On deck: Alex Rodriguez
Hope you weren’t looking to find updates on Kyle Anson or George Kontos today.
You can start the clock on the Alex Rodriguez countdown. At 1:30 p.m., A-Rod will settle behind a table in the converted picnic tent behind the left field grandstand at George M. Steinbrenner Field, holding his first press conference since admitting to using banned substances. ESPN has been running this sound bite ad nauseum:
“I was young. I was stupid. I was naive. And I wanted to prove to
everyone that, you know, I was worth being one of the greatest players
of all time. And I did take a banned substance. You know, for that I’m
very sorry and deeply regretful.”
Can Rodriguez say more? What do the Yankees need him to say? What do the fans and media want to hear? These are all questions that will be answered, to some degree, by the time night falls upon Tampa.
It will be A-Rod’s prerogative if he wants to give a blow-by-blow account of his Texas years. He’s not under oath and the structure that the Yankees use to serve burgers during exhibition games is most certainly not a court of law. But there were questions dodged during the Gammons interview.
I do wonder about his comment to Gammons that it was “pretty accurate” that he used during 2001-03. Are we really sure he didn’t use anything with the Yankees? How about the Mariners? If A-Rod felt pressure to live up to the contract with Texas, is it out of the realm of possibility he felt pressure to get the contract in the first place?
I also find it difficult to believe that a player so meticulous about what he puts in his body – the man knows every calorie in a piece of grilled chicken – would just take a banned substance, no questions asked, without knowing what it was. These are just a couple of the thoughts that have rattled around since the ESPN interview.
So, what do you want to hear A-Rod say? What do you need to know from all this? Or are you just ready for Alex to hike up his socks and go play third base?