A-Rod loses it at arbitration hearing, curses at COO and storms out
"On edge" is just what New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was on Wednesday, as he reacted quite dramatically to a ruling at his arbitration hearing. Just after noon, arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled that MLB commissioner Bud Selig would not have to testify before Rodriguez's attorneys in regards to A-Rod's alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs and ensuing 211-game ban. It does seem a bit odd that the most powerful man in baseball would not play a bigger part in such a crucial investigation, but Rodriguez really took the ruling to heart.
Rodriguez allegedly responded to the decision by yelling, "This is ridiculous!" He then slammed his hand on a table, pointed his finger at league COO Rob Manfred, and said, "You know you're full of s***!" After the outburst, Rodriguez stormed out of the room.
After the hearing, Rodriguez - who still seemed pretty heated - issued a statement through his spokesman:
"I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails. I have sat through ten days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by the MLB and players' association refused to order Selig to come in and face me.
"The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce."
As if he had not already made it clear, Rodriguez showed today that he is not going down without an incredibly strong, stubborn fight. "We don't know what we're going to do," a spokesman for Rodriguez said. "The fight's still going on, but most likely it's going to end up in federal court."
Get ready for a long ride loaded with headlines, finger pointing, and ambiguity. This case is far from settled.