A-Rod Press Conference Reaction

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If you missed it, a transcript is available here.

I believe Alex in regard to the extent of his steroid use. It seems perfectly logical that he started taking steroids in 2001 and stopped about when testing began. I wish that he would have owned up to knowing that what he was doing was wrong, but his explanation does make some sense in that regard. That was an era where players asked less about what they were taking, because there were no consequences to be suffered should you be caught.

Ultimately, whatever Alex said was sure to be criticized by the erudite likes of Mike Francesa, Billy Ripken, and Harold Reynolds. He did his best to explain the whole situation, and I hope that with some time, the story may fade into the background. Spring training has begun, and I am psyched for a great 2009!

0 thoughts on “A-Rod Press Conference Reaction

  1. Casanova Wong

    Ok two things:
    1) Who is that gigantic man standing far right in the photo? Is that humberto sanchez?
    2) Why didnt joba have to shave his gritbeard?

    • Moshe Mandel

      At first I thought it was CC at a weird angle, now I am not sure. And Joba is so good, he makes his own rules.

  2. Chofo

    I think it’s enough, he said a lot more of any PED user so far. The problem it’s his credibility. If you have to hire that many advisors to tell the truth, it doesn’t look genuine. You should tell the truth as integral part of your character not from an advice.

    • Moshe Mandel

      Yeah, I think the reaction will be mixed just bc Alex does not come across as believable.

  3. Chofo

    Do you know that in the Dominican “cousin” or “primo” (in spanish) is not only the son of your aunts and uncles? Actually you call that way a pal. I know this as a fact. So it could be anyone. Bad from Arod to introduce another piece of information that the press is going to be looking for.

    Enrique Rojas from ESPN Deportes, who knows many of Arod´s pals, doesn´t know any cousin close to him. http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/blogs/index?entryID=776494&name=enrique_rojas

    • Harry G

      Well Michael Kay said multiple times today that he knows A-Rod’s cousin, the guy always is around A-Rod, and that they took out Kay for dinner last year in Miami in the off-season. So all the people in the media who’re screaming “Why is he making up this cousin character, does ‘the cousin’ even exist?” Need to STFU and do some research. Problem is, most of these “reporters” wouldn’t be able to tell Phil Hughes out of a lineup card… So actulally askin some questions instead of sittin on their asses and making judgements right away is asking waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much…

  4. Sam Firestone

    I cant believe you go for this baloney. He didnt know it was steroids? Didnt know it was wrong but still kept it secret from players and team doctors/trainers? He started because of contract pressure in Texas but when he comes to the biggest pressure cooker in pro sports he stops? It was over the counter? In the dominican! Its not even attainable in the US with a prescription!! He keeps on apologizing for being young and stupid as if we are suppposed to believe he wasnt trying to cheat. I am ashamed that he is a Yankee and am shocked that you dont see through this obvious garbage. Take off your Yankees hat and be objective!!

    • Moshe Mandel

      No matter what he said, this would have been the reaction. Like I said, i think he should have owned up to knowing what he was taking, but apparently this stuff is in fact available over the counter in the Dominican. Why is it so implausible that he stopped once testing started? And he amended his didnt know it was wrong statement to saying that he knew it wasnt tic tacs.

      • Moshe Mandel

        And furthermore, as long as he’s not lying about when he used, which I have no reason to assume and plenty of negative tests that say he was clean, why should I care about his motivations and whether he knew or not. I’m not too desperate to figure out the motivations of A-Rod, just to know when and what.

    • Moshe Mandel

      Oh, and Avi, take off the anti-ARod hat and try to be objective. Buster Olney seemed pretty happy with what A-Rod revealed, as did most non-NY analysts without an anti-Alex agenda. Too much Francesa will fry your brain.

      • Harry G

        Avi? Who’s Avi?! Love your Fatcesa diss though… I loved how today before the press conference/circus, Francesa was interviewing Sweeny Murti from the tent, and asked Sweeny how long he thinks the whole thing will take. So Murti said basically that it won’t take as long as Pettitte’s last year, because there are so many reporters there and the Yanks don’t want it to get out of hand. Sweeny said that it wouldn’t even last an hour. (Jason Zillo had told multiple members of the media exactly that.) So Mike goes, “No way Sweeeny, I think it’s gonna be much longer than that, this is a much bigger story than Andy’s was. I think it’s gonna take much more than an hour.”
        DUDE!!! He just basically told U that the Yanks won’t allow it to be long at all, (the whole thing was a very short 35 min.) so why are U saying that “It’s going to take much longer than an hour?!” The Yanks WILL NOT ALLOW IT TO BE THAT LONG, yet Know-it-all Mike KNOWS it’s gonna be longer. How? Because if know-it-all Mike THINKS it SHOULD be longer, then it HAS to be longer, and it WILL be longer, even though facts suggest otherwise. What a pompous piece of arrogant ass…

  5. […] The Yankee Universe believes Alex and said it makes sense because they say it makes perfectly logical sense that he started in 2001 and quit in 2003 because of new penalties. […]

  6. Sam Firestone

    I have not listened to Francesa in months. I find him terribly boring on his own. These questions are legitimate no matter how hard you want to believe they dont exist and it was going to be the media reaction either way. That is silly.

