Alex Rodriguez Finally Moves on From The Faux-Righteous Indignation Phase of His Redemption Plan
For months, Alex Rodriguez told the public that MLB’s investigation was an unjust persecution fueled by ulterior motives of Bud Selig and the Commissioner’s Office. Rodriguez repeatedly stated that he was “fighting for [his] life” and that the arbitrator’s ruling would not signal his surrender.
Yet, last Friday afternoon, Alex Rodriguez unceremoniously dropped his pending lawsuits against MLB and Bud Selig and the Major League Baseball Players Union (MLBPA).
After months of aggressively and vociferously attacking his accusers, why would Rodriguez quietly dismiss his lawsuits before they even got started?
Did he have a change of heart?
Was he worried about how the other players in baseball perceived him?
Was he trying to get back in the Yankees’ good graces?
Was he simply just tired of the whole mess he had created?
Um, I don’t think so.
The real reason Rodriguez withdrew his lawsuits was because that was always the plan. It actually had to be the plan.
When the Biogenesis suspensions were originally announced, Rodriguez was the only player to challenge the punishment. Rodriguez repeatedly told the media that although he wanted to “let the process play out,” at the appropriate time the truth would come out because he was fighting for his legacy. Both Rodriguez and his crackerjack team of attorneys repeatedly explained that, when the time was right, Rodriguez would tell his side of the story and provide evidence showing that MLB was unjustly pursuing Rodriguez. To hear Rodriguez’s lead attorney, Joseph Tacopina, explain it, MLB’s investigation was worse than a combination of the McCarthy hearings and the Salem witch hunts.
Well, he had the ability to stand up during the arbitration and explain why he is innocent; why he has been wrongfully persecuted by Bud Selig and MLB; and why anyone – players, coaches, fans, reporters – should ever believe anything he ever says again.
Instead of actually testifying, he pounded on a table, stormed out of the appeal hearing, and provided a press release which described the entire process as “a farce.” He then retreated to Mike Francesa’s willing shoulder on WFAN, where, instead of telling his side of the story, he merely attacked Bud Selig’s character. He stated, “[Selig] hates my guts” and further explained that the whole suspension was driven by Selig’s hatred of big salaries. (Yes, he actually said this.) During his whole interview with Francesa or in any of the countless press releases issued by his team, Rodriguez could have told his side of the story or offered even a modicum of evidence to support his inflammatory accusations.
He chose not to.
After the arbitrator’s ruling (which reduced the suspension to 162 games), Rodriguez intended to seek a remedy via two civil lawsuits: one against Bud Selig and MLB and the other against the MLB Players Association. Since he was filing civil lawsuits, Rodriguez would eventually have to be deposed and would have to testify under oath. Surely, therefore, Rodriguez would finally have the platform to tell his side of the story. I mean, he would have to, right?
In a word: nope.
With the voluntary dismissal of both his lawsuits last Friday, Alex Rodriguez has again chosen not to offer his purported side of the story.
The reality is that Alex Rodriguez filed these lawsuits as the last step in his scorched earth playbook. After all of his blustering and inflammatory rhetoric, he had no choice but to complete the final leg of his blitzkrieg campaign, even if there was no actual end game. The filing of these lawsuits was Rodriguez’s last opportunity to play the victim and to exhibit his artificial outrage against all of his supposed enemies who had been colluding against him.
But, no, these lawsuits were never going to go much past the initial pleadings because doing so would have required Rodriguez to offer legitimate evidence to support his claims and to testify under oath. Rodriguez’s team was bluffing without any chance of the other side folding. This is why, when faced with MLB’s motions to dismiss, Rodriguez’s team acquiesced and quietly withdrew the lawsuits late on a Friday afternoon.
Alex Rodriguez’s whole “rage against the dying of the light” routine was a façade from the jump. He fumed and name-called, but – despite countless opportunities to do so – the one thing he never did was to provide the truth.