In order to avoid the media crush that is sure to surround A-Rod if and when the disgraced slugger delivers an apology prior to rejoining the Yankees, after his season-long drug suspension, the Yankees hope they can turn a three-ring circus into a pony ride by having Rodriguez give the public mea culpa in New York before the team meets in Tampa, according to the New York Daily News.
The 39-year-old Rodriguez met with the Yankees in The Bronx Tuesday and apologized for his actions over the last few years. They included earning a 162-game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use; denying using PEDs but then reportedly admitting to federal officials he did use them; and also suing MLB while also alleging the league and the Yankees conspired to void his contract.
Rodriguez has not yet responded to the team's Yankee Stadium offer, said a source.
“He owes it to the Yankees fans who are paying money to see him play next year to explain himself,” one baseball official told The News. “They deserve an explanation.”
The Yankees are expecting Rodriguez to make his return at spring training. He's owed at least $61 million over the next three seasons. It's still unclear whether Rodriguez will have a defined role with the team because the team signed Chase Headley as its starting third baseman this offseason to a four-year pact.
If A-Rod agrees to the reported apology deal, you know somewhere Lou Gehrig will be rolling in his grave.