A Little Advice for A-Rod

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Alex Rodriguez Plans To Appeal Arbitrator’s Decision

A-Rod, I have a little bit of unsolicited advice.

Just say, “My bad.”

You see, the American public is very forgiving. Fess up, take your medicine, and we’ll eventually come back around. Those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it – so what have we learned from history?

Jason Giambi said “My bad.” He took his boos and eventually, we stopped caring he was tied up in the BALCO scandal and he was even being considered for the Rockies manager position last year before he decided to keep on playing.

Barry Bonds did not say “My bad.” Look at him.

Andy Pettitte said, “My bad.” He was given a hero’s welcome.

Roger Clemens did not say “My bad.” He’s getting the Bonds treatment.

Mark McGwire did not say “My bad,” at first. He didn’t want to talk about the past. Then he fessed up, said “My bad,” and now he’s been welcomed back into baseball and is coaching in a Major League dugout. He won’t get into the Hall of Fame, but he’s not being run up a flagpole, either.

Rafael Palmeiro wagged his finger in front of Congress, then he got caught. He never said, “My bad.” We still don’t like him.

Ryan Braun stood at a podium, said he didn’t do it, threw a poor guy under a bus, stomped on him a little bit and smiled for the cameras. Then he got caught again, said “My bad,” a bunch of times and he’ll get booed for a while, but eventually even what he did will all be water under the bridge for him, too.

You see, Alex – we’re not naive. We know that players are taking banned substances. Players have been cheating in some way, shape, or form since the game was first played. We know there are guys on all of our favorite teams that are taking stuff that haven’t been caught yet. Heck, two Mets were caught in the same scandal you were. We just signed another one this offseason. Bartolo Colon said “My bad,” and he got a two year contract. Jhonny Peralta said “My bad” and he got $53 million this offseason.

We know guys are cheating. That doesn’t make it right. It still makes it wrong. I don’t like that it’s in the game, but if you’re going to get caught, just fess up to it, take your punishment, and move on with life.

What we really, really, really don’t like is being lied to and treated like we’re stupid. That’s what we don’t like about Barry. That’s what we don’t like about Roger. That’s what we don’t like about Rafael. That’s what we don’t like about you.

So do yourself a favor. Stop acting indignant and making a federal case out of it. Just take your lumps, take your suspension, collect the millions more you’re still going to make, and stop paying the lawyers. Take out a full page ad in the Daily News with your picture that just says, “My bad.”

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  • Julian

    At this point I think it is too late for him to say he’s “sowwy”

  • Captain America

    Poor Alex. Awwwwww. He can’t play this year and then when he tries to come back hopefully he will be horrible. Lose lose situation for the rest of his contract and the Yankees.

  • Benny

    Too late.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    What’s amazing is, that even if he’s out for the whole season, Yankees will pay him $2.83 million i think…

  • Taskmaster4450

    “He needs to answer the question why did he allow the abuse of PED’s in the game?”

    That is an easy answer: money

    Remember, the commissioner works for the owners and the PEDs made them a boatload of money.

  • BronxMets

    he was a car salesman what did you expect…he is a reflection of society as a whole.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Pancho, i agree. but that bridge with him has been burned already, the owners were not gonna go against him, they still allow these cheaters to cheat and still get contracts etc… it’s a shame how they’ve made a mockery of the game and act as if they weren’t part of it.
    Selig is the worst commissioner i’ve seen in all sports, and trust me, Gary B is terrible in hockey but this man, this man is just something else.
    I hope Mets fans and real baseball fans show up to booooo the shi* out of him wherever he goes for being a shi*** commissioner!

  • BCleveland3381

    Arod is finished from a PR standpoint. It doesn’t matter what he says or does. I doubt he ever plays another game. He’ll miss this year and then the Yankees will cut him and eat his contract.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    $63 million though… you think he cares??? I think he’ll be ok

  • BCleveland3381

    He cares about his baseball legacy. Absolutely I think he cares. Why do you think he’s going after this suspension? It’s going to cost him just as much in legal fees as his salary would cost by the time it’s all said and done. He’s got boatloads of money already. He wants to play and break Bonds’ homerun record. He’ll never get another AB in the majors.

  • BCleveland3381

    PEDs saved baseball. Attendance and TV ratings were way down until the McGuire-Sosa home run race. Baseball needed PEDs, Selig knew it. But he also knew he was going to have to go after them at some point. He ignored PEDs when he needed them and then went after them when he didn’t. In some ways it was really smart. Who knows if baseball would have ever been able to gain that popularity any other way.

