"Baseball Tonight" reacts to A-Rod
Originally Published: February 7, 2009ESPN.com
With the news that Alex Rodriguez reportedly tested positive for steroids in 2003, we asked Steve Phillips, John Kruk and Eric Young of "Baseball Tonight" several questions.Read their responses below:
What will be the damage to A-Rod's legacy, and can he fix it?Steve Phillips: I think we have to assume from this point going forward that every story will reference A-Rod's alleged positive drug test in 2003. It will be with him forever now.
What will A-Rod's reputation be around the major leagues now?Steve Phillips: I'm not so much concerned with how his fellow players are going to handle this news. I'm more intrigued to see how Yankees fans are going to treat him when he comes up to the plate and runs out to his position. Yankees fans have no issue with booing a player because of his performance on the field. It's going to be interesting to see how the fans treat A-Rod right from the very start of the season.
Should players be worried about the privacy concerns regarding tests being leaked?Steve Phillips: This is one of the most disappointing parts of this entire story. The fact that this was leaked only reinforces why unions don't want to do drug testing.
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