The Cubs manager and the former Yankee turned ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst discussed Rodriguez’s comments about Chicago starter Yu Darvish prior to the Cubs’ 4-3 win over the Nationals at Wrigley Field on Sunday.
According to The Athletic, the two got into a heated argument during the meeting when Maddon confronted Rodriguez about his comments.
“So [Darvish] will let the team know when he’s ready, which, let me just tell you what that means to a clubhouse,” Rodriguez said. “You lose respect quickly.And my concern for him — because he’s a great young talent — is it may take two or three or four years and you may never get that back.”
His comments brought the ire of Darvish’s agent Joel Wolfe who told The Athletic that Rodriguez’s statements were “classless” and “bordered on unprofessional.” Maddon labeled what Rodriguez said as “plastic, probably rehearsed … and contrived” while on WSCR-AM 670 in Chicago
“When you speak badly about my group it brings out the Hazleton in me,” Maddon said Sunday, making referent to the Pennsylvania town where he grew up.
Rodriguez said he does not regret what he said about Darvish.
“My job is to say it fairly and objectively and I have over 25 years in the game and I’m gonna call it as I see it,” he said.
Let’s gooooo, that’s my third baseman. Alex Rodriguez is going to sit in the ESPN commentary booth and he’s going to say whatever he wants about whoever he wants and he dares you to come up and call him out on anything.
To pretend to be objective for a moment, A-Rod calling out Yu Darvish for being injured is a weird stance to take. No player likes being injured. It literally hurts. People forget when discussing player injuries that these guys are literally in pain every day or else they’d be out there. Yu Darvish isn’t chillin at home watching Insecure, Alex.
So Joe Maddon had every right to go defend his player.
Problem is, A-Rod isn’t the guy you play around with. Let’s not forget, A-Rod once went to his cousin’s house and threatened to destroyed their lives if they ever went public about his steroid use and then proceed to pee on their floor. That’s the type of guy who will put a 64-year old Joe Maddon in a Cripple Crossface until he taps out.
I imagine Joe Maddon went up there, they started yelling at each other and then A-Rod stood up and starting unbuttoning his shirt slowly without breaking his stare before Maddon realized he was about to have his blood spilled out all over the booth and began apologizing.
Alex Rodriguez will fuck you up.
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