Via Bob Klapisch -
Alex Rodriguez will arrive Tuesday and is scheduled to hold a tell-all press conference about his life with steroids. And that, said one Yankee official, “is when the circus begins.”
But ever since Sports Illustrated broke the story of his cheating, Rodriguez has been following the advice of his crisis specialists, including agent Scott Boras, and not the Yankees. As a result, A-Rod’s employers were less than impressed with his interview with Peter Gammons, noting how vague many of his answers were.
“Honestly? It was a disaster,” said the official, who doesn’t know the half of it. A second wave of controversy will soon overwhelm the slugger, say the publishers of “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez,” which was written by Selena Roberts, the SI reporter who uncovered the steroids story.
The book will go beyond Rodriguez’s use of syringes and chemicals. According to a press release from Harper Collins, Roberts has unearthed salacious details of the slugger’s private life that could embarrass him and further isolate him in the clubhouse.
And if the details of Roberts’ investigation become known, how will the Yankees react?
It’s one thing to say what A-Rod does off the field is his business, not ours. If Rodriguez barely funds his charitable organization with his own money, for instance, that’s his choice. So is leaving his wife and two children to date Madonna. It’s his business. But such behavior certainly makes it harder for fans to ever warm up to A-Rod. Wearing his jersey has never seemed less cool.
As for the Yankees, they’re left with the impending humiliation of writing A-Rod checks for home runs, milestones that are officially tainted. Not that A-Rod ever captivated the organization in his first four years — with the exception of Hank Steinbrenner, no one wanted him back after the 2007 season.
One person who’s spoken with Rodriguez says his handlers have settled on the following damage-control strategy: minimize the apologies, keep Tuesday’s Q and A relatively brief and make sure to not drop any more bombshells.
That means A-Rod has no intention of telling the world where and how he started using banned substances, and he certainly won’t admit to using HGH as a Yankee. After that, he’s on his own.
If Rodriguez thinks October in the Bronx has been rough, the coming weeks in Florida could be a miniature apocalypse.
I have to wonder what is in that book that will bring more plumage to the A-Rod tar and feather party. Could it be any worse than what was less than whispered behind Mike Piazza’s back? Could it be any worse than the stories of Rick Ankiel’s childhood? I mean…what haven’t we heard about a baseball player yet…that would be bad enough to embarrass him beyond the way that A-Rod has already been humiliated so far?
The only thing I can think of would be gambling…and not just playing the ponies, poker, and hitting the dog track…but something more along the Pete Rose lines. Now, there’s no evidence to suggest this happened – as far as I know. I’m just saying that it would be really bad for Alex if this came out in the book.
Really, other than having video evidence of A-Rod engaged in sexual congress with a goat, what possibly can be out there, yet unkown, which is going to bring more shame to the “House of A-Rod” at this moment?
I guess we have to wait for the book to find out…