Both of baseball’s League Championship Series have been great so far. In the last 48 hours we’ve seen Big Papi’s grand slam (and Torii Hunter’s subsequent tumble), a Yasiel Puig bat flip for the ages and tons of great pitching.
As a result this can only mean one thing: more leaks on the A-Rod grievance hearing from the Daily News. Fun!
Late Monday night the News reported this surreal-sounding scene from Rodriguez’s grievance hearing at MLB headquarters in New York. Apparently his attorney, Joe Tacopina, had to be restrained from attacking Julio Ayala, one of the lawyers representing Anthony Bosch, the disgraced former proprietor of the Biogenesis clinic, after things got testy during the hearing earlier this month:
Tacopina, a former hockey player who holds the Skidmore College record for most penalty minutes in a season, then made a derogatory statement about Ayala and “his lying wife,” Susy Ribero-Ayala, another attorney representing Bosch, angering Julio Ayala. Tacopina then “bull-rushed” Ayala, who went toe-to-toe with Tacopina, in the words of one source.
Ayala, a former high school football player, stood his ground, but other attorneys restrained Tacopina before any punches were thrown. Eventually, the two men calmed down and the hearing resumed after the break.
This actually sounds pretty incredible, who knew grievance hearings would be so intense?
A-Rod is facing an 211-game suspension from baseball. The grievance hearing resumes on Wednesday. It’ll be fun what sort of crazy stories get leaked out once the World Series begins. As we know, Rodriguez can’t get enough of the spotlight.