New York Yankees slugger and third baseman Alex Rodriguez stormed out of his grievance hearing Wednesday after learning that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to call Commissioner Bud Selig to testify. That was the breaking point for Rodriguez, and he headed down to WFAN studios to talk to Mike Francesa about it
“I lost my mind,” Rodriguez told Francesa. “I banged a table and kicked a briefcase and slammed out of the room, and just felt like this system … I knew it was restricted and I knew it wasn’t fair, but what we saw today, it was disgusting.”
Rodriguez vehemently denied doing anything wrong.
“I did nothing … with the Bosch nonsense, nothing,” Rodriguez told Francesa. Rodriguez also believes that Selig had it out for him. That suspending him was ”100 percent personal.”
“He’s retiring… and to put me on his mantle on the way out, that’s a hell of a trophy.”
“And the fact that the man from Milwaukee that put the suspension on me,” Rodriguez said, “with not one bit of evidence — something I didn’t do — and he doesn’t have the courage to come look me in the eye and tell me this is why I did 211? I shouldn’t serve one inning.
“For this guy — the embarrassment that he’s put me and my family through — and he doesn’t have the courage to come see me and tell me this is why I’m going to destroy your career? And I have to explain this to my daughters everyday?”
Watch video of the interview below or the full audio of the interview will likely be up on the WFAN website shortly.