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Baseball Prospectus released their 2009 projected rankings yesterday, and sees the Yanks finishing second in the AL East behind the BoSox. PECOTA has the Yanks finishing 97-65, just one game back of the Sawx, but more importantly it projects the Yanks to have the best pitching in the majors. Their 674 projected runs allowed is ten runs better than Boston’s, but what scares me is that the four best pitching staffs in the AL – and four of the five best staffs in the bigs – reside in the AL East. That’s kinda crazy.

Based on these projections, the Yanks would finish with the second best record is baseball, although they’d have to settle for a Wildcard spot for the second time in the last three years. That’s fine with me. Get in however you can, and I’ll take my chances with a rotation of CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Chien-Ming Wang and Joba Chamberlain in a short series. You can see the NL projections here.

Here’s your open thread for the evening. The Islanders and Nets are playing at home tonight, and the Knicks are out in Oaktown. Anything goes, just be be nice.

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Feb
10

Reports from camp

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It’s a beautiful thing, ain’t it? Yankees’ players on the field, taking batting practice, playing catch, getting work in … it’s exactly what we need to see right now. Pitchers and catchers aren’t due to report for another four days, position players not for another seven days, yet there’s still a nice group of players in camp early and working out.

Mike Rose of Newsday noted that two of the players out playing catch in the outfield were Mark Melancon and Phil Hughes. Man, how much are you looking forward to seeing Melancon nail down wins for Hughes for the next decade? Rose also noted that Brett Gardner (who you can see in the pic above), Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher were taking BP. Joe mentioned earlier that Posada’s rehab from shoulder surgery is going well, though he won’t be ready to catch when exhibition games begin. Good to see he’s healthy enough to at least take some hacks.

Getting back to Swisher, PeteAbe has a shot of him taking BP, although it’s not the best picture in the world and we’ll have to take Pete’s word for it. Last I heard Swisher lives out in Arizona (where the A’s and ChiSox hold ST), so it’s awesome to see him at camp early. As you may remember, Swisher lost some weight this winter. Pete also noted that Chien-Ming Wang is in healthy and in the house. That’s UUUGE.

Over on the minor league side, Chad Jennings touched based with Mark Newman and got a bunch of info about the Triple-A rotation, veterans on minor league deals, Eric Fryer, JB Cox, Colin Curtis, Alan Horne, and lots more. Make sure you check it out.

Other than Gardner pledging his undying support, no one really bothered to comment on A-Rod. Can you blame them?

Oh boy, baseball’s almost back.

Photo Credit: Pete Abraham, Journal News

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  • Camden Depot’s Top 20 Yankees Prospects
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    The crew over at Camden Depot (an O’s blog, obviously) posted their list of the Yanks’ top twenty prospects, starting with Austin Jackson and Jesus Montero on the 1-2 spots. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to ranking prospects, and it’s pretty easy to see that the guys at C-Dep like upside. I’m putting the finishing touches on my Top 30 list (which will be posted Friday), and just for comparison’s sake, there’s four players in their Top 20 that didn’t crack my Top 30. Check it out. (h/t MJ for the email) · (50) ·

Feb
10

Jorge has a big day

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One of the keys to the Yankees offense in 2009 will be the recovery of Jorge Posada. We saw last year just how much the team misses him when he’s out of the lineup, and adding even the 2006 version of his bat to the already powerful lineup can make a huge difference in how the season plays out. He’s coming back from major shoulder surgery, so his ability to stick behind the plate all season, or even for 100 games, has come into question. Thankfully, it appears he’s progressing nicely.

He made 140 throws yesterday, backing up to incrementally increase the distance. That sounds like a good number of tosses for a guy who had his labrum repaired in late July. It might not give us an indication of whether he’ll be ready to squat behind the plate on Opening Day, but at least we know he’s making these throws with few, if any, complications.

“I feel good,” he said about an hour after completing the exercise and taking batting practice with fellow early campers Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner. “I’m coming along. Every time I throw, I feel good. I’m improving every time I throw, so that’s always good.”

As Jorge notes, improvement is certainly the key here. Brian Cashman has already said that Posada won’t be available to catch at the start of Spring Training, which is fine so long as he’s building up strength in the shoulder. As he gets better he’ll get closer to being game-ready. That’s all we can really ask at this point in his rehab. His answer to the question of being ready for April 6, “I think so,” might not inspire a ton of confidence, but news on his progress does, at least for me. It can’t be easy to come back from shoulder surgery, so I’m just glad Jorge’s on the field.

