Obviously it’s racist this poor beleaguered man has been paid around half a billion dollars the past decade. How can a guy get by in America facing such oppression?
The Prayer Vigil will be to pray for a successful outcome for New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez’s appeal, and to bear witness to the injustice Alex Rodriguez is facing by Major League Baseball. The Hispanic Ministers and supporters will be standing side-by-side with the Honorable Fernando Mateo, President of Hispanics Across America.
According to Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz: “The 211-game suspension penalty imposed on Alex Rodriguez by Major League Baseball is unprecedented. This penalty is excessive and abusive, and it reeks of discrimination. I believe that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has been much kinder and gentler in their punishments for others who have done worse things.
On Thursday, members of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization and I and I will raise our voices in prayer for Alex Rodriguez’s health, and we will ask the Lord to protect him and his family. We will pray that Alex Rodriguez’s appeal of this outrageous penalty will be successful. We will not turn our backs on this injustice.”
This as Rodriguez beclowned himself with a staged temper tantrum Thursday. Embarrassing. You know things are ridiculous when we’re in agreement with Mike Lupica.
Once Alex Rodriguez was asked by Katie Couric on “60 Minutes” if he had ever used performance-enhancing drugs and he looked her in the eye and said “no,” knowing that it was a lie, he had used those drugs when he played for the Texas Rangers.
Now he goes on Mike Francesa’s show on Wednesday and says “no” again. He didn’t use drugs that Anthony Bosch gave him. You know the old line on this one, from Bob Arum: Yesterday Alex was lying, today he’s telling the truth.
You know what happened on Wednesday, everybody knows by now: Rodriguez storms out of a hearing room where he now says he was going to tell his story of truth and victimization on Friday — or maybe on the 12th of Never — and runs to tell it in the only court that has mattered to him from the start of this process:
The court of public opinion.
It means that to the end, the guy plays to the cheap seats. Oh, you bet he storms out of the hearing room and says the process is a sham, like he is Al Pacino in that old movie, “And Justice For All,” yelling that everybody is out of order. When he feels everything is going against him, he tries to make the whole thing about Bud Selig, the commissioner of baseball, not testifying in front of the arbitrator, as if Selig is the one on trial here, Selig and Major League Baseball and its investigation of Bosch and Biogenesis and a bunch of baseball drug cheats.
Two days before Rodriguez’s lawyers say he was going to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, in what he said back in August was “a fight for his life,” he turns himself into an empty chair at a hearing that he always wanted, at the end of an appeals process that put him back on the field last season.
Listening to the WFAN radio spot Wednesday Rodriguez spent half the time invoking his daughters. Seems if he cared so much about them he wouldn’t have repeatedly cheated on their mother. What a guy. And now he’s a victim. Give me a break.