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A-Rod’s lawyer was totally owned on the “Today Show” this morning.

Aug 19, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

Joe Tacopina

A-Rod’s combative new lawyer, Joe Tacopina, was on the “Today Show” this morning. He repeated some of his recent talking points about how he and A-Rod would love to talk about all of the stuff that has gone into the Biogenesis case and his defense but that he is prohibited from doing so by the confidentiality provisions of the Joint Drug Agreement. Then Matt Lauer said this about a letter he just received from MLB:

“They sent us a letter saying that if you’re willing to sign this letter, that they are willing to waive the confidentiality clause in the Joint Drug and Prevention Program, that they’ll be allowed to talk about everything and you’ll be allowed to talk about everything.  They said that would include all prior violations of the program committed by Rodriguez, all documents, records, communications, text messages and instant messages related to Rodriguez’s treatment by Anthony Bosch.”

Tacopina offered to read the letter. Then stumbled this out:

“Listen. We would love nothing more than to be able to discuss the testing history, the scientific evidence and the tests of Alex Rodriguez under this JDA drug program, nothing more.”

That, my friend, is a pretty good ambush.

Of course, one has to ask whether anyone really needed to add ambush tactics into what has been going on here.  It’s already a giant circus thanks to Rodriguez’s attorneys’ tactics and the whole drama with the Yankees about A-Rod’s injuries unfold over the weekend and this kind of thing makes it into even more of one.  Major League Baseball has the upper hand given its suspension of A-Rod, its reportedly strong case against him and public sentiment being overwhelmingly on its side.  Why it feels it should get into the mud with a guy like Tacopina — who lives in the mud 24/7/365 —  is beyond me. I’d take the high road if I was MLB.

Of course I’m not MLB so this sort of thing is as entertaining as all get-out.

Beyond that, Tacopina went on the offensive, saying the Yankees haven’t been truthful about A-Rod’s injuries, both this summer and last fall during the playoffs. He also attacked Anthony Bosch. As I’d say with MLB, I’d ask why Tacopina thinks it’s best to wage his battle in public rather than in private. Winning in the court of public opinion — if this is what he’s trying to do — is pretty meaningless when there is a real court or arbitration that actually matters coming up. But again, we’re dealing with a guy who lives for this stuff for whatever reason.

  1. papazoid - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    AROiD is scum, can’t wait for him to start serving his suspension, however short it may be. when that is over, I hope Bud Selig invokes his for the good of the game powers and ban him for life.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      and don’t forget the Legacy of baseball, I love when Selig uses that line.

      • fanofevilempire - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        I don’t get the” owned ” and ” ambush ” references, wtf is that about. lots of drama Craig.

      • Glenn - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Does Bud include the many years of banning black players in that Legacy?

    • mightymike1250 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Name-calling? That’s classy.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Just imagine if A-Rod did anything illegal….

      I guess SuperMax would be the answer.

    • dickclydesdale - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Matt Lauer is a piece of trash. Throw him in the garbage!

    • lawson1974 - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      What a pompous jerk.

  2. baseballici0us - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I don’t get it. A-rod et all wanted MLB to waive confidentiality or the other way around?

    If it was A-rod et all that waned it waived, I don’t get how that was an ambush if the letter was stating exactly what A-rod’ camp wanted.


    • nategearhart - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      MLB was calling his bluff. He apparently didn’t actually want the confidentiality waived.

      • jwbiii - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        Either that or his legal team is preparing a reply, offering to allow the release of Rodriguez’s medical records in exchange for auditing MLB’s records to see how much they are paying for Bosch’s, Fischer’s, and other potential witnesses’ testimonies. I agree that Rodriguez is a scumball, but he’s not the only scumball in this drama. He also isn’t the wealthiest.

    • chip56 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      No, A-Rod’s lawyer wanted to throw stuff out there and then use the confidentiality clause as an excuse for not having to back it up…much like he did with the Yankees. And in both cases the Yankees and MLB have called his bluff and said “we’ll be more than happy to waive confidentiality, just let us know when we can make Alex’s records public and we’ll do it.”

      And in both cases the lawyer went back to talking points rather than agreeing to sign off on release waivers.

    • baseballici0us - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      Got it…Thanks, guys.

  3. nategearhart - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM

  4. rayburns - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    It’s obvious that A-Rod’s lawyer is just throwing stuff up and hoping that something sticks. I don’t think that he expected MLB to call his bluff on a national interview. If they really had something, he would have signed the document right then and there and retook the initiative.

    Unfortunately, he stumbled and an already weak position became a thousand times weaker. Now watch the rhetoric from Tacopina ratchet up as he tries to regain the momentum.

  5. bosoxfan15 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I am so sick of this douche bag and the distraction he is bringing to Rivera’s final season. Mo deserves better.

    • davemvh - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      “MO” stands behind the POS 100%. His words,not mine.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      I agree dumpster is a huge douche.
      He is suckh a pussy, he won’t even man up and say I hit him, oh I was going inside.
      Papi was really pissed in the dugout because he knows he’s getting drilled@ the Stadium.

