The news Monday of Alex Rodriguez’s baseball suspension through the end of the 2014 season, although not the lifetime ban that was considered, pulled in a variety of strong reactions online from baseball fans, most seemingly in favor of A-Rod’s punishment.
The Yankee superstar’s suspension was the toughest of the 13 players discovered in the Biogenesis scandal to have taken performance-enhancing drugs. The other 12 players, who cooperated with the investigation, were suspended for 50 games.
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USA Today said Rodriguez plans to appeal the decision
, which means he probably will continue to play during the appeal process.
“For the player who was supposed to break the home run record, it’s a disaster – and an era-defining moment for baseball,” said The Daily Beast
Many online took the opportunity to air opinions on what’s happened to baseball in general over the past few decades as reports of performance-enhancing drugs hit the news.
Wrote gts4430 on The Daily Beast article: “You are right. I do hate him. I hate him for what he does to tarnish the game. I hate him for the same reasons that I hate Bonds, Sosa, McGuire, Clemens, etc. They tarnish the game. You think we have been in the golden age of baseball? You're nuts. I'll take the eras of Gehrig, Mantle, DiMaggio, Mays, Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Musial, Williams, Clemente, and so many more. All we have been in is the golden age of juiced up performances by some overpaid and arrogant idiots who have cast a shadow over those in the game who play clean. He should be gone for life. Period.”
Wrote tucsonrn on the same article, which brought out numerous people glad to see Rodriguez getting his just deserts: “How do you spell Alex Rodriguez---L-a-n-c-e A-r-m-s-t-r-o-n-g.”
Others stood up for Rodriguez, concerned that his connection with Biogenesis hasn’t been proven.
Wrote Ted Collins on a USA Today story about the suspension
: “What is the evidence? Association with Biogenesis? Until they provide direct evidence that he used Performance Enhancing Drugs he is innocent until proven guilty. Isn't that the American way? Or has the media been able to fabricate stories to maximize their viewership and to get everyone to forget the proper way of suspending a player.”
On Twitter, the story of A-Rod’s suspension for 211 games popped up everywhere.
James Pope commented on the USA Today story: “It's time for you to go home Mr. Rodriguez. Since every card I have of you will now be virtually worthless, I will be using them for bonfires this winter.”
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