With the New York Yankees on the brink of elimination from the MLB playoffs, everyone seems to be in high spirits and joining in on the hate train. Down 0-3 to the Detroit Tigers, everyone not wearing pinstripes seem to be coming out of the woodwork to bash the high spending Yankees.
While many aspects of the Yankee postseason are and have been fair game for the masses, the easiest rib on New York is poking fun at the team's ultra-expensive hood ornament; Alex Rodriquez.
Rodriquez has been non-existent this postseason, going 3 for 23, including 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handers. This poor showing has led New York to bench A-Rod three times this postseason and considering that he's still owed $130 million over the next five years, his benching does not exactly scream smart spending.
That smart spending brings us to one of the latest high profile people to publically rip Rodriquez; Donald Trump. Trump, who needs no introduction, joined ESPN New York on Wednesday morning to discuss his feelings on A-Rod and the huge sum of money owed to him.
Spoiler alert, he isn't a fan.
Why such negativity toward Alex Rodriguez?
"I've never been a fan, and I guess I've read too many things negatively. I had a little bit of a bad experience with him. He lived in one of my buildings and I wasn't exactly in love with Alex and my people weren't. He did something that I didn't like and when somebody does something to me that I don't like, I sort of let them know it. If he were a great champion like, as an example, Derek Jeter is a great, great champion – one of the best – it's different. But he's a guy that I thought was never a good pressure player. He batted when it wasn't so important. … I always felt they should just say, ‘Hey, you misrepresented to us as to the taking of drugs, the taking of whatever you want to call it, the steroids, and frankly we don't want to pay you $30 million anymore.' How about like $1 million instead of $30 million because that's what he's worth?"
Can you tell us what he did to you?
"It wasn't a big deal, just something that I thought was not honorable. It worked out fine, but I did not think it was honorable. But I'm a plus-5 at real estate … I'm good at real estate, and I don't like it when somebody does something that is, I don't think, appropriate. … He actually lived in one of my buildings for a few years, so I wasn't a big fan. And then I see certain other things happen."
On A-Rod being an asset to the Yankees that's worth $130 million over the next five years:
"I don't think he's an asset, I think he's a liability to the Yankees. They pay him $30 million a year and he strikes out every time he comes up in a playoff game. … I would terminate his contract, personally. I think George would've done that. I would terminate his contract on the basis that, when he signed, he didn't say that he took drugs. Since he signed his contract, they found out that he took drugs. … He actually admitted that he took drugs. Now he's not taking drugs anymore, he's less than an average player."
With the animosity almost palatable, one has to wonder exactly what A-Rod did to anger Donald Trump so much? The answer to that question, like the answer to why Rodriquez pulls a disappearing act almost every postseason, just might end up being one of the millions of life's unexplainable mysteries.
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