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Alex Rodriguez calls off his legal beagles, says he’s only talking baseball now

Aug 22, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP

This is a bummer for us but it’s a good move for A-Rod: he says that he has instructed his lawyers to cut the highly-pitched rhetoric against MLB and the Yankees and says that he will only talk abut baseball going forward:

“I’m shutting it all down, I’m shutting it all down.  The focus is to be back on the field. There are so many great stories going on in baseball, and for us, we really just want to focus on playing good baseball, and 100 percent have all the questions be about baseball. If there’s any question in the future that are not about baseball, the interview will end at that moment.”

Cue the columns, blog posts and comments bout how A-Rod is a phony who is ducking hard qustions from people who claim that they are sick of the drama.

Whatever the case: the Yankees have the best record in the AL East since A-Rod has returned and it’s not impossible to see them making a strong run at the wild card.  You can thank A-Rod later, though.

  1. chacochicken - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    I feel like Snoopy would have made an excellent attorney.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Good Grief.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      You blockhead!

      Oh, and that’ll be 5 cents, please.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Wait, Snoopy is A-Rod’s attorney?

      • chacochicken - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Best P.R. move he could ever make.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Just play ball Alex and stick to the plan, the playoffs have already started for the Yankees.

      • badintent - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:39 AM

        Now if only Arodless would call off his Hollywood pimps. The list still goes on and on and………………….

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      After watching King CACA’s report on beer, he leaves a clue to his worthless articles. He is so busy shoving his face in the suds, he’s drunk when he writes his nonsensical reports.

  2. windycity0301 - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Is the Yankee resurgence A-Rod? or is it the hitting display that Soriano has put on over the last few weeks with 9 homers and 28 RBI’s? Call me skeptical that A-Rod is the reason…

    • micquarters - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Or are Sori (and Cano) now getting better pitches to hit because of the fact that ARod is hitting around them. Its a “chicken or the egg” thing we can argue about for days, certainly…but it is a possibility.

      • southofheaven81 - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        He’s hitting far better than any other 3rd base option they’ve used this year.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        A-Roid is clearly a natural born leader of men. Kind of a modern-day George Washington.

      • Glenn - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Does anyone who reads this blog still believe in “line up protection”? Seriously? It has been exposed as a phantom long ago – right up there with momentum, grit, and the “will to win”.

      • anxovies - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        Yeah, line up protection is just a myth. Cano’s BA went up 20 points in the last few weeks because the pitchers were so eager to get to Soriano and Granderson for the easy outs that they got distracted.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      A-Rod for MVP!

      (whether the V stands for Valuable or Volatile… that’s up to you!)

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Hey Skeptical, you don’t know baseball if you can’t see that with A-Rods bat in the lineup everyone is seeing better pitches, look at Cano, he has benefited probably the most.
      Soriano was actually in a 0-16 slump.

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    it is not just A-rod. granderson is healthy Nunez is batting well once more. Soriano has been on fire since the Angel series and even the pitching has doubled down. Nova had been lights out since he was called up. Bullpen is playing shut out ball and The power is back. Even the pick up of Mark Reynolds has been a nice upgrade vs lefties. It’s not just A rod its a lot of pieces that have worked well so its not just thanks to that one component

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Craig is trolling you. Pay no heed.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      Soriano is on fire, he just got out of a 0-16, real good and yes it is not just A-Rod.
      Please stop with the foolish comments, hate him or not, he has a bat and he knows
      what to do with it.

  4. rayburns - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Best PR move that A-Rod has made in some time.

    A-Rod’s attorney’s and attack dogs may have been scoring some legal hits, but in the court of public opinion, they were just throwing gasoline on a smouldering fire.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      A-Rod doesn’t care what you say or think, A-Rod has the other Yankees players backing him up despite what the robots at espn report.

    • bigharold - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      It’s certainly time to tone it down and focus on baseball but a-Rod’s representative’s had to do something.

      Throughout this entire saga there has been one anonymous leak after another taking shots at A-Rod from MLB, .. on a daily basis. MLB was defining the narrative; that A-Rod was the worst thing to ever happen in baseball. At some point he had to fight back.

      I’m glad he’s decided to “shut down” his side of the PR war, .. lets see how long it takes MLB to leak more negative stories to the press.

  5. 18thstreet - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    I wonder if he decided this over drinks at the Regal Beagle.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      I see what you did.

  6. Matt Aromando - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    The Yankees were already performing above what was expected. They have the run differential of a .500 team and are 8 games above that.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Not sure run diff is the best judge of the Yankees’ talent. One, their ace bullpen should be allowing them to out-perform their pythag by a couple of wins. Two, much of that run differential was built without A-Rod, Soriano and Granderson in the lineup. Clearly a much stronger team right now than they’ve been the first four months of the season.

      • Glenn - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Still doesn’t mean that they weren’t playing over their head before, which they were. I do agree that they are a much better team now and their early season luck works to their advantage now.

  7. sillec28 - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Baseball and the union need to change whatever rule it is that’s allowing a known liar and cheater to continue playing while he appeals.

    • stex52 - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Don’t be absurd. Everyone gets an appeal. You don’t have to like them.

      • gymtruthteller - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        This isn’t a court system. This is baseball. A SPORT.

    • anxovies - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Keep practicing. It will get you out of jury duty some day.

      • badintent - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:30 AM

        so will saying “if the police went to all the trouble of catching the perp, then he must be guilty ” Works for me.

  8. happster - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    And therein lies the tragedy. If he leads them to a wild card birth, that means that some unselfish, humble, likeable, non-juicing, non-cheating player on the team they beat out for the wild card gets sent home. And yes, the whole thing is a cop out….have your lawyers make inflammatory public statements and then “put a stop to the madness” as if you weren’t behind it in the first place and then claim not answering tough questions is part of your heroic effort to put the focus back on baseball. He’s too dumb to realize that he’s dumb.

  9. gymtruthteller - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    A-Roid sent his lawyers to the media. Then he pulled them back. He got the attention he wanted .

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