The A-Rod Interview: The Parts You Didn’t See

Well, I’ll start with the parts you did see.
“When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure,” A-Rod told Peter Gammons during their sit-down on ESPN. “I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me, and I needed to perform – and perform at a high level every day.”
“It was such a loosey-goosey era,” he went on after pursing his lips several times. “I’m guilty for a lot of things – being negligent, naive, not asking all the right questions. And to be quite honest, I don’t know exactly what substance I was guilty of using.”
“I’m just sorry. I’m sorry for that time. I’m sorry to fans.”
O.K., so before I get to what happened once the cameras stopped rolling, let me just state, at the risk of having everyone roll his or her eyes, that I think he handled the situation the best he could. I do. He had to admit what he did. He had to explain why he did it. And he had to say he was sorry. Check. Check. And check. Could he have been more forthcoming about where he got the stuff? Sure. Did we need the rant about Selena Roberts, who quickly denied his accusations? No. But I’m a Yankee fan; I wanted him to try to put this mess behind him so the team can focus on playing baseball (and so baseball can focus on fixing this mess).
Now, without further ado, here’s what happened moments after A-Rod finished his interview: I looked down at myself and realized I was wearing the exact same sweater!
No white collar, but still. We were in matching cerulean blue!
Gene Orza of the players’ union didn’t tip me off that A-Rod would be wearing cerulean today. My trainer didn’t warn me about it, either. And, of course, A-Rod himself was much too busy to text me with any sort of heads-up.
“You are so busted,” said my husband Michael when he walked in and saw me standing in front of the TV, only inches away from the screen. “I thought you were working.”
“It was such a loosey-goosey afternoon,” I protested. “I’m guilty for a lot of things – not doing the laundry, not calling my mother, not getting the car washed. And to be quite honest, I don’t know exactly where I got this sweater. It was just hanging in the closet and I grabbed it. I felt an enormous pressure to look good – like I had the weight of the world on top of me.”
“You’re supposed to be sitting at the computer, not watching A-Rod’s interview,” said Michael.
“I’m sorry. Forgive me. Blame it on the culture in Texas.”
“Never mind.”
Programming note: The Yankees blog “3:10 to Joba,” is running a contest to coincide with the opening of spring training. Read about it here. You might even win something that’s not cerulean.


  1. redstatebluestate

    For the record, Cerulean sounds like an alien species from Star Trek.
    At least you kept your wedding ring on, Jane. Michael should recognize that.
    And by the way, without sounding too soft, I’d like to point out that A-Rod has beautiful eyes. To counter that softness, I would now like to point out that I can bench press 240 pounds.

  2. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Jane …

    Overall, I think A-Rod did a good job in the interview. It was a step in the right direction, and we all have to give him credit for being honest [even though it is many years after the fact]. It seemed like he rehearsed many of his answers, and, maybe, was a little vague on some of the things he said; but, he took the right approach in coming clean about his PED use, and time will tell how much this distraction will affect his play on the field !!! … In any event, this is all very sad, and MLB really needs to take action “now” to prevent these events from happening in the future .. Take care Jane !!! Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L” …

  3. steve_t

    Sorry, Jane. I’m not buying that he was under pressure to perform in Texas, but not as much, apparently, in NY. That makes no sense to me. I am glad he admitted it, but he’s still lying. I have a feeling he’ll admit to a longer period of abuse if he is called to swear under oath to Congress. I guess we’ll see what happens to Bonds at his trial first.

    Steve T.
    Name the other 103 players!

  4. Jane Heller

    Erin, he did look rather orange!

    “A step in the right direction, Jimmy.” That’s how I’d put it too. He could have been less vague about where he got the PEDs and we can’t say for sure that he stopped using them in ’03, except that he hasn’t failed any subsequent tests. But who knows. We’ll see how it goes from here.

    Will check your blog later, Greg. I want to get your take on the proceedings.

    But sensitive too, Jeff.

    If he does goes before Congress, Steve, it’ll drag this show out even longer. Ugh. I was sick enough of the Bonds and Clemens stories. I just want baseball.

  5. Jane Heller

    Maybe when there’s actual baseball to talk about – like CC showing up at camp and pitching his first game – we can move on.

