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Questions still linger after A-Rod "admission"

Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor

Rounding Third Logo Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - I guess you have to give Alex Rodriguez some credit for trying to make things right. I am not exactly sure the confession was the home run it could have been, though.

Unlike Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, Rodriguez did admit to using some sort of performance-enhancing drugs for a period of time, and actually seemed honest and forthright in doing so. He gets points in my book for that, even if he came across at times like he was reading from a script.

In the interview, Rodriguez would mention in one breath that he was sorry for doing this, then in another would claim to have been naive, not exactly sure what he was taking, and would blame it on the culture in baseball at that time.

I don't know. Maybe it is just the way Rodriguez is, but everything he does annoys me. He is so smug and measured in everything he says that I almost think that there is no way he could be telling the truth.

Even that stupid blue sweater he wore irritated me.

For the most part, though, I do believe him. As a baseball fan I want to believe him. I still have some questions, but it was refreshing to hear someone actually admit he did something wrong, even if there were excuses why he did wrong.

Rodriguez said he first started using when he went to Texas because of the pressure to live up to the 10-year, $250 million contract. And, as Rodriguez said countless times in the interview, performance-enhancers were prevalent and a way of life back then in the game.

Basically, he figured everyone was doing it and not getting caught, so why not him? Morally it may have been wrong, but he was not breaking any MLB rules.

My biggest problem with the whole interview was when Peter Gammons, who did a terrific job in asking all the right questions, asked him what exactly he was taking.

"Peter, that's the thing," Rodriguez said. "I mean, again, it was such a loosey-goosey era. I'm guilty for a lot of things. I'm guilty for being arrogant, of being naive, not asking all the right questions. To be quite honest, I don't know exactly what substance I was guilty of using."

Rodriguez expects us to believe that he, of all people ,does not know what he is putting into his body? Give me a break. Rodriguez makes a living off of his body, and there is no way in the world he did not know what he was taking.

He brought up those who had used a number of supplements, bought over the counter at a GNC, that would be illegal in today's baseball world. That is all well and good, but A-Rod reportedly tested positive for Primobolan - an anabolic steroid that could not be prescribed from a doctor and certainly not readily available at your local GNC.

How Rodriguez did not follow up on Gene Orza telling him that he may or may not have failed the survey test in 2003 is beyond me. Forget his standing in the game and who he is, wouldn't you want to know anyway?

And, any way he spins it, he lied to Katie Couric on 60 Minutes. He is not as naive and dumb as he claimed to be. He knew he was doing something wrong. Nothing Rodriguez can ever say will sway me on that.

Him attacking Selena Roberts, one of the reporters who broke the story for Sports Illustrated, was probably out of line, as well. His claim that she was stalking him, and that she tried to break into his home, are ludicrous.

Sure, there is a police report, but she stated on the MLB Network that she was the one who called the cops to the guard shack to get an answer on something. Whenever the police are involved in something like that, there is a report filed, no matter how trivial the situation may be.

That said, Roberts is not as innocent as she claims either. She is an investigative reporter and is working on an unauthorized biography of Rodriguez coming out in May. After working on this book for a few years, I can't imagine that her first contact with Rodriguez was to confront him with the 2003 results last week.

For the most part, though. I think Rodriguez helped himself on Monday night. The admission is a step in the right direction, at least. I just hope he was telling the truth about how long he used. If so, he has a shot at preserving his legacy. If, however, it is revealed in a few weeks or months from now that he has been using longer than he said, that all goes down the drain.

When you get right down to it, though, like Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi before him, he is sorry less for what he did and more because he got caught. But, this is a step in the right direction.

The one question that I am still waiting for an answer on, though, is why in the world is he dating 50-year-old Madonna?

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Chris Ruddick at cruddick@sportsnetwork.com.

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