Just when you thought it was safe to anticipate the upcoming baseball season without anymore controversy or media hysteria, The Golden Boy himself, Alex Rodriguez, turned in his pride along with his Hall of Fame accomplishments.
Pyrite, Cubic Zirconia, or “A-Fraud” after all.
So after a week of what seemed like a 24-hour A-Rod news cycle casting a shadow over the rest of the world of sports (college basketball has been GREAT, by the way) the most common question being asked is if he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame or not.
There really shouldn’t be a debate: The answer should be a grand slamming NO. You can’t honor a scofflaw, who lied on national television, a gold plaque and hang it up in the same room with the Henry Aaron’s, Willie Mays’, and Tom Seaver’s of the world.
However, A-Rod still predicts that he has another nine seasons left. If he can put up the necessary CLEAN numbers he was capable of recording before he felt the pressure to “live up” to the pressure of his $200 million dollar contract he signed with Texas, then he should get enough support to make it in.
Or will he?
Not one Hall of Fame voter who left Rickey Henderson off the ballot came out and said he neglected the greatest leadoff hitter of all time because of a suspected steroid enhanced career. Actually, those who had the audacity to speak up of their decision, claimed they didn’t like Rickey.
That cannot be good news for A-Rod, who doesn’t exactly get the kind of public endorsement that one would expect of a player of his caliber. Maybe he should see if Madonna could hook him up with an acting career. He can concentrate on obtaining an Academy Award or a star on the Walk of Fame, because the odds of getting enshrined in baseball’s mecca of a museum are looking bleaker by the day.
Besides committing to telling the truth, there’s only one remedy that could relieve the stigma surrounding his legacy. It’s the only thing Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Roger Clemens or anyone else couldn’t do after they were caught with their respective hands in the cookie jar: Win. And the more A-Rod could win in New York, the toughest town to earn acceptance in, the better off his Hall of Fame chances will be 15 years from now.
Of course, winning is always easier said than done. Especially in baseball, where we all know one guy, even if he is as good as A-Rod, cannot win you a tournament in October.
He said he never felt over-matched on the baseball field, so he went ahead and juiced up anyways. Some people just don’t know how to quit when they are ahead. Now he’s paying for it. If you want to write a compelling book on this guys life, then follow him around for the next 9 months. That’s one emotional roller-coaster that frightens me to even think about.
Good luck, A-Rod.