Can It Get Any Better? Peter Gammons interviews Alex Rodriguez
As if Alex Rodriguez taking steroids and earning the classic nickname “A-Roid” wasn’t enough, he took the time to sit down and talk with baseball writer Peter Gammons in Miami. The entire interview can be seen on numerous sites across the web but the bare necessities are all you need.
“When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day. Back then, [baseball] was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young. I was stupid. I was naive. And I wanted to prove to everyone that I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time. I did take a banned substance. And for that, I am very sorry and deeply regretful.”
I don’t know if I find this whole story as hilarious and glorious as most Yankee-haters, but I must admit that listening to his voice crack and watching him bleed his brain for the correct answers is priceless. What in the hell kind of pressure do you have with $250 million? My only pressure would be where to spend it and who to invest with. Other than that, just keep playing like you did in Seattle. After all, that’s what got you the world’s largest contract in the first place.
I may not have necessarily liked Rodriguez or the person he was (he always seemed like a tool to me) but I was comfortable with the realization that he would break the homerun record the HONEST way.
But with the adoption of the nickname, the admittance, the whole report blow-up, that’s all over now. Hank Aarron will always be the homerun champion in my book and I never even got to see the man play. Then again, watching someone like Ken Griffey Jr. break the record wouldn’t be so bad. But if Griffey was able to break it, would we refer back to the list of the 104 tests and find his name somewhere in there?