For just about two weeks I read an article everyday about how people didn’t care about Alex Rodriguez‘s quest for 600 home runs because he was a cheater (except of course the newspapers cared enough to remind me every day). Now that he’s hit no. 600, at least half of everything I’ve read says that it means nothing because A-Rod used steroids. The Daily News even reminded everyone with a tasteless back cover.
At some level they are right. A-Rod admittedly took steroids for years. My biggest problem with this is that they are singling him out because he’s hitting the most home runs the same way the media blasted Barry Bonds for years. With every article I read the same words pop in to my head over and over, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.”
What I mean by that is that sure A-Rod did steroids, but a lot of players did steroids. To single him out for something everybody did is unfair. So I thought, being a good Yankee fan and also having access to a popular Yankee blog that I would take this time to remind everyone that A-Rod isn’t alone.
Here is a list of players who, like A-Rod, decided that it was in their best interest to get a little help.
Here are players named in the Mitchell Report for PED use:
Paul Lo Duca
Gary Bennett Jr.
Here is a list of players suspended by the MLB for PED use:
Here is a list of players who have admitted to PED use:
Here is a list of players that in some other way have been implicated with PED use:
Gary Matthews Jr.
Players who used drugs that were legal at the time but have since been banned:
After looking at that list, the way I feel is that if A-Rod’s accomplishments get an asterisk than probably every game played for at least a 15 year span should have an asterisk attached to it as well. One hypocritical reporter who writes for USA Today proposed erasing all of A-Rod’s Texas homers, well there are a number of pitchers on this list who allowed homers to A-Rod during his time in Texas.
A-Rod homered off of Roger Clemens, does that one count? He also homered off of Paul Byrd, how about that one?