Anyone else fascinated with the A-Roid story? I have a weird obsession with following Yankee drama, watching it unfold….or implode. For those who aren’t paying attention, here is the break down of the last week or so:
1) A-Rod informs the club that he has injured his quad. Club does an MRI, tells him it’s a Grade 1 strain and that he needs to rest. A-Rod secretly has his own doctor look at it and he goes on a radio show to say there’s nothing wrong with him. Then it comes out that this *secret* doctor was disciplined by the New Jersey State Medical Board for, of all things, some issue with steroid prescriptions earlier this year. A-Rod continues to repeatedly say he wants to play with the Yankees saying *no* and then Arod finally does an about face and agrees to their re-hab program.
Here are some things I don’t get about all of this:
first of all, I’ve heard conflicting reports about the Yanks insurance policy on him. I was under the impression that it didn’t kick in unless he didn’t play for them at all this season. That would be obvious motivation for the team to keep him from playing. But I’ve read other reports that say the policy has already been covering a portion of his salary for the entire season.
Secondly, it’s obvious that the Yankees’ main goal is to get out of the monster deal they still owe him. And you KNOW mlb and Selig will do anything they can to support this goal. But contracts are guaranteed in baseball, how can they get out of the deal? Is there something that says if Arod never plays another game they can get out of it? That doesn’t sound right.
MLB is going to nail Arod for trying to buy the Biogenesis documents. While clearly damning evidence it still seems like its circumstantial evidence. How could mlb use that to ban him for life? And if that’s the path they want to take, why not just bust him now before he plays in a game? Or is there no benefit to dropping the hammer on him before he plays again? It just seems very odd that Arod is rushing and pushing so hard to play—but remember, he’s the one who came to THEM with the original quad injury.
If any of you guys have info on the insurance policies that are held by both the Yankees and Arod and/or and understanding about this lifetime ban/void contract thing please feel free to share…..