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Yankees official on A-Rod’s comments from Friday night: “This is typical Alex”

Aug 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez made some pointed comments after his rehab game with Double-A Trenton last night, alleging that certain “entities” were conspiring to prevent him from playing while finding “creative ways” to cancel his contract. While the embattled third baseman didn’t come right out and say it, he certainly gave the impression that the Yankees are one of those “entities.”

The Yankees naturally weren’t thrilled about the comments, as least according to one team source who spoke to the New York Daily News.

“This is typical Alex,” one Yankee official told the Daily News on Saturday. “Instead of taking responsibility for his actions, he blames everybody else. It wasn’t the Yankees who introduced [RODRIGUEZ]to Anthony Bosch. It wasn’t the Yankees who introduced him to Dr. Galea, or anybody else.” (The official was referring to Rodriguez’s association with Bosch, who is believed to have distributed performance-enhancing drugs to scores of athletes, and to Galea, a human growth hormone proponent who treated Rodriguez in 2009.)

The source was also said to be “amused” by Rodriguez’s claim that, “I think we all agree that we want to get rid of PEDs; that’s a must.”

Rodriguez still has $100 million remaining on his $275 million contract. Conspiracy theories aside, the Yankees would benefit greatly from a severe suspension or ban.

While Rodriguez will continue his minor league rehab assignment tonight, MLB is expected to announce suspensions by Monday for those connected to Biogenesis. Eight players — including Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, and Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera — are expected to receive 50-game suspensions, but various reports have indicated that MLB is prepared to ban Rodriguez for life if he doesn’t agree to a settlement. Bud Selig has reportedly considered using the “best interests of baseball” clause to keep him off the field if he appeals. And all indications are that Rodriguez is prepared to fight.

  1. rhmurphy - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    This is typical Yankees.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      Why can’t Rodriguez just learn to SHUT UP!

      • fanofevilempire - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        why, you have to be a dum dum to sit there and take the shit MLB and Yankees
        are releasing to TJ Quinn, they look shameful, and Bud talking about legacy bull shit.
        they can fool you but not me, Bud encourage this and now he all high and mighty.
        MLB, Yankees and MLBPA ARE A DISGRACEFUL!

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      • theRed - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        After reading the last two golden comments, dare I read on to the rest of this page?

      • eatitfanboy - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        So apparently PFT has the strictest moderators on the internet and HBT has no moderators whatsoever.

    • ctony1216 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      I wonder if Robinson Cano is thinking: “Hmm … do I really want to sign a long-term deal with these guys?”

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      We are not amused!

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      It is the Yankees leaking the info along with MLB to TJ Quinn who sure has a lot of info for
      someone who works at ESPN.
      Yankees are pissed A-Rod came at them so hard, I laughed like crazy when I saw the press
      conference, I support A-Rod.
      George is probably so ashamed of his kids and the Executives at Yankee stadium and in the end they will still have to pay A-Rod.
      I saw Georges daughter pimping her 2009 WS Ring at Matsuis retirement at the stadium, what did she do for that ring?
      Bud Selig you are a dog, talking about legacy when you had Bonds, Sosa and McGuire hitting 70 homers and you encouraged it so you could sell your team, you disgraceful dog you.

      • stevequinn - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        You support a 2-time PEDs user? Yes, he’s been caught 2 times.

  2. tbutler704 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Rodriguez is pretty delusional. I hope Bud Selig throws the book at him, even if it does wind up helping the goddamn Yanks.

    • hitwithafade - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      and you are informed to every aspect of this ordeal?– I want to know how in a totalitarian society how does this new juice get past Castro and to Florida?– that much cash can buy Fidel plenty of Cigars– the way this is being dealt with is inordinate and really a function of those making more facing the most heat — something stinks more— than what you are reading from Buster Onley –and I don’t care really what happens either way–but if you are a Boston fan you netter worry about your own team instead of the constant belligerent comments that come from there about everyone else –you will soon be lobbying to have a caught liar and doser on a Hall of Fame ballot –in Ortiz

      • tbutler704 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        This reads like something translated from a foreign language to English by Google Translate.

      • theskinsman - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        What a douchebag statement,typical whining yankee fan has to type “Ortiz” every 5 minutes when one of the endless parade of Yankees is mentioned in a PED story. Tell us, genius, what test did Ortiz fail? You have nothing. Embrace your 4th place team, you deserve every minute of it.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        Worst comment ever!

