What Should Alex Rodriguez Do?
On January 12th, Tony Bosch, along with the MLB, went on 60 Minutes to discuss the recent Alex Rodriguez rulings. Rodriguez’s arbitration hearing had determined that he was to be suspended 162 games because of repeated steroid use and obstruction.
Now, as if this situation couldn’t get any juicier, Rodriguez is suing the MLB and MLBPA. Oh and did I mention that his lawyer, Joe Tacopina, told Colin Cowherd on his radio show that there were others that are accused of PED use and that they “are God-like in Boston right now.” Is this real? Are we on the set of Days of our Lives? Did someone just yell action?
Let’s be real here. I’m not going to sit here and say that David Ortiz used PEDs just because of an interview and it would be against my journalistic beliefs to say that Ortiz is guilty just because he was on the same list that Alex Rodriguez was on back in 2003.
It’s this kind of information that puts Rodriguez in a very interesting position though. Is there some sort of plea deal that he can draw up and get approved by Bud Selig (where’s Jack McCoy when you need him)? Alex Rodriguez was born for New York’s drama, and now that he’s been caught he’s really ready to show us why he’s in The Big Apple.
So, all of this finally brings me to my main question: What should A-Rod do? This question isn’t just as simple as it sounds though. There are many layers to it, because he has many options. Should he run with the fact that he has names that would suspend more players? Should he finally be the better man and not snitch on his former teammates and comrades? Should he say nothing and act like his lawyer is crazier than him? So many questions…
Alex Rodriguez could use information he has to try and get himself back on the field earlier or make himself look better in the viewer’s eyes. At the very least, giving up other players would at least show he wasn’t alone when he was eating druggie fruit snacks before games.
By giving up a name like David Ortiz (if that’s who his lawyer was talking about), Rodriguez might be able to put himself in better graces with Bud Selig. Could Selig get him on the field quicker if that were to happen? Is that even possible? Remember, these are the same guys that paid “Bobby” $125,000 for documents showing details of the Biogenesis case.
If he gives up names, Rodriguez will be looked at as a snitch and possibly as the next Jose Canseco. He also runs the risk of not being believed because he’s already spewing lies with his constant denials concerning his PED usage. It takes one to know one, but people to this day still mark Canseco as spam on twitter. Snitching is too risky for a player like Rodriguez.
Alex Rodriguez needs to not snitch on anyone he might have information on AND act like he’s clueless. Either way he goes, he’ll be looked at in a negative fashion. Either he’s a snitch, or he’s just adding to the ways he’s hurting baseball by not snitching. It’s a lose-lose situation for him, so just deny deny deny!