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Who didn’t see this one coming? Per Jim Baumbach:

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) plans to recommend to the head of the congressional committee that has previously hosted baseball players that A-Rod receive an invite to testify about his steroid use, Cummings told Newsday last night.

“I think we’re going to have to see what Rodriguez will tell us,” Cummings said in a phone interview.

“He is in a confessing mode, so maybe he needs to put his apology into some meaningful action by cooperating with the committee so we can see if there are things we need to reopen to make sure baseball is doing all that it can to rid itself of this kind of practice.”

[snip]

Cummings said last night that he is pleased Rodriguez admitted his steroid use in the wake of the Sports Illustrated report that he failed a steroid test in 2003. But Cummings said he was troubled when he heard Rodriguez’s reasoning for taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs beginning in 2001.

“When he says in his admission that he knew he was viewed as a top player making all this money but he needed basically some backup so he can make sure he reached his goals, it sounded like somebody who was trying to catch up with a reputation that had preceded him,” Cummings said.

“When I heard that, I could not help but think of the scrawny kid who doesn’t have a reputation. What about them? Or the kids that are very talented. They see a Rodriguez who commits a crime — it is illegal to do what he did — and who basically violates policies of the game and gets rich.”

Oh, please. Talk about a self-serving politician. Elijah Cummings is sooooo concerned about the kids that he wants to get on TV when A-Rod comes to Washington. Think of his reputation the children.

Remember: Cummings would be quizzing A-Rod on a failed drug test from 2003 and PED use from 2001-2003. If Congress gets to revisit baseball’s bad decisions from seven years ago, can we revisit Congress’ bad decisions from the same time period?

This is grandstanding at its finest, and while A-Rod will appear before a House committee if he is subpoenaed, it will simply allow a bunch of politicians to have their day in the A-Rod spotlight and nothing more. Are we done now that Congress has yet again poked its nose unnecessarily into baseball’s business?

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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.

Back then, it was a different culture. 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 being one of the greatest players of all time. And I did take a banned substance. You know, for that I’m very sorry and deeply regretful.

Forty-eight hours ago, as the Yankees’ little A-Rod-centric universe was seemingly crumbling around itself, I was deeply, deeply disappointment in someone I had assumed was above it all. A-Rod was good ol’ natural talent, and he didn’t need any of That Stuff. Talk about naivete.

Today, I’m still disappointed. Baseball hasn’t been pure for decades, and now we’ll have to wait another generation for the game’s savior to show up. But after watching A-Rod’s seemingly sincere — if well-rehearsed — national apology tonight, I’m willing to forgive — but not to forget — and move on.

Rodriguez’s apology tonight was exactly what he needed. He came as clean as he could considering the circumstances and came across as deeply sorry. Perhaps A-Rod was, as Rob Neyer cynically wrote, sorry that he was caught, but no matter the underlying emotion, he was utterly sincere tonight.

From the get go, A-Rod framed this apology around himself. He felt the pressure to perform, and we all know what happens to A-Rod under pressure. No one in baseball, it seems, is more insecure considering the talent, and it sounds like A-Rod, around the same age as Joe, Mike and I when he arrived in Texas, felt the weight of the baseball world and $250 million on his shoulders. Surrounded by old-timers such as Juan Gonzalez, Rafael Palmeiro and Ivan Rodriguez, Mitchell Report boldfaced names, A-Rod caved.

That’s the thing. Again, it was such a loosey-goosey era. I’m guilty for a lot of things. I’m guilty for being negligent, naive, not asking all the right questions. And to be quite honest, I don’t know exactly what substance I was guilty of using…

It wasn’t until 2003. I was laying in my bed in Surprise, Arizona. We were doing a team conditioning down by the pool in Arizona. And I suffered a very serious neck injury that went all the way down to my spine. I missed about 2½ weeks of spring training, and I was scared I was going to miss time…

It was time to grow up, stop being selfish, stop being stupid and take control of whatever you’re ingesting. And for that, I couldn’t be — I couldn’t feel more regret and feel more sorry because I have so much respect for this game, and, you know, the people that follow me and respect me. And I have millions of fans out there that are, you know, will never look at me the same.

On top of the sincerity, A-Rod has shown that there is no such thing as a smart baseball player. I can hardly say I’m surprised. In his interview with Peter Gammons, A-Rod noted that he didn’t know what substances he was using and he barely knew from whence they came. Skeptics will raise an eyebrow and wonder what athlete would put something in his body without knowing what it is.

