Today, you can count 31 construction towers along the Downtown Miami skyline. In what the Government calls a period of recession, there is no doubt in my mind that those skyscrapers are being funded by the remnants of the Cocaine Era. There is no doubt in the minds of many Miami residents either. Some say that the body count and crime rate was worth it, while some say they would've preferred to keep South Florida a swamp. Regardless of their opinion, Miamians continue to live in this tropical city and tourists consistently flock to our lucrative beaches.
The date was July 25, 1975. In the Washington Heights Section of New York City, Lourdes Rodriguez gave birth to, argueably, the greatest baseball player in MLB history. Well, that came into question on Monday, Feb. 9th, when Alex admitted to using performance enhancing drugs.
In 1980, A-Rod and his family moved to the southwest region of Dade County. He used to jump the fence at the UM stadium to watch the Canes play. He dreamed of one day playing for them, but never got the chance. Three days before the first semester started, Rodriguez signed a 1.3 million dollar contract with the Seattle Mariners.
To this day, Alex considers himself a part of the Miami Hurricanes and the City of Miami, his second home, considers him a part of it too. He has donated 3.9 million dollars to the school to renovate their baseball stadium, which as of February 13, 2009, bares his name - Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park. As a part of his community efforts in South Florida, he has done numerous charity events throughout his career and even wrote a children’s book.
With this I bring you the relation between the three objects of the story. Despite this city's dark past, people still embrace it and choose to raise a family here. Despite the city's dark past, people still come to enjoy their "fun under the sun" and their "night out in the city." The United States has forgiven Miami for being the gateway to the drug problem we have today, for washing our hands in blood, and for continuing to use the cocaine money to build this city. Thus, they should forgive Alex Rodriguez for using performance enhancers for merely two years of his bright career.
Alex, the City of Miami, as a whole, forgives you. If you say the pressure of signing the most lucrative contract in sports history (10-year deal worth $252 million) led you to taking PEDS, I believe you. Billie Bob Harrell Jr., committed suicide in Texas two years after he won the 31 million dollar lotto jackpot, because he felt the pressure of being rich. That's $221 million short of what you are making, so I understand and offer my empathy.
You never said you were perfect, but everyone expected you too. Not even God's first two humans were perfect, so I don't expect you to be so. I leave you with a quote that Alex wrote to kids eleven years ago:
"Nobody can act perfectly all the time. No doubt I'll make mistakes in the future. The thing is, we must always strive to do the right thing. In my case, that means playing hard and honorably. In doing so, I honor all those people who have supported me throughout my life."