From the day Alex Rodriguez signed his contract for one-quarter-of-a-BILLION dollars he has faced scrutiny. Despite being clearly the best player in baseball over several years of that contract, the Texas Rangers finally found a way to get rid of the contract by trading him to the Yankees. Friday, Rodriguez implied in a post-game interview that the current talk of his ban from baseball is an attempt by the Yankees to void the rest of his contract.
“I think that’s the pink elephant in the room. I think we all agree that we want to get rid of PEDs. That’s a must. I think all the players feel that way. But when all the stuff is going on in the background and people are finding creative ways to cancel your contract, I think that’s concerning for me. It’s concerning for present and it should be concerning for future players as well. There is a process. I’m excited about the way I feel tonight and I’m going to keep fighting,” Rodriguez said during clips of his post game press conference shown on ESPN.
When Rodriguez blasted a long two-run home run in a minor league game Friday night, many of the almost 200 with media credentials took to Twitter. The twitter reports of boos earlier reminded me of a game I witnessed in which Darryl Strawberry was booed when he took the field in Richmond for a rehab game after his suspension for cocaine, though in that case he turned the boos into standing ovations after blast two of the first pitches he saw out of the park to earn an almost immediate call-up by the Yankees.
Rodriguez had avoided the media prior to the game, but in a post-game press conference said that while everyone wants to see banned substances out of baseball, he believes other athletes should be concerned about attempts to void contracts.
Reports in recent days have indicated that Major League Baseball has evidence that Rodriguez used banned substances every year since 2009, and that the league was insisting that Rodriguez accept a suspension for all of this season and next or face a lifetime ban.
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