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A-Rod’s lawyers say they’re going to give everything they have to the press on Friday

Nov 21, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP AP

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

Men like A-Rod’s lawyers, who told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that they’re going to break confidentiality of the arbitration tomorrow and give all of the juicy stuff they say they have to the press:

“We’re going to open up everything,” said Ron Berkowitz, a spokesman for Rodriguez. “We’re going to show everything we have to the press so they can show it to the American public.”

Matthews speculates that the dump would include transcripts of witness testimony, sworn affidavits and information supplied to the Rodriguez team by an MLB-employee “whistle-blower.”

They can do that. And it can potentially embarrass Major League Baseball. But I don’t see how it changes their clients’ legal position. The arbitrator is still going to rule. The barriers that must be leapt to get out from under that penalty and into federal court remain exceedingly high.

At one time I assumed the scorched earth tactics were to force MLB to the settlement table. The league seems to have no desire to do that. So now, unless someone can tell me what this does for A-Rod tactically, this seems like spite and P.R. strategy.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    It’s going to be a video of A-Rod’s mother declaring that he’s “Such a nice boy.”

    • fanofevilempire - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      Good, somebody has to take down that used car salesman Bud Selig.
      Bud, this will be your Legacy now you stupid old man, you ruined baseball Bud!

      • braddavery - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        I take it you bought high on high-grade A-Rod rookie cards.

      • Old Gator - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:31 AM

        This is reminding me more and more of the Chicago Seven trial…..

      • sportsfan18 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:54 AM


        His comment above was a bit over the top, but here is my take on his overall topic. Arod is NOT likable and this is his fault. I don’t care for Arod and he deserves to be punished.

        However, Bud and MLB’s hands are dirty too. For the better part of two decades, Bud and MLB turned a blind eye to PED’s because what they were doing for the game was helping its bottom line, especially after the strike in 1994. Of course PED’s were not the only reason baseball came back and I won’t even try and place a percentage on how much PED’s helped. I will say that it did help though. The summer of 1998 with McGwire and Sosa certainly captured much of the nations attention, even those who were not really baseball fans were aware of what was transpiring and at least followed along with that story and for those who were fans, it WAS a big deal.

        It was appointment TV to watch their at bats.

        The thing is that Bud and those higher ups within the game knew but turned a blind eye.

        Bud is a historian, by degree and he worries about his place in the games history. He knows that PED’s now and for sometime have been a blackeye on his term as commissioner and on the game.

        He has been trying to clean the game up. Like I said above, Arod deserves to be punished. It seems to many though that Bud thinks if he nails Arod to the side of the wood shed, it will show others that he cleaned up the game.

        Nailing Arod (who should be punished) won’t clean up the game. Just this past season there were players who were suspended including teams in the pennant chase like the Tigers and the Rangers.

        Even if Arod NEVER plays another game, there will still be PED’s in the game.

        Arod has made and makes MANY bone headed statements, decisions and he continues to lie about things.

        But whether Arod is a lying scumbag or not has NO bearing on whether Bud and baseball have done wrong things as well.

        Regardless of what Arod has done, Bud and MLB have done things too and they should be brought to light as well.

        Now I don’t approve of Arod’s tactics but more than one person is able to be wrong and do things that aren’t right.

        Bud turned a blind eye to this for a long time and he’s been trying to clean it up now for a while. Well he helped this whole mess to get as large as it did.

      • ilovegspot - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Sports fan has it all wrong. It was the players union that resisted testing. Long post in moot.

      • ilovegspot - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Sports fan has it all wrong. It was the players union that resisted testing. Long post is moot.

    • southofheaven81 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Well, given that this whole thing started with someone from MLB leaking A-Rod’s supposedly anonymous drug test, this seems like an apt ending to this whole debacle.

  2. braddavery - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Why do ANYTHING before a ruling is made, including the farce that was his radio appearance yesterday.

    • ilovegspot - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      It’s for all the suckers out there that will buy aroids BS. Typically sub 100 IQ type.

    • fanofevilempire - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      you don’t know anything.
      you will soon see what disgusting things baseball did, like conspiring with a convicted
      criminal and paying him cash in a brown bag, so far no evidence has been released because they have none, Bus is a clown and didn’t have the guts to face A-Rod.
      drop dead Selig!

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        What’s “disgusting” about buying evidence from a guy with a rap sheet?

        Did he have open sores or something?

      • braddavery - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        Nice to see you used evidence to back up your opinions.

      • rje49 - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        No, it’s evidently a simple matter of “don’t talk that way about a Yankee”, ‘Cause I’m sure he wouldn’t sound like that if A-riod was on any other team.

      • ilovegspot - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        I do know based on history that aroid is a liar and he got caught again. Its moronic to feel any other way.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        I actually feel compelled to make another point on this….

        You seem to be discounting the evidence because of not only how it was acquired, but because the source is a “convicted criminal”. Which, I am assuming, means you are suggesting makes the source useless.

        So you do realize that, BY HIS OWN ADMISSION, Alex has illegally acquired and used performance enhancing drugs, right? Not just illegal in the context of the sport, but ILLEGAL in the context of THE LAW. So that makes him an admitted CRIMINAL.

