A-Rod’s Price of Admission

The Yankees third baseman proves that he’s not Barry or Mark or Roger.

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The scandal’s real impact is probably to reveal what is important about sport. During a time of rampant cheating in baseball, the game’s best player cheated for a brief time. The impact on the game will be slight (baseball has endured far worse situations than this); the effect on Rodriguez’s career may be marginal, but the screaming tabloid headlines will go on for days. It’s a classic story (good guy becomes goat), but the emotional investment in the story reflects the lack of competition. People love to get their hackles up, and A-Rod is as good a reason as any until the next good story comes along.

Martin Johnson is a regular contributor to The Root.