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The long view of A-Rod

Although the tide of public opinion seems irreversibly turned against Alex Rodriguez, two factors will always be in his favor: time and human nature.

Less than a week removed from his steroid confession, it’s easy to pass the Yankees third baseman off as the biggest cheat in baseball history, certainly not worthy of permanence among the game’s nobility.

What will be the true test, however, is how fans and baseball writers feel about him — and his Steroid Era cohorts — five, 10, 20 years from now. Pete Rose was banned for life in 1989. Yet a little more than a decade later, he was meeting with Bud Selig about reinstatement, and it seemed that maybe he wasn’t such a bad guy after all. His induction into the Hall of Fame may happen yet. Two decades removed, do Rose’s actions seem so reprehensible? As with Rose, the indignation and disappointment directed at Rodriguez certainly will fade as the days and years pass. The only question is how much.

Before long, it’s likely that a lot of people will pardon Rodriguez — some already have. That’s the other part of the equation. The man may have taken illegal drugs and lied about it to further his career, but he’s also human. Humans make mistakes. And humans have an innate tendency to forgive, even for actions that seem most deplorable.

TWT Five ” MLB teams’ slogans for this season

Earlier this month, the Nationals unveiled a campaign asking fans to come to “NatsTown” and “Get Your Red On.” It appears other teams aren’t doing much better in the marketing category:

1. Mariners — “A New Day. A New Way.” After last season’s 101-loss debacle, it’s more like “Uh, No Way.”

2. Tigers — “Always A Tiger.” Until the Big Three fold, the city’s unemployment rate hits 20 percent and the team moves to San Juan.

3. Cubs — “Wrigley Field: Home of the 2 Hour and 47 Minute Vacation.” Wrigley Field: 101 Years Isn’t That Long.

4. Reds — “Paint the Town Red.” Meanwhile, the Nationals are painting the town with ex-Reds.

5. Rangers — “Built for Fun.” Someone on an MLB.com message board suggested, “Ranger baseball — hey, at least you don’t have scurvy.”

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