• Video Of A-Rod’s Press Conference Opening Statement

    Posted by on February 17th, 2009 · Comments (6)

    Here’s the video via SNY.tv:

    Gee, we never heard from that cousin during the “YESterdaysepisiode featuring Alex Rodriguez on the YES Newtork, did we ?

    Comments on Video Of A-Rod’s Press Conference Opening Statement

    1. February 17th, 2009 | 2:59 pm

      Here’s a log of what was said in the opening statement, for those interested:

      13;53;06 – “FIRST BARE WITH ME, IM A LITTLE NERVOUS OR A LOT NERVOUS SO BARE WITH ME A LITTLE BIT.”

      13;53;20 – “LET ME START BY THANKING THE YANKEES, MY TEAMMATES, OUR FANS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, THE FACT THAT YOU ARE SITTING HERE WITH ME TODAY MEANS THE WORLD TO ME. THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT AND EMOTIONAL. ON ONE HAND ITS EXTREMELY TOUGH TO ADMIT MISTAKES, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND IT FEELS GREAT TO BE MOVING FORWARD.”

      13;53;47 – “I KNOW THAT IM IN A POSITION WHERE I HAVE TO EARN MY TRUST BACK, AND OVER TIME IM CONFIDENT THAT AT THE END OF MY CAREER PEOPLE WILL SEE THIS FOR WHAT IT IS, A STUPID MISTAKE AND A LESSON LEARNED FOR A GUY WITH A LOT OF BASEBALL TO PLAY.”

      13;54;01 – “LAST MONDAY I BEGAN THE FIRST STEP IN THE PROCESS OF EARNING BACK TRUST WHEN I SAT DOWN WITH PETER GAMMONS, I DID SO TO ACCOMPLISH TWO THINGS, TO TELL THE TRUTH AND TO APOLOGIEZE TO MY TEAMMATES AND BASEBALL FANS EVERYWHERE”

      13;54;17 – “NOW THE NEXT STEP IS TO ADDRESS THE MEDIA ABOUT WHAT I TOOK AND WHERE IT CAME FROM.”

      13;54;24 – “ON REFLECTION HERES WHAT I REMEMBER. AS I DISCUSSED WITH PETER GAMMONS DURING THE YEAR 2001, 2002, 2003 I EXPERIMENTED WITH A BANNED SUBSTANCE THAT EVENTUALLY TRIGGERD A POSITIVE TEST. IN SEPTEMEBER OF 2004 I HAD A MEETING WITH GENE ORZA, DURING THAT MEETING HE EXPLAINED TO ME THAT I HAD BEEN AMONG THE PLAYERS FROM WHICH PEOPLE MIGHT CONCLUDE THAT I TESTED POSITIVE.”

      13;54;56 – “THAT WAS AS SPECIFIC AS GENE COULD BE, BECAUSE GENE STATED TO ME THAT THERE WERE A NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON THAT LIST WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE ACTUALLY TESTED POSITIVE. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE TESTS THAT WERE TAKEN IN 2003 WERE REQUESTED AND VOTED BY PLAYERS TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF A DRUG PROBLEM IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.”

      13;55;17 – “GOING BACK TO 2001, MY COUSIN STARTED TELLING ME ABOUT A SUBSTANCE THAT YOU COULD PURCHASE OVER THE COUNTER AND THEY ARE KNOWN AS, IN THE STREETS IS KNOWN AS BURLI OR BOLIE. IT WAS HIS UNDERSTANDING IT WOULD GIVE ME A DRAMATIC ENERGY BOOST AND OTHERWISE HARMLESS”

      13;55;36 – “MY COUSIN AND I, ONE MORE IGNORANT THAN THE OTHER, DECIDED IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO START TAKING IT. MY COUSIN WOULD ADMINISTER IT TO ME BUT NEITHER OF US KNEW HOW TO USE IT PROPERLY PROVIDING JUST HOW IGNORANT WE BOTH WERE.

