Rodriguez was given an 162-game suspension back on Saturday, ultimately decreasing the 211-game suspension that Major League Baseball gave Rodriguez back in early August of last year. They let him play. Many hope those were his last games. Even if you still were rooting for Rodriguez to win the battle, many people's views were changed with CBS hosting 60 Minutes yesterday. Anthony Bosch spoke to the public for the first time and admitted that Alex Rodriguez has not only taken steroids, but that he has injected Rodriguez himself.
Nonetheless, Rodriguez has yet to back down. He knows that if he sits out a year that his career may be over. But, after two hip surgeries and many other injuries, why even continue your career? Rodriguez wants to prove that he can still play. He still wants to show people that he is that excellent hitter that he has been since High School, when he hit for some unbelievable average (Maybe he was juicing then. Nobody really knows.). He still wants to show why he was selected 1st overall. The fact of the matter is, he can't. That's what age does to you, in case Rodriguez does not notice that.
His suspension of 162-games just wasn't enough. The man has already been paid $425,231,352 over his career. He doesn't deserve another cent. This "scandal" is making Pete Rose's ban from the Hall of Fame look silly (he deserves to be in there). And Rodriguez still has a chance to come back into baseball. Pathetic.
This whole thing needs to be turned away from. That's what Rodriguez wants, attention. I know it is "newsworthy" to some people, but it is not to me. It is what it is, it'll be what it'll be, but it doesn't deserve what it is getting. Yes, it's a great story to follow, but it's about ruining the integrity of the game. The game that we all love. And I cannot continue to follow an overpaid cheater. I just can't. Baseball needs to realize that Rodriguez is dragging this out for a reason. He knows he has cheated. He has messed up. You just have to tell the truth. That is really what a true baseball player would do.
And now to Anthony Bosch. I'm really not sure what to say on the topic. He's been helping cheaters cheat for over ten years, but studying the "medical practices" of this horrible drug. He is an expert on cheating. I'm glad he came out to the MLB and the public, but he admitted that he would still be doing it if he wasn't caught. I cannot describe how I felt when that was uttered by the man. Destroyed. Heartbroken. The game I have been playing forever was changed by man's discoveries and tactics. And I know there are more out there. They better be watching. Bosch got off the hook for cooperating, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was much different for another "cheating expert."
And what else is there to say? Nothing much. Alex Rodriguez has cheated, whether he wants to admit it or not. He will still take it to court. He will still carry out his plans. But for now, Rodriguez should come out. Heck, he should've never done it! But, once you mess up once, you can only make it worse by telling a lie. Many people would agree.