    The downfall for the Steroid-era has been pretty bad. It’s put a focus on every record in the books for the last 25+ years. Every player that has a great year is suspected of PEDs. That will be a mess for the next guy to fix. Was it worth it in the end? I don’t know if we’ll ever know the answer.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Why do you think he’s going after this suspension?”

    Money… his legacy is destroy and he wants to break the HR record etc, but trust me, we’re talking about $28 million here, the yankees are happy NOT to pay him that amount, hell, they can take those $28 they were gonna pay him this year, put $33 more and tell him to go away, they might turn out to be the real winners here when all is said and done. nobody wants the drama of arod no matter how hard he tries, his legacy is over with.
    And btw, i Love Arod from the moment he stepped in the spotlight in 1996

  • BCleveland3381

    How much do you think his legal fees have cost him so far? I would bet a long court case could cost another 10 mil in addition to however much he’s spent already. He’s probably already spent more than he would have just taking his suspension.

  • mad met

    Yes he will and no they wont

  • mad met

    Yes he will ..he will drag teams to every coury every dif way possible other wise

  • mad met

    Just goes to show this drug program is a joke .all these guys are still cheating ..getting big contracts anyway.. now bud wants to pin one player just stop.. all records are tainted already .the past no longer matters right down to micky mantles magic vitamin b shot lol. Put a steriod needle next to the players names and move on. Any one caught today foward voids contract and life time band other than that its all bullshit

  • Nolrog

    They will eat his contract. A-Rod will never play for the Yankees again, and at this point, I’m not sure if he will play baseball again.

  • skyking26

    What an A-Hole! The longer he keeps this up, he’ll find himself in deeper and deeper in debt. Take your punishment like a man. Lying and cheating disgracing the game just makes me sick. Just wish this A-Roid will go away.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Wait, $10 million?? Is he on trial for murder or something? while i am sure they’ve cost him a lot of money, it’s not like he’s on trial ready to go to jail, let’s not make it out to be as if they’ll cost a fortune for defending him for not using PED, come on man…

  • Biggle Boy

    Big Fan,

    In A-Rod’s mind, he got your axiom for public forgiveness backwards, He thought it went like this: take your “medicine”, then fess up, and the public will forgive you. LOL

  • Shaun

    A-Rod is done. He’s probably been cheating since high school and at this point doesn’t even consider it cheating. I’ve been thinking about the situation though, and I can see the next CBA being very contentious. If I’m a part of the Union, I want very clear language about things like paying for evidence or penalties for obstructing an investigation. There were a lot of shady things going on here, and Bud showed that he’s willing to go the extra yard once you’re in his cross hairs.

  • BCleveland3381

    How many hours worth of work do you think his lawyers have been working? A drawn out legal battle in federal court would cost millions more. You think Arod is hiring from the bargain bin? Of course not. He’s hiring the best money can buy. I bet it’s costing a fortune. They aren’t going to care what he’s on trial for. If they are putting in hours and hours of work, they’re gonna cost a fortune. How long have his lawyers been working on this Arod case?

  • BCleveland3381

    Why would the Yankees allow him to be a distraction to the team? He isn’t going to produce enough for them to put up with the headache. It’s a ton of money, but the Yanks of all teams can afford to eat it. He’ll never play again. The 162 will be held up, he’ll serve the suspension, and when it’s over the Yankees will release him. He will be blackballed from baseball like Canseco and his career will be over.

  • Captain America

    I hope he is banned for life in the end and loses all the money

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    I don’t know the cost because i am not a lawyer so i am not even gonna speculate, but $10 of million? i don’t think it’s quite there.. that’s just my opinion!

  • jombee227

    Not medicine dude, food, take your food.

