Rounding Third: A-Rod case gets even more absurd

Updated: November 20, 2013

By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor

Philadelphia, PA ( – How many people knew that November 20
was actually National Absurdity Day?

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez apparently knows and is doing
his part in celebrating it too, as the disgraced former three-time MVP stormed
out of his own grievance hearing Wednesday after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz
refused to force major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig to testify in
Rodriguez’s appeal of his historic 211-game suspension for violating the
game’s Joint Drug Agreement.

Apparently A-Rod was so miffed at Selig’s non-participation that he slammed
his hand on a table and told Major League Baseball COO Rob Manfred that he was
“full of s—!”

Just when you thought this whole thing couldn’t get any more absurd, leave it
to Rodriguez to dial it up a notch.

So what exactly is the end game here for Rodriguez?

Most legal experts said last week that Selig was never going to have to
testify. Rather than argue the actual facts in the case, Rodriguez’s whole
strategy seems to be to put MLB on trial.

That was never going to work. It doesn’t appear that the A-Rod camp is denying
that he took some sort of performance-enhancing drugs. The fight should have
been to reduce the suspension. When you consider that the other first-timers
on the Biogenesis list received 50 games he seemed to have a pretty good case
of at least getting it reduced.

What is that they say? When the facts are on your side argue the facts. When
the law is on your side argue the law. When neither are on your side you
scream and yell.

Or you walk out of an arbitration hearing.

The grand exit won’t do him any favors with anyone. He may have dated
a few actresses, but he’s certainly no thespian himself. Storming out of a
hearing that he really isn’t needed at anyway is simply theatrics. Plus, it’s
hard to buy his whole outrage in the courtroom act when he had a prepared
statement produced by the time he left the building.

“I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player
fails,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “I have sat through 10 days of
testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to
respect the league and the process. This morning, after Bud Selig refused to
come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally
baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the
Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face me.

“The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not
participate any further in this farce.”

Everyone knew this was going to get ugly. It appears it’s a long way from
being over and Rodriguez won’t be satisfied until this is in federal court.

And that is exactly where we are headed. If anyone thinks that this is a
surrender move by him, think again. This was all planned and just part of the
process to move it along to a whole other level.

The real losers on Wednesday? The Yankees. It seems like they will be on the
hook for his deal while all this gets settled.

Still, even with all this A-Rod drama, the most absurd baseball story this
week is the fact that Jay Z is going to market Robinson Cano as the Michael
Jordan of his sport, while continuing to push for a 10-year, $300 million