        So you are suggesting that one criminal’s word is more or less valuable than another criminal’s word just based on which criminal you happen to like better.

        Also….utilizing prostitutes is also illegal in almost every state….which is another crime A-Rod has been more than adequately implicated in.

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    To quote W.C. Fields “if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullchit”. Guess which part of the saying A-Rods representatives are shooting for.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Fields was a Philadelphia Athletics fan, so he would probably throw batteries at A-Rod.

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    I thought A-Rod was right about Selig making it personal against him but, then he went on radio and reminded me that he’s a huge douche.

    • fanofevilempire - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      well you certainly have convinced yourself, what a wonderful job.

  5. jbriggs81 - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    This is totally gonna backfire on Arod

  6. tfbuckfutter - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    I hate to give either side any ideas….but I wonder which side has jokingly made comments amongst themselves about kidnapping the arbitrator’s family…..and which side has made the comments seriously.

  7. sportsdrenched - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    I have obtained A-Rod’s Lawyer’s Opening Statement:

    But you can’t hold A-Rod responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn’t we blame all of Major League Baseball? And if Major League Baseball is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of sports in general? I put it to you, Bud – isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to A-Rod, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America!

    • ilovegspot - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      Exactly. Same effect as in the movie. Excellent take.

    • fanofevilempire - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      this is rubbish!

      • rje49 - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        You’d defend Hitler if he was a Yankee, wouldn’t you?

    • ilovegspot - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      fanofevilempire is an aroid minion, paid. What is he going to do now that he can’t protest outside the hearing?

    • anxovies - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      He truly is a monster, isn’t he? Terrible… terrible… I just don’t know…. [shaking head, muttering, staring at the floor with a grim expression]

    • dexterismyhero - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Fat, drunk, stupid, and kissing yourself in a mirror is now ay to go through life son!!

  8. thebadguyswon - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Good. It’s about time people find out what scumbags Selig and MLB are and what they’ll stoop to. There are no good guys here.

  9. dowhatifeellike - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    The only minds this will change are the minds of people who don’t follow baseball very closely.

    Those who do follow baseball already know that ARod is guilty and a prick to boot, and Selig overstepped his authority to bring him down.

    I’d accuse ARod of trying to save face for a HoF vote, but a little legal theatrics aren’t going to change the minds of the voters… at least, not in the diretion he wants.

    • fanofevilempire - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      are you drunk, who would agree with the garbage you typed here.

  10. righthandofjustice - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I don’t think A-Rod cares much about public opinions. He just wants to unveil Selig and MLB to the public. He doesn’t seem to care about Holowitz as he has determined to take it to court.

    Public opinions don’t do much in the outcome of an arbitration or court case. Public awareness, not opinions, is what draws the attention of Uncle Sam.

    Remember, the whole thing that set off this MLB investigation is the board variety of Biogenesis crimes, not the civil violations of a handful of MLB players. When the dust settle, it will all go back to the key issue – crimes.

    • ilovegspot - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      “I don’t think A-Rod cares much about public opinions.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Aroid craves adulation and attention. That and money are what this is all about. There will be no criminal case and statistically it is nearly impossible to over turn an arbitrators decision. Outside of NY, 98% of Americans don’t know or care about this story. Aroids lame theatrics are a desperate attemt to sway the many morons out there.

      • righthandofjustice - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        I don’t think your opinion represents 98% of the Americans and our government.

        BTW, Senator Diaz and a group of 50 church people have vowed support to and prayed for A-Rod a few hours ago. I bet you were there calling every one of them A-Rod paid minion, right?

        Oh, Marino Rivera supports A-Rod to go for his rights too. Want to call him an A-Rod paid minion too?

      • ilovegspot - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Aroid donated 100 grand to that group of protesters.

      • righthandofjustice - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        What 100 grand? I guess you tried to link the group that bought out a full page NYT advertisement. It was HAA, the organization that protested over the BALCO scandal 10 years ago.

        The group that showed up today was a different group. It is a religious group.

        Nobody ever said they got donations from A-Rod.

        You might also said Mo Rivera got a 100 grand donation from A-Rod too.

        You called everybody a A-Rod minion you don’t like that make you more like a paid minion from MLB.

      • jerseygirl57 - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:09 AM

        A-Rod is a narcissist. The only opinion he cares about is his own. He just doesn’t understand why everyone doesn’t see his awesomeness.

        And just because you pray for someone, doesn’t mean you support his actions. I pray for my husband and family daily, but I certainly don’t agree or like with every decision they make.

    • ilovegspot - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      handjob is either a minion or he has been riding the small bus to school. Aroid will be suspended reguardless of his lame theatrics. Federal court is highly unlikely but his lawyes don’t care for they will continue to bill, bill, bill. The fed will suport the CBA and the respected arbitrator. Get ove is. Seeing new evidence will be fun. So an investigator banged a chick and some documents were unknowinly stolen doesn’t matter. All theatrics for suckers.

