Probably not, but a lot of the things he said in his interview with ESPN’s Peter Gammons on Monday are very similar to what I suggested he should say on Sunday in my post “If I were Alex Rodriguez …“. At the time, I didn’t think he’d actually come clean, but I believe there’s no doubt he made the right decision in doing so. Anyway, check out the similarities. Some are pretty striking.
National Pastime: Another factor was my contract. When you’re making twice as much as even the best players in the game, you feel a lot of pressure to be superhuman. I guess the pressure just got to me, and I made a really bad decision.
A-Rod: I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me, and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day. … I felt a tremendous pressure to play and play really well. I felt like I was going up against the whole world. I just signed this enormous contract.
National Pastime: I know a lot of people who used to look up to me don’t anymore.
A-Rod: I have millions of fans out there that are, you know, will never look at me the same.
National Pastime: The fact that Major League Baseball was well aware players were using steroids and letting them get away with it, even celebrating their steroid-aided accomplishments … it almost seemed like it was okay - encouraged, even. Still, that’s no excuse.
A-Rod: Although it was the culture back then, and Major League Baseball overall, um, was very … I just, I just feel that, you know, I’m just sorry. … There’s absolutely no excuse, and I really feel bad about it.
National Pastime: One day it just hit me - man, I’ve cheapened everything I’ve worked my whole life for.
A-Rod: It was at that point in bed that I realized, “What am I doing?”
National Pastime: I’ve realized how much baseball’s history means to people. Steroid use has made it impossible for fans to put the accomplishments of a whole generation of players into proper perspective. I’m sorry I contributed to that.
A-Rod: I couldn’t feel more regret and feel more sorry ‘cause I have so much respect for this game, and, you know, the people that follow us and respect me.
National Pastime: My greatest hope is that some kind of good can come out of this. Obviously, I’m going to use the forum I have as a professional athlete to teach kids about the dangers of steroids.
A-Rod: I would love to really get into that community and do things, uh, that are real, that are going to make a difference. And I have an opportunity here to help out a lot of, a lot of kids.
National Pastime: I wanted to come clean and take full responsibility for my actions … I’m sorry for letting all of you down.
A-Rod: This is no one’s fault. This is my fault. I’m responsible for this. And I’m deeply sorry for that.
National Pastime: This is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.
A-Rod: This is by far the, the most serious thing that’s ever happened in my life.
National Pastime: I feel a whole lot better getting this off my chest and being able to move on than I would trying to hide from it or denying it for the rest of my life.
A-Rod: I feel good today about coming forward and uh, being honest and turning the page to the next chapter of my life.
National Pastime: I’m going to go to the ballpark every day and put on my uniform and take a deep breath and think about how blessed I am to be able to play this game for a living.
A-Rod: I’m going to take it one day at a time, uh, feel, count my blessings every day for having an opportunity to play Major League Baseball.
Jay LeBlanc is an assistant news editor at The Washington Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.