I tweeted this link a couple of days ago, but it never made it way to the blog. In a way, it’s the most fitting story imaginable to have been the last big Yankees story of 2013.
From New York Magazine, we have a series of actual emails sent back-and-forth between Alex Rodriguez and Yankees president Randy Levine. As I tweeted earlier, I think it’s hard to be shocked by any of this, but it’s also impossible to look away and ignore it. The whole thing is a fascinating look behind the curtain. It includes Levine making jokes — I assume they’re jokes — about Robinson Cano needing some steroids, and it includes Rodriguez making bold statements about being a leader. The back-and-forth also shows the deterioration of the Levine-Rodriguez relationship, beginning almost immediately with the Miami New Times report about Biogenesis.
From what appears to be Rodriguez’s final email to Levine, dated August 3:
Steinbrenner would roll in his grave IF he knew what was happening! Stop, Randy, this isn’t going to be good for any of us!!
From Levine’s response:
We had no role in initiating the investigation or assisting in the direction of the investigation. Despite your continued false accusations (which you know are false) we have acted consistently.
Hardly a surprise that Rodriguez and Levine had a strained relationship in 2013, but to see it in print — in their own words — is amazing. It’s easy to question the wisdom of a team president making a steroid joke in an email to a steroid-tainted third baseman, but I have a hard time getting too worked up about that one (if only because I know the contents of some emails I’ve sent, some of which would be extremely embarrassing if they ever went public without the context of my relationship with the people involved).
If you missed the NY Magazine piece, it really is a must-read. Just another bit of chaos in the most chaotic story of last year. And that story is hardly finished.
Associated Press photo