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August 9, 2013

A-Rod: A man without a country

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We’ll never truly know the reasons why A-Rod felt compelled to start using when he arrived in Texas in 2001, he claims it was he was because he felt the pressure of a contract worth $250 million, but we do know that he could have been an all-time great player without the PEDs. He chose the easy route, and all he got in return was hatred from the game he supposedly loves so much. I was in attendance in Rodriguez’s season debut Monday night in Chicago, and the vitriol he received during all four at-bats was unlike anything I’d ever witnessed at a professional sporting event. Rodriguez has fallen into a category with Lance Armstrong as the most disliked athlete any of us can remember.

A-Rod constantly talks about how much he loves the game of baseball, yet he has done so much damage to the game. He likely doesn’t think he has done anything wrong, similar to Armstrong’s continued PED use on his way to seven Tour de France titles. Rodriguez is the only player of the 13 suspended as part of the Biogenesis investigation to appeal the penalty instead of just accepting the 211-game suspension levied by Bud Selig and Major League Baseball. For weeks we have heard reports that MLB has more evidence on A-Rod than on any other player, so we can all imagine how this will ultimately end for Rodriguez.

A-Rod will likely lose his appeal whenever that takes place, and if you believe the reports swirling around that may not take place until October or November, which gives him 50 games to add to his already tainted career statistics, and make a run at tying Willie Mays with 660 career home runs. The difference between Rodriguez and Armstrong at the time of their respective scandals is that there is not one person who believes in Rodriguez’s innocence. Armstrong had all the good behind the Livestrong foundation that made millions of people want to believe in the cyclists words. Rodriguez has no such support. His own team, the New York Yankees don’t even want him around.

Rodriguez is a man without a country, and we all just wish he would go away forever.

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