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HarperCollins and Random House in bidding war for the A-Rod tell-all book

Dec 17, 2013, 11:13 AM EDT

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez reacts as he sits courtside with supermodel Cindy Crawford and retired wrestler Torrie Wilson during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles

That is, if you believe Page Six, which reports that A-Rod is set to tell-all in book form and that the two publishing giants are jockeying for the rights.

This makes me sad. It’s the first I’ve heard of this. As the Internet’s number one A-rod apologist, I would have at least thought I’d get a call for the chance to ghostwrite the thing. Oh well.

In reality, though: I bet A-Rod’s life and times are about 200% more banal than we could ever imagine possible and that any tell-all that comes from him at this point in his life — before he has any kind of perspective about what he’s been doing for the past 20 years or so — will be pretty lame.

I mean, maybe there’s a chance it’d be good, but I’m struggling to think of the last person who published a quckie score-settler while still in the middle of the controversy vortex who had anything at all interesting to say.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I am really surprised A-Rod would wear those tool-like glasses.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      He does not wear glasses when he plays, so I can only assume those are a “fashion” item? Oy veh!

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Chances they don’t have any lenses in them like the ones D-Wade wears?

  2. rje49 - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    So why would anyone want to buy A-Rod’s first novel?

    • righthandofjustice - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Because they want to know the dark secrets of MLB.

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    There will be no “tell-all” book. It. Will. Not. Happen.

    But I am sure there will be plenty of books that leave gaping holes while throwing shots at all of his enemies

    • davidbrentfan - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Putting. Periods. Between. Every. Word. Makes. You. Look. Like. An. Idiot.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Thanks. When you are my editor, I will care

  4. sdelmonte - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    What is there to tell? He says he’s clean.

  5. Old Gator - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    A-Roid: The Unauthorized Autobiography.

    • alexo0 - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      A joint collaboration between the NY Post & Daily News

    • stex52 - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Unauthorized Autobiography. We have a winner! My favorite concept for the day.

  6. nsstlfan - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Ayana Rashad quit being a TROLL. If you want to comment comment don’t just say reblogged this to my blog.

    • Jeremy T - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      WordPress does it automatically, actually. It’s annoying, but not a troll.

  7. chacochicken - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    One dollar!

    • paperlions - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      I would bid $100, just to get the rights and never publish it.

      • chacochicken - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        I was going for more of a The Price is Right style bid.

      • paperlions - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        haha…while clever, I don’t think the bidding rules here are the same as on The Price is Right.

      • Old Gator - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        I am soo-o-o-o tempted to put the rights on eBay….

  8. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Will this book be fiction, non-fiction, or science fiction?

    • slartibartfast4242 - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:10 PM


      • Gordon - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Definitely a Romance novel

      • dluxxx - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Lots of centaurs and stuff.

      • okcyankeefan - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        dluxxx, brilliant Grantland shout-out!

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    At least now we know what he meant when he kept telling the press that he would explain everything “once the time was right.”

    Why is it that guys with tons of money are always able to find opportunities to make tons more money, while people with nothing continue to have nothing. ARod is one glaring example. Frank McCourt actually coming out ahead in the Dodgers fiasco is another. Are there really no consequences fr the super-rich?

    • clemente2 - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      The way of the world…in the last four years 95% of the U.S.’ increase in wealth benefited the top 1%.

    • nbjays - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      Makes me wonder if A-Rod’s legal team tried using “Affluenza” as a defense at his arbitration hearing.

  10. aphillieated - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:07 PM


  11. johnchesterny - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Foreward by Jose Canseco.

    • johnchesterny - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM


    • clemente2 - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Jose was telling the truth.

  12. billybawl - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I wouldn’t be shocked if this was part of A-Rod’s legal strategy. He could be creating the threat of shining a light on embarrassing conduct by MLB to gain leverage to bargain for a global settlement. MLB/Yankees pay him something to walk away from his contract and sign a nondisclosure agreement. This could just be an effort to make it a bit more expensive for MLB. In any case, I’ll probably wait for someone else to write the book on this soured relationship.

    • righthandofjustice - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      I am not sure if “nondisclosure” agreement between MLB and A-Rod is still useful as federal persecutors has reportedly picked up the case already. The chance is A-Rod will have to tell all in court as a witness for the persecution anyway.

      A-Rod hasn’t released much information on the Yankees so far. Maybe the Steinbrenners can still pay him to shut up.

  13. tfbuckfutter - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Sorry, but there’s already a book titled Lies And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them.

  14. wogggs - Dec 17, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Jose Canseco?

  15. Charles Gates - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I did not reblog this anywhere.

  16. doctornature - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    I think if you eventually read this, you will find some of Kramer’s stories interspersed throughout the book.

    Look for an “Arod Reality Tour” in NYC soon

  17. DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    I am writing an original blog piece on your non-reblog. But I promise to get your okay before publishing

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