Hot on the heels of Tony Bosch being sentenced to 48 months in prison, Alex Rodriguez released a handwritten apology to the fans instead of having another press conference at Yankee Stadium. Here's the note (the handwritten version is here):
To the Fans,
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 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. 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.
Only time will tell if Rodriguez has anything left. We all saw what happened to age 40 Derek Jeter in 2014 when he missed the majority of 2013 due to injury. It wasn't pretty. Alex turns 40 in July, has two hip surgeries under his belt and missed a whole season because of the suspension.