Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 1/16/14
Despite Alex Rodriguez's legal team fighting to get him back in pinstripes in 2014, the suspended New York Yankees third baseman sounds like a man ready to accept his fate and make the most of his banishment.Rodriguez, speaking in Spanish at an appearance in Mexico, broke his silence when he spoke with the media Wednesday for the first time since Saturday when an independent arbitrator suspended him for the entire season, according to ESPN.“I think that the year 2014 could be a big favor that [Major League Baseball has] done for me because I’ve been playing for 20 years without a timeout,” Rodriguez said. “I think 2014 is a good year to rest mentally and physically and prepare for the future and begin a new chapter in my life.”Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced Rodriguez’s 211-game ban, but still left him suspended for entire 2014 season — including the postseason — for using three banned performance-enhancing drugs and two incidents of obstructing the investigation. A-Rod's legal ...
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