A-Rod steroid use conversations have continued, and just may keep going until baseball season starts. The highest paid baseball player fielded some, and brushed off other detailed questions about his questionable behavior. The media has dug into Rodriguez, looking for a step-by-step full-cavity report of the exact details of each and every drug use.
Last Tuesday’s Florida media frenzy resembled how an angry, possibly certifiable person reacts to their lover cheating on them. Questions are pretty similar in both cases: “was it worth it to you?”, “can you tell me more about this person who did this with you?” and “exactly how many times did you do exactly what?”
The details can be juicy and interesting, but the point remains the same: he cheated. The guy is trying to avoid bringing anyone who helped down with him. He’s an athlete, not a public servant or an intellectual. The Yankee third-baseman owned up to his wrongdoings. He owes no detailed explanation to anyone. Rodriguez has moved from clean to corrupt in the running list of baseball player status, and that’s all that really matters.
Baseball players from Boston, of course, and all over the country have shared their preferred approach for how performance-enhancing drug use should be treated. Many players have chimed in support for strict strategy in order to voice their frustrations and/or look clean themselves.
The missing strong voice is that of Bud Selig. Since becoming the official Commissioner in 1998, Selig has not taken a really firm stance on performance-enhancing drugs. As the captain of the steroid ship, Selig has not been much of a leader.
Not since Barry Bonds broke the home run record in the summer of 2007, has it been so obvious that Selig has no idea how to treat the difficult issue of steroid use gone wild. He knows how to be defensive, as shown in his recent Newsday interview. Selig wants no blame, swears he knew about as little about the issue as A-Rod claims to know, and would like to divert attention to the progress he has made, not the opportunities he may have missed.
Selig has not owned up to his role (or lack thereof) in the troubles occurring under his nose through this saga. How did this anonymous survey result for one of the 104 players who tested positive get released anyway? Why is the word “suspension” being thrown around for A-Rod when it wasn’t for others who have admitted guilt to the same crime? What will come policy-wise from this revelation? Now that I feel like a nosey reporter, but with attention on the leader of the pack, I wonder most if Bud Selig is consciously just shrugging off his duties as he declines to be decisive in addressing the burning question: “What is the best way for baseball to handle this?”
Originally published on February 25th in Citizen News (Sherman, New Fairfield Edition)