After fighting tooth and nail over the last year to avoid a length suspension at the hands of MLB, it appears that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is finally giving in. Yes, Rodriguez has dropped (according to USA Today)a messy lawsuit against MLB, Bud Selig and the MLB Players Association, in effect raising the white flag.
By dropping the lawsuit against the three parties there is no logical way that Rodriguez can go about getting his 162 game suspension reduced in any fashion. One would imagine that this is also a nod to the fact that he will not be showing up at Steinbrenner Field when the Yankees report for Spring Training, which will avoid another circus atmosphere, and could very well begin to repair the third baseman’s image, which is in tatters.
Of course, nobody is ever going to logically vote Rodriguez as the man of the year for dropping a lawsuit that was going nowhere from the start, but now we can move on from his assault on the record books. Getting on the field to win a second World Series was never a major priority for the third baseman in the lawsuit. No, it was clear, as it always has been throughout his career, that hitting 109 more home runs to pass Barry Bonds for the all-time record and recuperating the $25 million that was due to him was what he truly wanted.
Although he likely did not have this in mind when dropping the lawsuit, Rodriguez made a selfless move by dropping the lawsuit, and everyone involved will benefit. Bud Selig has a chance to have a peaceful final year in charge as commissioner, and can finally be seen as ridding MLB of steroids, a goal he has long maintained. The MLB Players Union will not be put in the awkward position of attempting to defend a man that is suing them, and the league as a whole will be rid of a guy that nobody really likes.
Finally, and possibly more importantly, dropping this lawsuit will be great for the Yankees organization, as they can honor Derek Jeter for what looks like his last season without the presence of a man neither the team or their shortstop is fond of. There is no doubting that Jeter deserves to go out without any stains on his party, and getting Rodriguez out of the way will ensure this happens.
There is no doubt that Rodriguez had helping Jeter, MLB, the MLBPA or Bud Selig in mind when he dropped the lawsuit, but he may have finally been the guy he always wanted to be, the good guy.