JEFF PEARLMAN

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A-Rod and 600

Royals Yankees Baseball

Alex Rodriguez hit his 599th home run tonight … and the world sleeps.

Why?

Because, no matter what he does from here on, Rodriguez will foreever be viewed as a cheat; as a liar; as someone who had every imaginable gift and still decided it wasn’t enough. He’s right there alongside Barry and Rocket and Big Mac and Sammy as the game’s tainted heroes; men whose numbers will never be big enough to squash the taint behind them.

Fair? Unfair? Hard to say. Many of us are taught from young ages that taking shortcuts isn’t the righteous way to go; that you’ll always feel better about any accomplishments by knowing you tried your best and did so in an honest and decent manner. That’s what I’ll tell my kids, at least.

And I’ll use steroids as an example.