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The Daily News is still pushing the “A-Rod will never play again” angle

Jul 22, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

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This is getting pathological. The New York Daily News has been pushing the idea that A-Rod will never play again angle for some time. Their thinking, as much as I can follow it anyway, is that A-Rod, in an effort to protect his legacy or his money or avoid Biogenesis punishment or … something … is going to try to portray himself as physically unable to play, sit back and collect his salary either from the Yankees or insurance companies or both.

That meme went a bit quiet for a couple weeks as A-Rod played in rehab games and actually hit home runs and stuff. Now, after A-Rod has been put on a shelf with a strained quad, it’s back again with a vengeance. Here’s John Harper:

Whether it is convenient timing for Alex Rodriguez or simply revealing of the state of his body, the quadriceps strain that showed up on an MRI on Sunday is more reason than ever to believe that A-Rod will never play for the Yankees again … If he can make that case before a suspension becomes official, Daily News’ sources say that insurance policies, either that of the Yankees’ or A-Rod’s personal policy, would allow him to keep all or most of the money he would otherwise lose.
So was he really only an unforeseen quad injury away from being activated? Or was something like this going to get in the way of him rejoining the Yankees as the time on his 20-day minor league rehab ran out?

I love conspiracy theories, but only to the extent they make a lick of sense. No, I have no idea if A-Rod will ever play again. He could get hit by a bus tomorrow. He could strain three more things and then need Tommy John surgery. His could be the first Tommy John surgery in history to be described as “unsuccessful” after it’s over by virtue of a honey badger breaking into the operating room and killing the anesthesiologist. I really have no clue.

But I do know that the Daily News’ insurance theory makes no sense as they’ve described it. A-Rod does not save any money if he’s on the DL when he gets suspended for Biogenesis (he loses salary either way). Nothing in his history or character suggests he’ll simply choose to go away with a fake medical retirement out of shame or embarrassment because he has no shame and seems incapable of it. Finally, and most importantly, the notion that the Yankees can simply make a phone call to an insurance company after what, under Harper’s theory, is a bogus quad injury and expect checks for tens of millions of dollars to start arriving is beyond laughable. The man was playing baseball games pretty effectively four days ago.

Derek Jeter strains his quad after rehab and its a quad strain. A-Rod does it and it’s a sinister plot. I shouldn’t be surprised, I suppose, but I can’t help but wondering how on Earth the Daily News publishes this stuff with a straight face.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Is it fair to conclude that the NY Daily News has hired a bus driver to run over Arod?

    • rbj1 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      No. They hired the honey badger. Pre-condolences to the family of the anesthesiologist.

      To be fair to the Daily News, now that The Boss is dead, they need another supervillain.

      • polonelmeagrejr - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        Had a laugh reading the story. Because of the way the words and lines were divided up I read A-Rod as A (Minus) Rod I thought it was one more sign of the disrepute into which he’s fallen – was surprised to seee it in a fairly complimentary or positive article about A – Rod

      • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        That’s fine. Circling the Bases can always use another semiotician.

    • bigharold - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      “Is it fair to conclude that the NY Daily News has hired a bus driver ..’

      They already have, .. two, .. their names are Mike Lupica and Mill Madden.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    The Pathology of DOOOOMMM!!!

  3. flamethrower101 - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    This is what is called in the business industry a “dick move”

    I all seriousness until all this Biogenesis crap is resolved I’m inclined to believe A-Rod is just trying to get back to the team as quickly as he can, and obviously an injury like this (real or not) doesn’t help those plans.

  4. micknangold - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    The Daily News just makes things up and pretends it’s “news”.

  5. yahmule - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    A-Rod’s quadricepts.

  6. jeffbbf - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    “but I can’t help but wondering how on Earth the Daily News publishes this stuff with a straight face”

    As opposed to all of your conspiracy theories related to MLB/PED testing/Biogenesis?

  7. clarenceoveur - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Derek Jeter would wake up from full sedation and strangle the evil honey badger and save the anesthesiologist

  8. deathmonkey41 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    I wonder what the premiums are on that insurance policy?

  9. Old Gator - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    I was just remembering that episode of All in the Family wherein Archie Bunker was trapped in an elevator with a Puerto Rican couple, the wife going into labor, and an elegant Black businessman in a four-figure custom made suit. As the woman’s contractions get stronger, the businessman asks if anyone has any newspaper to catch some of the fluid discharge. Archie replies, “yeah, I got da Daily News,” and the businessman responds, “It figures.”

    • polonelmeagrejr - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Q.) Why do people buy Hustler magazine?
      A.) TO fold up their copy of the Post in.

  10. southofheaven81 - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    I f***ing hope he never plays again! That son of a bitch informed on his Jewish neighbors to the S.S.!

    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      That was the STASI. You just stumble out of a chronosynclastic infundibulum or something?

  11. tbutler704 - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    There’s no proof they have a straight face at NYDN. They make stuff up regularly.

  12. rick1k6 - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Better a honey badger breaking into the operating room than Honey Boo Boo.

    • drpaisley - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Depends. If they sterilize Honey Boo Boo first, it’s a win/win (except for the poor anaesthesiologist).

  13. deathmonkey41 - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I hear there’s a possibility that A-Rod might fake his own death to collect on an insurance policy he took out on himself…of course after setting fire to an orphanage and kicking some puppies, that is…

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