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February 09, 2009
by Ryan Hudson
Well, that didn't take too long. In an interview with ESPN's Peter Gammons, Alex Rodriguez admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs while with the Texas Rangers.
"When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day. Back then, [baseball] was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young, I was stupid, I was naïve. I wanted to prove to everyone I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time.
"I did take a banned substance. For that, I'm very sorry and deeply regretful."
Rodriguez says he didn't know exactly what he took, but the Sports Illustrated report
that was published Saturday morning claims he tested positive for testosterone and Primobolan, an anabolic steroid.
"Overall, I felt a tremendous pressure to play, and play really well" in Texas, the New York Yankees third baseman said. "I had just signed this enormous contract I felt like I needed something, a push, without over-investigating what I was taking, to get me to the next level.
"I am sorry for my Texas years. I apologize to the fans of Texas."
Rodriguez says that he stopped taking anything after spring training in the 2003 season, and that "all [his] years in New York have been clean." The full interview with Gammons will air during tonight's 6 p.m. SportsCenter.
Now A-Rod needs to hope that he gets a similar level of forgiveness that was shown to Jason Giambi and Andy Pettitte when they came clean.
UPDATE: Here's the video.