So it started—coincidentally, just a few days after the National Baseball Hall of Fame vote was announced—a 4,810-word love letter about the rebuilt Alex Rodriguez in The Athletic.
“But people who know him say that Rodriguez is very different after he retired from the club,” wrote Jon Krauchinski, who reports on the Minnesota Timberwolves. NBA And the Vikings.
“They called it A-Rod vs. Alex,” Krawczynski wrote in The Athletic.
“A-Rod is a baseball player. He struggles with authenticity and discourages people with a deliberately portraying serious athletes, but in the end he appears dishonest. Alex is a businessman. When meeting with a mentor, he takes a lot of notes, spoils his teenage daughter, and laughs when someone like (Dan) Katz (Barstool Big Cat, his podcast partner) makes him difficult.”
OK. Maybe A-Rod will laugh out of this column.
Most of The Athletic’s articles are about A-Rod, the new owner of the Timberwolves. Most of the content also includes well-documented stories about the poor young Miami boy raised by a single mother (they overlooked the story of the family’s pennies) and how A-Rod became another victim of his father’s abandonment of the family .
How much money was invested for Rodriguez, the famous two-time steroid crook who was kicked out of a baseball game for one season?
Paragraph 11 briefly mentions: “The Yankees’ public enemy No. 1 has tortured the Twins in the playoffs year after year. A guy who has tainted his career through a performance-enhancing drug suspension?”
You won’t hear it again until the 50th chart in the story: “He also admitted to using steroids at some point in his career and was suspended for the entire season due to his role in the Biogenesis scandal.”
Followed by: “Although Rodriguez was sentenced by Major League Baseball in 2014 to the longest suspension period in history, he said that he looked inward and reassessed who he is and how he interacts with him. Human interaction. Since then, he has determined to make up for his mistakes and reinvent himself, and the ownership of the Timberwolves has taken another big step in this ongoing process.”
That’s it-enough to fit on the back of a baseball card. The last mentioned turned the lies and deceptions of his baseball business partners-his union brothers, and his team itself-into a redemption story.
The love letter appeared on Wednesday-two days after A-Rod’s name appeared for the first time in a 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame vote.
This is a nuclear vote, and the only one will be in the final year of voting for A-Rod and the two biggest cheating partners, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. It also included for the first time David Ortiz, a well-loved former Boston Red Sox designated hitter who, according to the New York Times, tested positive for doping drugs in 2003. The other cheaters in the vote were Andy Pettit, Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield (named in the Mitchell report).
As it happens, the only other player who quoted A-Rod in The Athletic story happened to be Ortiz-he was a victim and he sympathized with A-Rod’s struggles. “Handsome guys, big guys, powerful batsmen, everyone wants a piece of the pie,” Ortiz said. “He faces a lot of hatred against him. He has to endure a lot of nonsense. As far as I’m concerned, I just need to fight. He has to endure a lot of s—. A lot, man. This is a lot.”
This is what might end up being “a lot”-the possibility of A-Rod, he was the first year of his 10-year qualification, which ended in Cooperstown sometime during that time, and Bonds and Clemens, in the qualifications In the last year, he was turned away.
It’s not that anyone should shed tears for Bonds and Clemens-they are all liars, and their frauds should not be rewarded. Bonds admitted to using steroids in the grand jury testimony of the Balco investigation, even though he claimed that he did not know what he was taking. Clemens was nominated in the 2007 George Mitchell report on the use of steroids in baseball (please forgive me for believing that one was led by a senior federal prosecutor and written by a former U.S. senator who made peace in Northern Ireland Investigation).
For the ignorant, steroids have been banned in baseball since 1991. As far as the test is concerned, it was the players union that hindered them until they shamefully agreed after some of the most conspicuous people’s embarrassment. The MPs were dragged to Congress.
After denying the use of steroids in a “60 Minutes” interview in 2007, A-Rod admitted to ESPN in 2009. He was suspended for a full season in 2014.
But it’s as if that record has been erased on the media. In all the various reports about A-Rod’s business dealings, there is hardly any mention that he cheated twice and was actually prohibited from engaging in the business he was engaged in. Served as a baseball analyst for two networks on ESPN and Fox Sports at A-Rod.
As The Athletic pointed out, he is trying to reinvent himself. The media seems very willing to comply.
Bonds, Clemens, Sammy Sosa (also in his last year), Mark McGwire (failed in his 10-year qualification)-all of these are defined as cheating on steroids as much as their achievements, if not more . This is not a potential injustice here.
A-Rod is Al Capone among the baseball steroid crooks. It would be the most vulgar result to let him stand on that stage while Bonds and Clemens were turned away.
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