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A-Rod hits 500th, Does he deserve an asterisk?
Today, Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez became the youngest member of the 500-homer club when he belted a first-inning shot off of recently traded pitcher Kyle Davies, now a member of the Kansas City Royals. With this honor has to come questions. It seems to me like people are cheering for Rodriguez to eventually break the home run record, assuming Barry Bonds ever hits those two more homers that he needs to reach 756*. Speaking of 756*, people on fannation should start placing an asterisk next to the number to at least send a message, even if it is to just a few hundred people. Anyway, that being said, with Jose Canseco's recent comments on WEEI in Boston, in regards to his upcoming book, that he has "stuff" on A-Rod, should Rodriguez receive the Bonds treatment. Yes, there are questions regarding Canseco's credibility on Rodriguez, but most of them can be answered.
Q. Is Canseco reliable?
A. Yes, he is. People thought he was just trying to make a quick buck and gain some attention when he published Juiced. But look at the results since. Juan Gonzalez, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmerio were all named in Canseco's book as steroid users. Juan Gonzalez obviously used them. Palmerio tested positive for them. Finally, Mark McGwire's Capitol Hill brigade tells us all we need to know about his involvement. Therefore, we MUST give Canseco at least a shred of credibility.
Q. Why not name A-Rod in Juiced?
A. Simple. Leave the people wanting more, which they do, and make some more money, which he will. We must be aware that Canseco never mentioned steroids in his radio interview as it pertains to Rodriguez. Therefore, for all we know, it could just be an account of his cheating life. More reasonably, however, Canseco will name Rodriguez as a steroid user. Also, because he saved names for a sequel, and credibility has been established for his first book, he will have a bestseller once again, and make millions once more.
Q. Canseco never played with Rodriguez. How would he know if A-Rod used them?
A. This is perhaps the toughest question to answer. The only thing this writer can come up with is that players know which players from other clubs are using steroids. Also, if there is any change in physical stature of A-Rod over his career, perhaps Canseco can be able to point it out. That is up for his to read in his new book.
So, for now, let's celebrate Rodriguez's feat. But let's just be aware of the possibility that Alex Rodriguez may have cheated the game. We did not know McGwire's 70 and Sosa's 66 campaigns in 1998 would turn into a respective 70* and 66*, so we should not be fooled into the possibility that 500 is, in fact 500*.