From Neil Best -
Most fans first heard the news at 11:05, when Fox’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Boras “confirmed that Alex Rodriguez has decided to opt out of his contract.”
This was in the top of the eighth inning of the last game of the World Series, and understandably led Joe Buck and Tim McCarver to discuss it. Major League Baseball was stunned.
MLB president Bob DuPuy responded with this statement yesterday:
“We’re very disappointed Scott Boras would try to upstage our premier baseball event of the season with his announcement. There was no reason to make an announcement [Sunday] night other than to try to put his selfish interests and that of one individual player above the overall good of the game.”
ESPN’s Peter Gammons was one of the first media commentators to jump in, saying the timing showed “total disrespect” to the game and was a “sad commentary” on Rodriguez.
Boras acknowledged on Michael Kay’s show on ESPN 1050 yesterday that it would have been better to wait a day to discuss the matter publicly, which he said was his original plan.
Boras issued a statement of apology last night, saying, “The unfortunate result was not my intent but is solely my fault. I could have handled this situation better, and for that I am truly sorry.”
This reminds me of an old Paul Reubens’ performance from a Cheech & Chong movie:
“I’m sorry I took the money…I’m sorry I took the money…I’m so sorry I took the money….”
“I’m NOT sorry I took the money!!!!”