Sports is big money, and for every $100 million contract where a team sees a return on their investment and then some, it feels like there's five where a team walks away with some serious buyer's remorse, if not right after the signing, certainly by the time the contract has played itself out.
Of the contracts that fall in the latter category, it feels like about a dozen of them are currently on the New York Yankees' roster, and perhaps no individual player's contract has turned into a bigger pile of steaming financial turds than Alex Rodriguez's deal, which still has -- sit down -- five years and $114 million remaining on it.
Ouch. Compounding matters is the fact that Rodriguez's body continues to break down and he will be out until at least July with a hip injury, although given his regression as a player, maybe it's for the best.
Still, as long as performance-enhancing drugs exist, A-Rod will manage to stay in the news. Here's the latest A-Rod/steroid story, courtesy of USA Today:
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez purchased potentially incriminating documents from a person connected to a South Florida-based anti-aging clinic to keep them out of the hands of Major League Baseball investigators, the New York Times reported Friday.
Citing two people briefed on the matter, the Times reported that a representative of Rodriguez purchased documents from a former representative of Biogenesis, the since-closed Miami clinic that reportedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs to two-dozen major leaguers. Rodriguez's intent was to destroy the documents.
Terry Fahn, a spokesman for Rodriguez, told USA TODAY Sports that Rodriguez "flatly denied the allegation," but refused further comment.
Of course Rodriguez denies it. That's been his general pattern -- deny, deny, lie, deny, until a paper trail shows up, then ask for forgiveness.
Remember A-Rod's appearance on 60 Minutes with Katie Couric back in 2008 where he flatly denied using steroids? I do....
Then, not long after that, news came out that Rodriguez was one of around 100 players who'd failed drug tests between 2001 and 2003. He was now trapped in a lie. So he did what any self-respecting protector of one's image would do: He baked himself under a sun lamp for an entire afternoon, dressed up in his Sunday best, scheduled an interview with a softball-tossing media friend, apologized profusely and said it was all in his past.
Remember? I do...
He chased that with a very heartfelt, spontaneous, from-the-gut press conference at Yankee camp...okay, actually it was as robotic and scripted as the worst telemarketing sales pitch imaginable, but you remember it, don't you? I do....
"New start...do what I'm supposed to do....very blessed....made mistakes...." blah, blah, blah. I'm guessing Alex Rodriguez kept using steroids even after he got caught, and I'm guessing he probably bought these documents to protect his lie. I'm less offended by those things than I am by his facade and apparent belief that we are all this stupid and gullible, that we would continue to believe him over and over again.
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Alex Rodriguez actually owns a car dealership in League City, a Mercedes dealership. The fact that he would expect the public, of all things, to purchase automobiles from him might be the biggest heat check of all.
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