When an A-Rod tweet can cause national headlines and talk show host rants, you know something is wrong with society and the media. Ichiro hit a game winning HR last night in the 9th inning vs the Rangers, and four of my friends called me up to ask me about the A-Rod tweet. These casual baseball fans didn’t even know anyone in the Yankees lineup from last night except Ichiro and Robinson Cano.
A-Rod had created a Twitter account (or his public relations manager did it for him) and posted that his surgeon says his prognosis is looking great and he will be back soon.
A-Rod’s tweet was as follows:
“Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again!”
His boss Brian Cashman said: “You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something…Alex should just shut the fuck up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”
Cashman explained that Dr. Kelly has no jurisdiction over A-Rod’s rehab in Tampa. Dr. Kelly had been approved by the team to perform the surgery and oversee Rodriguez’s recovery in New York only.
Okay, so it’s human nature to “take a side”. My opposing view is: why? Why should I pick a side if this is a HEEL VS HEEL dispute?
Let me list everything wrong with this A-Rod/Cashman spat:
- Real Yankees fans don’t care Alex Rodriguez anymore or if he comes back. We know there is little chance of him ever being productive again. We don’t care about progress reports or him trying to get attention. A-Rod should “know his role” and keep a low profile until he’s actually back on the team. When you consider A-Rod may be suspended for HGH anyway, it’s irrelevant if he’s doing well with his rehab,
- Brian Cashman is an unprofessional jerk. He’s obviously mad with power by publicly swearing at a player.
- The Yankees organization- as represented by Cashman, who speaks for the Steinbrenner boys and the other higher-ups, clearly wants no part of A-Rod in the future, and are upset he’s still dealing with Dr. Kelly. They have given A-Rod a vote of no-confidence.
- A-Rod’s tweet is innocent on the surface, and should have been responded to as such. He didn’t make the story up, and just wanted to share the news. He didn’t consider (or care) that there’s some crazy chain of responsibility to official announce that he’s clear to play games. All Cashman had to say was that he’s glad A-Rod is doing well. If A-Rod violated some protocol, this needed to be handled offline (in private).
- The Yankees should ban tweets if it’s going to cause them drama.
- I may see a conspiracy theory where this whole scene was rigged so some fans will sympathize with A-Rod for getting yelled out over freedom of speech.However, the reality is Cashman has anger and control issues, and A-Rod is a diva.
- Cashman and A-Rod are both distractions and deserve each other. Sorry, I will not pick sides or defend either of them. Two wrongs don’t make a right. The 2013 are a miracle team, and most casual baseball fans don’t even know it because the big names are on the DL. Self-created news stories such as this one just give the organization a black eye.
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