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Alex Rodriguez goes on WFAN, says he’s wants to play

Jul 25, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez talks with manager Joe Girardi while they play Baltimore Orioles in MLB game in New York Reuters

It’s hard to imagine that Alex Rodriguez thought this would turn out well.

The beleaguered Rodriguez decided to call into Mike Francesa on WFAN late this afternoon and tell the world that he’s ready to play and that the Yankees are holding him back.

The move comes after Rodriguez took part in a conference call with Yankees management on Thursday afternoon. According to the New York Times, both Rodriguez and the Yankees agreed to a plan that would have A-Rod play in a simulated or minor league game on Aug. 1 and come off the DL a day or two later.

Rodriguez said on WFAN that he agreed to the plan even though he’d rather play tomorrow. Asked whether he still trust the Yankees, he replied, “I’d rather not get into that.”

Rodriguez’s counter comes after a report earlier in the day that he was facing discipline from the Yankees for getting an unauthorized second opinion on his quad injury. These latest public comments are sure to further inflame a relationship with the Yankees that’s already deteoriated to a point beyond which it may never recover. Obviously, the only thing still keeping the two parties together is the $100 million the Yankees owe Rodriguez. One wonders just how much of that they’d now be willing to eat just to get rid of him once and for all.

  1. number42is1 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    his Agent is a gddamn genius! there is no way that he isn’t doing this purposefully just to get the hell outta NY.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      where can he go, who would trade for him.

      • number42is1 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        The Yanks will have to eat a hefty chunk of his salary.. the Marlins would gladly take him

      • Old Gator - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        I doubt if the Feesh would take him unless the Borg ate everything but the league minimum. I would question how much of a “draw” he would be, and the team is so far gone in the standings that even if he returned to prime form (which he won’t) he couldn’t even help them out of the catacombs. Moreover, even here in Macondo, nobody likes A-roid very much. The University of Macondo is pooping pellets over having the name of a soon to be disgraced ballplayer on their baseball stadium.

  2. aceshigh11 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Damn, this guy is coming unhinged fast.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      this is so scandalous, from both sides.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      this is so scandalous, for both sides.

  3. brianforster - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    A-Rod deserves criticism for many reasons, but if the man is healthy and wants to play he is surely somebody the Yankees can use.

    Unless your front office considers this to be a lost season and is more concerned with recuperating as much of his contract as possible.

    This whole situation stinks, it’d be interesting to see how the baseball world would react if this was not a-rod/Yankees but a less hated player on a less hated team.

    They are blatantly committing insurance fraud, I’m almost more interested to watch what happens with the insurance policy (when the Yankees inevitably try to recover that money and the insurance company calls them out) than i am the PED story.

    • thebadguyswon - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      The Yankees are definitely up to something. This just doesn’t add up.

    • droman79 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      ARod is the one who brought up that he had the quad pain! (So he wouldn’t have to move his rehab to another location.)

      It’s not like the Yankees made up some phantom injury. If this idiot wouldn’t have brought up that he was hurt, there would never have been an MRI in the first place… Now he’s saying “enough doctors”. What a fool.

      It’s just stupid all the way around.

  4. nbjays - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Another Brian Cashman “STFU A-Rod!” moment in 3… 2… 1…

  5. chill1184 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    #freearod #letarodplay

  6. fissels - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    He may want to play but judging by the way he’s played against minor league pitching, I don’t think he’ll help the Yanks much anyway

  7. tfbuckfutter - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    What’s WFAN?

    Some new super secret designer steroid that is totally undetectable and he’ll never get caught using for real?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      Are you asking for a friend?

  8. thebadguyswon - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Man….this is getting really good.

    Tune in tomorrow for the next installment of As the Arod Turns

  9. blingslade - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    It’s pretty obvious A-Rod is finished with the Yanks.

  10. pftbillsfan - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Proof reader. Just sayin….

  11. myhawks1976 - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    simulated game on Aug 1st?
    quad injury that isn’t?
    ARod doing everything in his power to piss off all loyal Yankee fans and mgmt.

    as a mariner fan I watched, up close, the first few years of this guy’s career. he doesn’t do anything without reason, and was always intent to please everyone, at least as his ego went.

    now suddenly he’s arguing publicly with mgmt. getting second opinions and sending the doc on a media tour. the Yankees are doing everything in their power to dump him.

    my bet, ARod is traded by 7/31. it just makes sense.

    • jayscarpa - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      I’d want to believe

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  13. Caught Looking - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    I’ll take IDIOTS for $500, Alex.

  14. mophatici - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    “he’s wants to play?” Looks like a line from Huck Finn.

    • Old Gator - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      I think the more appropriate line from Huck Finn would be “Allright then, I’ll go to hell!”

  15. jayscarpa - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    How anyone can believe anything Alex says is just weird.

    There is zero chance the Yankees will get any insurance money and the Yankees know this better than anyone. There is nothing – nothing – they can do on that front.

    Also, the only way the could collude to get the money is by colluding with ARod!

    How about this, What do you think would happen if the Yankees played Alex against the advice of the physician and he gets injured? And why is ARod trying to goad them into doing it? Remember it was ARod who complained of leg pain, more than once, that led to the MRI. Does anyone really believe that Rodriguez just wants to help the team?

    Weird.

  16. sdelmonte - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Times like this I am so glad he didn’t sign with the Mets.

    Given their history with bad free agent signings, I don’t know how they didn’t. But I am not complaining.

  17. jdrew506 - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    TBbuck if you are asking seriously, WFAN is the all sports radio talk station in NY. Actually it was the first all sports radio talk station in the US.

  18. Stiller43 - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Anyone see a costanza/play now divorce happening?

    Cashman says: “we dont like you, we want you to leave!…if you leave now, we’ll pay you for 2 of the 5 years remaining on your contract…”

    A-rod: “but if i stay…i’d get it all!”

    Cashman: “oh you wanna play hardball, huh?”

    This of course leads to a series of hilarious obstacles cashman sets up for a-rod like changing the locks on the facilities/boarding them up so he has to sneak in through an air vent and what not…

    • mundial8 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      Arod: ‘Hello Margery, Arod…how are you, sweetheart? Listen can you give Mr. Cashman a message for me? If he needs me, tell him I’M IN THE LOCKERROOM!’

  19. romoscollarbone - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    WFAN is a 24/7 sports radio station in NYC, and some people consider Mike Francesa the god father of sportstalk radio. He’s a huge windbag at this point but he does have cachet.

  20. tomtravis76 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    The suspension is coming, and it will be quite a few years of legal battles before A-Rod and the yanks eventually settle, nobody will care because A-Rod is the new “munsoned”.

    • number42is1 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      oh wow! well done!

  21. stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Alex is obviously pissed off at the front office.
    And at this point…I am not sure I would feel differently if I were him.

    Qualification: I just defended Alex Rodriquez for the 1st time in my life.
    Now…I feel dirty.

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