Wouldn't it have been nice for these words to come out of the mouth of Alex's teammates and not the blowhard owner?
In his spirited defense of A-Rod on Wednesday, Steinbrenner told The Record that “if [Sandy] Koufax, [Mickey] Mantle, [Babe] Ruth, [Willie] Mays or [Hank] Aaron were playing today, they all would be suspected of doing something — and of course, they didn’t do it. There was no such thing in their day. “This is the age of paranoia.”
..."Consider the source, that’s No. 1,” Steinbrenner said of Canseco. “He wouldn’t have been able to hit the ball out of the infield without steroids.
“And No. 2, if Mantle or Ruth were playing today, with the 550-foot home runs they hit, everybody’d be saying they were on something. They didn’t even lift weights in those days. They played on alcohol and hot dogs.
“There are certain naturals. There are guys who can just do it, and Alex is one of those guys,” Steinbrenner said. “He’s just friggin’ great.”
Thursday, March 27, 2008
by Bronx Liaison
Hank Steinbrenner does not like Jose Canseco disrespecting his #1 man [Alex Rodriguez] and he told the Bergen Record as much: