Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees are certainly making for some strange bedfellows. Sunday evening New York general manager Brian Cashman answered questions from reporters prior to his team’s game with the Red Sox at Fenway Park. All the acrimony and potential legal action each side is mounting against each other has put Cashman in a awkward spot, especially since ESPN is reporting Rodriguez’s lawyers have officially filed a grievance with the MLBPA against the team.
It’s probably why Cashman’s communication with his third baseman is minimal, at best.
In lengthy dugout conversation, Yanks GM Cashman says he doesn’t feel comfortable legally saying more than hello & goodbye to A-Rod.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) August 18, 2013
Right now they’re stuck in a bad, loveless marriage, with over $80 million sitting in the middle.
This seemingly never ending saga of Rodriguez vs. the Yankees & Major League Baseball might as well be the main event at Summer Slam at this point. Until Cashman’s remarks the latest twist on baseball’s No. 1 soap opera had been a report published in the New York Times on Saturday that quoted Rodriguez’s new attorney, Joseph Tacopina, who alleged the Yankees were trying to mess with his client’s health in order to keep him off the field for good. Tacopina also accused the club of having a “thug-culture.” It’s all part of the reason for filing a grievance.
Later Saturday ESPN New York tracked down Yankees president Randy Levine who issued this challenge to A-Rod’s camp:
“Alex should put up or shut up.”
Naturally Tacopina, who doesn’t have the best reputation — the New York Post called him the ‘Most hated laywer in New York‘ — fired back. It almost reads as a tweet from the Iron Sheikh’s account.
“We will put up, mark my words, we will put up,” Tacopina told ESPNNewYork.com on Saturday. “[Levine] is always a very big talker, but he is going to be humbled eventually. He is acting in a way that if his bosses and superiors and the Steinbrenner family have any sense of decency, if they are true to what the Yankees’ heritage is, they would be appalled with how their president is acting. We will put up.”
This is Christmas for tabloid writers. A-Rod is the gift that keeps on giving.
Figure on all thing’s A-Rod dominating tonight’s marathon telecast on ESPN.