Twitter is great for the interconnectivity it allows people around the world can. Although, an egomaniac like New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez can use the social media site to enhance that negative quality.
There was not a better example than the firestorm that developed after A-Rod tweeted Tuesday night that he had been cleared to start playing in rehab games by his hip surgeon, Dr. Bryan Kelly. Yankees GM Brian Cashman fired back in an characteristically unusual way by telling him to “shut the f**k up.”
The truth is that A-Rod has not been cleared to play in games by team doctors, but that is not the whole point.
A-Rod ticked off his GM, and it certainly was not the first time he had done so. Barring some unknown circumstance where the Yankees can free themselves from the shackles of the ridiculously unintelligent 10-year, $275 million contract they shelled out to him after his MVP season in 2007, there are bound to be plenty more of those moments.
It’s no secret that the relationship between the two sides has been frayed since he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in 2009 after it was exposed by investigative reporter Selena Roberts. There have been other subsequent incidents since that have made it worse, such as his alleged associations with performance-enhancing drug pushers Dr. Anthony Galea and Anthony Bosch and his participation in underground poker games.
Perhaps if he were still the 2007 A-Rod, these issues would be easier for the team to deal with. However, he does not produce anymore. And even though they’d take his relatively subpar numbers from last season (.272, 18 homers, and 58 RBIs) over anything Jayson Nix and David Adams can do at third base, it still irks the Yankees they have to pay such a steep salary for such a steep decline in offensive production.
Nevertheless, the fact they must accept, whether they like it or not, is that they are stuck with each other. Sans for any life-changing events, all contracts in Major League Baseball are guaranteed, and the Yankees put themselves in a situation their highest-paid player and biggest distraction will be earning a boatload of money for five more years.
A-Rod does not have to pipe down, as much as they want him to. The Yankees were the ones who traded for him and allowed him the ability to do whatever he wants no matter who he hurts by basically outbidding themselves by signing him to his record-setting contract.
The team might not have created the monster, but they fed it and nurtured it, and now they have no idea how to quash it. The Yankees put themselves in this situation, and they are paying the price for it now.