If you have nothing to hide, there is no reason to run. There is nothing to worry about. At least that’s what people say. It only makes sense. You don’t have to compromise. You don’t say things like, “I want to make a deal”. You stick with your story of innocence.
Well, according to Bill Madden and Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez is ready to cut a deal with MLB to minimize the damage heading his way. It seems MLB has a stronger case against the Yankees third baseman than believed. The fallen star has maintained his innocence the entire time. If he really is innocent, there is no reason for him to compromise his stand, unless they truly have something on him. Unless he has been caught…again.
It is sad to see how a player considered one of the biggest superstars of his generation has completely killed his, what could’ve been, one of the greatest careers in MLB history. He had the talent. Steroids, PED’s do not give you the talent. It only enhances it.
According to the report, Rodriguez left the meeting with MLB officials on Friday “shaken up”. You don’t leave a meeting that way unless you are guilty. The deal could be for a suspension of 150 games. Personally, I think enough is enough and you ban him for life. It is bad for baseball to compromise with someone who shows little to no respect for the game. What type of message are you sending by compromising with someone who is doing, or has done, the very thing you are trying to get rid of in the game?
At the age of 38, it would be very unlikely that Rodriguez would be coming back to play the game at all if he were suspended for any amount of time. He is trying to come back from his second hip surgery. He is breaking down. He is broken down. Not just physically. He has to be completely broken emotionally as well. To see how everything that he has about to be destroyed by, not the media, not the fans, not the organization, but by himself, has to be taxing on his psyche.
There is no coming back from another infraction of the Joint Drug Agreement. You cannot ask for forgiveness yet again. Fool people once, shame on you. Fool them again, shame on them. The fans and MLB deserve better. This should be a lifetime ban if the evidence is as exhaustive as it is being made out to be. It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming days.