Thought Alex Rodriguez had a few image problems before this weekend? Guess again. A-Rod’s relationship with Madonna, visits to strip clubs, breakup with his wife and problems with Derek Jeter are all going to seem trivial compared to the allegations put forth by CNNSI today that he was one of 104 players who were caught taking performance enhancing substances back in 2003 — before MLB began imposing punishments for such infractions. The names had been sealed under court order. But somebody is now leaking them.
Yes, A-Rod is “innocent” until proven guilty and all that. So’s Roger Clemens. That won’t help his image problems and the threat now posed to his legacy in baseball. Hey, if it’s good enough to harm Barry Bonds and Clemens, what are these revelations going to mean for A-Rod?
And what to they mean for the legacy of the Mariners and their 1990s glory years? We’ve already heard, last year, from Shane Monahan, who suggested much of the M’s teams he played on were juiced up on something. Now, we hear that perhaps the biggest player from those teams in 1995, 1997 and 2000 was caught in a drug-testing sweep in 2003.
Does this change the way any of you will think of those teams? Or is it irrelevant?
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February 7, 2009 at 11:40 AM