Chat with SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm
Welcome to The Show! On Wednesday, ESPN anchor Hannah Storm stops by to chat about her time at Yankee's spring training camp. She attended the Alex Rodriguez press conference on Tuesday and sat down with CC Sabathia on Wednesday.
Storm co-hosts the daily morning 9 a.m. to noon ET SportsCenter with Josh Elliott. Storm -- a trailblazing and award-winning sports and newscaster for the last 19 years with CNN, NBC and CBS -- joined ESPN in 2008. She comes to ESPN from CBS News after five years as a host of The Early Show, covering numerous major news events.
Send your questions now and join Storm on Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (4:56 PM)
Hannah will be here shortly. Keep sending in your questions!
Hannah, what was the general feeling among reporters immediately after A-Rod's news conference? We're the majority satisfied with A-Rod's answered, dissatified, mixed?
Hannah Storm (5:03 PM)
Their views were mixed, certainly. He answered some keys questions. We wanted to know what he took and where he got the substances and with his prepared statements he offered new information about the facts. As reporters, we all like to exhaust any line of questioning, but there were no follow ups allowed and the Q and A lasted a little over a half hour. So certainly some left with their questions unanswered.
Don't you think not enough is known about how much of an edge steroids or PEDs give an athlete? I am no fan of A-Rod, but is not the use of the term performance-enhancing drugs a misnomer, since we really do not know which, if any, of these drugs enhance anything? I know some say if these drugs had no infleunce than players would not use them, but humans, for centuries, have taken things which they thought improved them in one way or another, but really did not (magic tonics etc). Sorry for the long question/post.
Hannah Storm (5:07 PM)
That's okay. I certainly understand your point and it is a good one. People have taken any number of legal and illegal substances in sports over the centuries. But we are at a point now where science is ahead of our ability to detect performance-enhancing drugs. And this a very tough time in terms of determining who is doing what and in effect whether or not it enhances an athlete's performance. In fact, it was interesting to hear Rodriguez admit yesterday that he was not even sure if the drug he was taking helped him on the field, although it causes one to question why he kept taking it for three years. Perhaps, for some athletes, the edge is mental rather than physical. But for a physically gifted player like Rodriguez one wonders how much, if at all, a substance can improve his game. And sorry for the long answer!
When A-Rod lost his composure, did you think it was genuine?
Hannah Storm (5:09 PM)
I do not know him personally, but I imagine that it was. As Joba Chamberlain told me, people assumed that having his teammates there made it easier, when actually, what he had to do was very difficult, to look them in the eye and apologize. Rodriguez was truly grateful for their support and CC Sabathia told me that Rodriguez went up to him and offered his thanks . People show their emotions in different ways and I do not feel comfortable answering a question that deals with how certain people deal with difficult and emotional moments.
Hannah, what questions are there about this situation that you believed have not been answered?
Hannah Storm (5:10 PM)
Perhaps the central question is regarding the substance. What experts find interesting is that Rodriguez says he took one substance, "boli", but he tested positive for two subtances. So, personally, I would like to know how that is possible and know more about what it is he actually took.
Hannah Storm (5:10 PM)
And also how was this substance transported from the Dominican Republic into the United States?
Don't you think MLB is getting unfairly singled out for its steroid issue. I mean Merriman tested positive for steroids, got a slap on the wrist. Why aren't there more investigations into other leagues?
Hannah Storm (5:13 PM)
You raise a very fair point and there should be extensive investigations into other sports, including the Olympics. I do not think MLB is being unfairly singled out because the facts are the facts. Some of the biggest players in the game enhanced their performance through substances that were illegal in the United States. The more that comes out the better. Perhaps this can be viewed as a call to action for the union and MLB to come together to clean up the sport, so the results and records will not be tainted by cheating.
Do you think Alex Rodriguez is going to make the HOF? Would you vote for him?
Hannah Storm (5:14 PM)
He has many more years left to play the game. I think there is a school of thought that if he puts up the Hall of Fame numbers from this point on, that he will deserve consideration; and there are also those who feel that he has gone further than any other player in admitting his steroid use, and that may help him when it comes to determining his Hall of Fame induction. But I think it is a very hard call to make at this point in time.
shawn(new york, NY)
With all the distractions surrounding the yankees with a-rod, how will they perform in this upcoming season in your eyes?
Hannah Storm (5:16 PM)
It is huge distraction, but in talking to players they see some positives. They came together as a team and some of their new players were there for Rodriguez which meant a lot for the team as a whole. It was a baptism by fire for some of the new players as far as how difficult big stories can get as a member of the Yankees. So it may be a positive. But this story will not go away and the Selena Roberts book will still come out and in every city there will be negative attention on the team. Bottom line, if they win a lot of this will go away, but if they lose things will get exponentially worse.
Hannah Storm (5:20 PM)
Thank you so much for the great questions. I always enjoy chatting. Be sure to check out my interview with CC Sabathia on the 6 p.m. SportsCenter and throughout the night. See you back on the 9 a.m. SportsCenter on Friday!