  6. banpeds - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Arod has opened himself to other charges by MLB out side of the BioGenesis 211 game suspension. They have him on other numerous violations of the CBA. Do not discount the Yankees suspending him for a significant period of time or the more likely scenario of just cutting him once his appeal is upheld and eating most of the money. Arod supporters enjoy watching his last 40 games, becuase he will never play MLB again after this season.

    Once he realizes the corner he put himself in, he’ll bring down othe rplayers he knows were using too, just like Canseco. Scuttelbutt says Arod knows of about 60 more players….

    • patsandsox - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      He probably got them started on it, so ofcourse he knows who else used.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    MLB has already been doing their damage in the Court of Public Opinion. If ARod is thinking at all about his post-baseball life, which could be starting sooner than he likes, he will need SOME sort of credibility with the public. Going after MLB and the Yankees, as they have gone after him in the press, may be the only way to save some face. Now, hiring a snake oil salesman is probably bad execution of this plan, but the plan on its own has merit.

  8. proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    LOL! I am sure that A-Rod’s lawyer will bill him for appearing on TV. A-Rod is being milked by the shysters he hired.

  9. Old Gator - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Tacopina’s lips are moving. He seems to be saying “No pague ese tarjeta!

  10. historiophiliac - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    LOL Matt Lauer, hatchet man. How lame is that?

    • Old Gator - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      As lame as…Scrooge McLoria, homme de hache.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      A Matt Lauer ambush. How shocking. You would think Lauer would invite the guy on the show for tea and cookies.

  11. myhawks1976 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM


    I don’t see what you dont understand. ARods fittingly low life, scuzzball attorney has been running around telling ayone who will listen that ARod wants nothing more than facts to come out and to be able to openly discuss the case, knowing that the confidentialityagreement in the JDA doesn’t allow it, so he is safe.

    he went on the Today show to spin the same BS, and MLB had enough and set him up. hestarted his, we wish we could discuss but…. nonsense, and got AMBUSHED, by a letter offering to waive confidentiality by MLB and lay everything both sides have on the table for all to see.

    so come on, you and the rest of the Alex apologists, come on and tell us again how baseball overplayed its hand. no one has a clue what baseball really has on Alex, but their willingness to lay it out, tells me its as strong as I figured it to be.

    beautiful move on MLBs part.

  12. koufaxmitzvah - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    I keep reading the name as Tapioca.

    Mmmmm… bland pudding.

    • Old Gator - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      And parve if made with water instead of milk.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        It’s bad enough being solidified vanilla, but removing the dairy aspects takes away any healthy qualities. Doesn’t seem right to me.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      OMG, that’s worse than ice cream. Ewww.

      • Alex K - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Ms. Bread Pudding talking shit about ice cream? Please…

      • historiophiliac - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Please yourself. Ice cream is so lame, it’s a dessert condiment.

      • Alex K - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Ice cream makes bread pudding taste like burnt toast.

      • Alex K - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        I hit send and realized that was a ouch unclear…

        Compared to ice cream bread pudding tastes like burnt toast.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        When you are old enough to sit at the adult dessert table, you’ll look back on your syrup and sprinkle covered days with shame.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        What is going on around here…. Did Historio just blaspheme ice cream?

        I am dizzy. Where’s a couch?

      • Alex K - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Should I stay off you’re lawn, Ma’am? :)

      • historiophiliac - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Take your cone and run along outside, sonny.

      • nbjays - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Koufax, would you expect anything else from a bread pudding apologist?

      • historiophiliac - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        All y’all aren’t right.

  13. throwedoff1 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I would love to bust a nut on Matt Lauer’s face and his want to be hair

    • mc1439 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      And then lick it all off slowly because your cmen is too good to be on his face right?

  14. chip56 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    That segment was easily the best thing NBC has aired since the first season of The West Wing.

  15. beachnbaseball - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Tacopina was indeed owned, ambushed, caught off guard and whatever else describes it. It was wonderful TV. I liked how he asked Lauer if he really wanted him “to take the time now to go over there and read the letter”.

    Congrats to the Today show staff for de-pantsing the guy on national TV. A-Rod probably called him and said, “Hey, Joe. I was watching the ‘Today’ show. WTF just happened?”

    • chip56 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      If I was Lauer I would have said, “yeah that’s cool read it, we’ll wait. I’ll go grab you a pen.”

      • beachnbaseball - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        That would have been great!

      • chip56 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        If you’re going to bluff – as Tacopina has clearly been doing, then you better not do it against someone with pocket aces and plenty of money on their side of the table to burn on the off chance they lose.

        Alex has now had both the Yankees and MLB tell him that if he wants to question their records publicly they would be more than happy to open them up to public scrutiny…all he ever has to do is give them the written authorization.

