Alex Rodriguez’s Road To Redemption
Alex Rodriguez endured an off-season of controversy when it came out that he used performance enhancing drugs during his tenure with the Texas Rangers. The majority of this scrutiny came from those who cited a prior interview he had on 60 minutes where he denied ever using drugs, saying he "never needed them."
Many wondered if A-Rod's game would suffer this season as a result of the widespread criticism and increased attention from the media that has followed him since last fall.
Hip surgery kept him on the sidelines for the first 6 weeks of the season, further complicating matters for the Yankees' Superstar 3rd Basemen. Could he come back from surgery and be the same dominating A-Rod?
Based on his performance thus far, it appears so. Since his return to the baseball diamond on May 8th, Rodriguez has been on a fence clearing tear. He has hit 7 home runs and 17 RBI's in just over 60 AB's. Should he continue at this torrid pace, A-Rod will finish the 2009 season with 50+ home runs and 125+ RBI's.
Will collectors forgive and forget, or will A-Rod's hobby standing be forever tainted by his steroid use? Collectors seem to be responding favorably to his progress thus far, as A-Rod's baseball cards and memorabilia have begun to rebound to their pre-steroid state. Unlike many of the other MLB players connected to steroid use, Rodriguez has a legitimate chance to regain the trust and admiration of fans and collectors. There is still a long way to go before collectors embrace the exceptionally talented slugger, but it would seem, at least at the moment, that he is headed in the right direction.
The 2009 Season is but the beginning of a long and arduous road to redemption for Alex Rodriguez.