Alex Rodriguez: The controversy
Seattle sports fans do not forgive easily. Just ask the Houston Astros, former Sonics owner Howard Schultz, or A-Rod. When Rodrigue left the Mariners and signed with the Rangers, fans were extremely upset. He stated that he wanted to compete for championships, and the mariners were moving towards a full rebuild. He was not completely wrong, as in 2 offseasons, the Mariners lost both Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez. Randy Johnson was traded in 1998, and the team was sinking fast. Or, so he thought. The Mariners went on to play in the ALCS in 2000, and win 116 games in 2001.
Then, in 2009, Sports Illustrated reported that A-Rod tested positive for testosterone and another anabolic steroid back in 2003. Back then, there was no rule against using steroids. 2 days after the allegations, A-Rod admitted to the drug use, saying he used them from 2001-2003, only during Spring Training. Alex was suspended for the entire 2014 season, for both PED use and trying to cover it up. Alex did come back in 2015 and hit 33 home runs, and made his final All-Star team. He even got an MVP vote. There is much, much more that I could talk about, but this is the basics. A-Rod admitted to steroid use.