I just heard about this story – which I think broke about three days ago.
From Harvey Araton -
On Nov. 15, after attending his own charity poker tournament in Manhattan, he (A-Rod] canceled on a major fundraiser the next night at the Yogi Berra Museum in Little Falls, N.J. According to a person in the Rodriguez camp who spoke on condition of anonymity, A-Rod’s mother, Lourdes, had suddenly been hospitalized — certainly a legitimate excuse and far better than the reason David Wright’s people gave for him not showing. (Wright had been inadvertently double-booked that night.)
But Wright is a Met, A-Rod a Yankee, and because he has a history around town of blowing off events (including one of Torre’s last year), because the call to the museum to cancel was made not by Rodriguez but by one of his employees, because there was an A-Rod sighting Nov. 17 at courtside of the Knicks-Heat game in Miami, the museum people and the Berra family and even the Yankees’ president, Randy Levine, were said to be in a snit, with the impression that A-Rod too often gives: He just doesn’t get it.
The timeline here:
A-rod goes to his own party in NYC on November 14th.
Then, on November 16th, he was scheduled to be part of this event, at the Yogi Berra Museum:
A Night at the Hot Corner
Museum’s annual fundraising gala dinner and panel discussion paying tribute to baseball’s best third basemen. Special guests are Hall of Famers George Brett, Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt, and standouts Graig Nettles, Alex Rodriguez and David Wright. Moderator is Michael Kay. 6 – 9 p.m.
But, he did not make it – reportedly because of a family emergency.
However, the very next day, on the evening of November 17th, Alex and Johnny Damon are seen attending an NBA game in Miami between the Knicks and the Heat.
This reminds me of a scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail -
Sir Bedevere: What makes you think she’s a witch?
Peasant: Well, she turned me into a newt!
Sir Bedevere: A newt?
Peasant: [meekly after a long pause] … I got better.
I suppose that’s what happened here. Whatever emergency A-Rod had that caused him to pass on going to Yogi’s event got better – just in time to go to the game with Damon.
Sure, that must have been what happened. Right?