Let's play a quick game called 'Guess That Yankee'. Here are your hints:
1. He's projected to miss most of, if not all of, the 2013 season due to injuries.
2. He is in the sixth year of a 10-year, $275-million contract he signed back in 2007.
3. He has been busted for steroid and HGH usage in the past.
4. He rather score with the ladies than on the baseball diamond.
Give up? Why it's none other than Alex Rodriguez, the 3B of the New York Yankees. Why do you ask I bring up A-Rod at a time where we are all focusing on the Super Bowl? Well here's the kicker: Early this week, we all heard about the 'allegations' of one Ray Lewis taking some sort of performance enhancing stuff, blah blah blah. But then as soon as that 'report' came out, another report came out of left field, pardon the baseball terminology.
Last Tuesday, the Miami New Times came out with a report that said that the 'All-Star' 3B, along with OF Melky Cabrera, SP Bartolo Colon, and 1B Nelson Cruz, had been receiving HGH and other PEDs from a former anti-aging clinic called Biogenesis of America LLC, located in Coral Cables Florida from 2009-2012. This is the 3rd time that the Yankees Third Baseman's name has been linked to PED usage (Remember 'The List' of 2003 and the 2010 incident with A-Rod going to see Dr. Anthony Galea, a man who notoriously used HGH for treating athlete's injuries). But no matter how many times A-Rod has denied these things, the evidence and testimonies are there to easily link him and with no 'cousin' insight to pin it on.
While George Steinberner is rolling in his grave, his son Hal and Yankees GM Brian Cashman are now faced with paying $165-million, plus very lucrative incentives, to Alex Rodriguez over the remaining 6-years....or are they. If they wanted to, both Hal and Brian could take this to court and ask a judge to void the contract on reasons of conduct detrimental to the Yankees organization. Cashman and Steinberner could also produce evidence backing their case that in 2010, they specifically told A-Rod not to see Dr. Galea back in 2010 and yet he still did so.
Now everybody is going to sit and wait to see what will happen during the offseason. With spring training coming up fast, will we see A-Rod donning a Yankees uniform and sit on the bench to collect a paycheck. Or will he become the most expensive free agent that nobody wants on their team? We only have a couple months left to find out.
-Ryan L. Fox
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