From the AP (via Yahoo!):
Saying he had a responsibility to give back, Alex Rodriguez briefly addressed the drug scandal that has enveloped his life for the last week Friday night when Miami formally renamed its baseball field in his honor.
With his name affixed to the scoreboard in left field, Rodriguez—who was greeted by a 45-second standing ovation—spoke in public for the first time since acknowledging he took banned substances as a member of the Texas Rangers from 2001-2003.
“I have been so fortunate to have received so much from a game I love so much,” Rodriguez said. “That doesn’t mean I haven’t made mistakes, and unless you’ve been in a cave under the ocean this last week, you know that I’ve made some. What it does mean is that I understand only in America can you dream big, work hard, and be rewarded beyond your wildest dreams.”
Ha! When all else fails — praise America.