Somebody take responsibility already
Updated: February 12, 2009, 3:01 PM ETBy Buster Olney
An official who has been in baseball a long time sounded really tired Wednesday morning. He was really down. He had a serious case of the Steroids Era Blues, because he believes the issue will continue to hang over the sport, and that the same questions and the same issues will be rehashed day after day after day. Look on the bright side, I told him. Think about the incredible creativity we are seeing every single day in the sport. He perked up. "What do you mean?" Just look at all the new and different ways, I explained, in which we see how people don't take responsibility. He groaned. And that was before he learned how the Miguel Tejada court appearance played out. At the end of the day, Tejada offered an apology through tears. Let's be clear about this: A lot of folks who play with Tejada talk about what a great teammate he is and what a positive influence he is. But what Tejada continues to maintain is that while he acknowledges lying about whether he knew teammates took steroids, he himself did not use them. That $6,300 check written out to teammate Adam Piatt for performance-enhancing substances? Yes, it is his. But Tejada says that after he got the stuff, he threw it out. That's his story, and he's sticking to it. Alex Rodriguez admirably decided to acknowledge his use of "banned substances" the other day. Midway through that interview with ESPN's Peter Gammons, he addressed the question of why he lied to Katie Couric in a 2007 interview. From Monday's interview transcript:
- PETER GAMMONS: Now, you mentioned the Katie Couric interview. You were asked if you ever used steroids, human growth hormones or other performance-enhancing substances. You said no, flat-out no. In your mind, that wasn't a lie?
ALEX RODRIGUEZ: At the time, Peter, I wasn't even being truthful with myself. How am I going to be truthful with Katie or CBS? Today, I'm here to tell the truth, and I feel good about that.
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