Despite Yankee 3B Alex Rodriguez’ insistence yesterday that the FBI quizzing him about ties to Tiger Woods’ alleged HGH supplier “is about someone else”, the Bergen Record’s Ian O’Connor vehemently disagrees ; “this isn™t about someone else. It™s about a once-in-a-generation ballplayer who cheated the game, cheated the fans and cheated himself, and who now is discovering that even a World Series ring and ticker-tape parade can™t absolve him of his not-so-venial steroid sins.”

It™s quite possible Rodriguez will tell the feds he never received performance-enhancing drugs from Tony Galea or anyone else, and this flare-up will go away. At least until the next  flare-up.

It™s also possible Rodriguez will tell investigators a different tale, one that could earn him a minimum 50-game suspension. That™s the worst-case scenario ” Rodriguez cops to using a banned substance after the penalty phase of baseball™s drug program kicked in, and Bud Selig makes A-Rod wish he chose football as a kid.

It sounds unlikely, but when it™s A-Rod, worst-case scenarios are always in play.

œAgain, Rodriguez insisted, œthis is about someone else.

Only A-Rod made it about himself by inviting suspicion with his own deeds. Every day he walks past a posted clubhouse memo on the substances and stimulants added to the sport™s no-no list, a warning posted too late for a legacy forever stained.