“I’ve made f**king mistakes” Alex Rodriguez opens up about his drug usage in the Rangers from 2002-03

Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to hit 500 home runs in the year 2007 and played his last game on August 12, 2016.

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez, baseball shortstop and third baseman, also one of baseball’s greatest player of all time also known as “A-Rod” has had a terrific but controversial career. Alex Rodriguez spent 22 years in the Majors, playing for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees.

He ended his career with a .295 batting average, over 696 home runs, over 2,000 RBI, over 2,000 runs scored, over 3,000 hits, and over 300 stolen bases. His career took a turn, when he was accused of taking performance enhancing drugs in the year 2007 in an interview, to which he refused.

Though Alex ultimately agreed of consuming PED’s in the year 2009, saying he consumed them for the tenure of two years, when he was in the Texas Rangers from the year 2001-2003. Alex Rodriguez said he has to take them due to “an enormous amount of pressure”.

Alex Rodriguez was finally suspended in the month of August 2011 for a total of 211 games, which was conclusively reduced to 162 games, due to which he had stay off the bullpen the entire 2014 season.

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An insight to Alex Rodriguez’s interview with CNN anchor Chris Wallace

Alex Rodriguez and Chris Wallace
Alex Rodriguez and Chris Wallace

This performance enhancing drugs’ topic was brought up by CNN anchor Chris Wallace, who questioned Alex Rodriguez to why he felt the need to cheat. Chris explained that even though, Alex had a phenomenal career, with the fourth most career home runs in MLB i.e., 696. Though when he became eligible for the Hall of Fame this year, his name appeared on only 34.3% of the ballots, where the required percentage in 75%.

“Well, that’s that’s on me. You know, I made mistakes. I’ve talked about them. I served the longest suspension in major league baseball history.” said Alex Rodriguez.” My mistakes. And it was the most embarrassing moment of my career.

And it was a mistake that I have now forgiven myself, but it took me a while. And Chris, it took a lot of turning the lens inward. And doing a lot of therapy and understanding some of the mistakes and why I was making them how it ties into my childhood.”

Nevertheless, Alex took the suspension in a positive way saying- “But when I think about those mistakes is the biggest gift and the biggest curse of my life. I look at that. And I think about that every single day that I did that to myself. And I hope that because of that mistake, the lesson is I get to be a better father, a better partner, a better friend, a better son. And hopefully other players can learn from my mistakes.”

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Leslie currently majoring in English from St. Xaviers Kolkata, is an MLB writer for FirstSportz. He's involved in sports such as football, volleyball, chess, and boxing. He loves traveling and exploring the unknown. Currently, he is delighted with his profession as a writer.