(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer The instructions were so simple it makes you wonder what part of ''just shut ... up'' Alex Rodriguez didn't understand.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman's directive the other day was calibrated for maximum effect, sure. He knew exactly what he was doing. It's why he tucked a profanity in the middle.
But Cashman also knows better than anyone that for better or worse - probably worse, and certainly for the foreseeable future - the ball club and A-Rod are stuck with each other. Bottom line, all he asked for at the moment was a little peace and quiet.
Like the majority of Yankee fans and just about everybody else up and down the club's chain of command, Cashman probably wishes A-Rod would just retire, preferably to a mountain-top retreat. Or else beg for a trade, maybe to Rodriguez's hometown Marlins, but ideally to a ball club on the other side of world, say Japan or Korea.
But Cashman can't do a thing about it.
Rodriguez has a surgical...