Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Damon: PED would diminish '09 title
By Mike Mazzeo
If Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez took performance-enhancing drugs during the 2009 postseason, his former teammate, Johnny Damon, thinks it diminishes the team’s World Series title that year.
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“Well I haven’t really gotten to think that far, but if that’s how he was able to hit in the postseason, like he did that year, then yeah, absolutely,” Damon said during an interview on Sirius XM’s MLB Network Radio.
“I mean, then you start saying, ‘Well was anybody on their team cheating?’ There’s just so many different factors that determine if a team wins, and A-Rod was such a determining factor. He was the MVP of the ALCS, so yeah, he played a huge part, and over the years, a lot of guys that have been winning awards, I mean, they’re linked to something.”
Rodriguez, who received a 211-game suspension through 2014 on Monday for his role in the Biogenesis case, hit .365 in the 2009 postseason with six home runs and 18 RBIs.