As I’m sure you’ve heard, or read, or seen on tv, Alex Rodriguez opted out of his contract with the New York Yankees last night during Game 4 of the World Series. ARod’s agent, Scott Boras, went through the process/paperwork/bullshit on Sunday night and let the Yankees know about his client’s departure. Now, all of a sudden, MLB and many of its famed broadcasters are acting like the moral police because of the timing. Was Boras intentionally trying to grab headlines? Of course he was, and people were talking about his leaving the Yanks and his next location all day long. Apparently the MLB wanted people to talk about the yawn of a World Series more.
Bob DuPuy, MLB’s chief operating officer, had these delightful comments:
“We were very disappointed that Scott Boras would try to upstage our premier baseball event of the season with his announcement.”
“Last night and today belong to the Boston Red Sox, who should be celebrated for their achievement, and to the Colorado Rockies, who made such an unbelievable run to the World Series.”
Wow. These statements are coming from a guy who runs a league in the midst of a steroids scandal, and he wants to be holier than thou? Even more ironic than Mr. DuPuy’s comments were those from the talking heads on all the major news stations. Peter Gammons acted like ARod had shot his dog. He couldn’t imagine why ARod would want to make the sports news about him, on the night of the World Series. Um, ARod does NOT produce SportsCenter. However, Pete, you do talk about baseball on TV, and I’m sure if you wanted to, you could have just talked about the Red Sox last night. Of course, there were about two entertaining moments in the four games… so there wasn’t much to talk about.
Let’s all try to lay off Boras and ARod, if he upsets you that much… you don’t even have to talk about him. If you do want to talk about #13, let’s start taking bets on where he ends up. Detroit? Chicago? Los Angeles (either team)?