A-Rod PED Interview Liveblog

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What a difference 64 hours makes. I went to bed Friday night in typical fashion, thanking the Good Lord for making me a Yankee fan, counting down the days until CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Mark Teixeira kicked off the new year. But here I am, less than three days later, getting ready to cover an interview in which Alex Rodriguez admits to using performance enchancing drugs. It’s almost like my baseball world has been turned upside down.

As we found out earlier today, A-Rod did in fact take steroids. From what we saw he took full responsibilty and was remorseful for his actions. He admitted to being young, stupid, naive, and giving in to the pressure that surrounds his life. Many people have have been in similar situations before him, but only a few owned up to it like A-Rod did. Love him or hate him, he manned up and did what was right.

ESPN is going to show A-Rod’s full interview with Peter Gammons at 6pm, and I’m going to liveblog it similar to the bits and pieces we saw earlier today. While we already now the principle topic at hand, I think I speak for everyone when I say that I want to see the full interview.


A-Rod PED Interview Liveblog (02/09/2009)
6:00
Hey everyone. Just waiting for this thing to start now.
6:01
Wow, they said the ful interview is over 30 minutes long.
6:02
They’re playing the same clip from earlier right now, where he explained that he did use PEDs.
6:02
[Comment From Mike]
I’m very relieved I guess you could say that he didnt drag this on very long and got it out now before they report
6:03
Yeah, I agree. It’s nice that he came out and dealt with this right away, rather than let it drag on.
6:03
[Comment From Masta Z]
Has Cashman or any Yankees Front Office personnel commented?
6:04
Not that I’m aware of, has anyone heard anything?
6:04
He’s now saying that back then, it was just about wanted to get it, no one really cared where it came from.
6:04
Gammons asked him when he got the wake up call.
6:05
A-Rod said he suffered a serious neck injury in ST back in 2003 and thought he would miss time.
6:05
And he was lying in bed saying “what am I doing to myself.”
6:05
He didn’t want to hurt not just his career, but his quality of life, and wanted to take control of everything.
6:05
He realizes he has millions of fans that won’t look at him the same.
6:06
He said it was pretty prevelant, and started experimenting with stuff that was banned when he got to Texas.
6:06
He realized that what he had was enough, and didn’t need any help, so he stopped.
6:07
And notes that he’s played his best baseball since, winning two MVPs.
6:07
He went back to the ST neck injury, telling himself not to be selfish and there’s no excuse.
6:08
A-Rod said he felt a need to “keep up,” citing the heat in Texas and the need for a boost to play every day.
6:08
He’s said repeatedly that he’s sorry and it’s his fault, and his fans have every right to be pissed. He also said he wants to influence children to do the right thing.
6:09
It feels good, coming out and being competely honest he says.
6:09
He looks like he’s ready to cry, like for real.
6:09
He said he was 100% clean when he came up.
6:10
He points out that 2007 was the best year of his career, and is proud that he did that clean.
6:11
Gammons asked him how big it was in Texas, and A-Rod said it wouldn’t be fair to single out only Texas.
6:11
He said he needed a push to get to the next level.
6:12
He said the first time he 100% knew he failed a test was when the lady from SI talked to him last week.
6:13
He said that Orza called him back in 2004, and he hasn’t heard with anything since. He thought that what he did in Texas wasn’t banned, which is why he said he never took illegal substances in his CBS interview.
6:14
Gammons asked him specifically about the Katie Couric interview. they’re playing the clip.
6:15
He said that at the time he wasn’t being truthful with himself at the time, so how could he be truthful with Katie? He said he’s hear to be truthful today.
6:15
He’s doing this to turn the page and move forward.
6:15
He said explicitly that he hasn’t taken anything since 2004.
6:16
He also guessed he’s been tested about 8 times since then, and even more during his time with the WBC team.
6:16
Wow, he’s pissed at SI.
6:16
He said he’s mad at SI for paying this lady to stalk him.
6:17
She was cited for trying to break into his house last week.
6:17
Wow, he went from upset to livid when talking about her.
6:18
He’s looking forward to a 14 year span after his time with Texas to build his legacy.
6:18
