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Tampa baseball fans react to Rodriguez penalty

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As fans watch the Tampa Yankees take on the Fort Myers Miracle, many were thinking about the doping scandal involving the New York Yankees star player, Alex Rodriguez.

Major League Baseball handed the highest-paid player in the game, a 211-game suspension that includes the rest of this year, and all of next.

The league says A-rod used P.E.D's or performance enhancing drugs, and tried to cover it up.

Before Monday night's game, he danced around the question....did you do it?

"I've had two hip surgeries, I've had two knee surgeries, I'm fighting for my life. I have to defend myself. If I don't defend myself, no one else will. There's a process, I'm happy the process... In due time hopefully, whatever happens, happens," said Rodriguez. 

Rodriguez is one of 13 to get a suspension for using human growth hormones and testosterone.

Some fans think A-rod is getting a raw deal. "Absolutely too harsh. Way too harsh. If it was a civilian court they would throw this case right out right now. The other guys got 50 games, he should get 50 games," said Russ Chapman, as he watched the Tampa Yankees.

Others think the MLB is trying to set an example because Rodriguez makes the most money and is the highest profile player.

"I think the suspension is a little bit long, considering everybody else got 50 games," said Wayne David.

Others are crying foul over the varied punishments. "I think that the other guys didn't get punished enough. Because if you're gonna disobey the rules that much then you should really be punished for it," said Marley Feyes.

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