So now you're sorry?
That's OK, Alex, because I'm sorry, too. I'm sorry that your admission/apology, delivered today to ESPN's Peter Gammons, isn't going to save you. I'm sorry that it wasn't even all that convincing.
"That's pretty accurate," A-Rod said at one point during the interview.
Pretty accurate, huh? Yeah, at least until any more evidence comes out. After all, isn't it convenient that Rodriguez now says he stopped taking steroids in spring training 2003? Presumably, that's a few days after the failed test that Sports Illustrated revealed on Saturday.
So that's the strategy now. Admit to what they've already caught you on, say you're sorry, say that you did it because "it was the culture" and because you cared so much. And then strongly deny anything else.
Is it possible that Rodriguez is now telling the truth? Sure, it's possible. But let's remember this is the same guy who told Katie Couric that he wasn't even tempted to use steroids.
Rodriguez says he felt "a tremendous pressure" to play well in Texas, and that's why he started using. He doesn't really explain why he stopped, except for saying "I realized that I don't need any of it."
So he felt tremendous pressure while playing in Texas, but apparently not while playing for the Yankees. He felt like he needed help after a near-MVP season in Seattle in 2000, but realized after another near-MVP season that he didn't need it.
Is it the truth? I barely care anymore.
There are those who will celebrate Rodriguez for admitting to something. They'll point to Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, the twin pillars of denial. They'll remind us that Jason Giambi and Andy Pettitte were helped by their admissions.
OK, fine, so A-Rod is ahead of Bonds and Clemens.
That's hardly the point. What matters is that as long as Alex Rodriguez plays, he'll be linked to steroids. What matters is that whatever records A-Rod goes on to set, steroids will have played a part in them.
Saturday, when the A-Rod steroid report first appeared on the Sports Illustrated website, I wrote that A-Rod will never get away from this, and that not even an admission would help.
It's two days later, the admission has come, and I don't feel a bit different.
So you're sorry, Alex? Good, because I'm sorry, too.