Lost in the odd remark yesterday that Alex Rodriguez made about his daughters marrying Andy Pettitte in order to laud the pitcher’s so-called truth telling about his HGH use was an assertion A-Rod made that he was tested for PEDs “9 or 10 times last season.” Problem is, that number of tests in one year is reserved for a first violation for use of a stimulant (which isn’t publicly announced).
So, per the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, Rodriguez has issued a clarification, saying he was exaggerating the number of tests in order to make a point.
“My intent was simply to shed light on the fact that the current program being implemented is working, and a reason for that is through frequent testing. I apologize for any confusion I may have caused.”
I’m not anywhere near an A-Rod hater, so watching him have to take his foot out of his mouth nearly every time he speaks just makes me feel bad for him (as bad as you can feel for someone making $27 million a year, right?) Can someone get him a refresher course in Athlete Speak 101? Teams counsel players on how to deal with the media; I suggest the Yankees start a mentoring program where Derek Jeter instructs all of his teammates to say the blandest things possible in any situation.
Crash Davis: It’s time to work on your interviews.
Nuke LaLoosh: My interviews? What do I gotta do?
Crash: You’re gonna have to learn your clichés. You’re gonna have to study them, you’re gonna have to know them. They’re your friends. Write this down: “We gotta play it one day at a time.”
Nuke: Got to play… it’s pretty boring.
Crash: ‘Course it’s boring, that’s the point. Write it down.