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A-Rod thinks that his 162-game suspension could actually be a blessing in disguise

Jan 16, 2014, 8:03 AM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez made his first public comments since his suspension yesterday. They came at a promotional appearance in Mexico. He didn’t talk about the specifics of his ban or his legal strategy, but he did say something interesting about its effect. He thinks it may actually be a blessing in disguise:

“I think that in the year 2014, the league could have done me a favor because I’ve played 20 years without a timeout,” Rodriguez said in his first public comments since his suspension appeal was rejected last week. “I think 2014 will be a year to rest mentally and physically prepare myself for the future and begin a new chapter of my life.”

One wonders where that little bit of realism and perspective was last spring when he could have taken a 50 game suspension while he was on the disabled list. One also wonders why, if he’s viewing this as a chance to reset, he’s appealing his ban to federal court. I mean, sure, he has the right to do that, but if that right doesn’t match up with a desire to actually have it all overturned and to get back on the field in 2014, what the heck is the friggin’ point?

  1. 1historian - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    There are many levels to this sad story, but to me it’s just sad. I was never a fan of the Yankees but there was a time when they were the flagship franchise in baseball, in fact of professional sports. They had (and still do) the classiest home uniforms in all of professional sports.

    When I was a little boy in 1953 my uncle took me to a baseball game in Yankee Stadium. I still remember that. I especially remember the new (at the time) announcer who would announce the batter’s name “Now batting …..” . What a voice!! Derek Jeter has a recording of that guy and every time he comes to bat at Yankee Stadium that is the voice that announces him – classy.

    The Yankees played the Indians. Ed Lopat, Joe Paige, Yogi Berra, (Johnny Mize?) Allie Reynolds, Phil Rizzuto, and Larry Doby played for the Indians.

    Now it’s come to this.

    It’s just sad.

  2. bobb12901 - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    its all the same players are always gonna do something and mess up their life like the real world lol

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