A Letter to A-Rod!
How are you? Weird day today, huh? Listen, I just heard that MLB has suspended you for the rest of the season and next year for your involvement in the PED scandal. Damn bro, 211 games is steep, especially considering that you have never failed a drug test and every other player who was involved only received 50 games. However, I guess it’s time to pay the price.
Whats that Alex? You aren’t going to accept the penalty? You will fight MLB to the end? From everything I’ve heard, MLB has a ton of evidence that you not only took PEDs, but you also helped other players find your source and then tried to cover it all up by offering to buy information to protect yourself. Are you sure you want to argue this ruling? I mean, yeah, 211 games is a lot and when you come back you’ll be about 40 and out of baseball for over 2 years, but at least you could still get paid on the back side of the contract. If you fight, this situation will linger for months and what has been one of the ugliest incidents in baseball history will continue. Your penalty could also be worse and you’ll be a huge distraction for your teammates. Oh yeah, I forgot, you only care about yourself. Sorry for the confusion!
Wait, whats that I hear? What the hell are you talking about Alex? You will be able to play during your appeal and you are coming back to the Yankees tonight?!?! You plan on making your season debut the same night you are suspended over 200 games?!?! Wow! Well this is a pretty rare situation. I know the Yankees need as much help as they could get. This season has been a bust and the Yankees have had the worse production out of third base in the league. They have also lost Derek Jeter again with another leg injury, and the team can really use a pick me up. However, do you really think the Yankee players and fans are ready to welcome you back? You have been an embarrassment and have done nothing but disrespect us all since this story broke. Also, the fact of the matter is that the last time we saw you play you were garbage and got benched. How can you help the Yankees situation and yours right now? Maybe if you were the old Alex I’d want you to come back, but I’m assuming you’ll be the non-juicing A-Rod now and I don’t see how you will be any better than the trash they are throwing out there now.
Hear me out a little longer Alex. Baseball is really mad at you. Almost every player in the league and every fan of the game hates you. You will be booed at every stadium around the county, maybe the loudest of all boos will be at your home games. You are quite rich from your lucrative contracts throughout your career. Chances are you were juicing the entire time you were playing, but hell, it led to a pretty good career so I can’t even say I blame you. However, at this time, I really think the best thing for you to do is go away. I think I speak for 99% of baseball and Yankee fans when I tell you that we’ll be ok if you leave. You’ve been exposed worse than any other player in the history of the game and though I do believe you will miss the game of baseball, I am quite positive that the feeling will not be mutual.
Alex, think of your peers. You have taken money out of their wallets, wins off their teams standings and attention and notoriety away from their stardom. You cheated to get to a point at which you were baseball royalty. When you were first addressed about rumors of steroids and yourself, you lied! Eventually you admitted to having done some things in your past but that you learned your lesson and had not done anything in a number of years. You told us you learned your lesson, that you were clean. How do you think anything you have done in your career can be believed at this point. After the era of Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens and the rest of the juicers from the 90’s, you were supposed to be the individual who cleaned up the sport by breaking all the records with your natural ability. You have always cared about what people thought of you and now more than ever, you are pretty much a joke. Take a bow and leave.
I’ve been in your corner before. When you basically won the 2009 World Series for the Yankees, I thought you had turned a career corner. You became a hero in New York, not to the Jeter and Mariano level but still you had gained our respect and admiration. As I’ve said earlier, I’m not even mad that you took steroids or HGH or whatever the hell else you have done in your career. I’m pissed that you won’t now admit guilt, go away and leave gracefully. You made your bed Alex, now it is time to lay in it. I don’t want to watch you play, I don’t want to hear about your misfortune and I certainly don’t want to pay the Yankees ticket money that will indirectly end up in your bank account. Please Alex, as a former fan of yours, you must walk away and never return.