Alex Rodriguez is really sorry about that whole steroids thing. He was just young and stupid, trying to live up to lofty expectations.
Happens to the best of us, right?
If you haven't had a chance, surf over to ESPN to see A-Rod's soul-baring interview with Peter Gammons: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3894847
At some point ESPN should have flashed "OSCAR CLIP" under A-Rod's face as he got all choked up admitting to steroid use.
I have to admit that Rodriguez didn't have many damage control options after Sports Illustrated outed his steroid use over the weekend (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/02/07/alex-rodriguez-steroids/?eref=sircrc).
Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Rafi Palmeiro and Barry Bonds have been doomed to public scorn by their denials and silence regarding steroids. On the other hand, Andy Pettite and Jason Giambi have seemingly escaped long-term damage in the court of public opinion thanks to their awkward apologies for using steroids.
That left A-Rod with one option: Issue a lame apology.
And true to A-Fraud form (http://www.nypost.com/seven/01252009/news/regionalnews/torre_rips_a_fraud__boss_brass_bozos_151965.htm), Rodriguez delivered crocodile tears as soon as ESPN's camera's were rolling.
Will A-Fraud win over the American public and sports writers? Will they eat up this transparent PR attempt to salvage his endorsement deals and shot at the Hall of Fame?
If A-Fraud's bad acting works, the next big question is how long will it be before every other high profile baseball star suspected of steroid use is lining up to make a grudging, insincere apology for taking the juice?
I'd love to see a joint press conference with McGwire, Clemens, Palmeiro, Sosa and Bonds. They can all announce that they're here to talk about the past. Some of them were young and stupid when they started sticking needles in their butts, some were old and stupid. But they all felt the pressure to live up to their contracts and the expectations that come with being superstars.
And then each player can look into the teleprompter, choke up and shed a tear on cue just like A-Fraud.