    He is full of contradictions. He had no answer for why he kept it secret if he didnt think it was wrong. The best he could do was say good question. That is hardly an amendment. The over the counter argument is stupid as can be. He had to know it was illegal in the US or he wouldnt have had to smuggle them into the country through his “cousin”. You have no reason to assume that a liar and cheater is lying about when he used? Give him the benefit of the doubt that his cheating was neatly confined to 3 years in Texas and stopped right when he came to the biggest stage? You should care about his motivations because he is lying straight to your face!! and you continue to give him the benefit of the doubt. Ridiculous.

    I want this to go away as much as you do. I dont think we can win the WS without a very productive Alex. But dont ignore the facts. Alex comes off insincere because he is just that. Why does he need a pr firm and advisors to tell the darn truth? Or is it possible hes hiding a thing or two?

    As far as the media,they dont have an anti alex agenda. Its not the medias fault he makes theyre job easy by hanging out with strippers and maddona and not hitting in the playoffs. The media loves the guy. He is an instant story.

    I would love for it to be just about baseball but with Alex it never is. And he always compounds the problem with foolish comments and this time is no different.

    • Chris H.

      Motivation doesn’t matter — he did it and confessed.

      This isn’t a murder trial. This isn’t a hate crime. Intent doesn’t matter. All that matters is that he used them, was caught, and owns up to his use. It’s laughable to hear people searching for “motive.” Why does any player use steroids? They just want to hear him say the obvious out loud and he didn’t do that.

      Also, the numbers don’t lie when you examine them in relation to the steroid time line he has provided. His homers spiked in Texas and he barely missed a game. Those numbers were different from his Seattle days (pre-2001) and from his Yankee years (2004-on).

  7. Sam Firestone

    I am not even getting into the “Selena Roberts broke into my house” garbage. Now he says he misunderstood but really it was just a police report not a citation. But he told Gammons that he has the paper with him! Is he still young and stupid so he does not know how to read?
    And then the Katie Couric Baloney. His people set up the interview that now makes him look ridiculous,and he lied straight to her face and the rest of America! To smooth over this blatant lie he gives this BS psychosis of(enter whiny feminine voice here)I wasnt being truthfull to myself so how could I have been with Katie? If you cant smell this out you must be deaf in the nose.
    I really do hope this thing will end quickly. I root for the uniform either way but he makes it extremely extremely hard.

    • Harry G

      Dude, Selena Roberts is writing a book about A-Rod, she’s waitin outside his apartment for the past year, been diggin and diggin into A-Rod’s private life looking to dig up dirt on him, and she will make MILLIONS off of this book in which she will personally attack his private life. She is mean. What exactly has A-Rod done to her that gives her the right to do that?! And don’t give me the “That’s jouralism. She’s just doing her job.” bullshit! The media always hides behind that! Just because it says in some journalism rule book that a reporter is allowed to dig up dirt on someone, hope for him to fail, react with glee every time there’s an opportunity to criticize someone, doesn’t make it morally RIGHT! Even though some professor decided that it’s permitted to disclose private bad details about somebody “because that’s the job of a journalist,” doesn’t mean it’s right. It’s downright wrong. Writing stuff in public that someone doesn’t want in public is WRONG and mean-spirited. So Selena Roberts is allowed to do most of the above, and A-Rod isn’t allowed to say anything?! So she didn’t technically “stalk” him, but what he’s trying to say is that every damn time he comes home, this woman is standing outside bugging him, she’s digging up dirt on him, and for no other reason than to PROFIT MILLIONS off of him. So A-Rod is not allowed to attack her personally, but she’s allowed to profit from attacking him personally?! How the heck exactly does that work? She’s allowed to attck him personally, and again, not because she’s doin her job, but because she’s makin money off of him, but he’s not allowed to attack her? Oh, I get it, because the “rules of journalism” state that “don’t shoot the messenger.” WTF? Heck yeah shoot the messenger, especially when they’re someone who’s hiding behind that very phrase while their true intentions are for U to fail so that they can make millions off of you. She’s downright wrong. Very easy for U to attack A-Rod. What would you do if someone U don’t know, someone whom U’ve never done any wrong to, is looking for bad info on U and looking to damage your reputation. I know. U’d hunt them down and knock their ass out cold. Thought so. Well A-Rod has every right to diss her in public – Just like she’s dissing him. he does NOT have to apologize to her, but he stupidly caved under pressure from the media who knows damn well that he’s right, and are only protecting one of them. I guess Kevin Brown has no right to be pissed at Joe Torre, even though Torre openly makes him out to look like a bad guy and a baby in the book, because “He’s a journalist.” Heck his name is on the goddamn book!

    • Chris H.

      I’ll never understand why people are getting on A-Rod for lying to Katie Couric. What’s the purpose for admitting to steroid use out of nowhere, when there are no allegations against you? Yes, he lied to her, so what? It made sense for him to lie. I’m not defending his actions, but for those who are acting like they’re surprised that he lied, it’s absurd.

  8. […] The Yankee Universe believes Alex and said it makes sense. They say it makes logical sense that he started in 2001 and quit in 2003 because of new penalties. […]