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The Andro baseball steroid scandal, that set the sport against the Congressional government to lose all the leading heroes of the Millennium to the dustbin of cheating, is touching its last.
New York and the world waited breathlessly to hear if the rabble-rousing Bronx mob would approve Alexander’s return (AKA Alejandro Rodriguez; AKA A-Rod): the richest man in the history of sports contracts with a reported net worth of over 300 million dollars.
But all avenues of support of the greatest baseball athlete of his generation have slowly dried up in the Banking Capital, as Alejandro dodged accusations of some kind of Andro use for years, while adding to the gaudy career statistics that made him a darling of the Press.
On August 9, the anointed Bleacher Creatures included the much maligned wunderkind in the ritual roll-call to open the game after the Mogul of 3rd Base reminded our fair Press that to be booed away, as he had been, is a compliment, but to be booed at home in the Bronx would hurt of course.
Mr Rodriguez is a resident New Yorker.
The man, who could literally buy his own baseball team from his contracted winnings alone, has vowed to fight the looming MLB suspensions in the courts, reminding public opinion that, ‘he’s fighting for his life,’ if not his livelihood.
Well last night the Bleacher Creatures surely lambasted him the worst with every miss of the bat as the high-commodity set-piece struck out enough times to prompt the legendary newsman and sports-caster Keith Olberman to notify the masses that the famous batsman was lucky to have been kept from the being the last out of the inning in all of his appearances by opposition brilliance.
Keith Olberman was kind enough to point out that the Bleacher Creatures would boo their own family for poor performance even if they are dubious enough to rejoice circumspectly at the coincidence of success with notorious abandon.
The A-rod was just another case of nothing to 3rd base for Yankee fans.
The Yankees are owners of a proud tradition and the much under-rated general manager of the club, Brian Cashman, has repeatedly warned the Economic Hitman Alej-Andro on his perceived arrogance in his physical rehabilitation to preternatural dominance.
After years of Steroid Scandals, Baseball itself might be losing its cover-boy Yankee brand.
The pending 211 game suspension may quickly garner swift personnel implementation for Rodriguez as Commissioner-lead disgust with a moneyed culture may pervade throughout Yankee offices.
ESPN reports that on August 9, before Alejandro brought Andro Avenue to the Hot Corner of the Bronx Bombers, the Yankees formerly served the most powerful man in the MLBPA a letter specifying a breach of contract in Article XII, Paragraph D of the collective bargaining agreement stipulating that players, ‘shall inform a team in writing,’ before seeking a second medical opinion.
Reporters have already called for a cool 150k per day penalty on the player set to receive 28million this year alone.
Mr Rodriguez has found himself at odds with Yankee management by engaging in a war of words, crassly self publishing his rehabilitation schedule this past Spring, accusing the Yankees of medically suppressing his access to the field to limit expensive boosts in his incentive laden contract.
Though Rodriguez may have the stats and the personal wealth to marshal an impressive global laptop network to champion his right to compete in MLB, there have been examples of misappropriation management by the hulking media machine in the past.
The Black Sox Scandal of 1921 resulted in the acquittal of eight Chicago White Sox players accused to declining the 1919 World Series Title for money. Though acquitted, it took all of one day for the Commissioner to level the boom of branding to protect his product of competitive sporting gents.
The peddling businessmen hired the Commissioner – Kenesaw Mountain Landis – a Federal judge by trade – evidently in the case that fame and fortune would insulate any and all from reproach in the great capitalist land of America.
Just recently, the favorite son of New York and notorious Yankee fan, funny-man Billy Crystal suddenly stopped bemusing the masses with his sentimental televised stories of his love for the pinstripes and Mickey Mantle.
What happened that sent the renown comedian packing from his one-man show on Broadway?
He stole a minor league player’s roster position in Spring Training exhibition games to clown around while grown men tried to eek out a humbling existence on Earth.
Sure the decision to nab a roster spot from minor league adults wasn’t Billy’s alone. But the backlash in common decency has been perceivable if only by a disappearing act.
The Yankee Gehrig, Mattingly, Jeter honorguard, inspiration and brute roll-model inculcation is in jeopardy and there is no one to accept the torch of Joe DiMaggio style meaningfulness from Derek Jeter: the first Yankee in the most storied history of all of sports to garner three thousand hits – a club with some 28 members.
The Yankees, the team that hosted the greatest pitcher of the Millenials, Andy Pettite, couldn’t even consistently retain him due to finicky financing as they spent so much money that the MLB had to invent a tax-bracket just for the Bronx.
So the team is attempting to move back to its roots and institute the loyalty-first culture so prized in the superstitious land of baseball.
The free swinging former 3rd place rookie-of-the-year, Japan’s own Dominican-born Alfonso Soriano spent seasons tugging at the heart-strings of fans to win 2nd base duties from the perennial Allstar and future hall of famer Chuck Knoblauch and has returned to the Bronx to promise an upswing in honorifics.
In 2004, the clutch and mercurial Soriano got traded to statistically upgrade to the expensive Rodriguez.
Now in 2013, the Bronx Bombers may suddenly get more popular in New York for reasons few can possibly understand because Nothing To 3rd Base was not uttered by the Bleacher Creature faithfull in deference to A-Rod Moses Alej-Andro the Magic Stick and way of the deserted dessert wanderer Andro Alley Rodriguez.
Photo Courtesy of Paul Hadsall