Alex Rodriguez is back in baseball. He arrived at the New York Yankees’ spring training camp on Monday, two days early, Position players are not required to report until Wednesday.
According to the New York Post, Rodriguez underwent a physical, worked out at the Yankees’ minor league complex and then turned to face reporters for the very first time since his year-long suspension for using Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs).
He strained his relationship with the Yankees and MLB even more when he threatened multiple lawsuits while still maintaining his innocence. Rodriguez finally gave in and accepted his unprecedent year-long suspension and did not play in 2014.
Rodriguez told reporters of his contrition for his actions saying,
“There were plenty of mistakes along the way. I cringe when I look at some of the things I did but I paid my penalty and an grateful to have another opportunity. I know I seved my time and tried to use my time productively. I created a big headache for a lot of people so I don’t blame whoever is mad at me. I understand.”
Rodriguez recently issued a public apology in the form of a hand-written letter to the fans, the Yankees, Major League Baseball and others. It is hard for anyone to take his apology to heart because of the lies he has told in the past but the baseball world needs to get past it because A-Rod is going to be playing.