He’s excited to go into ST because he took the gorilla off his back. He’s tired of being stupid and selfish, when the truth needed to come out a long time ago.
6:18
Gammons is asking him about Bonds.
6:19
He feels good about moving forward, and isn’t concerned about how people view him because he can’t control it.
6:20
He’s not mad that the union didn’t destroy the samples when they had the chance. This had to come out regardless of everything.
6:20
He hasn’t talked to anyone about this before. Not one word.
6:20
He’s crying.
6:20
Gammons asked him about Pettitte last year.
6:21
He said everyone supported him, and Andy’s texted him all weekend.
6:21
He’s realized that the truth will set you free, and is happy to tell his story.
6:22
He said he wants to work with MLB to reach out to children to do what’s right.
6:22
As Ben just said: A-Rod’s owning this interview.
6:22
He having a clear mind and having certainty/believing in yourself is the most important thing.
6:23
He’s proud of his consistency, and is asking the public to look at those three years in Texas as an aberation, he screwed up.
6:23
He’s talked to the front office, they support him and want him to be honest.
6:24
They’re ready to move on to bigger and better things, like the New Stadium and a Championship.
6:24
Gammons asked him about a Bill Madden quote, saying he’s a true A-Fraud.
6:25
He’s sorry Bill feels that way, he respects him, and he doesn’t hope people follow Selena Roberts and trust that it was three years he’s not proud of.
6:25
He’s got 9 more years and looks forward to doing good stuff.
6:26
He said he thinks NYers like honesty, and great players that know how to win. He said winning a title is the ultimate medicine. He made a mistake, was stupid, an idiot, and NYers could relate to that and look past it.
6:26
They cut away from the interview for a sec.
6:26
SI denies the report that Selena Roberts tried to break into his house. Calling it absurd.
6:26
MLB had no comment about the interview, ditto Orza.
6:27
Kurkjian’s on now, said he’s been more forth coming than expected.
6:27
They’re showing a graphic of the different era’s of his career.
6:28
Of course his numbers in Texas are the best, and Kurkjian pointed out that their park is very hitter friendly.
6:28
Nevermind that they were his prime years.
6:29
They’re going to commercial now, and will get back to the interview after the break.
6:29
They said something about Joe Torre calling him back. Oh good, they’ve have Kay on talking about what this does to A-Rod’s image.
6:29
[Comment From Jay CT]
I think that was masterfully done, and I am really happy that ARod did the right thing
6:30
I agree. It was very genuine, and he definitely looks relieved to get this out. Write it down, .360-60-180 this year.
6:30
[Comment From This is the David]
I am really suprised that he cryed on national t.v.
6:30
So am I, but he did. Like I said, he looks like he really means it.
6:30
[Comment From Richard New York]
Is it over in class…
6:31
No, they’re on commercial break. There will be more when they come back in a minute or two.
6:31
Okay, they’re coming back. Gotta get the Budweiser ad out of the way first.
6:31
[Comment From SWB]
I don’t think ESPN has ever been this devoted to a story, 25 min with no commercials
6:32
Word.
6:32
Okay, they’re getting back to tinterview now.
6:32
Maybe not. Here’s Kay.
6:32
Kay says the fan reaction will depend on how he does.
6:33
He thinks they’ll embrace him if he does well, boo him if he does bad.
6:33
Said everyone will be professional in the clubhouse, they’ve been through this before with PEttitte and Giambi.
6:34
As for the 2001-2003, Kay says he’s not sure if he buys that, but gives him points for admitting it.
6:34
He says NYers appreciate the honesty.
6:34
Now TJ Quinn’s on, talking about the 103 other people on the list.
6:35
He says it’s likely the rest will come out, just because historically that’s how it works.
6:35
He doesn’t think it’s likely he didn’t know what he was taking.
6:35
He said the way A-Rod was stacking is something done by people who know what they’re doing.
6:36
Bah, another commercial break. They’ll get back to part two after the break.
6:36
[Comment From SWB]
What percentage of all-star caliber players do you think took steroids from 98-03?
6:36
I dunno, 50%? That’s just a guess, I have no idea.
6:37
[Comment From Justin]
Just woundering is the Chat still on for Friday?
6:37
Hells yes. My top 30 prospects list comes out that day, we’ll have lots to talk about.
6:37
[Comment From Guest]
Poll question: Do you believe that A-Rod took steroids from 2001-2003 only?
6:37
Done.
6:37
Do you believe that A-Rod took steroids from 01-03 only?
Yes.

( 63% )

No.

( 14% )

Don’t care.

