Alex Rodriguez Is Now Happy He Was Suspended 162 Games by MLB
If any of you are waiting for a mea culpa or an apology from Alex Rodriguez for his continued use of performance enhancing drugs, I wouldn't hold your breath.
After being ratted out to investigators by the provider of this round of PEDs, Anthony Bosch, A-Roid responded by allegedly purchasing a big chunk of the mountain of evidence against him so as to obstruct the investigation.
After being suspended for 211 games by Major League Baseball during last season, Rodriguez responded defiantly, shouting from the rooftops that he was being persecuted. When it came time to hear his appeal, and commissioner Bud Selig decided not to show up, Rodriguez hopped a cab (ok, probably a town car) and sped over to the WFAN studios where he did 45 minutes of on-air therapy with a fawning Mike Francesa.
This week, his suspension was reduced to 162 games, essentially the entire 2014 season. So did Alex Rodriguez finally come clean and admit wrong doing?
Nope, quite the opposite. Rodriguez responded by suing MLB and the players' association on Monday in an effort to overturn the decision.
Oh, and one other thing...
As it turns out, Alex Rodriguez is now glad he is suspended for the 2014 season.
Four days after his season long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement was announced (and a couple days after a reportedly odd appearance at his car dealership in League City), Alex Rodriguez met with the media for the first time en masse at a promotional appearance in Mexico where he is opening a gym, and he had plenty to say.
I think the easiest way to break it all down, is to quasi-Zapruder some of the quotes (translated to English) from the three-time AL MVP. So let's do this! As always, my thoughts are preceded by "SP:".
"It's a very sad story. And we hope we can take it out of the newspapers and I hope we can start concentrating on all the good things the big league is doing with all the young players moving forward."
SP: Yes, you heard that correctly. The guy who stormed out of his appeal hearing, and hauled ass across town so that he could rant for 45 minutes on a syndicated radio show, simulcast on television (and up on YouTube within about 18 seconds), he wants the publicity to now die down so we can focus on the game. Like Morganna the Kissing Bandit running onto the field and imploring everyone to keep their eyes on the game.
"I think that in the year 2014, the league could have done me a favor because I've played 20 years without a timeout. I think 2014 will be a year to rest mentally and physically prepare myself for the future and begin a new chapter of my life."
SP: And there it is...see, MLB, this suspension that you handed, A-Roid? It's actually the best thing to ever happen to him! He needed the break! The joke's on you, Selig! This isn't even really a suspension, it's a SUSP-CATION! BUUUURRRNNNNN, SELIG!!!
"I have 3 years left on my contract starting in 2015 and I hope to play very well and finish my career in New York."
SP: That's nice, A-Roid. There's only one problem -- you haven't played well in at least three years. Actually, check that. Not only have you not really played all that well, you haven't really played that much, period. 265 games over the last three seasons, to be exact. This is what happens when your body breaks down post-steroid run.
Finally, one bonus quote from Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner:
"I have not thought about 2015, nor am I going to right now. My focus has to be right now. But when he's on and when he's healthy, he's obviously an asset. We'll see what happens."
SP: Yes, obviously, when he's healthy, he's an asset. But he's never healthy, nor will he ever be. Oh, and Hal, do you need to throw up? Because, once Rodriguez does return in 2015, your team is still on the hook for $61 million over the next three years.
Oh, also, A-Rod is apparently fat now, too. So there's that.
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