8:03 AM CDT, August 5, 2013
I don’t know about you, but I’m rooting for Alex Rodriguez in this one.
Did he lie? Sure.
Did he use performance-enhacing drugs? Like Sammy Sosa took Flintstone's Vitamins.
Is he a fraud? Big enough that he could market rubber yellow bracelets that say, “Livewrong.’’
But I’ve decided he’s the one to root for in this love triangle that includes Bud Selig and the Yankees.
Except for the PED’s, the above could describe Selig. He was an owner when the whole bunch of those cheats were busted for collusion three times -- three times, do you hear me, Bud? -- and he was the commissioner who gleefully lorded over baseball’s steroid-enhanced revival in the ‘90s.
You know when Dudley Do-Nothing started caring about steroids? When Congress started asking questions while holding baseball’s anti-trust exemption in its back pocket.
Selig reportedly wanted A-Rod suspended until 2015 without appeal in the Biogenesis mess. Mr. Tough Guy over there. A-Rod has never been suspended for PED use. The collective bargaining agreement says a first-timer can be suspended only 50 games.
But this is Selig, who apparently is all about breaking rules and trying to act like he’s doing the right thing. The right thing, of course, would be to leave.
Selig thinks he’s saving his legacy. What he doesn’t know is that it is as beyond repair as A-Rod’s story.
For what it’s worth, I’m standing next to A-Rod in this mess. I’m wearing a Haz-Mat suit, sure, but I’m doing it on A-Rod side of the slaughterhouse.
The Yankees seem to want A-Rod suspended for life, too, so they can get out from under a contract that owes more than $100 million to a dog that can’t even roll over. The “Evil Empire’’ also wants A-Rod suspended forever to get under the luxury tax limit, thereby allowing the Yankees to spend and spend and spend again.
No bleeping way. I wish Hawk Harrelson could curse.
The Yankees signed A-Rod to that gigantic contract. Deal with it, Brian Cashman.
The Yankees won a World Series with A-Rod and filled their already substantial coffers when A-Rod helped fill a new ballpark with 4 million fans one season. Pay for it, Hank Steinbrenner.
Really, people, how could anybody root for the Yankees over A-Rod in this scenario?
Nope. Sorry. This has to hurt the Yankees. They’ve used their ridiculous money to buy titles for decades, so now they can wear that tarnished piece of A-Rod jewelry as long as the contract lasts. We can only hope it plays out that way and that it costs the Yankees bodies and chances to win.
A-Rod will appeal his suspension that reportedly will carry through the 2014 season, but it doesn’t seem as if he can win. He also might be as bad of a guy and as selfish of a teammate as a lot of people say. But I hope A-Rod gets his appeal and I hope he gets the chance to add to Selig’s legacy of fraud and double-dealing. I hope more details come out that embarrass Selig. I hope the commissioner who seems to get off on breaking rules is further exposed.
The real truth: Even though I’m rooting for A-Rod, there are no winners here. Selig, the Yankees and A-Rod are all useless, shameful or contrived, or some combination. The right answer is to send away all three. Let all the parties retire to the Home for Righteously Indignant Stupidity.
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