Being a Yankees fan doesn't stop me from being rational.
I find Alex Rodriguez to be one of the most tragic figures in the modern sports era, especially since the MLB World Series was cancelled in 1994. It seems MLB's declined popularity after the strike of 1994 was a contributing factor for the league's lax oversight of performance enhancing drug usage. To be sure, Alex Rodriquez is one of hundreds of players who likely cheated over the past twenty plus years. In his case, however, it is very difficult for common man to understand why a person of such God-given talent would resort to PED's. Yet he did just that, lied about it multiple times, and did it again. I hope he has a great year for the sake of the Yanks and the $25 million they're paying him this season, but I find him to be a sad player that's hard to like.
Yesterday he reached the 3000 hit milestone, a feat accomplished by only 28 players (out of 18,000) in MLB history.
Yet, it feels somewhat fake. Wallace Matthews with ESPN captures my sentiments on A-Rod-
"Again, no matter what you think of steroids, there can be little dispute over another contention -- that the athlete who resorts to them feels that in some way he or she needs them to perform.
The sad fact is the tragedy of Alex Rodriguez has less to do with a failing of character than a failing of confidence.
At some point in his athletic life, A-Rod stopped believing in himself.
And as a result, none of us can ever fully believe in him -- or what he did on a baseball field."
- Wallace Matthews (ESPN)