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Neither Random House nor HarperCollins have heard of the alleged A-Rod tell-all

Dec 20, 2013, 7:08 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

The other day the New York Post reported that Random House and HarperCollins were in a bidding war for an Alex Rodriguez tell-all book. Only problem with that is that no one has told Random House and HarperCollins about it:

“It’s totally fake,” said one publishing insider. The insider also said no house would be foolish enough to plunk down that kind of money for an A-Rod book project given the risks.

 “One reason he’d never get anywhere near that money is the obvious risk that as soon as the book was published, it could and probably would be discredited,” said the insider.

“He’ll say anything as long as it’s not under oath.”

Maybe there’s no book, but I’d bet my kids that it’s not because of publishers’ concerns over its veracity. If we have learned anything in the past decade it’s that publishers will put out anything with a celebrity’s name on it and they will gladly — even gleefully — eschew fact-checking and scrutiny because, hey, if they did that the subject may shop it to another publishing house and that would be a bad thing for the end-of-year numbers. This kind of stuff gets put out all the time.

Oh well. It sounded like it might’ve been one hell of a book that none of us would’ve wanted to read. And now we can’t.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    The NY Post got a story wrong? What else is new?

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      you don’t have to fact check anything connected to A-Rod.
      next A-Rod headline in the NY Post:

      A-Rod is Santa Claus, look at him in the red suit.

      sadly people will believe it too, crazy world!

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    If Oprah says fact checking is bunk, then fact checking is bunk

  3. cackalackyank - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    That’s because MLB hired some sleeze ball to steal the manuscript.

  4. rbj1 - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Wait, am I to understand that a NY tabloid got a story wrong — or completely made it up?

  5. chew1985 - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mickey and Yogi. Those are the Yankees that make for such a noble baseball tradition. When I think of A-Rod, I would never put him in such company even though he’s been paid ten times more than all of them put together.

    When I think of A-Rod all that comes to mind is the sound of a flushing toilet.

    And please Craig… I clicked on the link near the end of the article and it’s about Sarah Palin. Have you no decency? Cue the audio for a second toilet flush.

    • nategearhart - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      PLEASE tell me that by “Mickey” you mean Mickey Mantle. Because that would be hilarious.

      • zzalapski - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Hey, it’s a noble tradition to get a blowjob under the bleachers.

      • DJ MC - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        I assumed Mickey Rivers.

  6. stoutfiles - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Tell-alls are worthless. It’s a one-sided story presented as fact because it’s a “tell-all”. As a kid I read Pete Rose’s tell-all and was convinced he never gambled. Alex will do the same thing, tell a story where he only cheated for that one brief period and then never did again and everyone is out to get him.

  7. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    There goes my stocking-stuffers for next year. So disappointed. I was hoping they’d do a live re-enactment on “Murry”.

  8. Old Gator - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Well yeah, but if A-Roid only told the truth, he wouldn’t be telling all. As the great Jorge Luis Borges has written, no book that does not contain its anti-book is complete.

    • stex52 - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Sort of a Thesis-antithesis-synthesis thing, huh?

      Boy that anti-book could get really long in his case.

      • Old Gator - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        The book would have to get longer to accommodate it – like his nose.

  9. manute - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM


    • blynch67 - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      Instead of a book they’re going to make a movie.

      The main character will be played by that “Livin’ la Vida Loca” guy – Ricky Martin, as I remember. .

      A-Rod has always wanted to be portrayed as an authentic, suave, Latin American character. It would be 100% fiction of course, except for the ‘I like guys’ part, lol.

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