Seriously though — reporters can’t get enough
Let’s talk about youthful indiscretion. Jon Heyman and Ben Reiter of SI don’t buy Alex Rodriguez’s notion that he was “young and dumb.” They think he’s trying to blame the steroid use on his age and immaturity rather than fess up and say, “I wanted to be even better.”
The thing is, it doesn’t matter what Jon Heyman and Ben Reiter wanted A-Rod to say. At the end of the day, he said what was necessary in order to look like a remorseful idiot (yes, that’s right). If he would have said, “I wanted to dominate, I wanted to be better than the best, better than the rest” — how do you think fans would have reacted? That looks terrible, I’m sorry, but it really does. No matter what Reiter, in particular, may claim, saying you’re young and dumb (he was 24-27) always works in your favor, especially with males.
Also, people seem to be forgetting that A-Rod admitted to using the drug for its “energy” gains and in the ESPN interview, remember, he said that he wanted something that would help him play everyday, in Texas. To forget that and act as if A-Rod attributed his steroid use solely to his youth is simply inaccurate (it makes for good copy, though).
While the press conference may light a fire under some sports writers, I can say with certainty that, after the conference, Alex looks better in the eyes of fans. Further, after continued criticism of every detail in A-Rod’s story, I can also say that fans will quickly become tired with the scrutiny and will grow weary of the holier than thou attitude exhibited by the media. Baseball is bigger than Alex Rodriguez, something A-Rod mentioned in his presser, yet the media coverage says otherwise.