Alex Rodriguez's admission to using steroids came two days after Sports Illustrated reported on its Web site that he was among 104 names on a list of players who tested positive in 2003. Back then, testing was intended to determine the extent of steroid use in baseball. The results were not subject to disciplinary actions by Major League Baseball and were supposed to remain anonymous or classified... Well..now it no longer is.
“Back then it was a different culture,” A-Rod said. “It was very loose. I was young. I was stupid. I was naive, and I wanted to prove to everyone that, you know, I was worth, you know—and being one of the greatest players of all time.”
“When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day,”
“And I did take a banned substance and, you know, for that I’m very sorry and deeply regretful. And although it was the culture back then and Major League Baseball overall was very—I just feel that—You know, I’m just sorry. I’m sorry for that time. I’m sorry to fans. I’m sorry for my fans in Texas. It wasn’t until then that I ever thought about substance of any kind.”
Rodriguez told ESPN on Monday he used banned substances while playing with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03 and that he didn’t do it before that and quit during spring training in 2003. He was traded to the New York Yankees before the 2004 season, and said he hasn’t used since.
Another dark moment for MLB.....