To them, I say what athlete wouldn’t if someone else told them how great it was? I have been around collegiate athletes; I’ve been around gyms. I see how people take supplements without doing much research. If the label says it’s good, if your buddy says it works wonders on your recovery time or your biceps, it’s a lot harder to say no. Add in a few hundred million dollars, some fawning coverage of Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and, in 2001, Barry Bonds, and it all adds up to PED use in the mind of a susceptible 26-year-old.

That is of course no excuse; it’s just stupidity. It was stupid of A-Rod to take something without knowing what it was. It was stupid of every baseball player who’s done that. But since then, A-Rod has developed a reputation for his near-robotic work-out pace. He carefully metes out his diet. He no longer breaks the rules, and while Joe Torre might considering him a fraud because of it, it sounds like his teammates trust him now, six years after he failed the test.

At the time, I wasn’t even being truthful with myself. How can I be truthful with Katie or with CBS?

A few years later, when he sat down with Katie Couric, he again was stupid. He lied to her on TV, but unlike Joe Torre, A-Rod wasn’t about to break that clubhouse vow. If he told her the truth on national television, it would have been a disaster, and he wouldn’t have been able to avoid throwing half of baseball under the bus. Maybe I’m rationalizing, but for the good of the game, this revelation and subsequent damage control-cum-apology worked out better.

Look, I think New Yorkers like honesty. I think they like people that say the truth. I also think they like great players that know how to win. And I think winning’s the ultimate medicine we can take here. If we can win a championship, if we can play well, if we can play well down the stretch, I think New Yorkers love to forgive you.

And right now, I made a mistake. I was stupid. I was an idiot, all these things. And I think New Yorkers can probably relate with that every once in a while. And I think they want to see me, now that I’ve come forward, continue and, like with Andy Pettitte, be a great player again.

When all is said and done, it simply boils down to winning. I have to believe A-Rod when he says he’s been clean and has been tested since 2003. Imagine the blowback if he were caught lying about PED use on national television again. So to be redeemed, at least in the eyes of the Yankee fans, A-Rod just has to go out and do what he does. He has to hit; he has to play hard; and he has to lead the Yanks.

What he did will never be okay, and he’ll have to live with the consequences of that decision for the rest of his career and his life. I’ll remain disappointed and disillusioned. But I believed him enough to get ready to move on. Be clean. Play hard. Win. That’s how A-Rod can win back those fans willing to be won back.

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A few hours after A-Rod‘s ESPN interview with Peter Gammons in which he admitted to performance-enhancing substance use from 2001-2003, the Yankees and the MLB Players Association have responded in turn.

The Yankees are standing by their man:

We strongly believe there is no place in baseball for performance enhancing drugs of any type, and we support the efforts of the Commissioner to continually improve the testing process.

We urged Alex to be completely open, honest and forthcoming in addressing his use of performance enhancing drugs. We take him at his word that he was. Although we are disappointed in the mistake he spoke to today, we realize that Alex—like all of us—is a human being not immune to fault.

We speak often about the members of this organization being part of a family, and that is never more true than in times of adversity. Alex took a big step by admitting his mistake, and while there is no condoning the use of performance enhancing drugs, we respect his decision to take accountability for his actions. We support Alex, and we will do everything we can to help him deal with this challenge and prepare for the upcoming season.

The Players Association leaders were more defensive, but they had to be. Their leadership has been accused of ineptitude, negligence and illegal actions. They explain why the anonymous tests were not destroyed and reiterate the claim that Gene Orza has never warned anyone of an impending steroid test. After the jump, their statement.

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That’s the front page of today’s New York edition of Metro, which as you probably already noticed includes a quote from a commenter on this very site. Specifically, they’re quoting this comment from reader JM. While the three of us are certainly honored to appear in the paper – nevermind on the front page – I feel obligated to point out that the quote doesn’t necessarily reflect our opinions of A-Rod, and certainly not the opinions of all of our readers. On the off chance you’re reading this A-Rod, I still love you and am happy you’re a Yankee and will be one for a long time.

Also, thank you to everyone out there who frequents RAB. None of this is possible without you guys, and whether you’re a regular commenter or just a lurker, thank you for helping this fine blogging establishment become what it is. And also thanks to countless people who emailed us or left comments alerting us to the quote. I have to say, this is almost as cool as the time IGWT popped up in the SF chronicle.

Here’s your open thread for the evening. The only local teams in action are the Rangers and Devils, who are playing each other in the Jerz. Anything goes, just be cool.

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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



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