Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/21/13
Finally, Alex Rodriguez plans to put a lid on talk of his 211-game suspension and focus all his effort on baseball. But when you’re the centerpiece of one of the highest-profile drug scandals in major league history, quieting the rhetoric is a little easier said than done. “That’s behind us now and I’ve shut everything down,” Rodriguez told reporters prior to Wednesday’s game in the Bronx. “I think it’s the most important thing for us now — out of respect to my team, my manager and my coaches. We’re in the middle of a very important pennant race. We’re playing pretty well right now and we want to keep the focus on the field.” Developments (or, more often, “developments”) in Rodriguez’s case have surfaced on a daily basis since his suspension was handed down on Aug. 5. Since he is allowed to suit up for the Yankees during the appeals process, the punishment has been topic No. 1 for reporters in each city the team has visited over the last month. That, Rodriguez says, stops now. “There are so many great stories going on in baseball,” Rodriguez told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “And for us, we want to just focus on playing good baseball and 100 percent that all of the questions be about baseball. If there are any questions in the future that are not about baseball, the interview will end at that moment.” This self-imposed media freeze-out also applies to Rodriguez’s legal team and it’s most outspoken member, newly hired attorney Joseph Tacopina. Tacopina first made headlines in an interview with The New York Times last week in which he accused the Yankees of conspiring against Rodriguez and “rolling him out like an invalid” in last year’s playoffs. He was at it again Tuesday, boasting to USA Today that he Zack Cox
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cubs trade for Chapman a risk, but potential payoff too hard to ignore

White Sox fan wears a fantastic taped-up Chris Sale jersey

Wisconsin kicker will wear 27 to honor Nebraska's Sam Foltz

Dennis Schroder wears disguise to play in German streetball tournament

Browns indicate they will give Josh Gordon another chance

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Prince Fielder to undergo season-ending neck surgery

Eagles want Carson Wentz to be 'starter ready' Week 1

Report: 49ers concerned Anthony Davis will quit again

Did Manning hurt NFLPA's case in HGH investigations?

Report: Steinbrenner won't allow fire sale, wants to make playoffs

Report: Dion Waiters agrees to one-year deal with Heat

Dion Waiters' deal signals the end of the 2016 money grab

Tom Jackson could leave ESPN after almost three decades

Cavs sign coach Tyronn Lue to a five-year extension

More than 10,000 people registered for Jaguars Pokemon Go night

NFL issues new concussion protocol

Angels listening to offers on Hector Santiago

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

Kevin Durant’s OKC restaurant will be closed, rebranded

Lamar Odom said to be held back by one 'toxic friend'

Mario Balotelli crashes Liverpool fans' wedding

Michael Vick: I used to feel I was 'dominating too much'

WATCH: Astros, Rangers minor leaguers get into brawl

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker