With Alex Rodriguez suing just about everyone due to arbitration verdict of a 162-game ban due to his link to performance-enhancing drugs, the A-Rod Show seems ready to continue on for another few months.
So what better way to celebrate than to drag the spotlight of hilarity onto A-Rod than to pick out some of the more ironic quotes that he has accumulated in the past.
In 2009, Sports Illustrated reported on a failed drug test by Alex Rodriguez in 2003. A-Rod answered with an apologetic interview with ESPN, foreshadowing the falls for A-Rod to officially put his foot in his mouth.
“I couldn’t feel more regret and feel more sorry because I have so much respect for this game, and, you know, the people that follow me and respect me.”
Indeed. The people who follow you and respect you are numerous, even if you may have paid them to picket a courthouse.
“You get to a point where you get tired of being stupid and selfish and not being honest with yourself. And that’s what I realized in ’03.”
“When you take this gorilla and this monkey off your back, you realize that honesty is the only way. I’m finally beginning to grow up. I’m pretty tired of being stupid and selfish, you know, about myself.”
“The most important thing for me in my career is to be honest and forthright.”
“I felt it was important for me that all my years in New York have been clean, and I wanted just to move to the next chapter in my life.”
“I just ask the American public to look at those three years as something that — as an aberration. I screwed up in those years. I was stupid. I was naive. And ever since I’ve been doing the right thing and proud of.”
Three years…and counting?
“Today, I’m here to tell the truth, and I feel good about that. I think my fans deserve that. I’m ready to put everything behind me and go play baseball.”
Not for another 162 games, you’re not.