It's easy to pile on and dismiss A-Rod's "stupid mistake" about taking steroids. This whole thing about him being a "young kid" and "ignorant" strikes me as being particularly cynical on his part. How old do you have to be to realize that steroids are wrong?
That said, let's not forget the golden rule of the Buddha, "Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes."
(Okay, so this isn't one of the golden rules of the Buddha ... I just wanted to write "the golden rule of the Buddha").