A-Rod tested positive for steroids in 2003. He now admits he used them between 2001-2003 because he felt pressure to perform. Poor Baby.
He decided to come clean, confess all, beg for forgiveness -- because he was outed by a Sports Illustrated report. No attack of conscience involved in this story. He was exposed.
There are a variety of health problems associated with steroid use, including cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart problems including enlargement and thickening of the left ventricle, cardiac arrhythmias, heart attacks, and congestive heart failure. Among the possible side effects of steroid use is that men can grow breasts, experience a loss of sexual function and infeterility, and testicular atrophy.
As for the effect on personality, studies have reported that significant psychiatric symptoms including aggression and violence, mania, sometimes psychosis and suicide have been associated with steroid abuse. (Remember the wrestler murder/suicide?)
I don't care if A-Rod used steroids or not, that's his problem. He's a real jerk in my book. And I would say in somebody else's too. I don't think it's just a coincidence that this was released right now, when Rupert Murdoch is waging an "A-Rod For Saint, Joe Torre For Devil" war in that trashy rag called the New York Post.
Let's review for a moment, shall we?
1. Joe Torre, the best manager in all of baseball, is dissed by the Yankee morons, the Steinbrenner dementia gang, who decide to humiliate and demean Torre by slashing his salary, trying to force him to beg for the job.
2. Joe Torre said "So Long George." And was immediately snapped up by the Dodgers. Because they realize Joe Torre is the best manager in all of baseball.
3. The Dodgers do pretty darned good. L.A. Fans get excited, Manny comes over, people begin wearing their Dodger Blue, and dreams turn once again to World Series and Pennants.
4. Joe Torre writes a book and gets a lot of press. And politely says that A-Rod is a whining under-achiever.
5. Rupert Murdoch's whorehouse in New York begins a major assault on Joe Torre, just as they did so many years ago on Mike Piazza who also left New York for the left Coast, did so with dignity, and was greeted with great affection. The trashy rag the New York Post can't think of enough bad things to say about Joe Torre. How mean he is, how wrong he is to say anything bad about K-Rod the Saint.
6. Sports Illustrated reports A-Rod tested positive for steroids in 2003. There goes the sainthood.
A-Rod's a jerk. I hope he never gets into the hall of fame. Not because he used steroids. Because he's such a jerk.
And I hope he grows breasts, too.