Joe Girardi today:
“I thought the big thing was that Andy came clean (last year). Nothing else came out, which helped it die down. When a person comes clean and there’s nothing else to drag out, it’s going to die down.”
At last count (and the list grows longer every day), Alex has an sports agent, a lawyer, a crisis-management firm, a PR flack, a talent agency and a Hollywood agent advising him what to do.
But Andy Pettitte got it right last year without any help. Answer every question, tell the truth and be done with it. Once you answer all the questions, there are no more questions to answer. It sounds simple but it is true.
Pettitte said he was motivated by one thing: Trying to be as less of a distraction to the team as possible. “I thought if I handled it right the first time, it would fade away and it did. You know everything is going to come out anyway,” he said.
That is question tomorrow. Will A-Rod be motivated by what is right for the Yankees or what is right for himself? Those two lines connect somewhere. But with Alex, you’re never quite sure where that is.