( 22% )
6:38
They’re back from commercial.
6:38
Back to the interview.
6:38
Gammons asked him about the HOF, and whether or not someone who took PEDs should be disqualified.
6:39
A-Rod said he hopes not, and thinks you have to look at each case differently. If he plays 25 years and only 3 years are tainted …
6:39
He’s asking him about Canseco’s book.
6:39
He’s saying that Canseco never introduced him to a steroid dealer like he claimed. Saying it’s 100% false.
6:40
He asked what he thinks the drugs did for him.
6:40
He’s not sure, it’s hard to say. He was silent for a moment and had to think about it.
6:40
He said his consistency says a lot.
6:41
He says the best evidence that he’s been clean since, and he points out that he’s only gained 15 pounds over his career.
6:41
He also pointed out that he’ll be playing for another 9 years, and will have 20 years of clean baseball.
6:42
He says it’s important to get the truth out, and that it could take 5-10 years before baseball has answered the questions about steroids.
6:42
Gammons asked him if he’s tired of being a celebrity.
6:42
He says it comes with the territory, and he’s very grateful for who he is. He also said there are great challenges that come with it, and this is the biggest of his life, along with his divorce.
6:43
He will tell his daughters that he was very stupid for 3 years.
6:43
He told people not to make the mistake he’s made.
6:44
He said this is by far the most serious thing he’s dealt with, and this is much worse than Torre’s book.
6:44
He’s sorry he’s always in the middle of controversy, but he feels good about coming forward and moving on.
6:44
He doesn’t feel betrayed by Torre, but hasn’t read the book.
6:45
He’s always had a lot respect for Torre, and doesn’t have any problems with him, but he won’t talk about until he reads the book.
6:45
He said everyone in the clubhouse makes fun of him, but that’s just how it is. Everyone gets ragged on.
6:45
No harm, no foul he says.
6:46
He’s not worried about what questions he’ll be asked in the future because he’s answering ti all today.
6:46
He said baseball is still as fun for him now as it was when he was 20, 21. He wants to move on and recommit himself to the team. He can’t wait to get to ST.
6:46
Baseball is his savior.
6:47
Why did you do it? He was stupid, naive, selfish, etc.
6:47
No excuses, he feels deep regret.
6:48
He feels that over the next 9 years, all he an do is take it one day at a time.
6:48
He has no interest in having the other names on the list revealed. He’s proud of telling his story.
6:48
He doesn’t care how they got the info, he’s happy to address it and put it all behind him.
6:49
That’s it, it’s over.
6:49
Gammons is on now.
6:49
He says that Alex was very emotional, and it saddened him because it was so hard for him.
6:50
He said he didn’t expect him to be so honest.
6:50
He says he think he learned from Pettitte, and those who denied it over the years.
6:51
He thinks he owned up to everything, because he’s not sure what he was busted on. He took full accountability.
6:51
He made no excuses.
6:51
Okay, that’s it for the interview. They’re going to commercial, and Buster Olney will be on after the break.
6:51
[Comment From matt k]
how many people are tuning into this live blog?
6:52
Only 255. Most people are commuting home right now.
6:52
[Comment From Justin]
I think Peter Gammons did an excellent job covering that interview
6:52
I did too. He’s a Sox homer, but he’s always been professional when it comes to covering other teams. He just liked Dustin Pedroia a little too much.
6:53
[Comment From sjufan]
im not….im in torts and am very thankful for this liveblog! great job mike.
6:53
What the eff is a tort?
6:54
[Comment From SWB]
MONSTER YEAR
6:54
I sure hope so. I’m just glad all of this is over. He did the smartest possible thing he could.
6:54
[Comment From Anthony]
He’s a good receiver…
6:55
That made me laugh. A-Rod said he wasn’t good at busting on guys in the clubhouse, but he was good at taking it. Heh.
6:55
[Comment From Macphisto]
So, do you want him to pass Babe Ruth on the All Time Home Run list?
6:55
Hells yes. By five hundred.
6:55
[Comment From Justin]
Do you still consider him a top 5 fantasy talent for 2009?
6:55
Sure. Hanley, Pujols .. gotta be A-Rod next, right?
6:55
Back from break.
6:56
They showed a clip of him saying that he’s learned that the truth will set him free.
6:56
Now they’re showing a Buster Olney video.
6:57
Yawner. He said he didn’t take the path of McGwire, Palmeiro, Bonds, etc.
6:57
[Comment From Mike]
Is the interview completely over yet?
6:57
Yes, it’s over.
6:58
This video is going to run until the top of the hour. Olney said he can’t be penalized by MLB.
6:58
He said some will not appreciate it if he breaks the HR record.
6:58
[Comment From Kevin G.]
Is this the open thread?
6:58
No, that’s coming up at 7. Trust me, you won’t miss it.
6:59
[Comment From Kevin G.]
Do you think this interview helped him regain his credibility?
6:59
I think so.
6:59
So that’s it, the shows over and they’re getting to college basketball.
7:00
Overall, I thought he did very well. Honeslty, much better than I thought he would. They’ll reply the interview right now on ESPN News in it’s entirety.
7:00
Thanks for stopping by everyone. I’m glad he addressed this like he did.
7:00
But for now, let’s hope we talk a little baseball in the coming days. Pitchers and Catchers report Saturday, so start getting excited.
7:01



