The Alex Rodriguez story took a significant twist this afternoon with a New York Times story in which Rodriguez’s lawyer makes bold accusations against the Yankees and Major League Baseball. Here’s a transcript of Rodriguez spending about four and a half minutes basically refusing to answer questions seeking clarification. In some cases, the questions have been very slightly paraphrased.
What leads you to believe the Yankees withheld medical evidence?
“I haven’t seen the Times article. I’ve just come out of a game, so I’m going to defer to my lawyer to handle those matters.”
Your lawyer is speaking on your behalf, though.
“I’ve got to read the article first.”
You said yesterday you expected bigger stories to come out. Did you know this was coming out today?
“I don’t know if I was referring to this, but I have to read the article first.”
Randy Levine has said the only thing the Yankees don’t know about your medical treatment is what Dr. Galea did with you, otherwise they’re willing to release all your medical records.
“When the time is right. Thanks.”
What do you hope to accomplish with this?
“I’ve got to see the article. I don’t know what the article says.”
Do you believe the Yankees ran you out there during the playoffs last year knowing you were hurt?
“Um. I don’t even want to think about what happened last year. I just want to focus on what’s happening this year and try to come out tomorrow and win a series.”
Would you lawyer say something you didn’t authorize him to say?
“I’ve got to see the article first.”
Do you believe Joe Girardi was involved in this?
“I love Joe. Joe and I have an amazing relationship. I have the utmost respect for Joe, and that’s unwavered.”
What about the front office?
“My goal is to try to lead this team to the postseason. I think we’re in a good place right now. We’ve got to continue to work hard and score runs, and winning is the ultimate goal here.”
Do you have anything to hide in terms of any medical treatment you’ve ever had?
You said yesterday that you shouldn’t have been out there last year (in the playoffs). Is that saying that the Yankees shouldn’t have put you out there?
“I’m not saying what should have happened or should not have happened. I know that I feel much better this year than I did last year.”
Were you saying that in hindsight or was that something you communicated to the team?
“I think in hindsight. I think just comparing how I feel this year compared to last year. I think it’s much better.”
Is your attorney saying things that you don’t know he’s saying?
“I haven’t read that article. I can’t answer that question.”
I assume he’s getting information from you and you know what he’s authorized to say or not. Is that true?
“That should be, but I’ve got to read the article first.”
How would you characterize your relationship with Randy (Levine)? You guys were at one time close. How would you characterize it now?
“It’s business as usual with me. I have a job to do and that’s to go out and play third base and do the best I can, and I’m doing that right now.”
In the article, your lawyer said that Randy told Dr. Kelly: “I don’t ever want to see him on the field again” before your surgery, and that you were pretty shaken up when you heard that. Do you remember hearing that Randy had said that?
“Those are questions that you have to ask those people because I wasn’t in that conversation.”
But your lawyer said you were shaken up when you heard that.
“I’d rather not get into all that. I think there will be a time and a place for all of that, and that time is not right now.”
Do you believe the Yankees have your best interest in mind?
“I can’t speculate for what their thought it. I know I’ve been here for 10 years. We won a championship. There have been some ups and downs, but I’m happy about where the team is right now. I think we have an opportunity to hopefully get to the postseason. That’s our goal.”
If this isn’t the time or place, why is your lawyer speaking about these things?
“I don’t know. I think it’s just some of the back and forth. That’s just the way it goes.”
With everything on your table, how hard is it to focus going forward the rest of this season?
“It’s not. I’m going out and doing the best I can. I think the team is in a good place, and we have our goal. We have our sights set on hopefully making it to the postseason.”
You’re not distracted?
“I don’t feel distracted. I feel pretty good.”