The media finally got their crack at Alex Rodriguez today. We didn't learn much that was new, but there is a moral to the story that comes shining through: Alex Rodriguez is not a smart guy.
Ignorance seemed to be the theme of most of his answers during his media "grilling" today. Rodriguez admits to buying and injecting primobolan with his his unnamed "cousin." But he didn't know what it was for, didn't know how to take it, didn't know if actually did any good, and didn't care enough to find out. "Naive young kid" is his story and he's sticking to it.
I'm almost inclined to believe that he was that dumb. Not so dumb that he didn't know he was doing something wrong, but dumb enough to not really understand why it was wrong (or even how do that wrong thing correctly.)
Of course, if he wasn't just a stupid kid, then he's a tremendous, diabolical liar and nothing he ever says can be trusted. So which explanation fits with this uncomfortable moment when he tries to address his teammates, but sits silent for a full thirty seconds—even taking a drink of water—before simply saying thanks. Was that in the script, or is he just incapable of working without one?
[Video via MLB Network]