Originally posted on Bob's Blitz  |  Last updated 7/26/13
The Post's Joel Sherman writes, "We sat in the stands down the third base line at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa., on Sunday, and I told Alex Rodriguez something directly — not through intermediaries or sources or third parties — I have wanted to for a long time: "The shame is we will never know what your career would have been had you stayed clean. Would you have been a 500 [homer]-500 [steal] guy? More? Less? I would have loved to see what someone with your talent would have been without ever touching steroids." "Rodriguez did not reply. I didn’t expect one." Later, Sherman added this little ditty: Rodriguez has done the renegade thing, bypassing the Yankees to see doctors and get out messages that he is healthy and ready to play. Let’s put aside the insubordination and accept Rodriguez’s reasoning — that he simply does not trust the Yankees. Fine, then why not at the same time also have the most powerful union in the country file a grievance on his behalf that he is healthy and ready to come off the disabled list and the Yankees are preventing that to try to collect on an insurance policy? A-Rod — again without the Yankees’ knowledge or consent — went on with Mike Francesa yesterday and said, “I didn’t even know I could do that [file a grievance through the union].” Which is strange since I asked him Sunday in person why not file a grievance, and I have asked his lead spokesman at least three times why A-Rod doesn’t. But this is the bizarro world. For which other player in any team sport would authorize a doctor who had never personally examined him to address the media about his readiness to play? Of course, since it was A-Rod, it pretty much backfired. Dr. Michael Gross said he didn’t even really consider it a second opinion because he didn’t examine Rodriguez, and he did this because he thought it would be fun to have five minutes of fame. Gross, it turns out, was fined $40,000 by the New Jersey attorney general for “failing to adequately ensure proper patient treatment involving the prescribing of hormones including steroids.” Yeah, Alex went for public support to a guy who had his own steroids issue — unreal. And it took the NY Post to unearth that little nugget. WFAN and Mike Francesa's producers either didn't look or didn't care. Hey, it's only talk radio. Who really cares, right? NY Post...This circus act has turned A-Rod's career from remarkable to utterly ridiculous **Follow us on Twitter, View via Our Mobile Site, or Return to BobsBlitz.com.Follow us on Twitter. Subscribe or Return to Bob's Blitz.
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