Of all the narratives the steroid era left in its wake, none was messier or more complicated than Alex Rodriguez's. It was a tale of lies and revenge, as politically savage as Game of Thrones. But after the rise and fall of a great slugger, there's a third act in the making.
How it turns out—whether A-Rod's reputation can ever be fully laundered—remains an open question.
It'll be another two years before Rodriguez is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2022. That'll be his first litmus test. His three MVPs, 14 All-Star Game appearances and 10 Silver Slugger Awards will be discussed and debated.
But his interim game plan is already apparent, including a full apology tour, diligent work as a Fox analyst and all those gossip-page photo ops with fiancee Jennifer Lopez. Give A-Rod credit for this much: He's trying.