Alex Rodriguez's sense of timing should never come as a surprise. He's able to put himself right smack in the spotlight at exactly the wrong moment. It takes some kind of chutzpah to do what he did on Sunday. According to numerous reports, Scott Boras informed the Yankees yesterday afternoon that Rodriguez will opt out of his contract, thus ending his four-year stint in pinstripes.
"Alex made the decision today," Boras said. "I thought we should notify the club."
"We really wanted him back, but obviously he didn't want to be a Yankee," Hank Steinbrenner said late last night. "I just think that's a shame. But if that's the case, then this is goodbye."
I'm not shocked that Rodriguez is jetting. You could see it coming. And I can't say that I'm entirely surprised at how it came out. I knew it would come down to something weird like this. Still, a hell of a way to go, ain't it? Just another reason to wonder what's next? But my immediate guess is that this means Joe Girardi will be named skipper today.
Also, congrats go out to the Red Sox and, more to the point, any Red Sox fans who frequent Bronx Banter. The Sox are a deserving champion. Did the Rockies even show up? Wow.