While Alex Rodriguez has done a lot to rehabilitate his image after a tumultuous end of his career, he still has a fair share of detractors. Former Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, Florida Marlins and New York Mets‘ catcher Paul LoDuca is certainly among them, and he recently criticized the former New York Yankees star and current ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball analyst.
The former Mets catcher ripped A-Rod on Monday, calling the former Yankees third baseman “one of the fakest people out there” and, per the New York Post, “dumping cold water on his supposed redemption story.”
“People know, I’m not a fan and I’m sorry,” Lo Duca said Monday on WFAN’s “Moosie and Maggie.”
“Never will be a fan. I just think he’s one of the fakest people out there. The way he gets put on a pedestal now is beyond me.”
Both players admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in their respective careers. The former Mets player appeared on the Mitchell Report while A-Rod admitted his mistake later in his career after initially denying it. He got caught in the Biogenesis scandal and served a long suspension.
A-Rod rehabbed his image but LoDuca isn’t buying it
A-Rod, however, has slowly but surely changed his image through the years.
“I was in the Mitchell Report, something I’ll never be proud of and something that was a mistake of mine a long time ago,” said Lo Duca, who is now a Barstool Sports and Action Network contributor.
“But I owned up to it. I didn’t lie. Owned up to it immediately, it was over with, and people can judge me the way they want to judge me. I could care less. But when you completely lie about it for years after years after years after years, you cash in 260 million and people are like, ‘Well, he’s successful,’ well, hell yeah, he’s successful. He got paid over 500 million in his career, I would hope he has some money where he could do whatever he wants with it. So now his relationship with J.Lo has taken him to a level that he’s a saint, give me a break!”
According to recent reports, A-Rod would be interest in putting together a group to buy the Mets.