  • Metstheory22

    Guys with his ego and mindset, (Bonds, Clemens and such) will never admit to wrong.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Big,
    Rodriguez deserves everything he is getting and though it indeed is a witch hunt perpetrated by Selig to protect his own blemished legacy and that of the owners, the fact of the matter is that ARod also left a trail that enabled him to be caught other than through a blood test and more than just with taking the stuff but with obstructing the investigation.
    As said, he deserves everything coming to him but he deserves company not only with other players but more so with the hypocritical Bud Selig and the owners who didn’t exactly try to discourage players from using PEDs when it was drawing fans back to the ball park and bringing the game back to the interest of the fans in general with that home run race.
    What neither party involved apparently did not appreciate enough was that it wasn’t so much the performance that most of us were seeing that was the problem but rather that unlike any other sport, records and marks set in baseball are sort of holy to so many of us. That is why our outrage is so intense for it might not be a moral one regarding the individuals involved as it a moral one regarding the sacred scriptures that have now become meaningless thanks to what was wrecked by the commissioner, owners and their executives by turning a blind eye which was another way of encouraging it’s use.
    Before Congress Sandy Alderson said he had his suspicion with Jose Canseco but said there was nothing he or MLB could have done due to the CBA and the Player’s Union. This is not meant to single out Sandy on this but rather because he did testify it is to use his explanation before Congress to demonstrate how that argument has no merit behind it at all, because not being able to do anything and not ATTEMPTING to try anything are two different matters. If nothing less, MLB could have put pressure on the Players Union to address the issue even if it resulted in the Union wanting no part of doing so and leaving it at that.
    MLB didn’t. There was nothing in the CBA agreement that could have prevented them from approaching Union executives. They didn’t want to because just like it was enhancing the performances of the players, it was enhancing the profits of the owners.
    So Rodriguez is right when he says he is being singled out. But that doesn’t make him any less guilty. All it means is that so many others are not so innocent as well and should be taking the wrap with him as well. Perhaps it should start with a further investigation by the Federal Government into the owners role in all this – after all, there are laws regarding the intentional aiding and abetting of illegal drug use. Dream on, of course.

  • Taskmaster4450

    One of the articles I read said ARod is spending $1M a month on lawyers.

  • Taskmaster4450

    The union has to agree to those terms. That is the point of collective bargaining. The commissioner’s office cannot simply decide what the bans are unless it utilizes the “best interest of baseball” clause. However, even Selig didnt think that would hold merit with even ARod so I doubt it would fly with a guy like Byrd who was caught once.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Hey Joey you bring up some good points. The owner knew and didnt care. They were making money and that is always the bottom line.

    As for the aiding and abetting, you are completely off base. Unless the owners provided the PEDs or were involved in the process of acquiring or administering them, they were not aiding and abetting. Knowing it is going on and being a participant are two different things. Should the owners have taken a firmer stand? Of course. But are employer’s responsible for their employees to the degree that they should step in. Are Wall Street brokerage houses (guilty of many things) aiding and abetting one of its brokers who has a coke problem yet they ignore because he rings up big profits? What do you think happens in this instance? Money talks and everything else is chatter.

    We all know the owners do not care about the players. This is true in all sports. The bottom line is money and if a player produces (read puts fans in the seats) then all else is overlooked.

    The problem with baseball is it is the one game where statistics truly matter. Off the top of your head, do you know many points the all time leading scorer in NBA history scored (I believe it is Kareem)? How about the most NHL goals? Or the top passing years in the NFL? The answer for most fans is no. But we know numbers like 511 wins….61 HRs….7 no hitters…130 SBs. Also things such as 3,000 hits, 500 HRs, and 300 wins were barometers by which players careers were judged. Now, what do they mean? So in this regard, I agree that the game was forever “tainted” because of the PED usage.

  • Magic_Loogie

    Arod will never say “my bad”. The man is a classic psychopath, and as a group they never take blame, and have no self awareness.

  • Peter S

    I would actually take it a step further and just say the big F@&K you to everyone, take your year off and come back in 2015, sit on the bench and make $61 million plus for the next 3 years. He’s not the first and only one, why the hell does it matter to him to fight this? It’s not like anyone will all of a sudden sit there and say, “he’s clean and always has been.” So at this point, other than money, why fight it? And why play nice? Be Roger Clemens and disappear.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Task,

    Yeah, “aiding and abetting” was completely off base with this one – was trying to think of words to describe being aware of players use of prescription drugs for non-medical reasons and if they could be held accountable for any indirect inaction that encouraged allowing it to occur and could not come up with other than those words which were of course, totally incorrect. Maybe “complicit” would have been better.

    As far as comparing it to Wall Street Lawyers, don’t forget, we would be talking in terms of indirect encouraging of this type of behavior for it’s use was for financial benefit whereas to a broker the only benefit might be would be a split second quicker finger response to the PC to secure a transaction – unless he hit the keyboard too hard and broke it!

