White Sox captain Paul Konerko showed optimism towards the subject, saying the following:
"The game is going to survive. It always will. I look at it big-picture wise. I try to look ahead to five, 10 years from now. You'll look back and these are all little pieces. Talking about the drug-testing stuff, it will always get better. This is the evolution of it, the progression of it. It doesn't happen overnight when you're dealing with a huge operation. Really it's a short amount of time when you talk about six, seven years of implementing something and perfecting it. When you look at it in a big scope like that, it's maybe not as dramatic. These things take time, and years from now it will all make sense. It's all good in that it's moving in the right direction."
"I didn't surprise me the names, it surprises me that people keep trying. They know that if Major League Baseball puts in that rule they can't keep trying. If you try to do something wrong, sooner or later they will catch you. I don't try to do something wrong in baseball because maybe they will catch me. I don't want to do that because I have a family and have friends and I don't want to let my friends and family down."
The general reaction of most of the players seemed to be rather mild, but the players with more extreme positions might have preferred not to comment on the issue.
One man who made his opinion quite obvious, however, was White Sox GM Rick Hahn:
"You've seen this [White Sox] team play recently. I've got 99 problems and A-Rod ain't one of them."