On Sept. 29, 2015, just outside the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Montclair, New Jersey, Alex Rodriguez was attending the funeral mass for Yogi Berra. On his way out of the church A-Rod found himself side by side with Randy Levine, Yankees team president with whom he had been embroiled in a bitter and public feud. Levine stuck out his hand and said, 'Hi, Alex. How you doing?'" That was the first time the two had spoken since 2013. The reason is simple, Levine was angry that Rodriguez had appealed MLB's 162-game suspension of him for PED use connected with baseball's Biogenesis investigation, and Levine had rebutted the assertions made by A-Rod's lawyers that the Yankees were complicit in trying to run their $275 million man out of baseball. Now lets fast forward to last week where a deal between Alex and the team was brokered by Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, with Levine nowhere in sight. Everyone seemed happy about the resolution to the A-Rod problem. Apparently not.
When last night’s Yankee line-up was announced, Alex Rodriquez name was nowhere to be found. After saying that Alex Rodriguez could play all four games if he wanted to, Joe Girardi backtracked on his promise and didn’t start A-Rod in last night’s game. He also won’t start tonight’s game, but will supposedly start Thursday and Friday. Rodriguez expressed disappointment before the game about Girardi’s decision, but said he accepted it. When Girardi was asked why he went against starting Rodriguez despite claiming he would start him in every game, he answered that he simply let his emotions get the best of him. Which is just absolutely ridiculous He also commented “We’re trying to win games.” Now That’s funny! Rumor has it the real reason A-Rod was not playing after being promised he would, was Randy Levine. It sounds like Randy Levine just whispered something in Girardi's ear. This is Randy’s small way to say Fuck You to the soon to be released former MVP. Obviously Randy hasn’t gotten past the bad blood between them. There is an old saying, “What goes around, comes around”. A small bit of petty payback for Levine.
At the very least, after losing 5-3 on Tuesday night, Girardi ought to start him on tonight against lefty Drew Pomeranz, in addition playing him Thursday against a knuckleballer that none of the Yankees seem to be able to hit anyway. Somehow, I don’t think the Yankees’ ultra slim wild-card hopes would have been affected one way or the other if A-Rod played last night. And to boot, Joe and Randy denied last night’s Boston crowd a chance to boo him. The Yankees are twisting the knife in Alex Rodriguez.. Alex will remember. There is an old saying, “What goes around, comes around”.
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