    Yes, we agree, what the players did not understand that for us, what they did was to taint the game. The best solution – and this is going to be an unfair one because it is going to involve many who were innocent as well – is to not to take away the personal achievements of anyone who played in a certain specified era – not even as a league leader (hence Barry Bonds still led the league with those 73) – and even put them in the Hall of Fame if one wants to – however, all their numbers should be confined to their own personal statistics and no record books, let it be single season or career marks.

    That way, though it is underserving, Arod is not on any of the all-time home run lists but can still be in the Hall of Fame if people want to be forgiving or not. Same with Bonds, Sosa, McGuire and I am afraid, newly elected Frank Thomas as well. It’s unfair – very unfair – but at least a compromise solution because for myself, the record books are that holy grail and though it will then not include some who deserve to be in there, at least we know those who are all earned it.

  • Just_Da_damaja

    The fact that Selig himself knew that the current method of testing made it impossible to detect HGH, but never opted for blood testing ( the only real way to test ) is proof that Selig was complicit.

    If that guy in FL never went to the Miami Times with that list of names, Selig would easily turn the other cheek.

    Since it went public, he had to go on a witch hunt to save face.

    He has no evidence on A-Rod that would stand in a court of law..

    That is unless u believe a drug dealer is going to save text messages sent to a client 3 years ago with details on illegal substances being used.

    A-Rod’s team never once got to question Bosch.

    They said they want ALL the details to come out for public consumption.

    The worst thing that came out of this was that Bosch stated that it is a cake walk to get around their test and most of the league is taking.

    You cant confirm or dispute that statement, so baseball and its integrity is under question as much or even more than it was in 1998

    The End

  • Biggle Boy

    Alex, if they want to tell him to just go away, they’d have to pay him $61M – he’s owed $21M in ’15, $20M in ’16, and $20M in ’17. I know the Yanks are glad to save $26M in ’14, but I doubt they’ll just give him $61M to depart said premises.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Im glad A-ROID is FIGHTING ….because it glares a big A– light on Selig and the MLB for their hypocrisys. Selig is only further staining his tenure here with this battle if he thinks this will window wipe some of the bird poop off of his MLB windshield he is wrong its only smearing it all over…And the supposed replacement look like he will be a trainwreck…they are making Alderson look capableof the job…

    And we all know Sandy loves his PED guys lol….He cant go a season without adding a juice monkey to the team…Last year it was Byrd this year its Fatsolo Colon

  • Just_Da_damaja

    Another elephant in the room…

    how do u know these kids in HS, College and overseas are not using this stuff too?

  • jason bay

    The Union has to agree to blood testing, so far they haven’t.

  • Just_Da_damaja
  • Just_Da_damaja

    After Selig appeared before Congress in January 2008, following the publication of former Sen. George Mitchell’s report on PEDs in baseball, the World Anti-Doping Agency issued a news release harshly criticizing MLB’s program. The agency oversees Olympic testing and administers a blood test for HGH.

    MLB’s program “has so many holes in terms of the way it’s administered that anyone who had an IQ no higher than room temperature could beat it,” David Howman, the agency’s director general, said in the statement. “Contrary to what they have told Congress this week, there is a reliable test for HGH; the storing of blood is practical, in fact has been effectively in practice for some time in World Anti-Doping Code-compliant testing. It’s time to separate fact from MLB fiction.”

    That statement was not without baggage because the the World Anti-Doping Agency’s test for HGH has never caught anyone. The current technology can detect growth hormone only within hours of its use. MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred called the news release an “unprovoked, inaccurate” publicity stunt. And in Selig’s defense, the commissioner cannot institute a blood test by himself. Baseball’s drug program is bargained with the union, and Selig would have enormous trouble pushing for more invasive testing. But that does not change the basic point that players can use HGH without failing

  • Big Mets Fan

    I’m glad you said it and not me.

    Robert Hare’s Checklist of Psychopathy Symptoms:

    1. GLIB AND SUPERFICIAL CHARM — the tendency to be smooth, engaging, charming, slick, and verbally facile. Psychopathic charm is not in the least shy, self-conscious, or afraid to say anything. A psychopath never gets tongue-tied. He can also be a great listener, to simulate empathy while zeroing in on his targets’ dreams and vulnerabilities, to be able to manipulate them better.

    2. GRANDIOSE SELF-WORTH — a grossly inflated view of one’s abilities and self-worth, self-assured, opinionated, cocky, a braggart. Psychopaths are arrogant people who believe they are superior human beings.

