This is pretty rich:
Only the legal process keeps Joe Girardi, the Yankees’ straight-arrow manager, from thinking too deeply about the moral quandary of using Rodriguez while excoriating other steroid users, as he did after Ryan Braun’s suspension last month.
“I know people all have their opinions, whether he’s guilty or innocent or whatever,” Girardi said. “But baseball has negotiated a process that says a player is entitled to his appeal, and he is allowed to play during that appeal. So he is playing under the rules of the game, and for that, that’s part of it, and you deal with that. So for me, because of what has been negotiated between the players and Major League Baseball, I am O.K. with it.”
Girardi said he has talked to his 11-year-old son, Dante, about baseball’s off-field troubles and the importance of fair play.
“In this day and age, with camera phones and everything that goes on, the chances of you ever getting away with anything aren’t very good,” Girardi said, repeating his advice. “There are consequences for your actions, and you’re usually going to have to pay for them. I’ve talked to my son about the value of hard work and doing things the right way.”
Girardi played from 1989-2003. Having played for the Yankees (Glenallen Hill, Jason Giambi, Clemens) and the Cubs (Sosa), among others, if he didn't use himself, he certainly got a contact high. He was around steroids his whole career and probably didn't see too many players "do things the right way." That the media could still be in denial about any of this is depressing.