Saturday, February 7, 2009

A-Roid

Alex Rodriguez was a steroid user.

I look forward to the coming allegations that steroids cause choking.

8 comments:

Chris said...

Prediction, Pete Rose will get in the Hall before A-Roid(I like that Paul sounds like something I would have penned)

ahren said...

anonymous sources talking about a sealed list...

this is what sucks. there will never be a way of knowing if it's true (probably), and it won't ever matter to the vast majority of people.

imagine it's not true. how much would that suck for a-rod? you wake up one day, and randomly everything you've worked so hard for your whole life is suddenly tarnished and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it.

ahren said...

in my above comment, the "(probably)" refers to "never be a way of knowing" not "if it's true"... i realize it could read the other way. this is why i always copied paul's grammar homework.

PaulNoonan said...

If it's not true it does suck, but there are a few things that bug me more.

First of all, I'm not really against steroids personally, and any condemnation by me is targeted at the rule-breaking aspect, and not the use itself.

Secondly, I think the fact that this list was allegedly leaked at all is terrible. The guaranty of anonymity was what made the list possible in the first place. Should a similar situation arise in the future it will be impossible to get players to agree to participate.

Lastly, I suspect that the entire sealed list make it's way into the public sphere eventually.

A-Rod does have one bit of recourse, and if he doesn't pursue it, I suspect he is guilty. He has a rock-solid case for defamation if it's not true, and I think he might be able to get at the list to prove it.

Jon said...

why aren't you against steroids personally? anyway, if this is true (and i'd be very surprised if it wasn't) you have to admit it deeply tarnishes his place in history, if you care about that sort of thing. a few years ago bonds and a-rod seemed like 2 of the best players in history, now all we know is they were great players who made themselves supermen by cheating/breaking the law. i know previous generations of players did some sketchy stuff to get edges, but in my opinion not comparable to taking popeye juice. anyway i for one look forward to the entire list being leaked publicly, c'mon chipper jones one time!

PaulNoonan said...

I'm against breaking the rules of baseball, and I equate using steroids in baseball to using an aluminum bat (cheating), however, I don't view performance enhancing drugs as inherently a bad thing, because they are performance enhancing. There are dangers to steroids, but I think individuals should be able to make that trade-off if they so desire.

That said, I agree. If true, A-Rod's legacy is in the toilet, just like Bonds, and deservedly so.

DannyNoonan said...

I don't really think there are dangers to steroids any more. At least not for men. And there certainly wouldn't be any dangers if they could take them out in the open under the supervision of the most qualified doctors. Makers of these drugs would be able to really concentrate on making them safe as opposed to just trying to make then undectable.

Matt said...

Confirmed: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/02/09/arod.admits/index.html?cnn=yes