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June 29, 2009

Putting A-Rod on the Couch

Sports Illustrated's Selena Roberts gets inside the head of the troubled Yankees star, and responds to critics of her controversial, steroids-inflected biography.

Dan Adler

Alex Rodriguez cheated on baseball. He took performance-enhancing drugs for at least three years, from 2001 to 2003, while a member of the Texas Rangers. Baseball's last hope for redemption, a clean superstar destined to wipe the asterisk from the home run record, was dashed.

But you know that. Selena Roberts knows you know—after all, she was the one who told you, breaking the story for Sports Illustrated in February with her colleague David Epstein. And she knows that the mere fact of Rodriguez's guilt is insufficient; it threatens to minimize his story, to simply slot him in between Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa as yet another thoroughly unsurprising revelation that baseball has gone rotten.

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