Striking a Pose Before Drug Revelations.
By Lynn Zinser. In: The New York Times. On: Wednesday, March 18, 2009
For Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez, a cover story and eye-opening photo shoot for Details magazine could hardly have come at a less opportune time. He agreed to the project in late December, when it may have seemed like a good way to raise his fashion profile. Instead, he sat for the interview on Feb. 5, the day he found out that his positive test of steroids in 2003 would soon be publicly disclosed.
For Details, the timing was splendid. ”You look at the pictures and you have to wonder what he is thinking,” said Alex Bhattacharji, an articles editor for Details magazine. “He was totally at ease.”
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“Doctors ought to quit worrying about what ballplayers are taking. What players take doesn’t matter. It’s nobody else’s business. The doctors should spend their time looking for cures for cancer. It takes more than muscles to hit homers. If all those guys were using stuff, how come they’re not all hitting homers?” Comments from Barry Bonds in 2002 regarding his alleged use of steroids.
According to USA Today’s Jon Saraceno, Hank Aaron doesn’t want to talk about it, at least not for public consumption. Neither does Frank Robinson, another Hall of Famer whose opinion matters.
“Not going there,” Robby told us the other day.
Baseball fans, however, aren’t nearly as reluctant to discuss how they feel about Barry Bonds’ assault on the record books, given the latest allegations that he was a pill-gulping, syringe-sticking, steroidal cream-smearing doper who was jealous of the accolades given in 1998 after Mark McGwire smashed 70 home runs and Sammy Sosa 66.
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