LADY AT THE BAT: The A-Rod Press Conference: What To Believe

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The A-Rod Press Conference: What To Believe

Alex Rodriguez said a lot in his press conference yesterday. Depending on who you listen to, he either was telling one lie after or another, he was somewhat truthful or he was totally truthful. I think he was somewhat truthful. Here's what I don't believe:

1. That he was "young" when he took steroids. He was at least 25 years old when he first took the stuff, not younger as he implied.

2. He didn't know if it worked, yet he kept taking it two times per month for three years.

3. That he really was emotional and on the verge of tears when he "tried" to speak to his teammates during his opening statement.

Here's what I do believe:

1. That he took steroids. The positive test proves that.

2. That this cousin does exist. I'm trusting Michael Kay on this one. He claims to have met the guy.

3. That he was stupid when he took steroids. Obviously.

So what does all of this say? That he's hiding something? That he received bad advice from his PR people? That he's so arrogant, he doesn't care what comes out of his mouth? No. I think that what Brian Cashman said after the press conference ended sums things up perfectly:

"I don't think Alex is very good at communicating, to be quite honest. I think anybody who covers him on a daily basis ... anybody who's been in that clubhouse and seen Alex trying to talk to his successes and failures in the baseball arena, he's not very good at it. I do think there's a degree of difficulty for him going into this circumstance. This is not something he's good at."



Anonymous said...

Alex did his best at the news conference to try to save his reputation and avoid future legal troubles. I compiled a list of the top ten doping excuses for athletes to help out the next one that gets caught.

Bernadette Pasley said...

Right now it's not looking like he saved his rep and avoided anything further. If today's reports are true, this is the beginning of the end for Alex Rodriguez.