I love good drama. After all, I'm a pro wrestling guy. That’s why I’m so intrigued by the Alex Rodriguez vs. New York Yankees “he said, he said” saga.
For a team that is as polarizing as the Yankees are, the word that keeps popping into my mind is karma. Whether or not we like it, they spend money. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. And nothing stood out more than signing A-Rod to a big contract, not once, but TWICE. He opted out to sign another deal, and the team was happy to do it. A decision they are now trying to get themselves out of.
This is a storm of historic proportions for major league baseball. I don’t ever recall a combustible combination of a potential league suspension (which could be a lifetime) for his actions in the Biogenesis scandal along with the team doing everything they can to buy time and keep him away. In fact, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman claims A-Rod violated the collective bargaining agreement when he went outside the team to get a second opinion on his “injured quad”.
This coming after he claimed he was healthy enough to join the team after his rehab start. Oh, and also calling WFAN and telling Mike Fransesa that his doctor has cleared him. The fact the Yankees are willing to roll with guys like Brent Lillibridge at Third Base rather than Rodriguez tells you all you need to know.
This is an absolutely fascinating soap opera. When your GM says you need to “shut the f**** up”, you know this isn’t going to end well. The problem is I’m not sure I want to see it end.