Joining a group of institutions apparently selling naming rights of parks, stadiums, domes, streets, and back alleys, the University of Miami baseball team will be really pumped up (so to speak) when they take the field at A-Roid Alex Rodriguez Park this season. The university motto is Magna est veritas which means "Great is the truth". Appropriate to name a baseball park after a player who lied for years about PED and steroid use.
The Miami-raised slugger grew up in the shadows of the park in Miami, which he indicated at the dedication last night in South Florida. As the New York Daily News points out, A-Rod joked about his recent steroid confessions; we never would have guessed his contriteness would last less than 48 hours now.
For the most part, really, he just made jokes.
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Does anyone really think R-Rod would be remotely apologetic?
Nearly 500 people bought tickets to see Rodriguez speak when the University of Miami renamed its baseball stadium Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. The Yankee slugger was nothing like the contrite, almost tearful guy everyone saw on Monday when he admitted in an ESPN interview that he used steroids from 2001 to 2003.
He began his first public appearance since the mea culpa by pointing out the huge media horde and saying, "I want to welcome my friends in the back. We travel together. Just like a family - a dysfunctional family."
Then he began his remarks by saying, "As you all know it's been a very quiet week for me, so it's really nice to get out on a Friday night." He thanked many, including his mother and his fellow university trustees. And then he told stories about how the Hurricanes' baseball field was his "Yankee Stadium when I was growing up."
Rodriguez's only serious reference to the firestorm came in his final words. "I have been so fortunate to have received so much from a game I love so much that I have a responsibility to give back. Or better: to pay it forward," sai d Rodriguez, who donated $3.9 million to the program in 2003. "Now that doesn't mean I haven't made mistakes. And unless you've been in a cave or under the ocean this past week, you know I have made some.
There you go, like the other institutions, collection of monies guarantee the naming rights. Miami sold itself for 3.9 million. A-Rod could have injected himself with horse manure and ground nun bones but if he came up with 3.9 million any number of American universities would name anything from their baseball stadium to their library to the President's study after him. Show academics the money and they will name their grandmother 'Nana A-Rod". A-Rod continues:
It also helps that you cheat the system with illicit anabolic drugs, thus inflating your stats. America's conscience -- academics -- appears not to care anymore. A university will sell anything on campus to a high bidder...even one fresh off a steroid scandal. Forgive us if we are not inspired.
Recents developments caused controversy over several stadia in America. Citi Park in New York will be named for the almost illigiud Bank currently bailed out by taxpayers. Miami reclaimed 'Jose Canseco Street'. A Houston hospital took back the Roger Clemens Sports Institute. Include Enron Park and many others that seem to be flash in the naming rights.
Wonder if there will be a 'Madonna Dugout" naming?