Edjumacating ourselves on steroids
Open Thread: RAB in Metro
  • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

    Wow, she tried to break into his house!

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      That’s quite an accusation. He better be able to back that one up.

      • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

        I think he said he could, unless I misheard him.

        • http://tikidoesnotneedabarber.blogspot.com/ LB

          he said he had papers supporting it

      • The Evil Empire

        He said in the interview that he has the papers from the police to prove it.

  • The Evil Empire

    I told you guys that lady is a ****

    She stalked the man, she broke into his house.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Yes. I’m a bit prepared to revise my views on Selena Roberts. She sounds like she crossed the line.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Let’s back up, though. This is a guy who being interviewed because he was caught in a lie already.

        So far, in terms of credibility, you still have to go with Ms Roberts.

        • The Evil Empire

          He has the papers to prove it.

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            Lets just wait until we see what he has, and what it means.

      • Donald Duck

        Why not wait for facts. So for she is the only one of the two of them that told the truth about anything. Alex is still creatively saying things and not answering them.

  • pat

    He seems a little preoccupied with mvp’s but i gotta say so far he sounds pretty good. I believe what he’s saying. He seems genuinely sorry.

  • The Evil Empire

    But more importantly. I hope this is like some kind of new beginning for A-Rod, the new A-Rod, he no longer has this “monkey” on his back, imagine he turns out these outrageous numbers and has a monstrous year.

    He should also give out his blood and pee to go along with it just to be like “yeah, and what”

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      I hope he stops worrying so much about his numbers (since they don’t mean as much) and becomes more of a team first guy. Maybe now what Jeter’s been saying all these years will sink in.

      • Mike Pop

        I really can’t stand that team first bullshit. What do you mean by that? It’s hogwash.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          That’s because you don’t know what a real Yankee team looks like.

          • Mike Pop

            Okay then. Nice.

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              When you reply to someone’s comment as “Bullshit” and “hogwash” what do you expect?

              • Mike Pop

                I’m not trying to call you out like that at all. I just hate the term “team first” in baseball. The dude has mashed since he has been on this team and puts up great seasons year after year. How is he not a team first ball player? Does he hog the ball, say he isn’t getting the ball enough, bitch to his teammates that he doesn’t get enough AB’s? Steve, I’m not saying you are bullshit. I’m just saying that term “team first” is a joke in baseball, especially referring to Arod. He doesn’t take games/AB’s off or anything like that. He goes out and gives it his all everyday. How is he not a team guy?

                • steve (different one)

                  Steve’s definition of being a “team first player” is taking an outside pitch the other way.

                  that’s it.

                  Steve’s a good poster, but this argument is beyond ridiculous.

                  A-Rod is a .300 hitter.

                  he knows what he is doing and has NO REASON to change his approach at the plate to cater to some dated, 1950’s era cliches about “going with a pitch”.

                • Donald Duck

                  “The dude has mashed since he has been on this team and puts up great seasons year after year.”

                  That’s pretty accurate, yes. (if you get my drift)

                • Mike Pop

                  I hope you didn’t take my “bullshit” and “hogwash” as a personal attack. I just hate that term how Arod is not a team first player. That is what I was talking about and didn’t mean to call you a bullshitter and full of hogwash. I find your posts both informing and hilarious. Like the “Catcher in the Rear”. Just awesome.

                • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                  Nah, don’t worry about it Mike. I’ve always liked you.

                • Mike Pop

                  Phew.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    I’m glad Kurkjian is acknowledging Texas as a hitter’s park. No one knows what steroids can do for production and performance, and you can’t use stats yet to determine the impact of steroids.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Yeah, going from Texas to Yankee stadium is something you have to mention there.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Really? Michael Kay is ESPN’s “Voice of the Bronx”? Pardon me while I throw up.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Sure he is, every time I jump on the Major Deegan I roll down my window and yell “SEE YA!”

