In a story that from its inception has been bizarre and with plenty of question marks, a new level of awkwardness has now been met. Yes, it is even more awkward than the days of Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner going back and forth. What's worse is that this entire story all remains source-fueled.
In the latest turn of events, reported collaboratively by Teri Thompson, Michael O'Keefe, and Christian Red of the New York Daily News, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez believes a joint effort by Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees is trying to "sink" or "discredit" the 14-time All-Star,
“He’s scared, because he thinks this is so unbelievably false, and he’s wondering who could be behind this,” said a source, referring to last week’s Miami New Times report linking A-Rod to an alleged Miami-area performance-enhancing drug scandal. “He thinks something could be going on larger than anyone might think.”
Of course, said Miami New Times report is referring to last week's piece implicating Rodriguez and various other Major Leaguers to PED peddler Anthony Bosch. The implication was even further damning with a subsequent report from ESPN's Outside the Lines claiming that Bosch injected Rodriguez personally at the slugger's mansion in Biscayne Bay, Florida.
In the same report by the Daily News, it is noted that the Major League Baseball Department of Investigations apparently met with editors of Miami New Times on Monday, where the latest allegations have derived from.
While it needs to be stressed that up to this point, this is all strictly source-fueled, actions speak louder than words. While Rodriguez has apparently been collaborating with his team of public-relations people and lawyers, his overall silence to these allegations is alarming. Furthermore, the idea that Brian Cashman and Yankees brass are looking into options to void his contract has yet to conjure up a response from Rodriguez.
Simply put, and as Yankees 101 has stressed from the unveiling of these allegations to now, this is a story that is a long way from being over. Moreover, with Rodriguez now countering with a conspiracy theory, it could get ugly.
Is it really worth this headache anymore to the Yankees? With newly signed third baseman Kevin Youkilis ready to step in with Rodriguez already expected to miss most of 2013 recovering from major hip surgery, Cashman and Yankees brass might decide it's not worth it.
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