  6. juliasrants

    I have to agree with Steve – how was Texas a more pressure filled environment then NY? And now Tejada has been charged with perjury? My-oh-my! These men are doing a great job of making sure we don’t actually have BASEBALL to talk about!


  7. Jane Heller

    Julia, I think – well, I hope – that once we get to see actual video of players hitting the ball, fielding the ball, throwing the ball, we’ll be able to enjoy it. Let Congress do its thing, grill those under suspicion, grill Selig, grill Orza, etc. and let us fans focus on the sport we love. That first crack of the bat will sound awfully good.

  8. Elizabeth D

    A-Rod did do the right thing, which was to apologize, but he still has a long way to go in order to regain respect. Do you forgive him? And great conversation with your husband!! That was really funny! Nice comic relief during these dark times

  9. metmainman

    Hey Jane, I’m doing this big project on my blog and I don’t want to give away too much now but I want to get everyone on MLBlogs involved somehow. I really need your opinions. There are more details on my blog, and more will be revealed as I move forward. I am running it, but I want it to be a community project. You might be in the final result, so I want you to follow the progress on my blog and give you opinion along the way. I’m trying to get all the big names and the little guys too.

  10. Lissi

    I am actually kind of glad he didn’t tell where he got everything from; that would have been kind of low if you ask me. It would sound like he was blaming everyone else. Overall, I think he did pretty well but I still don’t like him and I still won’t be able to trust him.
    Nice sweater. I think the blue matches your normal skin color than A-Rod’s orange better. 🙂

  11. Jane Heller

    Elizabeth, of course I forgive him. I generally forgive people unless they commit a truly heinous act. He’s a baseball player who broke the rules. He hurt himself a lot more than he hurt me.

    I’ll check out your blog, metsmainman. Very curious about your project.

    Glad you liked the sweater, Melissa!

  12. redbirdchatter

    I agree with you on the interview. He said the things he needed say. The lobby at work has a TV to entertain impatient customers. Everytime I walked past it today, I saw Alex’s beautiful regretful face. At first I didn’t think that was so bad. I can think of uglier players this could be, but by afternoon I said to someone, “I don’t care how pretty he is. I don’t want to see him again until he’s in a baseball uniform at 3rd base.” Time to move on and play ball.
    Also….the book came yesterday. My review is up!

  13. mlb33333

    Maybe A-Rod is angling to play you in a movie version of your book, perhaps he feels the need to diversify.

    Incidentally the computer system in the main bookstore in Vancouver said that it had 2 copies of your book but there were none to be found. So either the system is lying to me or the book is selling incredibly quickly!!

  14. Jane Heller

    Russell, it never ceases to amaze me how bookstores sell books at all. Their computers don’t match up with their stock! Aaargh. As for A-Rod, I don’t see him as me in the movie. He may have taken a drug that doesn’t make you bulk up, but he’s still too bulky to play a she-fan.



    Was it really loosey-goosey? I thought those years were more nip-n-tuck, topsy-turvy, higgity-piggity, devil-may-care.

    And do both you and Arod shop at JC Pennys?

    el duque

  16. latinyankeerebel

    Hey She-Fan, just dropping by to say I just bought your book, started reading it and I think any minute my neighbors are going to take me to the loony bin. Yeah, I kindda like reading late at night, and well, when I find something funny I tend to crack up very loudly.

    It’s hilarious!

    Now, about A-Rod, pardon, A-Roid, I’m glad he confessed and I think its time to move on.

    If the Yankees win this year, which I hope they really do, haters are going to say, it was ‘roids + money invested in the new players. If we lose they will go out an say that we couldn’t make it even though we paid all that money + the ‘roids…

    Is it just me or is the media is not very fond of the Yankees in general???

  17. Jane Heller

    We don’t shop together, duque, so I can’t say with absolute certainty where he bought his sweater. Mine came from an LL Bean catalog.

    My book is driving your neighbors crazy, yankeerebel? Yikes, I hope they don’t have you evicted on my account. But I’m glad you’re having some laughs. As for the media, there’s always the YES Network, where the sun always shines.

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