It is with a good deal of frustration that I once again must provide commentary on Alex Rodriguez. I usually try to avoid professing my direct opinion (and using pronouns for that matter) but honestly, A-Rod has now fully descended into the dreaded Bonds Zone.
Is there a bigger joke or punch line in all of sports than A-Rod? I honestly don't think so. He is a lying, cheating, disgrace to the game, and if — by some miracle — Bud Selig sprouts a set of balls, Rodriguez should be banned from the game for life. Obviously the chances of this are slim to none, but the situation has gotten to the point where it is an outright embarrassment to baseball that this pathetic excuse for a human being remains on a Major League roster. That being vented, lets get on to the latest episode in A-Rod's personal soap opera of disgrace.
A new book by Selena Roberts on Rodriguez has been leaked to the press. Of course, there are new steroid revelations. A-Rod took steroids in high school and with the Yankees, and partook in his consumption with fellow miscreant, former Yankee "pitcher" Kevin Brown. To anyone who has a basic knowledge of steroids and of those who take them, these new facts shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
Steroids are all over America's high schools and colleges. They have been for some time. In the high school setting, 'roids are about as easy to obtain as a bag of weed, and anyone who "dabbled" in their younger days knows that means they are readily available, sometimes easier to score for the under aged youth than alcohol.
The fact that the press — and presumably some of the public — bought into the bullshit A-Rod was spewing at his press conference, is more a commentary on how uninformed the sports world is on the topic, rather than the acting job A-Rod put on.
The only new bit of information Roberts presented that is at all entertaining is yet another nickname for A-Fraud, given to him by his teammates. Now we in the sports sphere have "Bitch Tits" — a reference to the physical alterations that steroids tend to impose upon the body. The image of his fellow Yankees calling him by this moniker is enough to make the most enraged baseball fan smile in the face of the most recent smut.
Beyond this, Roberts has merely confirmed what most already knew; A-Rod is a career long steroid user, a cheat, and a fraud.
The revelation that is truly most startling and troubling is the fact that A-Rod regularly tipped pitches to opposing batters during blowouts in which his team participated. Apparently, A-Rod felt that if he helped certain players improve their statistics in this way, they would reciprocate in similar situations. While the steroid information will grab the majority of the headlines, this is easily the most damning news about A-Rod yet, and considered in context that is quite a statement.
He tipped pitches? Consider the ramifications of that. On the surface, tipping pitches is unethical and is cheating. Regardless of the situation, this goes against the very spirit of the game, the essence of competition.
But lets take it a step further. In most cases concerning a blowout, a developing or struggling pitcher would must likely be in the game. Managers regularly use "garbage time" as a way to give rookies in-game experience and to allow veterans a chance to right themselves.
With A-Fraud behind them, these men never stood a chance. How many young pitchers were sent back down to the minors because of a bad outing in which Rodriguez was indicating what they would throw? How many veterans were released, or were denied further opportunities and the trust of their manager, because of Alex's deluded scam to eventually pad his stats?
It's bad enough to pump yourself full of chemicals, break hallowed records, and disparage the game. In essence, that crime — especially in Alex's case — only affects himself, as opposed to the a juiced minor leaguer who takes a position from a clean player because of his drug use. But by tipping pitches to the opposition, Rodriguez's ego and selfishness affected the success of his teammates directly, and in a very negative sense (as opposed to steroid use with ostensibly brings victories, however tainted). Tipping pitches is, without a doubt, completely unjustifiable and inexcusable.
Action must be taken right away — before Alex slinks his way back onto a major league field — to eliminate this problem at the source. One would think that Bud Selig would have learned his lesson after the whole of the baseball community was forced to watch Barry Bonds take a huge, steroid-laced dump all over Hank Aaron and his record. If Selig doesn't take action immediately, it will be far worse the second time around.
While A-Rod is a sports writer's dream he is baseball's nightmare. A steroid using, prostitute loving, pitch tipping, abomination, Rodriguez will only bring harm to the game the second he steps between the white lines.
On some level, I can understand Bud's reluctance to prosecute (in a baseball sense) over steroid use. The offenders are hard to locate in full, and any punishment laid on a single player will stink with an air of inequality. But lying to baseball and the press, buying prostitutes, and now tipping pitches to the opposition are more than enough indiscretions to warrant swift and drastic action by the commissioner's office to cut this growing cancer out of the landscape of the game.
When asked about Roberts' book, A-Rod — with his typical arrogance — responded, "I'm not going there."
Alex may not want to "go there" but Bud Selig must or he too should be removed from his position in the game.