    • righthandofjustice - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      “Outside MLB’s offices, representatives of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, including state Sen. Ruben Diaz, held a prayer vigil to EXPRESS OPPOSITION to Rodriguez’s discipline” – AP Sports.

      jerseygirl57, perhaps you were blind not to see the vigil was held to “express opposition to Rodriguez’s discipline” but now you see…

  11. heynyc61 - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Love the animal house reference

  12. sdelmonte - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    So tomorrow someone will prove a negative?

  13. DelawarePhilliesFan - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    I once said I would wear Yankee underwear outside my pants for a month (with pics to prove it) if A-rod gets dropped to 50 games.

    I will wear it for a year if his attorney truly releases “everything” as opposed to “everything we like and agree with”

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Looking forward to seeing that. Do you live near Newark?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:10 AM

        I do indeed – and I need your vote on Nov 26th!

        Heh-heh, just kidding, I am not one of the mayoral candidates……or am I…. /:)

  14. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    No more Delta!

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM


  15. chip56 - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Won’t this also allow MLB to make public all the evidence they have against Alex?

    • seahawks80 - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      As a Yankee fan I sure hope so…..I also wish they would ban A-Fraud for life and allow Pete Rose back in.

  16. izzienutz - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    it’s obviously no longer about winning or about Arod playing baseball again. We’re now into personal vendetta overtime. Perhaps he knows its time to retire and has enough dough, so the beat down of an old man has become his focus.

  17. pappageorgio - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    This will be another self serving offering to the court of public opinion.

    ARod’s people saying “they are going to offer everything they have” to the media is not the same as all the evidence going to the media. MLB is still bound by confidentiality rules… they will be offering their side to the media. This is hardly “everything” as ARod’s lawyers would want you to believe.

    This whole thing makes ARod look weak. He knows he can’t win with the actual process so he’s going to do a media campaign to convince the public that MLB (and his own union) are out to get him and it’s not fair.

    ARod is going to learn that the public, in general, does not like it when mega-rich super athletes tell us how unfair their lives are.

    • mornelithe - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      Actually they’re not, at a certain point during this whole fiasco, enough came out about the case that the confidentiality clause in the JDA no longer applies. That was my original question, is it provable that MLB at the behest of Selig via anonymous sources, released enough information to the public to breach the JDA, or did A-Rod’s side?

      Either way, the MLB can still anonymously release all the damning evidence it has on A-Rod, and simply chalk it up to leaks.

  18. jollyjoker2 - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    We all believe Lawyers releasing everything?…..You want make a bet the attorneys are withholding? Anyone?

  19. onbucky96 - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Great. Smear that sleazy used car salesman Selig on his way out the door.

  20. sdpaulson - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    My opinion, neither ARod or Selig are the sharpest tools in the shed. I firmly believe clown Bud’s as guilty as anyone for the steroid use in baseball. Back to the days of being an owner and wanting a return on his investment – through the mega-bazillion dollar juicing home run chases. You just can’t convince me he was unaware! He/His sport got caught and he’s been trying for years now to cover his a$$. Bud’s mistake was singling ARod out for more punishment than the rest were given last year, should have just matched the others 50 games and been done with it. Bring on the media circus….. Don’t even get me started on how STUPID it is for an All Star game to decide home field advantage. ARod’s proven time and again he’s a petulant/immature/over paid individual – just take a look at the next tabloids next time you are waiting at the check out line in the supermarket.

  21. chip56 - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Scorched Earth only works if you’re destroying someone’s image of something. I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t think MLB did some shady things to collect information about Alex’s drug use. However, if MLB is now allowed to release what we have been told is a mountain of evidence that proves Alex is the worst doper in the game then how is this a good idea for his side?

    His goal is to play again and he’s still delusional enough to believe he can salvage his reputation…if MLB has what they say and aren’t bound by confidentiality then whatever public sentiment might be on his side is going to go.

    The few media outlets (WFAN) that have bought what he’s been selling, that he’s been persecuted, will demolish him for lying on their airwaves.

  22. jimeejohnson - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Lance Armstrong maintained his innocence until he got busted without a doubt. He is disgraced beyond belief, a loser’s loser. A-Rod better be innocent, or he’ll be in the same boat as Armstrong: the Titanic!

  23. chill1184 - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Hard to root for anyone in this situation given that Selig is a complete and total scumbag and A-Rod isn’t much far behind.

  24. indianhead1992 - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Rest of MLB fans: Sitting down watching MLB Network and eating some popcorn. This is going to be interesting.

    NYY Fans: “Ill go to Winchesters have a pint and wait for all of this to blow over.”

  25. happytwinsfan - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    i remember playing catch with my dad. he had psoriasis. it was especially bad on his hands. the skin there was cracked and bleeding all the time. we only had one mitt. guess who he insisted get to wear that mitt. this is shameful. all of it.

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      I remember practicing MMA on my grandfather. He was in a wheelchair and had severe dementia.

      Guess who he always insisted wear the bow tie and bunny ears while eating tapioca he called Thanksgiving dinner even though it was July.

      • Old Gator - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:29 AM

        Kirk Gibson?

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