  16. whysoserious48 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Actually he wasn’t owned and this is just another example of BS journalism and a “gotchya” moment and I’m talking about the Today show not this blog *side-eye*.

    I won’t go into specifics but you can’t just send a letter to somebody’s attorney on television and say here sign. A) The attorney has to take the time to read the letter B) unilaterally sending a letter with just your terms and stipulations is never going to be agreed to and C) even if his attorney was to agree to the letter he still has to present the letter to the client and get his consent.

    So somebody explain to me what A-Rod’s attorney was supposed to do with the letter during his interview? Exactly …

    • beachnbaseball - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      For reasons you stated, I don’t think anyone really expected him to read the letter and sign off on it and begin rattling off info protected in the confidentiality clause.

      I think what MLB was doing was calling his bluff. It seems like Team A-Rod has been squawking for weeks that they don’t want to violate the terms of the confidentiality clause. Well, MLB has offered a no holds barred solution. Let’s see if lawyer Joe agrees and accepts it or will he find inconsistencies in the terms that would potentially damage his client (who is paying him $750 per hour to work this case).

      “Unless you are absolutely sure of what the answer is going to be….don’t ask the question”. Intro to Law 101.

    • chip56 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      You’re right, but here’s the problem Alex now faces.

      When he gets to the ballpark tomorrow the first question will be, “Your lawyer said that if it weren’t for the confidentiality clause, he would ‘love’ to go more in depth about the evidence against you. Over 24 hours ago MLB presented him, and you, with the option of waiving the confidentiality clause in the JDA so that you could feel free to tell your story. Why haven’t you accepted that offer?”

      • beachnbaseball - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        He’ll say something to the effect that his attorney is questioning some of the language and that there are issues with the disclosure that require further study. And his legal team needs to iron out some questions regarding the terms of disclosure with MLB’s attorneys.

  17. imakcds - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    It really takes Balls to be a lawyer, and claim the things they claim, take the positions they take, and say the things they say.
    Especially when most replies they get back are DoubleU T F???????

  18. myhawks1976 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    whysoserious, you don’t get it. it is ALEX that is running around claiming to want confidentiality waived so he can “prove his innocence”. not baseball. baseball offered up exactly what Alex and his attorney have said they want. they didn’t take it. they didn’t even say we will review it. they ran as fast as they could.

    I will say it once again…. you think a room full of billionaires is letting their mouthpiece risk the credibility of their moneytree over a personal vendetta? wake the f up. you don’t become / remain a billionaire by being an idiot and making stupid moves.

    As for all of you people claiming MLB overstepped the JDA or the CBA, please explain to me how. Neither you, nor Craig, nor I or anyone reading this knows what MLB has on Alex. we know what has been speculated, and that is it.

    Bud Selig hates Ryan Braun. he mocked the testing, flaunted beating it, accused an MLB paid employee of being dirty, lied to everyone, and mocked the process. Bud gave him 65 games. not 211. 65. and you know what, Braun didn’t fight. you know why? cause baseball has the goods.

    and before any of the “apologists” start saying that baseball is trying to help the Yankees rid themselves of Alex’s contract, I can think of almost 30 reasons (other owners), that sure as hell aren’t signing off on that program.

    the fact of the matter is this. None of us know what Alex did. therefore none of us know what is appropriate. everything else, is strictly meaningless speculation.

    as for the move today on the Today show. well played on baseball’s part. Selig is obviously foaming at the mouth dreaming of laying hos cards on the table. my bet? hes holding a straight flush or higher.

    your move AFraud.

  19. braunliesandcheats - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    I wish I could have seen this interview! Typical lawyer BS and more lies and lies. Go away Alex you pathetic excuse for a human being.

    • beachnbaseball - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Here you go:

  20. whit0101 - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Oh, the symmetry of it all. The sleaziest player in baseball now has the sleaziest attorney in New York. when these two have lunch together the restaurant must need bleach to get the scum off of the floor.

    • redridershoottheireyeout - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      That so-called sleazy lawyer is pretty damn good in court, don’t forget what happened with OJ, and in this case this Bosch character seems even more of a slimeball than Victor Conte!

  21. imponce76 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Screw MLB, PED have been used at least since the 80’s. Now they are trying to set an example with A-rod, it won’t happen. He will win this thing and make Selig look stupid. Go A-Rod!

  22. whereslelie - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Matt Lauer is a typical puke. Is this his final act before he’s shown the door at NBC? For the record; I’m not a Yankee fan and Can’t stand A-Dumb!

  23. righthandofjustice - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    As a lawyer, when somebody hand you a letter you (and obviously your client) have never seen while you are on an interview talking about something else, what can you do?

    Of course, you can’t say anything before you talk to your client first.

    On to the unorthodox request to relinquish one’s confidentiality rights I question the motive of MLB because it obviously intervenes the process of a fair hearing and the arbitrator and his professional Board do not welcome it.

    I want to see all the evidence but if I were A-Rod I would offer the documents to be released AFTER the hearing and that’s the only time he should be judged by the public.

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