Tuesday, February 17, 2009

"I knew we weren't taking Tic-Tacs"

That was the quote of the day from Alex Rodriguez.

We learned more specifics about how Alex Rodriguez used PEDs in the years 2001-2003, straight from the man himself.  But is he finally coming clean and telling the truth or is he orchestrating another PR canopy to shield himself with?

Apparently Rodriguez and an unnamed cousin took a "substance" from the Dominican Republic two times a month for the three years in question.  The substance had to be injected.  Rodriguez said he "wasn't sure what the substance did" for him and that he 

Kudos to Joel Sherman, a columnist for the New York Post, who asked Rodriguez one of the best questions of the afternoon, one that left little wiggle room in the reply.

Sherman asked Rodriguez how he, a professional athlete whose livelihood depends on his personal health, could have a substance injected into him by his cousin, who is not a doctor, a minimum of 36 times (2 times a month for 3 years) and not know exactly what that substance was.

Rodriguez looked a bit taken aback by the preciseness of the question, and after a moment to collect himself he said, "I tried to put the usage in a box for you.  Sometimes it was once a month, sometimes it was three times a month.  It goes back to being young and being curious.  When it started it was probably in the middle of '01 and ended in the middle of '03 when I realized after my neck injury that I was being silly and irresponsible.  And I decided to stop.  I was a young guy."

Young.  Young and stupid.  And naive.  Young.

To borrow from a caller on the 1050 ESPN Michael Kay radio show, if I had been playing a drinking game for every time Alex Rodriguez said he was "young" I would be in the hospital for alcohol poisoning.  

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