A lot of people have had something to say about the revelation that Alex Rodriguez used steroids when he played for the Texas Rangers. One of those people is Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks. Tom Hicks is the one that signed Alex Rodriguez to a contract worth $252 million and said that when he found out Alex Rodriguez used steroids he felt betrayed. Does Tom Hicks have the right to feel this way?
In no way am I trying to defend Alex Rodriguez. I think Alex Rodriguez is a great player even without steroids but I don’t think anybody that uses steroids should be in the Hall of Fame. But I don’t think that Tom Hicks has any reason to feel betrayed.
Let’s not act like the owners had no idea what was going on during the steroid era. Owners knew that players on their team were using steroids and they were turning their heads and allowing it to happen. Owners might be more responsible for the steroid era than players. Sure, players were ultimately the ones taking the steroids but if one player decides not to use steroids that only eliminates one person. If one owner decides he doesn’t want steroids on his team then that eliminated many steroid users.
Tom Hicks especially can’t say he didn’t know anything about steroids use because the Texas Rangers were the steroid capital of Major League Baseball. Tom Hicks acquired Jose Canseco. Texas is supposedly where Rafael Palmeiro started doing steroids and according to Jose Canseco, Ivan Rodriguez also took steroids. Tom Hicks also had no problem bringing in Sammy Sosa after his career was ruined by steroid allegations.
One of the reasons that Tom Hicks is upset is because he supposedly spoke to Alex Rodriguez about the steroid issue…sort of. Hicks says he never outright asked Alex Rodriguez if he used steroids but that Rodriguez seemed to care too much about his body and his legacy. That’s exactly the problem though. Tom Hicks didn’t ask Alex Rodriguez outright. If Tom Hicks really cared about whether Alex Rodriguez used steroids then he should have asked the question outright. If you were making a $252 million investment wouldn’t you ask every specific question you could?
The fact that Tom Hicks danced around the issue of steroids tells me that he didn’t want to know. Tom Hicks didn’t care that Alex Rodriguez, Jose Canseco or Rafael Palmeiro used steroids. Tom Hicks just wanted to win games and make more by any means necessary. Like I said before, I’m not defending Alex Rodriguez. I’m not saying that Tom Hicks is the villain and Alex Rodriguez is the hero, but Tom Hicks isn’t the hero either. In this story Alex Rodriguez and Tom Hicks are both the villains.