Get ready for Alex Rodriguez to interrupt another postseason with his off-field issues. Arod's fight to defend his name started on Monday. He is in New York for arbitration hearings that will determine if the MLB can enforce the 211-game ban they served him this year.
It's frustrating because this story has been a thorn in the Yankees' side all year, and now it threatens to ruin the postseason. This isn't the first time Arod's issues became bigger than the game. In 2007, he interrupted the World Series to announce he was voiding his contract and leaving the Yankees. We all know how that worked out.
Unlike last time, the timing isn't up to Alex. But he is still the responsible party for the distractions.
The best case scenario is the two sides settle this week and this doesn't drag out through the playoffs. Arod's lawyers may make it that difficult unfortunately, and once again we could see Rodriguez pull our attention away from baseball.