TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Alex Rodriguez read from several sheets of
crumpled paper, trying again to explain where he went wrong.
"Amateur hour," he called it.
The slugger who might someday become baseball's all-time home
run king remembered more details about performance-enhancing drugs
Tuesday, saying his cousin repeatedly injected him from 2001-03
with a mysterious substance from the Dominican Republic.
"I didn't think they were steroids," the New York Yankees star
said. Later, he admitted, "I knew we weren't taking Tic Tacs."
Making his second public attempt to explain a 2003 positive drug
test while with Texas, baseball's highest-paid player described a
clumsy scheme in which a cousin persuaded him to use "boli" - a
substance he said the cousin obtained without a prescription and
without consulting doctors or trainers.
"It was really amateur hour. I mean, it was two guys,"
Rodriguez said. "We couldn't ask anyone. We didn't want to ask
Yet, when asked to explain why the secrecy if he didn't think it
was an illegal substance, Rodriguez revealed he had a pretty good