      • bearsandjazz - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        I agree worst comment ever! The only thing more delusional then A-Rod is the people who support him or argue because the hate the commissioner. Pretty sad excuses to defend a coward like this. We don’t know all the facts but, in this case, if you can’t make a legitimate informed decision other than “Guilty” you have stupid goggles on. The guy is starting to believe his own lies now. Every sport is tainted by PED’S whether you want to believe it or not and finally here’s a chance to make an example out of one of the biggest names in baseball. Ban the liar….in my opinion.

    • deedee2die4 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      I hope the whole Selig* era gets an asterisk or is just purged from the record books.

  3. mornelithe - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    A-Rod couldn’t have happened to a nicer team than the Yankee’s.

    *sits back and enjoys a bag of popcorn*

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      27 times I say while throwing popcorn at you!

  4. jcmeyer10 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Was A-Rod jealous of all the attention the Jets were getting or something?

  5. theinconvienenttruth - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    This is starting to become a typical HBT post

    • bobwsc - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      an ART section (Alex Rodriguez Talk) could be coming.

      • theinconvienenttruth - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        I’m still waiting for TTT (Tim Tebow Talk)

      • tigersfandan - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        Did you see the PFT post where Darin Gantt bashed Tebow for not commenting on the Riley Cooper situation?

      • theinconvienenttruth - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        No comment from Timmy…HOW DARE HE

  6. hojo20 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Hopefully A-Rod can play out the season & serve a 50 game ban to start 2014.

    • hitwithafade - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      the Yanks don’t deserve to get off so easy– Selig suspended his own liar and refunded the fans for their part of his obligation– for once I respected Bud for something

      • fanofevilempire - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        respect and Bud makes me throw up

    • rythestunner - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:12 AM

      LOL @ you if you think A-Rod is only going to get 50 games.

      He’s most certainly not going to serve a shorter suspension than Braun.

    • theRed - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      @Hojo Living under a rock can’t be why you said that statement. This media blitz is like a nuclear bomb. 50 games LMAO!

  7. thebigtim2012 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    All this dude knows how to do is cheat which is sad because without cheating he still would have been a hell of a ball player. Whether its smacking the ball out of a glove yelling I got it while running the bases or peds this guy just can’t seem to play the game straight. It really would be in mlbs best interest to rid itself of this ass clown poste haste.

    • rollinghighwayblues - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      I totally forgot about calling the ball while running the bases incident. Also, my all-time favorite A-Rod episode is where he blatantly knocked the ball out Bronson Arroyo’s glove while running to first base, and when called out for the disgraceful action he acted as if he was the most innocent man on earth. That takes the cake.

      • lazlosother - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        That one always made me wonder. If Arroyo had been in front of Jeter he’d have run his ass over. People would have written how he plays the game right, etc. But A-Rod slapped at the mitt and we have yet another example of him being history’s greatest monster.

      • fanofevilempire - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        OMG, he did that, did he snort coke or smoke crack like former MVP’s ?

    • hitwithafade - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      would qualify him as a great DH for the Red Sox

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      omg, how could he do those horrible things, don’t forget he crossed in that pitchers universe at Oakland stadium.I bet A-Rod told Pete Rose to barrel into Bud Harrelson and beat him up.

      I bet the kid who was almost killed by a car near Fenway but was saved by A-Rod doesn’t hate him, I think his parents are probably glad he was there.

    • jwbiii - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      “yelling I got it while running the bases”

      If you didn’t do this in Little League, and learn how to ignore it then, you completely fail the TWTW test.

  8. convincedofthehex - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I would like to see a 150 game suspension. But then, the Yankees be required to pay his salary in the form of revenue sharing to all the other teams with no salary cap relief. That would be perfect.

    • hitwithafade - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      I would like to see you get to pay a double tax on your adderal

  9. mudhead123 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    I love people that bring up him slapping the ball out of a glove and ignore pedroia doing the exact same thing. Not defending arod, but people apparently only find it wrong if he does it

    • tigersfandan - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      That is a valid point. However, it is also true that people who do jerkish things on a regular basis are more likely to take heat for it that those who make a mistake once or twice.

