The Washington Times - February 10, 2009, 12:36PM

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.

 

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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 [email protected]