There’s probably about 99 problems surrounding Alex Rodriguez, but coming clean about his alleged PED use shouldn’t be one. At least according to ex-Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte, who knows a little something about PED scandals. He was implicated in the Mitchell report and came clean about his PED use in the spring of 2008, thinks Rodriguez should do the same. Pettitte who was in town for Joe Torre‘s 12th annual Safe at Home Foundation gave a few choice words regarding A-Rod’s situation. Here they are via ESPN New York.
“Just get everything out,” Pettitte said Thursday night at Chelsea Piers. “Everything has to be out, otherwise it seems like something’s always chasing you around. That’s just the best way to do things, I think, the easiest way to do things.” “Whatever’s out, I hope it’s all out and he can move forward and be a productive player, because I care about him, I do,” Pettitte said. “He’s a friend of mine. Once you play with a guy and you get to know him, you spend time with him, you just love him and I do. I wish him nothing but the best. I understand the Yankees position in this. I know what they’re thinking and what they’re going through. But I hope there can be a resolution where it works out great for both parties.” “I’m hoping that somehow, some way, it’ll be a good ending to it all,” he said. “I’d love to see the fans accept him back and he’s able to play, because I want him to be happy. That’s how I hope it plays out. And if he handles it the right way, you know, I think it can.”
Even Joe Torre chimed in on the A-Rod saga, calling the situation “sad”. But he did go onto say that the commissioner’s office has moved on from the A-Rod circus and doesn’t expect any further discipline to be handed down.
Here’s thing, it might not work for Alex. Nothing against Pettitte, but he sometimes comes across as one of those higher than holy types. He got lucky and and everyone for the most part forgave him. While what he’s saying makes sense, I just don’t think it’s going to work for Rodriguez in the same way it did for Andy. There’s a lot of fans and certain members of the New York media that will continue to show great disdain towards A-Rod, twisting and turning every word and every move into some gigantic story. That’s fine, A-Rod had dug himself into a deep grave. No doubt it will be tough sledding for A-Rod come spring training, he’s going to have to address the media at some point, honestly whichever way he goes about handling a potential confession is fine with me.