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If You Believe It, It’s Not a Lie

February 10, 2009

This past week has been great for Red Sox Nation.  We’ve seen our nemesis, Alex Rodriquez make an about face and admit in an interview with Peter Gammons that he has in fact used steroids (after evidence of his testing positive surfaced, of course).  This explains how a relatively slender infielder with the Seattle Mariners could, in just a few years, bulk up to become one of the greatest power hitters in baseball history.  Nobody saw this coming!

Nothing in A Rod's past would lead us to believe that he is morally suspect.

Nothing in A Rod's past would lead us to believe that he is morally suspect.

I give A-Rod a lot of credit for choosing not to head down the pathway of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.  We’ve seen player after player deny using steroids, even when there’s physical evidence proving otherwise.  We’ve seen players lie under oath, wag fingers at congressional representatives, and get away with doing so.  Yet Rodriguez took a beating and squirmed in front of the camera while he owned up to his “mistakes” and professed his “naivete.”  He’s got no image left to salvage, so he might as well tell the truth.

If you believe it, it's not a lie.

If you believe it, it's not a lie.

In the interview with Gammonson ESPN, Rodriguez was asked how he could lie on 60 Minutes in 2007 and say that he never used steroids.  He took a page from the George Costanza playbook, arguing that there was no way he could be truthful with Katie Couric on television when he wasn’t being truthful with himself.  In other words, if you believe it, it’s not a lie.  In some paradoxical way, this excuse might fly with many people who follow baseball.  Actually, I kind of like it.

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