Damon: Yanks '09 title diminished if A-Rod was on PEDs

Damon: Yanks '09 title diminished if A-Rod was on PEDs
August 7, 2013, 7:00 pm
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If Alex Rodriguez was on performance enhancing drugs while playing for the Yankees when they last won the world championship in 2009, then that championship is diminished, says Johnny Damon, a teammate of A-Rod's on that World Series winner.

"I really haven’t sat down and thought that far, but if that’s how he was able to hit in the postseason then yeah, absolutely,” Damon said in an interview with MLB Network Radio. “Then you start going and saying was anyone [else] on their team cheating.”

A-Rod is now appealing an unprecented 211-game suspension handed down by MLB on Monday for what an MLB said was his "use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years" and for attempting to cover-up his violations and obstruct MLB's Biogenesis investigation. Rodriguez was also linked to PEDs before the 2009 season, with led to him explaining in spring training that he had only used PEDs from 2001-2003 after obtaining them from his cousin in the Dominican Republic.

In 2009, Rodriguez went 19-for-52 with six homers and 18 RBI in the postseason and temporarily shed his label as an October choker as he helped the Yankees beat the Twins, Angels and finally the Phillies in the World Series.

“He was the MVP of the ALCS. He played a pretty huge part," Damon said of A-Rod, whom he called a friend and "a great person" and said he had known him since the two were teenagers in Florida. "Unfortunately, through the years guys winning awards have been linked to something."

Much to Yankees fans dismay, Damon was not asked if the other World Series team he was a part of -- the 2004 Red Sox -- should also be thought of as a diminished champion since Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, who have each failed tests for PEDs, were members of that team.