Alex Rodriguez vs Bud Selig. Sounds like the perfect steel cage match at next year’s Wrestlemania in New Orleans.
After yesterday’s epic rant on the Mike Francesa radio show, the walkout of his grievance hearing yesterday, and not showing up to his hearing today, this is getting very close to being beyond ugly. Rodriguez claimed that Selig is “out to get him” and called him “The Man from Milwaukee.” Throughout the name calling and insults, both men are to blame for this circus.
Before all this happened, In February 2009, after previously denying use of performance-enhancing drugs, including during a 2007 interview with Katie Couric on 60 Minutes, Rodriguez admitted to using steroids, saying he used them from 2001 to 2003 when playing for the Texas Rangers due to “an enormous amount of pressure” to perform. He didn’t get suspended at the time. It would only get worse for A-Rod.
Four years later, August 5th, 2013, MLB suspended him for 211 games for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. Under MLB drug policy usually the first offense resulted in 50 games but MLB had the option of suspending Rodriguez for longer than that under the collective bargaining agreement if it determined his actions constituted conduct detrimental to baseball. Previously, MLB had suspended Ryan Braun 65 games for taking performance enhancing drugs under the same bargaining agreement. In a heartbeat, Rodriguez appealed the suspension. It wasn’t until after the World Series that we heard much more about this.
For Rodriguez, it is obvious that he got caught. Not only that he got caught,he lied to the American public twice. He is making a deep hole for himself which he shouldn’t. This is just a man tying to protect his “legacy” at all cost. He is really doing a horrible job trying to maintain his innocence. During his impromptu radio interview, he continued to deny any wrongdoing and blasted Selig. He sounded arrogant, cocky and defiant. It pretty much sounds like he was unprofessional and acted like a diva. That is the same A-Rod that Yankee and baseball fans know and hate.
For Bud Selig, he claims that he and MLB have a “mountain of evidence” on Rodriguez that would help hold up the suspension. So why not testify? Fly in from Milwaukee to New York and present your evidence to the court personally. If you really want this nightmare to end, then show up in court, testify and hope that the court find you in favor of the suspension.
According to Rodriguez, what got him ticked off was the fact that Selig will not testify in the case. MLB COO Robert Manfred has always represented Selig in these cases. Throughout the entire history of the Joint Drug Agreement, Selig had never testified in a single case and is not planning to start now.
No matter how this will end, both gentlemen’s legacies are already tainted. Selig with overseeing the steroid era (while doing nothing about it until Congress intervened) and Rodriguez taking steroids. It is really a shame because these two helped elevate the game that they loved so much.