      13;55;54 – “IT WAS AT THIS POINT WE DECIDED TO TAKE IT TWICE A MONTH FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS, DURING THE 2001, 2002 AND 2003 SEASONS. WE CONSULTED NO ONE AND HAD NO GOOD REASON TO BASE THAT DECISION. IT WAS PRETTY EVIDENT THAT WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WE WERE DOING.”

      13;56;18 – “WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD TO KEEP IT BETWEEN US. AND MY COUSIN DID NOT PROVIDE ANY OTHER PLAYERS WITH IT. I STOPPED TAKING IT IN 2003 AND HAVEN’T TAKE IT SINCE. I STOPPED TAKING THE SUBSTANCE FOR SEVERAL REASONS. IN 2003 I HAD A SERIOUS NECK INJURY AND IT SCARED ME HALF TO THE DEATH, I WAS SCARED FOR MY CAREER, AND TRULY MY CAREER AFTER BASEBALL, MY LIFE AFTER BASEBALL.”

      13;56;47 – “SECONDLY, AFTER OUR VOLUNTARY TEST ALL THE PLAYERS VOTED FOR A MAJOR LEAGUE DRUG POLICY. AT THAT TIME IT BECAME EVIDENT TO ME HOW SERIOUS THIS ALL WAS AND I DECIDED TO STOP THEN.”

      13;57;00 – “SINCE THAT TIME I HAVE BEEN TESTED REGUALRY, I HAVE TAKEN URINE TESTS CONSISTENT WITH MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND BLOOD TESTS FOR THE WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC. BEFORE I WALKED HERE TODAY I TOOK A TEST AS PART OF MY PHSYICAL AND ILL TAKE ANOTHER BLOOD TEST NEXT WEEK FOR THE CLASSIC.”

      13;57;17 – “IN THE DAYS AHEAD I KNOW THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DEBATE MY PAST WITH VARIOUS OPINIONS, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT MY FUTURE AS THOUGH IT HAS ALREADY BEEN DETERMINED, HOWEVER I REALIZE THAT THESE OPINIONS ARE OUT OF MY CONTROL.”

      13;57;35 – “WHAT IS IN MY CONTROL IS GOING OUT AND DOING THE JOB THAT IM BLESSED TO DO. SPRING TRAINING REPRESENTS A NEW START FOR ME AND A CHANCE TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP. TWO OPPURTUNITIES IM VERY EXCITED ABOUT.”

      13;57;51 – “IT ISNT LOST ON ME THE GOOD FORTUNE I HAVE RECIEVED FROM PLAYING BASEBALL. WHEN I ENTERED THE PROS I WAS A YOUNG KID, THE MAJOR LEAGUES, I WAS 18 YEARS OLD RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. I THOUGHT I KNEW EVERYTHING AND I CLEARLY DIDNT.”

      13;58;10 – “LIKE EVERYONE ELSE I HAVE MADE A LOT OF MISTAKES IN MY LIFE, THE ONLY WAY I KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THEM IS TO LEARN FROM THEM AND MOVE FORWARD. ONE THING I KNOW IS FOR SURE THAT BASEBALL IS A LOT BIGGER THAN ALEX RODGRIGUEZ.”

      13;58;29 – “AND TO MY TEAMMATES………………..(LONG PAUSE)…………….

      13;59;09 – “THANK YOU”

    2. February 17th, 2009 | 3:04 pm

      I wish they allowed follow up questions. This is not going to put an end to this controversy at all.

    3. Raf
      February 17th, 2009 | 3:06 pm

      I was hoping he’d go all “Howie Hamburger Dude” on them :D

    4. February 17th, 2009 | 3:15 pm

      Maybe he was doing it on the inside Raf? ;-)

    5. clintfsu813
      February 17th, 2009 | 3:34 pm

      I dont think anything Arod could have said would end the controversy or negative feedback from the media

    6. MJ
      February 17th, 2009 | 3:36 pm

      I dont think anything Arod could have said would end the controversy or negative feedback from the media
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      Nope.

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