Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez today admitted, in a voice that wasn't always steady, that he took steroids for three seasons beginning in 2001. Amid swirling rumors that he'd tested positive in 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers, A-Rod told ESPN's Peter Gammons that he succumbed to "an enormous amount of pressure."
"I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day," Rodriguez said. "Back then, [baseball] was a different culture. I was young, I was stupid, I was naïve. I wanted to prove to everyone I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time. I did take a banned substance. For that, I'm very sorry and deeply regretful."