Alex Rodriguez has apologized to the fans in a hand-written letter in which he said he is sorry for the mistakes he made that led to his suspension for performance-enhancing drug use. In the letter, Rodriguez called the New York Yankees “gracious” for offering him the chance to use Yankee Stadium for a formal news conference.
Here is the whole statement from Alex Rodriguez:
To the Fans,
“I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season,” Rodriguez said in the statement. “I regret that my actions made the situation worse than it needed to be. To Major League Baseball, the Yankees, the Steinbrenner family, the Players Association and you, the fans, I can only say I’m sorry.
“I accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that I say at this point. I understand why and that’s on me. It was gracious of the Yankees to offer me the use of Yankee Stadium for this apology but I decided the next time I am in Yankee Stadium, I should be in pinstripes doing my job.”
“I served the longest suspension in the history of the League for PED use,” Rodriguez said. “The Commissioner has said the matter is over. The Players Association has said the same. The Yankees have said the next step is to play baseball.
“I’m ready to put this chapter behind me and play some ball.
“This game has been my single biggest passion since I was a teenager. When I go to Spring training, I will do everything I can to be the best player and teammate possible, earn a spot on the Yankees and help us win.”
A-Rod has clearly stated that he is sorry for everything he has done. He knows he has lost a reputation for himself, but that’s not going to make him stop from doing what he wants to do. Alex Rodriguez wants to win.