Jul
07

A-Rod, Pettitte to appear at anti-PED fundraiser

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As Major League Baseball’s PED story is one that never goes away, current players who have come clean about their drug use are working to rehabilitate their images. To that end, both Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte will appear at an anti-PED fundraiser at Yankee Stadium next month. The event will benefit at Taylor Hooton Foundation, an organization that works to combat steroid use among teenagers.

Almost hand in hand with this appearance is renewed attention on A-Rod due to his rapid approaching the 600-home run plateau. A-Rod will hit the milestone round-tripper sometime over the next week or so, and when he does, he’ll join a very exclusive club. In 12 years or so, Alex will be up for Cooperstown consideration, and although the PED cloud may linger, David Pinto believes that A-Rod has a very convincing case for enshrinement notwithstanding the drug scandal. I tend to agree. A-Rod should be in the Hall when the time comes.

Categories : Asides, STEROIDS!
  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    man i can’t wait for david ortiz to do something like this

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Heh heh heh. Nah, though, he needs a fundraiser so he can finally afford to go out and find the real killers.

      /obligatory’d

      • Kiko Jones

        Good one, ha! “The real killers“…awesome.

  • Guest

    Barring some other revelation (usage from the earliest stages of his career, usage after the period he admitted to), I think A-Rod will get into the hall relatively easily. Yes, I think he will definitely lose a lot of votes because of the PED issue, but not enough to keep him out.

    The Hall is primarily about atmospherics. How things “look” and “feel”, the lasting images the player leaves with us. This is not anywhere near right, but it is what it is. That’s why Rice is in and Blyleven is out. Rice “felt” like a HOF to enough voters because he was “the most feared hitter of his generation.” Blyleven is out because he “looked” like a good pitcher, not a dominant one. Actual facts, of course, be damned.

    Bonds and McGwire will struggle with HOF voters because they “feel” like they were primarily steroid cheats. Its the last image they left in our minds. McGwire’s decision to not talk about the past and Bonds’ angry press conference with his son came at or near the end of their sagas. Rightly or wrongly, final images carry out-sized import. Steroids completely clouded everything they did before, at least in the minds of most writers I have read, and they did not have a chance to add anything new to their script.

    A-Rod, on the other hand, has had the opportunity to keep writing his story. Rather than coming at the end of his book, his STEROID! revelations came somewhere in the middle. So when he comes up for a vote, there will be memories of the ’09 post-season, pies in his face, hundreds of new homeruns, maybe another championship or two, etc. And while they won’t ignore his roid history (not by a longshot), the fact that his last moment on the big stage will not be that weird press conference in Tampa should make all the difference when he comes up for election.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Well said.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        +1.

        This guy/girl needs to not just be a guest anymore, he/she needs a real handle to officially join the illustrious RAB community.

        Dynamite addition.

    • Januz

      You are 100% about final images playing a huge role in persecption. I think of Robbie Alomar being denied election on his first shot. The images of his umpire spitting and final days with the Mets, stuck in HOF voter’s minds, which is why he was not elected first ballot. I think Alomar and Blyleven will go next year (Bert got 74,2% of the vote this year, so it is likely the journey to the HOF is coming to a satisfactory ending). The steroid cases are quite different: Rafael Palmeiro, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire are not getting in. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens & Manny Ramirez are up in the air. Alex Rodriguez is still a likely electee, but he will have to wait quite sometime after his career is over.

  • Poopy Pants

    So Andy will tell people that using something to heal faster from an injury is somehow wrong and evil?
    Seems strange to me.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      So Andy will tell people that using something illegal to heal faster from an injury is somehow wrong and evil?
      Seems strange to me.

      You missed a word. An important one.

      • OldYanksFan

        HGH has ZERO performance enhancing properties (as even the Mitchell report stated). Yet Cortisone (a steroid) shots are legal, even though they take a player who is unable to play, and make him able to play. So Cortisone is legal and HGH is not? Crazy!

  • OldYanksFan

    He’s in… hopefully first ballot. And his body has not changed an iota throughout his career. Just look at before and after pictures of Mac, Sosa and Bonds. It is obvious their body’s and power had some help. I also believe ARod is dumb enough to use PEDs wrong, as he said.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    I love Alex’s and Andy’s bromance. I’m just gonna leave this comment riiiight here.

  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

    Wait we need arguments for ARod to be in the Hall? He’s one of the top SS and 3B of all time, shouldn’t that be enough?

    • Jersey Johnny

      Wouldn’t that apply to Barry Bonds as well? He was already a HOFer before his head grew as big as Jenna Jameson’s tits.

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

        Yes? I mean, are you expecting me to say otherwise? Put them all in.
        The one I am not sure about as a Hall of Famer is Sosa but it has nothing to do with ~steroids~

  • EndlessMike

    A-Rod was always a hall of famer before and after steroids.But he’s homerunn chase and broken records that he gets are all taited and shouldn’t be celebrated.

    It’s weird how since he’s been caught with steroids he’s looking like Ken Griffery Jr.He’s breaking down right infront of our eyes.

  • Pete C.

    I don’t think Arod’s breaking down. And even if I agreed, it’s too soon to tell. If he is fading, how can anyone without a medical degree tell it’s because he’s not taking steroids.
    I believe he makes the hall, Bonds too, though Bonds will probably take longer than Arod. After all he was no media favorite.
    Which takes me to the kernel nobodies mentioned. Jim Rice took so long because he and the reporters had a loathing for each other that was topped only by Eddie Murrays, and he had to be let in, because his record made it impossible to keep him out. Was he a 1st ballot?
    Probably Arod, won’t be.
    The voting is a joke, it’s laughable that the sports writers who are in charge of the voting are the same hacks who hung around the locker rooms in the 90’s and didn’t see a thing. Now they’re shocked, shocked I tell you, that there was any steroid use while they were in those aforementioned locker rooms.

  • Kiko Jones

    The voting is a joke, it’s laughable that the sports writers who are in charge of the voting are the same hacks who hung around the locker rooms in the 90’s and didn’t see a thing. Now they’re shocked, shocked I tell you, that there was any steroid use while they were in those aforementioned locker rooms.

    I would not add a syllable to that statement. ‘Nuff said.

    Btw, once and for all, what is the main HoF criteria: stats or dominance? It seems silly to ask this question regarding a sport so involved in its stats, but…