It all began when the lawyer for A-Rod went on ESPN Radio. Joe Tacopino said he would not name other players accused of using performance enhancing drugs, “but some of them are God-like in Boston right now.” The comments seemed to be clearly referencing Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.
Ortiz could not be reached for comment and Tacopina would later email the Boston Globe and deny he was alluding to Ortiz with his comments, but would not say who he was referencing.
Enter Catherine Varitek and Twitter. Catherine is a very active tweeter and often times will tweet out messages from her husband who does not have a twitter account. When it was suggested to Catherine that her husband should take action like he did in 2004, she responded by calling A-Rod “disgusting scum.”
— Catherine Varitek (@CatherinVaritek) January 15, 2014
In A-Rod’s defense, these were the words of his lawyer and not his, but at the end of the day, your lawyer does represent you. It is especially puzzling since Ortiz has been in the minority in showing support for A-Rod.
Big Papi invited A-Rod to his charity golf tournament in December, took him out to dinner in Boston last season, and criticized teammate Ryan Dempster for using A-Rod for target practice as the Fenway crowd cheered. Thanks for nothing, A-Rod.
A-Rod is slowly becoming a man without a country. While most major leaguers do not like him, he is well liked within his clubhouse, especially by the younger guys. A-Rod is famous for taking the rookies under his wing, letting them stay at his house and buying them suits for them to wear on road trips.
Tacopino ended his interview by saying that A-Rod is an “outstanding human being.” I am sure Tacopino is not the only person who feels that way, but A-Rod is in full bridge burning mode right now. His only supporters left standing could be the ones on his payroll.