The verbal fisticuffs of Alex Rodriguez's appeals process nearly escalated into a full-blown brawl.
Rodriguez's fiery defense attorney, Joseph Tacopina, "had to be physically restrained" from attempting to fight one of the representatives of Major League Baseball star witness Anthony Bosch during a hearing at MLB's New York offices, sources told the New York Daily News.
According to the newspaper's sources, Tacopina became frustrated early on in the proceedings with the amount of time being dedicated to the testimony of Bosch, the founder of the Biogenesis clinic that allegedly distributed steroids to Rodriguez and other major leaguers.
Tacopina reportedly asked an MLB attorney how much longer Bosch's testimony would take, sparking an altercation between Tacopina and Julio Ayala, one of Bosch's lawyers. The Daily News' account of the exchange is as follows.
The attorney, the sources said, told Tacopina that Bosch's testimony would take several more hours and might spill over to ...