12 Dec 2000: Alex Rodriguez tries on his new Texas Rangers jersey presented to him by club owner Tom Hicks during a press conference introducing him to the media at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Gary Barber/ALLSPORT
A-Rod is now playing for the Yankees and told ESPN he stopped using drugs in 2004. "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," he said in a sitdown interview with ESPN's Peter Gammons.
In 2001, A-Rod inked a record 10-year 252 million dollar contract with the Rangers. He claims he used PED's to prove to everyone he was worth the money, "I am sorry for my Texas years. I apologize to the fans of Texas."
A-Rod won the 2003 A.L. MVP and home run crown. He never would say what he used during that time.
I enjoyed covering Alex here, but he has stained his name and I would say he will not get into the Baseball Hall of Fame when his name comes up five years after he retires from the game.
The New York press is just tagging him. One says the Yankees need to cut ties with him right now. The Yankees are stuck with A-Rod for another nine seasons.
This is the coming old hat, Yankee players using spring training to confirm PED allegations says the New York Times.