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Sunday, August 11, 2013 12:00 AM

By JIM METCALFE

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You just knew that I was going to write something about the Alex Rodriguez scandal, didn’t you, my 35 fans?

Major League Baseball suspended 13 guys for their involvement with the now-closed Biogenesis laboratory, 12 of them either for 50 games — almost the rest of the year.

The only one who is fighting it is — to borrow a word from that wordsmith, Dave Boninsegna — the aforementioned A-Rod.

Of course, his suspension is 211 games — basically, he is gone until the 2015 season.

I get that he will fight that sentence but it also seems to me — from media reports by those who are more in-the-know than I can ever be — that his involvement with this clinic was far more extensive and perhaps bordered on the criminal, while the others’ were more straightforward: they admitted it and took their medicine.

Here is my thing: he wants to be a role model but he doesn’t seem to be forthcoming with his side of the story to be that role model.

Quite frankly, I tire of people that claim that now is not the time to “come clean” — it’s always the time to come clean, especially for your fans — and that they will “tell all” at their convenience. If you didn’t do it, tell us now; putting it off makes you look guilty.

Don’t hide behind “newspeak” or mumbo jumbo. Hey, unlike Tom Cruise’s character in “A Few Good Men” — at least in the opinion of Jack Nicholson — we can handle the truth!

You talk about the “mistakes” you made but then never seem to admit those mistakes as to what they were/are.

His remark of “fighting for my life” quite frankly makes me sick. You are nearing the end of your career and have made a ton of moolah playing a game. If this is the worst thing you have happen — you have admitted to cheating before and seem to be “admitting” that you have continued to cheat lately — you made mistakes in your rehabs from injury? — then you really have nothing to complain about; you are getting your just desserts, in my book.

Quite honestly, it’s almost guaranteed that some “arbitrator” — when he does “get around” to ruling on the case, which will probably be after this season — will knock that down at least half. The sad part is that the “arbitrator” might — maybe not likely but who really knows — finally get around to it next summer and fall and A-Rod will be ready to call it quits. Or if he/she realizes that A-Rod might hang them up this fall, then he/she won’t need to make a ruling.

A-Rod says one thing about there not being negotiations but MLB contradicts that. I find that hard to believe that he is correct when at least a few of the others did negotiate. Even the Players Association president admitted that had a certain number been given A-Rod, he’d have advised him to take it. If he’s not guilty, why would he do that?

As always, there could be more than meets the eye — or in my most humble opinion, meets the nose here because it does smell of rotten fish. You want to give the benefit of the doubt — we all know of people wrongfully accused — but at the same time, I know I am becoming more and more cynical of these guys these days; it’s getting harder and harder to believe our “heroes”.

I thought it was interesting that during his first game back against the Chicago White Sox, he was booed. That might be expected any way because he is a member of the “Evil Empire”, even if the “court” of fans have ruled he is guilty. However, during the day before the game, he also had his share of fans and autograph-seekers, so there are still some that are rooting for him.

Maybe they are less jaded than I am!

It will be interesting to see what the players themselves think about this and how they will react?

More and more stories I have read indicate that players are tired of this issue and want the union to agree to even harsher testing: the longer this goes, the more even the clean players are under suspicion; and they are angry.

I can’t blame them, either; they want to be “cleared” and they can’t be with this stuff continuing to happen.

In the end, does anyone else see a Lance Armstrong in this?

As an aside here: more and more people are turning the focus onto Bud Selig, the powers-that-be, the union and the teams themselves with this, how they knew this has been going on for decades and turned a blind eye to it.

I will wait and see how that turns out.

Perhaps now might be the time for Selig to retire instead of 2015. I think MLB and the union really need to step back and assess where this game is going.

Another aside: perhaps it is coincidental — or not — but in the face of this scandal, the Florida High School Athletic Association held a telephone conference call with sports editors and reporters to announce an aggressive step designed to target PED use by Florida high school student-athletes Tuesday.

Biogenesis was based in Florida.

 

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