So many things to loathe about Alex Rodriguez, I don’t want you to get the impression that my focus in this post is exclusive of the others. Moishe’s focus is the money: “leaving that much money on the table proves he just didn’t want to be in the Bronx.” My focus isn’t so much about the money, because I can’t begrudge him trying to maximize his value. Adam’s focus is on the “piggishness of the timing” that A-Rod clearly wanted to upstate the World Series (and even the Yankees managerial announcement to a degree). I definitely understand that. But my focus is on the clear and unambiguous full-of-shitedness is his agent’s bogus, lie-filled statement about the whole thing. Let’s break this down. First, Scott Boras, uninterrupted:
“I got a call from Alex tonight, and he is going to opt out,” Scott Boras, Rodriguez’s agent, told The Post last night during Game 4 of the World Series. “He was just too unsure with new ownership talking about a transition where the organization is going right now. He is not sure what is going to happen with [free agents] Mariano [Rivera] and [Jorge] Posada, and if Andy Pettitte is coming back. He needs more time to assess where the Yankees are going in the future.”
“I got a call from Alex tonight“
More likely, you called Alex and told him what to do.
“He was just too unsure with new ownership talking about a transition where the organization is going right now“
What? Are you kidding? It’s not like there’s been a change in ownership. You’ve still got Steinbrenner, just with a different first name. And they are still going to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on payroll, and try to field the best team in baseball. Nobody can honestly believe the Yankees would ever rebuild. That’s not a legitimate opinion.
“He is not sure what is going to happen with Mariano and Posada, and if Andy Pettitte is coming back.“
Uh, sure. Except, not being sure isn’t a reason to opt out. It’s a reason to wait and see. The implication of this statement is that if the Mo, Jorge and Andy all come back, he would want to. Well, those guys haven’t made a decision, so what jump the gun. See, that’s the best point that this is clearly all a lie:
“He needs more time to assess where the Yankees are going in the future.“
Interesting. And a lie, because he had more time. He wasn’t up against any sort of deadline. He had 10 days after the World Series, which ended last night, to decide to opt out. Entirely likely that within the span of those ten days, the Yankees would name their new manager, hear from Andy Pettitte (who has the same time frame to decide) and make offers to (and possibly sign) Rivera and Posada. Needing more time is a red herring, because he had more time and it didn’t matter. He’s clearly lying. Why? Because, like Hank Steinbrenner says:
“It’s clear he didn’t want to be a Yankee,” Hank Steinbrenner told the Daily News last night. “He doesn’t understand the privilege of being a Yankee on a team where the owners are willing to pay $200 million to put a winning product on the field. “I don’t want anybody on my team that doesn’t want to be a Yankee.”
And another similar quote:
“It’s a shame,” Hank Steinbrenner, who is now running the Yankees, said late Sunday night. “But we are all in agreement: myself, my dad, my brother, all the baseball people. If you don’t want to be a Yankee and paid what you’re being paid, we don’t want you, that’s the bottom line. You’d be hard-pressed to argue that point. If you don’t understand the magnitude of being a Yankee and understand what that means, and being the highest-paid player in baseball, I think it’s pretty obvious.”
I agree, it’s pretty obvious. A-Rod’s full of it.