Give us the juicy details, A-Roid.
“I think it's depressing news,” Obama said. “And if you're a fan of Major League Baseball, I think it tarnishes an entire era, to some degree.”
And before that anger can turn into something even resembling forgiveness, people want and need A-Rod to come completely clean about the dirty tricks he used to become the greatest slugger or modern times.
“Keep Talking,” blared the backpage of the New York Post, noting that many questions remain.
Many questions indeed. Associated Press sports columnist Tim Dahlberg listed a few.
"Tell us who introduced you to steroids and how you got them," Dahlberg wrote."Explain exactly what they were and how much you took. Give us the date you started and the date you stopped. Tell us how many of your teammates did them, and whether you all shot up together in the clubhouse."
"Explain why we should believe that you weren't juiced in Seattle if you were in Texas. Better yet, make us really believe the story of you laying on your bed and suddenly deciding to quit just as you were going to the Yankees."
That last question has got to be on the minds’ of baseball fans who were supposed to watch in glee as a drug-free A-Rod took back an all-time home run title that was tarnished by Barry Bonds.
A-Rod essentially confessed to everything that was reported in bombshell report by Sports Illustrated reporter Selena Roberts, but he had repeatedly lied throughout his career about whether he ever used performance enhancing drugs.
So was his sit-down with ESPN Peter Gammons who lobbed him more softballs than a batting practice an exercise in confession or damage control and containment?
“Alex Rodriguez’s story is that he wants us to treat his three years with the Texas Rangers as something to quarantine, something to think of as contaminated and not to be spread over the rest of his career,” wrote the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.
But is it? Only more truth-telling will dispel the rumors and nagging the questions.