As the clock ticks down on the final moments of the career of Alex Rodriguez, this is a good opportunity to sit down and talk to our kids.
Just as the downfall of Dwight Gooden was an opportunity for my parents to talk to my generation about the dangers of drugs, A-Rod’s colossal fall is an opportunity to talk about honesty, integrity, and fair play.
I’m not going to get into a debate right not about Bud Selig, Major League Baseball, who knew what and when. That is a different discussion. This is about Alex Rodriguez. This is about what happens if you’re dishonest. This is what happens if you get caught doing something you’re not supposed to be doing and don’t accept the consequences. This is about what happens when you cheat.
Sure, Alex will still have his millions in the bank – but he has lost something that he can never get back (and perhaps never had). Integrity.
Dwight Gooden has struggled since his playing days. He’s fallen off the wagon. He’s gotten back up. He’s also been open and honest about his struggles and addiction and admits that he needs help and this will be a lifelong struggle for him. We want to root for Doc.
I don’t want to root for Alex Rodriguez. It’s not because he’s a Yankee. It’s because of the arrogance. It’s because of the attitude that the rules don’t apply to him. It’s why I don’t like Ryan Braun. It’s why I don’t was glad when the Mets got rid of Frankie Rodriguez.
Will Alex eventually go the Doc route and become a sympathetic figure? I doubt it.
But he does serve as an example for our children. You don’t want to be like Alex Rodriguez.