    • notdumb - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      If Jeter had done it, these dork writers and talking heads would have been talking “gamesmanship” and how savvy it was and a bunch of morons sitting cross legged on the floor in footy pajamas would just slowly nod their heads…

  10. cavemanna - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    I think his accusations are prolly true and I think it’s his fault In the end.

  11. cspsrbums - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    The Yankees should still get stuck with the Cap hit if he is removed from baseball. Yankees are as dirty as A-Rod is in there own way. They have ruined baseball worst the steroids But again they will get bailed out of his contract..

  12. miketreedy - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    It’s a new century. The 21st century Yankee franchise isn’t nearly as impressive as the last.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      stop doing drugs man.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        You scared, bro?

  13. banger60 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    I’ll repeat STRIIIIIIIIKE THREE!

    • notdumb - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      He made more money on a road trip than you will in a lifetime, i think he’ll be alright .

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:28 PM

        He’ll be fine monetarily but his name evokes cheating scumbag son-of-a-bitch!

  14. yoonyoungjo - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Seriously? How are you going to complain? You stole money by using steroids and making yourself better than other players. You admitted to using steroids, and made hundreds of millions of dollars. And now when there is any punishment for cheating not just the players but the MLB pro team and fans, you have complaints? Maybe its the fans fault, right? They made you cheat them into watching fake hopped up performances. Its everyone else’s fault that you cheated your way to hundreds of millions. Ridiculous.

  15. jdh1016j - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Bud Selig is the real problem in baseball. He looked the other way when steroids were becoming common in the 90’s. He allowed the huge payroll differences by not putting in a salary cap or having a ridiculous one put in. He is just trying to ride into the sunset a hero when everything wrong in baseball is his fault. I would also like to add that I am not defending a-hole I mean a-rod.

  16. coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Arod is about to have a lot of extra time on his hands. I hear he has been searching for a blow-up mirror, so he can do more than just kiss it.

  17. deathmonkey41 - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    People are mocking Rodriguez for his statements about a conspiracy, but what are they going to say when this happens?

  18. stevem7 - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    So tell us DJ, why is it that this infamous “Yankee Official” doesn’t have a name? Why is it that all the infamous “MLB Officials” who leak info to the press don’t have a name? And why is it that your retractions are ALWAYS printed on Page 42? Nothing better than watching you guys sell newspapers and columns on innuendo and rumor. You guys are sure funny.
    I note when people in FLA who were investigated and claimed threats and coercion on the part of MLB they all had their names front and center. I note that AROD always has his name front and center. Pretty amazing you can never get the names of the leakers.

  19. deedee2die4 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    I will literally laugh out load if the Yanks try to void payments to A-Rod because he hurt the franchise. The franchise owned by a convicted felons kids. A team that ‘unknowingly’ signed cheats like Clemens, Pettite, Giambi, Knobloch, Grimesly, Sheffield … That’s right, all these billionaires had no idea. Buy that and you’ll the whole Selig* era.

  20. electstat - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    meh…it was, however, the Yankees, the rest of the league, and MLB that willingly rewarded the obvious juicers with the largest contracts in sports history. Players lost their jobs if they couldn’t keep up with the juicers.

  21. sparky1002 - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Gee…how the mighty A-Rod has fallen. From cheers to jeers in the time it has taken Selig and others to look the other way as regards across the board testing for PED`s. Guess people will have to suspend their adoration of “sports heroes” long enough to hold them accountable with regular testing, unfortunately many of those who bray about the horrors A-Rod has brought to the game will no doubt defend their own baseball heroes from such accusations by becoming indignant at the thought of such testing if it is their own “heroes” being made to give blood. Much is made about “preserving the purity of the game”. Seems to me that “purity” has been severly compromised by the will to win at any cost. Come now…if caring about the purity of the game is a valid concern, then It`s time for regular random testing…testing with no advance warning. Anything less is the same kind of fraud that has created and will continue to create “The Juicers”.

  22. jteekalall - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Listen, downright we are fans to this game,but suspending him would be a great lost to the game. Be as it may be so he is dirty,so is 94%of MLB. accept it and move on,who are we to judge these athletes. Now if you were smart we need to cap there salaries to a more realistic number.

  23. jiminauburn - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    This should be pretty cut and dry. They have agreements in place for PED use. Just follow what the agreement says. It would be different if there was no agreement in place about PED use, then they would have to use other rules, but since this one is covered in the agreement, follow the agreement.

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