This time A-Rod did not have a posse. When holding a news conference at the start of spring training, it is a positive step not to be accompanied by a silent phalanx of teammates.
Last year when Alex Rodriguez fessed up to transgressions involving an illegal body-building substance he called boli, he was backed by a cadre that included Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and many other current Yankees.
The big tent out behind left field also served as a forum two years ago, when Andy Pettitte admitted dabbling with forbidden stuff. Good old Andy did it so touchingly that nobody ever brought it up again.