    3. NEED FOR STIMULATION or PRONENESS TO BOREDOM — an excessive need for novel, thrilling, and exciting stimulation; taking chances and doing things that are risky. Psychopaths often have a low self-discipline in carrying tasks through to completion because they get bored easily. They fail to work at the same job for any length of time, for example, or to finish tasks that they consider dull or routine.

    4. PATHOLOGICAL LYING — can be moderate or high; in moderate form, they will be shrewd, crafty, cunning, sly, and clever; in extreme form, they will be deceptive, deceitful, underhanded, unscrupulous, manipulative and dishonest.

    5. CONNING AND MANIPULATIVENESS: the use of deceit and deception to cheat, con, or defraud others for personal gain; distinguished from Item #4 in the degree to which exploitation and callous ruthlessness is present, as reflected in a lack of concern for the feelings and suffering of one’s victims.

    6. LACK OF REMORSE OR GUILT: a lack of feelings or concern for the losses, pain, and suffering of victims; a tendency to be unconcerned, dispassionate, coldhearted and unempathic. This item is usually demonstrated by a disdain for one’s victims.

    7. SHALLOW AFFECT: emotional poverty or a limited range or depth of feelings; interpersonal coldness in spite of signs of open gregariousness and superficial warmth.

    8. CALLOUSNESS and LACK OF EMPATHY: a lack of feelings toward people in general; cold, contemptuous, inconsiderate, and tactless.

    9. PARASITIC LIFESTYLE: an intentional, manipulative, selfis, and exploitative financial dependence on others as reflected in a lack of motivation, low self-discipline and the inability to carry through one’s responsibilities.

    10. POOR BEHAVIORAL CONTROLS: expressions of irritability, annoyance, impatience, threats, aggression and verbal abuse; inadequate control of anger and temper; acting hastily.

    11. PROMISCUOUS SEXUAL BEHAVIOR: a variety of brief, superficial relations, numerous affairs, and an indiscriminate selection of sexual partners; the maintenance of numerous, multiple relationships at the same time; a history of attempts to sexually coerce others into sexual activity (rape) or taking great pride at discussing sexual exploits and conquests.

    12. EARLY BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS: a variety of behaviors prior to age 13, including lying, theft, cheating, vandalism, bullying, sexual activity, fire-setting, glue-sniffing, alcohol use and running away from home.

    13. LACK OF REALISTIC, LONG-TERM GOALS: an inability or persistent failure to develop and execute long-term plans and goals; a nomadic existence, aimless, lacking direction in life.

    14. IMPULSIVITY: the occurrence of behaviors that are unpremeditated and lack reflection or planning; inability to resist temptation, frustrations and momentary urges; a lack of deliberation without considering the consequences; foolhardy, rash, unpredictable, erratic and reckless.

    15. IRRESPONSIBILITY: repeated failure to fulfill or honor obligations and commitments; such as not paying bills, defaulting on loans, performing sloppy work, being absent or late to work, failing to honor contractual agreements.

    16. FAILURE TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OWN ACTIONS: a failure to accept responsibility for one’s actions reflected in low conscientiousness, an absence of dutifulness, antagonistic manipulation, denial of responsibility, and an effort to manipulate others through this denial.

    17. MANY SHORT-TERM RELATIONSHIPS: a lack of commitment to a long-term relationship reflected in inconsistent, undependable, and unreliable commitments in life, including in marital and familial bonds.

    18. JUVENILE DELINQUENCY: behavior problems between the ages of 13-18; mostly behaviors that are crimes or clearly involve aspects of antagonism, exploitation, aggression, manipulation, or a callous, ruthless tough-mindedness.

    19. REVOCATION OF CONDITION RELEASE: a revocation of probation or other conditional release due to technical violations, such as carelessness, low deliberation or failing to appear.

    20. CRIMINAL VERSATILITY: a diversity of types of criminal offenses, regardless if the person has been arrested or convicted for them; taking great pride at getting away with crimes or wrongdoings.

  • jason bay

    As I said the Union has to agree to it.

    Everyone knows that but thanks for providing some supporting data.

  • Just_Da_damaja

    “For years, baseball players were skeptical of HGH testing because they weren’t convinced there was a reliable test for the substance. But things changed after British rugby player Terry Newton received a two-year ban for a positive test in February 2010. According to Michael Weiner, executive director of the players association, the union approached MLB shortly after that development and asked to put HGH testing on the table.”

    The union approached the league on testing

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7270181/hgh-baseball-new-cba

  • mad met

    Hank says other wise