Monday's interview with Peter Gammons of ESPN was intended to answer, and in so doing quell, the explosive news that New York Yankees' slugger Alex Rodriguez tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2003. Yes, he did it, Rodriguez haltingly confessed. His admission had all the hallmarks of a professionally managed damage-control campaign: the intimate home setting, the soft sweater*, the furrowed look of concern, the cloying phraseology ("I was young and naïve"--didn't Monica Lewinsky say that!?), and, because he's a Yankee and therefore a dim bulb, the utter inability to pull it off convincingly. All of it was geared toward "putting this behind him" and ensuring that it be only a one-day story.

Read the dispatch by Joshua Green.