• And, The Talk Of Yankees Camp Now Is…A-Rod. Surprised?

    Posted by on March 2nd, 2010 · Comments (14)

    Everybody’s talking about Alex Rodriguez, the FBI, and a suspected HGH dealer. Check it out:

    Mike Lupica warns that A-Rod better tell the truth this time and not work off a script.

    Ian O’Connor writes that Alex Rodriguez’s steroid stain will last forever.

    George King notes that when “Rodriguez is involved, even the smallest issue has the ability to quickly grow into a colossal one.”

    And, there’s probably much more to come today.

    With six, you get eggroll. With A-Rod, you get all sorts of stuff, eh?

    Comments on And, The Talk Of Yankees Camp Now Is…A-Rod. Surprised?

    1. BOHAN
      March 2nd, 2010 | 9:50 am

      sooooooooooooooooo tired of hearing bout PEDs. everyone just needs to let it go. cant do anything about it now.

    2. BellaSakura
      March 2nd, 2010 | 11:08 am

      It speaks to the individual about how riled up they get over stories they know little about. No need to deal in hypotheticals unless you like that kind of thing. I can wait until I know something before analyzing.

    3. clintfsu813
      March 2nd, 2010 | 11:29 am

      The unfortunate bottom line in all this, a headline that includes “A-rod and HGH” in it is appealing to the newsmakers. Any sniff of a story like this is gonna have everyone clamoring to make it a even bigger story. Its their job. It sucks..but again its their job to make mountains out of molehills.

    4. MJ Recanati
      March 2nd, 2010 | 11:34 am

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      its their job to make mountains out of molehills

      That’s what their job may have evolved into — or, put another way, the incentives exist to reward such an approach — but it is most certainly not their job in the strictest sense.

    5. Rich
      March 2nd, 2010 | 1:12 pm

      This is a reflection of the obsessiveness of some mediots, as they project their psychological baggage onto A-Rod.

    6. March 2nd, 2010 | 1:23 pm

      What if it wasn’t A-Rod? What if it was David Ortiz or Manny Ramirez – both also caught using PEDs in the past, like A-Rod – who were now being probed by the FBI regarding the HGH doctor? Would you all feel that it’s just the media on a feeding frenzy if it was being reported and discussed in the news?

    7. BellaSakura
      March 2nd, 2010 | 1:40 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Yep, never got my panties in a bunch over any of this steroids mess whether it was Andy Pettitte, Jason Giambi, or Barry Bonds. Didn’t skip a beat when it was Manny or Ortiz either. So yeah, I would say that investigating over pontificating with zero facts should be the standard.

    8. Raf
      March 2nd, 2010 | 2:11 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      What if it wasn’t A-Rod? What if it was David Ortiz or Manny Ramirez – both also caught using PEDs in the past, like A-Rod – who were now being probed by the FBI regarding the HGH doctor? Would you all feel that it’s just the media on a feeding frenzy if it was being reported and discussed in the news?

      Sure. Would you think that this story would have the coverage it would’ve had if it were players like Alex Sanchez or Matt Lawton? Tom House himself has said he tried steroids in the 70′s. Where’s the hue and cry? The gnashing of teeth and rendering of garments over players like him?

    9. baseballbob
      March 2nd, 2010 | 3:17 pm

      While I do think the whole steroids (and especially HGH) issue is overblown by the media, I at least want the home run and top pitching records to be clean, and since ARod has a realistic shot at career home run mark, I’m hoping he’s stayed clear of the stuff since his admissiion of using PEDs with the Rangers. Otherwise, it somewhat diminshes what he and the Yankees have accomplished last year. It’s one thing for Alex Sanchez to get caught, obviously it didn’t help him that much, but for better players, I think steroids can make a bigger difference.

    10. Rich
      March 2nd, 2010 | 4:28 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:

      Of course, I’m not a hypocrite.

      Now let me ask you a question:

      If instead of an admission, Alex gave the same prevaricating excuse that Ortiz did when it was revealed that he used, do you think the mediots would treat Alex the same way, or do you think they would be as obsessive as they are over this marginal revelation?

    11. March 2nd, 2010 | 5:19 pm

      @ Rich: Interesting question. I doubt if A-Rod pulled the GNC card like Papi did that he have gotten the same coverage/treatment as Ortiz. But, that’s mostly because the majority of the media via A-Rod as a phony to begin with and, because of that, any “excuse” that he would have offered would have been seen as another phony A-Rod move.

    12. Evan3457
      March 2nd, 2010 | 6:40 pm

      Again; every member of the MLBPA owes A-Rod big-time because:

      1) His was the first name exposed from the secret list, and
      2) He was the first active player to admit to steroid use, however lamely.

      He will remain a lightning rod for the rest of his career, drawing attention and fire away from other players. Manny and Ortiz owe their relatively light handling to the fact that A-Rod took a storm of abuse and outrage a couple of months earlier. The media had spent a large portion of its energy, and summoning it all again at that level of vituperation was simply not possible.
      ===========================
      As for this issue itself, it’s probably not anything big, and I don’t really care one way or another.

    13. Evan3457
      March 2nd, 2010 | 6:40 pm

      Make that “admit publicly”.
      Giambi admitted it to the grand jury, or so the story is told.

    14. March 2nd, 2010 | 9:09 pm

      “What if it wasn’t A-Rod? What if it was David Ortiz or Manny Ramirez – both also caught using PEDs in the past, like A-Rod – who were now being probed by the FBI regarding the HGH doctor? Would you all feel that it’s just the media on a feeding frenzy if it was being reported and discussed in the news?”

      We don’t have to even do hypotheticals here. Jose Reyes – you know, the shortstop across town – used Anthony Galea, and has already met with the FBI. So has Carlos Beltran. I guess I missed all the handwringing columns from the New York writers about them.

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