Alex Rodriguez has broken his silence: "I did take a banned substance. For that, I'm very sorry and deeply regretful," the Yankees third baseman told Peter Gammons in an interview with ESPN. "When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day. Back then, [baseball] was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young, I was stupid, I was naïve. I wanted to prove to everyone I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time." He also said "all my years in New York have been clean."