In case you've been living under a rock this week, here are a few A-Rod stories (and reactions) that are worth your while:
- First up, a #longread on the Yankees DH/3B/DH/3B/DH (who knows) from ESPN The Magazine: "The Education of Alex Rodriguez." The story reveals very personal details, such as his encounters with a therapist, but here's a fun little excerpt that caught my eye:
"Quoting Rodriguez is like dropping a Mento into a Diet Coke. It makes a big whoosh, everyone gets excited, for about three seconds, and then it's just a mess, and you wonder what's been accomplished, besides some stickiness, and maybe a permanent stain."
For more excerpts, here's the obligatory Deadspin response piece.
- A-Rod released his handwritten apology note, New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica went on a complete tirade against our man of the hour. While both of these are must-reads, Craig Calcaterra over at Hardball Talk took a moment to call out Lupica for being "petty and mean."
Oh, and about that letter. Here's A-Rod's letter read aloud by a comedian in Morgan Freeman's voice, here's a handwriting expert's analysis of the letter from the Wall Street Journal, and here's a handwritten letter from a fan responding to A-Rod.
- Lastly, Anthony Bosch was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in MLB's Biogensis scandal. How does that relate to A-Rod? While A-Rod has never gone on record about their exact relationship, Bosch's lawyer put A-Rod on trial at Tuesday’s hearing.
Hope you enjoy today's reading, class. The A-Rod Test is scheduled for a week from today, when the media has surely bashed A-Rod once more.