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Alex Rodriguez issues an apology to fans

Alex Rodriguez

File- This April 13, 2013 file photo shows New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez sitting in the dugout during a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. Steinbrenner says he has been disappointed by Alex Rodriguez’s behavior at times during the star third baseman’s career in pinstripes. Steinbrenner made the comments after attending a news conference at Yankee Stadium on Monday to announce that the Big Ten and Pinstripe Bowl have agreed to an eight-year deal. Rodriguez is rehabbing his surgically repaired hip and is not expected back until after the All-Star break. Steinbrenner says the Yankees really need the three-time MVP to come back strong (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

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Alex Rodriguez has been on an apology tour. He just released a statement which, from the sound of it, will be his last one. It actually appears as if he has written it by hand. You can go see the hand-written version of it here. Here’s the text:

To the Fans,

I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season. I regret that my actions made the situation worse than it needed to be. To Major League Baseball, the Yankees, the Steinbrenner family, the Players Association and you, the fans, I can only say I’m sorry.

I accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that I say at this point. I understand why and that’s on me. It was gracious of the Yankees to offer me the use of Yankee Stadium for this apology but I decided the next time I am in Yankee Stadium, I should be in pinstripes doing my job.

I served the longest suspension in the history of the league for PED use. The Commissioner has said the matter is over. The Players Association has said the same. The Yankees have said the next step is to play baseball.

I’m ready to put this chapter behind me and play some ball.

This game has been my single biggest passion since I was a teenager. When I go to Spring Training, I will do everything I can to be the best player and teammate possible, earn a spot on the Yankees and help us win.

Sincerely,

Alex

Cue writers (a) criticizing the apology as some sort of distraction, even though they’ve called on him to apologize for years; and (b) criticizing it being hand-written as self-centeredness of some sort, even though they’ve been accusing him of hiding behind publicists and spin doctors his whole career.