The tweet, which seemed pretty innocuous to most people, was just a seemingly jubilant reaction to the team doctor telling Rodriguez that he was cleared to play in games again soon.
Is that really that bad? If anything, it should come as a relief to the Yankees, who could use A-Rod's bat in the lineup, if he's able to provide any help at all.
Here's the original tweet:
Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news - the green light to play games again! http://t.co/RuzfXOJjHI— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) June 25, 2013
That wasn't a terrible surprising or offensive tweet in any way, but Brian Cashman's reaction to it was pretty shocking.
Rodriguez is still mixed up in some messy allegations surrounding a clinic in Miami that supposedly specialized in performance enhancing drugs, and there's still a chance that A-Rod gets suspended at some point. But wouldn't Cashman welcome him back for now?
Apparently not. It's clear that the Yankees just want him to get in as much trouble as possible and stay off the field, because they're still looking for a way to void the remainder of his contract. The Yankees still owe him $86M from 2014-2017, and there's no way he'll ever be worth anything near that amount of money. Unfortunately for the Yankees, MLB contracts are guaranteed, so there aren't really many options for them.
The disdain that the Yankees, and Cashman in particular, have for A-Rod is clear. We'll see if he ever suits up for them again.