Alex Rodriguez told us himself before Friday's game with the Boston Red Sox that we should expect a new story or bump in the road every day, and I honestly can't think of a day we've missed since he return to action last Monday.
In the latest twist, A-Rod's new lawyer, the infamous Joseph Tacopina, told the New York Times that the New York Yankees went out of their way to mislead Rodriguez about his hip injury last season with the intention of making A-Rod look foolish on the field and potentially inflict further damage to the hip.
During the 2012 playoffs, Tacopina said, the Yankees hid from Rodriguez that a magnetic resonance imaging test had revealed that he had a torn labrum — essentially a hole in his hip — and continued to play him, even though he was struggling mightily.
“They rolled him out there like an invalid and made him look like he was finished as a ballplayer,” Tacopina said.
I will agree that A-Rod looked like a player that had no business being on the field at many points during the postseason. Where that fault lies though is something we don't truly know, but Tacopina may not stop talking until we buy his side of the story.
Rodriguez learned the extent of his injuries in the off-season, and the Yankees sent him to Dr. Bryan T. Kelly, a prominent surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Tacopina said Kelly later told Rodriguez that before the surgery, Yankees President Randy Levine told Kelly, “I don’t ever want to see him on the field again.”
“It sent chills down Alex’s spine,” Tacopina said.
That's another stiff accusation to add to the pile, which according to Levine is only meant to distract the entire world from the real issue at hand.
"On one hand you have (Rodriguez lawyer David) Cornwell saying they want to have their day in court through the appeal process and then speak afterward, while on the other hand other lawyers are making these reckless statements, which if nothing else are distracting from the only issue that is relevant here: Did Alex Rodriguez use performance-enhancing drugs and is he subject to the drug agreement or not?"
A-Rod warned us we'd be in for seven bumpy weeks. If the first bump is any indication, the next 48 are going to be doozies. My advice: Keep a close eye on the road.