5 Best Twitter Reactions to Alex Rodriguez’s Biogenesis Ban
If you're a sports fan -- or anyone who's still breathing at all -- and you haven't yet heard about New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's lengthy suspension due to his use of performance-enhancing drugs, you've obviously been living under a rock.
Anyone with a pulse knows that Rodriguez used PEDs, and the Biogenesis scandal further proved the point, resulting in the suspensions of him and 12 others, including: Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and Philadelphia Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo.
The banishment of Rodriguez for over 200 games and the rest of the players for 50 games apiece were announced on Monday, and given the fact that A-Rod is one of the most polarizing figures in sports, his punishment in particular was met with varying reactions, with many rightly choosing to criticize the 38-year-old slugger for his boneheaded decisions.
Nevertheless, Rodriguez is being allowed to play while he appeals the suspension, which would've seen him sit out the remainder of this season and all of next year, which in itself is astonishing. Also baffling were the comments he made to the Associated Press on Monday.
"I'm fighting for my life," he said. "I have to defend myself. If I don't defend myself, no one else will."
Why would they? Rodriguez cheated, lied and got caught. He deserves to miss every game he's going to and then some.
Just ask people on Twitter. Most of them haven't held back any punches when providing their take on the situation.
Here's a look at five of the best Twitter reactions to Rodriguez's Biogenesis ban.
Chicago greets Alex Rodriguez with a thunderous chorus of boos as he steps to the plate for first time this season.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 6, 2013
Chicago White Sox fans gave Rodriguez the (un)welcoming that he deserved and capped it off by beating the Yankees 8-1 on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.
People please. Don't boo A-Rod. He's had a tough day.— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) August 6, 2013
That's an understatement, but it was a day that had been a long time coming for the man widely known as "A-Roid."
Why not? Two of sports' most newsworthy and troubled athletes flip-flopping would be highly entertaining. Plus, we'd get to see the injury-prone Rodriguez take some tackles.
I guess i'm going to jump on the bandwagon.. I find it sad that #ARod was taking performance enhancing drugs and still sucked that bad— Katie Nicole Reid (@KatieNicoleReid) August 5, 2013
Rodriguez's recent playoff numbers -- he has hit .219, .111 and .120 over the last three postseasons with just 12 hits in 21 games -- certainly bear that out.