    • Donald Duck

      While I am not a Michael Kay fan, it makes me laugh to see you say this. If I said something like this about a stat guy who works for the same network, you Ben K. would threaten to ban me.

      • steve (different one)

        no, he wouldn’t. nice strawman.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Ben didn’t call Michael Kay an “creepy and effeminate”.

  • PeteQ

    wow, 160 hr juiced? hes f——.

    • mko

      Right. Taking steroids = automatic home runs *shakes head*.

      • Donald Duck

        If doing PED’s does not help hit home runs, recover, improve eye sight, etc etc nobody would be doing them.

        Some PED’s allow you to add muscle, speed, and strength which all would help turn pop flys into home runs. I am not an expert in roids but I know if they did not work guys would stop using them. If they did not work people would not put their career and name on the line, especially not man as vein as Alex.

        • Mike Pop

          But there is no proof that they help. While I believe they do and players should not be using them, their is no proof that they make you the better ballplayer.

  • MoReifer

    It will be interesting to see where the Selena Roberts acqusations go. SI released a statement from her saying she has never had any of the things Rod said happen to her.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      To me, that was bigger than any of the A-Rod steroid stuff. He made some specific, provable allegations there. He better be able to back them up.

      • steve (different one)

        and her denial was also very specific: “i’ve never neen in the lobby of his apartment building”.

        to paraphrase the Godfather, do you really think Boras would let A-Rod go in front of millions of people with nothing but his dick in his hand??

        there is no way his handlers would tell him to say that if he can’t back it up.

        • Mike Pop

          Good point. He has to have something to back it up. Boras advises some dumb stuff but he wouldn’t let Arod say that without having some kind of info behind it.

  • Stryker

    did that liveblog work for anyone else? i keep getting the one from today

    • Stryker

      BLAH. nevermind. it’d help if i reloaded the page!!!

  • ceciguante

    Love him or hate him, he manned up and did what was right.

    i don’t know if i buy this at all.
    he got caught, THEN “came clean” and told the story.
    manning up and doing what’s right is coming clean without getting caught. big difference.

    all that aside, i just hope he’s not a basket case again in the clutch this season.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      He seemed scripted and rehearsed to me. Giving just enough to seem honest, but not too much where it would trigger a follow up question.

      He should be prepared for this interview, I would be if I was him. I wouldn’t want to get myself in MORE trouble giving the wrong answer to a question, and every question Gammons was going to ask him is a potential trap. But my point is that I have trouble taking what he said at face value, especially since the whole reason why he’s being interviewed is he was caught in a lie in the first place.

    • mustang

      “manning up and doing what’s right is coming clean without getting caught. big difference.’

      Bingo.

      • steve (different one)

        while you guys are obviously right, i feel like it’s in no way based in the real world.

        no one admits anything before they get caught. no one.

        you are creating an impossible standard for A-Rod to have had to live up to.

        i’m not excusing what he did, i’m really not, there will be consequences he is going to have to deal with for his actions. that HR record was a big part of his identity, and now it’s gone.

        but this argument that he should have come clean before he got caught is just some sort of utopian reality that has no basis in the real world.

        Pettitte didn’t even come clean the first time he was caught. he lied twice before he admitted it. do we think Pettitte is a horrible person?

        b/c i don’t see the difference here. if anything, A-Rod has been more forthcoming than Pettitte was at first.

        • mustang

          Good point.
          But what still bothers me is that he went on TV knowing he used and just lied. If he really wanted to man up he would of admitted his mistake then or not said anything at all.
          The arrogance of the man out weight him being forthcoming at least in my eyes.

    • mustang

      He is actually playing it smart by trying to make Roberts out to be some crazy reporter. That moves the spot light of him a bit and discredits her at the same time.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Before he goes to sleep, the Boogeyman checks the closet for Chuck Norris. Before Chuck Norris goes to bed, he checks the closet for Jeff Adrien.

  • Macphisto

    Sean Casey just got pretty upset on MLB Network over people saying that all the players were doing it. Has anyone caught that show “Lie to Me”? I can just hear Tim Roth’s character pulling apart all these interviews.

    • Donald Duck

      Would anybody else be shocked to see ole Sean Casey’s name pop up on that list of 103 names that have yet to come out?

      • Mike Pop

        Well, what he did in Cincy was great.