For someone who has a team of lawyers going after everyone they can in order for Alex Rodriguez to return to the New York Yankees for the 2014 season, it sure doesn’t sound like A-Rod is getting himself ready to play. In fact, it sounds as if Alex has resigned himself to the fact that he is done with baseball for the next year.
Speaking at an event in Mexico, A-Rod discussed for the first time the recent decision by an arbitrator to enforce a suspension (yet reduced from 215 to 162 games) handed down by Major League Baseball for his connections with Biogenesis and PEDs. Maybe this is A-Rod passively showing guilt for his poor decisions(via NY Post):
“I think that the year 2014 could be a big favor that [Major League Baseball has] done for me because I’ve been playing for 20 years without a timeout,” he said. “I think 2014 is a good year to rest mentally and physically and prepare for the future and begin a new chapter in my life.”
Besides saying that the has support from people of all kinds within baseball, he seemed pretty set on not getting back until 2015:
“I have three years left on my contract starting in 2015 and I hope to play very well and finish my career in New York,” he said.
Ironically, Hal Steinbrenner referred to A-Rod as an asset, and that he isn’t against having him return to the team when the suspension is up, but did note that he isn’t thinking about 2015 like A-Rod might be.
You would think that A-Rod would still be defending his innocence in public, but he acutallly appeared content when ESPN aired the footage. Which begs the question, why are you paying your lawyers all that money in a losing cause?
Just when you think you have A-Rod figured out, he does something like this. Maybe he thought ESPN couldn’t translate his Spanish. Who knows?