’t had anything to say about the Torre book in a couple of days. The reason for that is because the A-Rod chapter really bothered me. It bothered me so much that I put the book down for a day and then went and read it again last night. I wanted to take my time with my thoughts.
What I was going to say about it seems almost silly in light of today’s A-Rod news, but here it goes. It is clear that Torre and Verducci don’t like A-Rod very much. In the book they blame him for just about everything except cancer. Is it true the Yankees have sucked in the postseason since A-Rod arrived? Yes, it is. Is it true A-Rod has sucked in the postseason since he arrived? Yes, it is. But, I think you need to dig a little deeper than that. Start with the pitching. Since 2003, the Yankees have had mediocre pitching. Look back at the teams that won and they all had deep pitching staffs. Do you think not having that pitching matters in the playoffs? I would say absolutely.
Anyway, I was going to go on like that for awhile, but luckily I have a new topic to vent on. Apparently, A-Rod failed a steroids test in 2003. (BTW- if anyone is reading the book and doesn’t think it goes out of its way to bash Alex, please speak up) Here are a bunch of thoughts on this in no particular order.
1- This is a six-year old test that is just coming to light now? And, there are 103 other players who also failed. When are those names going to start leaking out? This would be a wonderful time for baseball and the players’ union to come clean and provide all the names. It will never happen, but it would be a nice thing right now.
2- I have no doubt the story is true. Four sources confirmed it and that seems more than enough to me. But, I also have a major problem with "unnamed sources" hiding in the shadows and destroying people.
3- Who knew about this list and more specifically, did the Yankees know about it? If so, why did they trade for A-Rod in the first place? It would seem to me that the only reason the Yankees would have traded for A-Rod if they had known about this was because they knew everyone was juicing.
4- How scary is it that the most credible person in regards to this topic is Jose Canseco?
5- I was really looking forward to seeing A-Rod break the home run record as a "clean" player. That’s pretty much gone now.
6- However, A-Rod was tested the past few years and for the WBC, which has Olympic-level testing and he didn’t fail once. How do we reconcile that with this?
7- This just proves what a bad job the Mitchell Report did. This garbage is everywhere and I am sick of hearing Bud Selig crow about how good a job baseball has done to curb steroid use. Bud, you and the other owners and players were running an athletic pharmacy for years. Cut the crap and admit it.
8- Alex absolutely needs to get in front of a camera in the next 24 hours and address this. Admit it or deny it (be careful if you deny it Alex, think of Clemens) but he has to address it.
9- Along the lines of #3, do the Yankees have a way to get out of his deal now? Maybe not his contract, but the whole "milestone home run" thing? It would seem to me that marketing home runs clouded by steroids is a losing proposition.
10- I am depressed now.