Like Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds before him, Alex Rodriguez lies and deceit finally caught up to him. Now he is paying the price.
Yes, the Alex Rodriguez who wanted to cheat the system and hit 800 home runs and become the greatest player of all time has been disgracefully suspended by MLB for 162 games including the playoffs. A tragic end for a player who had the potential to be the greatest third baseman/shortstop to ever play the game. Does anybody feel sorry for him? Probably not.
His legacy is tainted beyond repair. He got caught three different times, starting in 2003 when he was one of 104 who tested positive in the 2003 survey test, as he admitted in a 2009 interview with Peter Gammons following a Sports Illustrated report, and a man who went on to vow at a press conference that spring in Tampa that he would never take the stuff again and to judge him “from this day forward.” Five years later, we know that wasn’t the truth.
There are some Rodriguez supporters out there. They think that he is being a scapegoat in all of this. Bud Selig was not the one who inject him with PED’s. A-Rod has only himself to blame for this mess. He is a cheat and will never go into the Hall of Fame.
So what is next for Mr. Rodriguez? He is going to take this to federal court which he has every right to. However, history is not in Alex’s favor. Either way you look at it, Rodriguez is still screwed. Not only is he suspended for 162 games, he might played his last game in MLB. Would the Yankees take him back or just cut him on the spot? If they indeed cut him, what major league baseball team would take him? Remember when Barry Bonds was a free agent? No team with a ten foot pole would want to sign him.
Who knows. But one thing is for certain, we have seen the last of A-Fraud for the foreseeable future.