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A-Rod used steroids only in Texas according to A-Rod

via his interview I just saw on ESPN.  Here's a link to an article about the interview.

He didn't use in Seattle and when he got to NY (with McNamee, Clemens and Pettitte there) he stopped using.  I call shananigans on that though.

 

Our locker room is gaining quite the notorious reputation from back then.

 

Here are quotes:

"When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day," Rodriguez told ESPN's Peter Gammons in an interview in Miami Beach, Fla. "Back then, [baseball] was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young, I was stupid, I was naïve. I wanted to prove to everyone I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time.

 

"I did take a banned substance. For that, I'm very sorry and deeply regretful."

 

"Overall, I felt a tremendous pressure to play, and play really well" in Texas, the New York Yankees third baseman said. "I had just signed this enormous contract I felt like I needed something, a push, without over-investigating what I was taking, to get me to the next level.

 

"I am sorry for my Texas years. I apologize to the fans of Texas."

 

Rodriguez said he stopped taking substances after injuring himself at spring training in 2003 with the Rangers.

"It wasn't a real dramatic day. I started experimenting with things that, today, are not legal," he said, "that today are not accepted ... ever since that incident happened, I realized that I don't need any of it."

 

He said the culture earlier this decade of taking performance-enhancing substances was "prevalent." "There were a lot of people doing a lot of different things," Rodriguez said, noting that he wasn't specifically pointing out the Rangers.

 

Rodriguez said he was told by Gene Orza, the chief operating officer of the MLB Players' Association, that he might, or might not, have tested positive in the 2003 survey. A source told ESPN on Saturday that Rodriguez knew he had failed the test.

"I had never heard anything since," he said. "Whatever I was experimenting with in Texas might have been OK."

 

Rodriguez also said of his 2007 interview with Katie Couric on "60 Minutes," when he denied ever using steroids, that "at the time, I wasn't being truthful with myself. How could I be truthful with Katie Couric or CBS?"

 

On a related note, This is an unbelievable article in which Baseball Prospectus' Will Carroll sits down with one of the biggest steroid dealers in the game today. This article has provided me with amazing perspective on just how sophisticated PEDs and the market for them has become. Always one step ahead of the tests, I doubt they will ever be able to be eliminated from the game. 

 

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