Well, I think a lot of us had a hunch, and today we got the confirmation. According to Sportsillustrated.com, “In 2003, when he won the American League home run title and the AL Most Valuable Player award as a shortstop for the Texas Rangers, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids, four sources have independently told Sports Illustrated.”
To me it’s not that surprising — it’s clear through the Mitchell Report and other books/publications/stories that it was rampant in baseball in the late 90s and early 2000s — that A-Rod would have taken steroids, but his response this week when caught up with at a Miami gym for a response is disturbing.
“When approached by an SI reporter on Thursday at a gym in Miami, Rodriguez declined to discuss his 2003 test results. “You’ll have to talk to the union,” said Rodriguez, the Yankees’ third baseman since his trade to New York in February 2004. When asked if there was an explanation for his positive test, he said, “I’m not saying anything.”"
Now I know that A-Rod probably wants to make sure he doesn’t violate any rules or anything like that by saying something that could hurt him later but common; if you really didn’t do steroids, JUST DENY IT.
So here we are again, another Yankees spring training where the initial focus will be not about baseball, but about steroids. Sad, very sad.