A-Rod issues handwritten apology for ‘mistakes that led to my suspension’
Despite rumors that Alex Rodriguez would issue a public apology via an essay on The Players Tribune, the Derek Jeter-fronted website, the New York Yankees pariah/slugger instead offered up a handwritten note to apologize for the “mistakes that led to my suspension.”
The so-called apology reads as follows:
“I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season. 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 that 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. 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.
To say it is a half-hearted, lukewarm and arguably insincere apology would be an understatement. But the decision to sign it as simply “Alex” sure lends to a much more casual tone than, say, “Alex Rodriguez, Social Pariah,” which is nice. And while A-Rod may be ready to “put this chapter behind” him and “play some ball,” odds are good not everyone shares his sentiment.
A portion of the handwritten note (it can be viewed in its entirety in PDF form on MLB.com):
There you have it. My guess is that Uncle Leo of “Seinfeld” — if he were a real person — would agree that A-Rod has beautiful penmanship. Which, again, is nice.