I Want To Believe A-Rod, But....
.... I just don't.
On a surface level, Alex Rodriguez came off looking very good today. He was less evasive than in the ESPN interview. He offered the details that everyone craved. He made a big show (a 37-second pregnant pause) of conveying his appreciation for his teammates.
But there were also trip-ups, inconsistencies and phrases that sounded suspiciously like a crisis manager's talking points. (In fact, he reportedly had a crisis manager sitting nearby.) And at a fundamental level, Rodriguez is still leaning on the same naivety defense that he trotted out (less adroitly) in the ESPN interview. Here were a few specific things that bothered me:
1) He claimed the drugs he used gave him an "energy boost" but were otherwise harmless. (Later, he said, "I'm not sure what the benefit was.") But the drugs for which he allegedly tested positive -- testosteron and Primobolan -- are anabolic steroids that users typically "stack" in order to build lean muscle mass. Somewhere, there is a disconnect that still begs to be explained.
2) He kept returning to the theme of how young he was during the years he took the drugs, saying he was only "23, 24 years old." But in fact, he turned 26 during the 2001 season, 27 during 2002, and 28 during 2003. Not exactly a kid.
3) I keep coming back to this thought: If I were backed into a corner and had to come up with a story as to how I had acquired some steroids, I would come up with a close friend, or perhaps a cousin, who lived in a foreign country where said steroids might actually be legally available over the counter. And then I wouldn't name that person. And I would say I didn't know exactly what the drugs were, but knew them only by a street name, "bole."
To be clear: I'm not saying Rodriguez invented his story. But if he were to invent one, this one would be perfect.
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