My main story tomorrow will be on Alex Rodriguez and what he had to say on WFAN. My analysis is that he was paving the road for his way out of town.
The most telling quote:
“At some point either New York is going to say, ‘I’ve had enough of this guy, get him the hell out of here.’ Then we have an option. Or New York is going to say, ‘Hey, we won a world championship, we had a big year, you’re a part of if; we want you back.’ I also want to make sure, from the fans (and) management, I’m wanted here.”
In other words, if he leaves it will be the fault of the fans.
Near the end of the interview, he said:
“The last thing I’m going to do is run away from New York and say New York is too tough and I’m going to go. I have an option at the end of the year and we’ll see what happens after that. If I go out and have four years in New York and go out and win two MVPs and one World Series, that’s a pretty good job.”
Of course, he has to have that season first. Otherwise the perception will be that he couldn’t handle the pressure and that won’t fly for A-Rod, Inc.
After he came out of the game, Alex tried to defuse his words by saying he was scrambling to answer the questions and how tough the interview was. Give a listen on WFAN’s site, it wasn’t “60 Minutes” by any means. Alex has been around too long not to know exactly what he is saying at all times.
Alex told us several times that he wants to stay in New York. But just a few hours earlier, he drew a line on a map and it led right to Anaheim or Chicago or wherever he wants to go.
It is always interesting on this beat. Always.