While speaking at a press conference before tonight's game Alex Rodriguez called the last seven months of his life a "nightmare". Unfortunately for A-rod, he will not be waking up anytime soon.
Major League Baseball handed down punishment today of 13 players associated with Florida anti-aging clinic that reportedly supplied them with performance enhancing drugs. MLB came down hard on each individual, but especially Rodriguez, who was banned through the end of 2014 season. While it is a stiff punishment, it is not the lifetime ban that could have been handed out.
Other players involved in the punishment include all-stars Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers, and Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres. Those three and the rest of the remaining 9 received 50-game suspensions.
Rodriguez's punishment, which is by far the most severe, is scheduled to begin on Thursday and run through the rest of the current season, the post-season, and all of the following regular season. He has 72 hours to appeal the decision and attempt to salvage his career, a decision that his attorney has said he will pursue.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement that "Rodriguez's discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation."
So whether or not Rodriguez is truly guilty of the violations, he is all in at this point. Either he successful defends himself and receives a reduced punishment or no punishment, or he is found guilty and serves his suspension, which could be extended. Either way, it is likely that Rodriguez will never recover from this episode and will go down in history with other tainted superstars like Jose Conseco and Barry Bonds in baseball's hall of infamy.
Here are a few humorous Twitter reactions to lighten the mood.
Alex Rodriguez is so full of hormones McDonalds just added him to their menu
— Eliza Bayne (@ElizaBayne) August 6, 2013
I suspected Alex Rodriguez used steroids in 09 when he cut his leg sliding into third & his glowing blood caused the base to grow a mustache
— Rob Fee (@robfee) August 5, 2013
'All I Want To Do Is Play Ball, Ya Know? Take Steroids And Play Ball' | Commentary By Alex Rodriguez http://t.co/AM5ZzdWCoX
— The Onion (@TheOnion) August 5, 2013