Alex Rodriguez is an enigma; he is, perhaps, one of the most talented players in the history of the game and he puts up amazing numbers in the regular season. But when it comes down to crunch time and the playoffs, A-Rod is a total failure. He implodes when the game is on the line and although he has been an amazing stat-man and MVP candidate, he has never played on a World Series Championship team. >
Now it has been revealed that Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003. The finding was reported by Sports Illustrated on Saturday, February 7, 2009. The New York Yankees’ third baseman was one of 104 players who tested positive that season. Sources report that he tested positive for Primobolan, an anabolic steroid, and testosterone.
When Rodriguez was contacted by Sports Illustrated on Thursday, he said, “You’ll have to talk to the union.” When they pressed him to explain why he tested positive, he retorted, “I’m not saying anything.”
Primobolan, which may be injected or administered orally, improves strength while allowing for a small amount of bulk development. In the past, the third baseman has always denied taking steroids or any performance enhancing drugs. Although Rodriguez is a true talent, he gotten a bad rap for poor post-season performances, questionable on field decorum and sportsmanship and questionable drive.
In 2003, when he is alleged to have tested positive for steroids, he won his first of three NFL awards. There was no penalty for the use of illegal steroids in 2003. A-Rod was not in the 2007 Mitchell report and players who tested positive in 2003 are exempt from any penalties. However, it is unclear if Rodriguez is implicated after the 2003 season. If he is, then he could face charges and prosecution.