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A-Rod: 'I know people think I'm nuts'

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07:23 AM ET 07.05 | Alex Rodriguez knows what you're thinking. Rodriguez has heard much of it, and realizes it's time to issue his rebuttal. "I know people think I'm nuts," he tells USA TODAY Sports, in his first extensive interview since last season. "I know most people wouldn't want the confrontation. Most people would say, 'Get me out of here. Trade me. Do anything.' But I'm the (expletive) crazy man who goes, 'I want to compete. I want to stay in New York. I refuse to quit.' Maybe it's stupidity, I don't know, but I'm wired to compete and give my best. I have a responsibility to be ready to play as soon as I can." Rodriguez, his exasperation now palpable, knows the haters are out there.

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July 5, 2013  07:48 AM ET

Whatever you say, centaur man.

July 5, 2013  07:52 AM ET

Meh, that's what the Yankees get for spending too much.

July 5, 2013  07:56 AM ET

People don't think he's nuts...

People think he's a fraud.

July 5, 2013  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

People don't think he's nuts... People think he's a fraud.

And a cheat.

July 5, 2013  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

And a cheat.

And an all-purpose A hole.

July 5, 2013  08:40 AM ET

The Commissior wanted PEDS, The Owners Wanted PEDS, and the Players are the scape goats Suckers!!!! The Owners are Billionaires because of PEDS, The Dodgers are worth 2 Billion? how did that happen? "Everybody wants to see a freak show". P.T. Barnum!!!!!!!!

July 5, 2013  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

People don't think he's nuts... People think he's a fraud.

"Nuts" doesn't make the top 500 of what people think of Arod.

July 5, 2013  08:44 AM ET

He's on PEDs.. he doesn't have nuts

July 5, 2013  08:57 AM ET

He'll have a 100-game vacation in New York soon enough.

July 5, 2013  09:01 AM ET

Hey everyone, let's facelift bar!

July 5, 2013  09:21 AM ET

When you find yourself in a whole, just stop digging. The guy just can't as Brian would say " shut the ---- --"

July 5, 2013  09:29 AM ET

I don't think he's nuts..........



I KNOW IT!!!!!!!

July 5, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The Commissior wanted PEDS, The Owners Wanted PEDS, and the Players are the scape goats Suckers!!!! The Owners are Billionaires because of PEDS, The Dodgers are worth 2 Billion? how did that happen? "Everybody wants to see a freak show". P.T. Barnum!!!!!!!!

They knew it was dirty then and they know it is still dirty too often now. The only reason Arod and Braun and a bunch of others are on the marked target now is because that clinic is in the US and got raided. How many clinics do you suppose are in Latin and south America and Cuba? the risk is worth it in MLB. Too much money to be had for an offense that is not a crime you go to jail for.

July 5, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Poor guy..............gets millions a year and has for a loooooong time. More to come. Lies, cheats with banned drugs. "Maybe it's stupidity'? No maybe about it Alex.

July 5, 2013  09:35 AM ET

he's pretty shady. Rushing back, obviously not ready to medically play, so he can get his 100-game ban while he's hurt and still healing. Very savvy..

July 5, 2013  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The Commissior wanted PEDS, The Owners Wanted PEDS, and the Players are the scape goats Suckers!!!! The Owners are Billionaires because of PEDS, The Dodgers are worth 2 Billion? how did that happen? "Everybody wants to see a freak show". P.T. Barnum!!!!!!!!

You think I'm leaving management out of my tirades? Heck no. They are just about as culpable as the players. But it was the players that made the final decision (it was their bodies) - so at least 51% of the blame is on them. No matter what the environment supported.

And as far as the "worth" of a team. That's the fan's fault. We pay and pay no matter what the price's are. If the market wasn't there - it wouldn't exist. Bread and circuses man, Bread and circuses......

July 5, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Man is the office quiet..... getting some work done....

July 5, 2013  09:40 AM ET

Hey CSF - I asked a question for you on the DLFL postings..... just an fyi.......

July 5, 2013  09:41 AM ET

Take a pay cut, you dont deserve that amount of money for hitting 250 abd getting benched in the playoffs

 
July 5, 2013  10:13 AM ET

That's his back pocket talking!

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