Who’s next?

Big news today from fashion site Marie Claire: “Madonna’s ex-boyfriend ‘tested positive for steroids’” Whoa.

Wait, that’s A-Rod? Eh, never mind then.

Alex Rodriguez (allegedly) did steroids? Excuse me while I stifle my bewilderment.

Oh, that’s not to deny that it wasn’t a bombshell that fell over the weekend, thanks to Sports Illustrated’s Selena Roberts, who brought us an altogether juicy, fascinating, and ultimately incriminating story that will have legs well into spring training.

And then…

Not that all Major League baseball players should be assumed guilty until proven innocent, but at this point it’s going to take a lot of convincing for someone to prove to me why a guy I have an inkling about isn’t going to be the next name dropped.
A-Rod, check. Who’s next?
Any Red Sox fan with the audacity to revel in the news surrounding Rodriguez, had better grip onto something should the remainder of those 103 names ever be released. We all have our suspicions of certain guys, of course, which isn’t to necessarily lump them into the “list.” But to be honest, I’m tired of living in assumptions and bygones. At this point, I want facts. I want names.
Otherwise, I’ll just go on with my presuppositions about certain guys. You tell me which is fairer.
Foxsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal writes that when he told his 17-year-old son – oddly enough not a baseball fan considering his dad’s passion for the game- about A-Rod on Saturday, he wasn’t exactly bowled over.
“If I’ve heard of him, he used steroids,” Rosenthal writes for his son’s answer.
There you have it, Bud. Nice game you’ve run here.
One thing that struck me yesterday after seeing clips of the now-infamous “60 Minutes” interview with Katie Couric again is that when Rodriguez denies ever having taken steroids, he says, “no,” but slightly nods his head, “yes.” I mean, I no body language expert or anything, but it doesn’t take a genius…

Does this mean anything for A-Rod and his legacy? Andy Pettitte has already shown us all it takes is a simple, vague apology and all will be forgiven. Roger Clemens has shown us that these allegations can ruin your entire life.
Which way does A-Rod go? Is he the needy player who wants everyone to love him? Or is he so stuck in ego that he’ll fight the truth?
Here’s the kicker in all this: Tony Massarotti is right; this all kind of makes us feel bad for the guy. The very same guy that New Englanders can’t get enough of kicking when things are down, is undeniably being unfairly singled out on a list that probably contains more than its fair share of eye-openers and kicks to the groins for certain ne’er do wrong fanboys. You want to start planning that “Ster-oids” chant for when A-Rod makes his first plate appearance at Fenway this season? Fine. Just don’t be a hypocrite and “Rodney Harrison” your own guys should one of their names be next on the list.
The real outrage in this report should be held for baseball’s wonderfully duplicitous and scum-sucking union brothers, including Gene Orza, who allegedly warned Rodriguez when his “unannounced” test would be happening. In 2004. So, for how long and to how many ballplayers has the union been blaring warning sirens? And how can we assume that they still aren’t doing as much today?
Instead of complete indignation for what Bud Selig, Donald Fehr, and the hundreds of cheating, avaricious athletes looking to make their next million, we’ve given up, satisfied to simply label it the “steroid era,” and move on to the next game, dreaming of opening our Cracker Jack boxes and maintaining the comfortable cliché of America’s pastime.
After all, with all due respect to Dr. Faraday, you can’t change the past. Why dwell on it?
But that’s precisely what we’re doing now in the midst of baseball’s latest scandal, which has once again landed in the laps of the New York Yankees. Normally, we’d celebrate this sort of dysfunction in the Bronx. But with 103 names to go, and public demand growing for the remainder of the list, you know it’s only a matter of time before the next name is “leaked” to the public. And you may not like what you hear.
But will you be surprised?

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