In June 2013, Alex Rodriguez's name came to the forefront in the Biogenesis Baseball Scandal. During the second half of the season, much of the news off the field surrounded Rodriguez's fight with Major League Baseball. On Aug. 5, Rodriguez, after rehabbing his hip, made his season debut under appeal on the same day MLB suspended him for 211 games -- through the 2014 season. Rodriguez has since settled for a suspension for the 2014 season and played 44 games in 2013.
Many other MLB players are not fans of Rodriguez. Since A-Rod's kerfuffle with the league, many fellow members of the MLBPA have been outspoken.
One is pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who happened to have been traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the New York Yankees on Sunday. Rodriguez, although suspended, is a contracted member of the Yankees who plans on returning for the 2015 season.
Last June, when Rodriguez joined Twitter, McCarthy had this to say:
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) June 24, 2013
For reference, the dictionary definition for masochism is rather explicit.
Also, in case McCarthy, or anyone else is wondering, Rodriguez is still tweeting to his 110,000+ followers, despite his suspension. Apparently, he has been watching the World Cup.
Good run USA soccer. #USMNT
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) July 2, 2014
Rodriguez represented the United States in the 2006 World Baseball Classic before flipping to the Dominican Republic in 2009 (he never played when an MRI revealed a cyst in his right hip), but that is neither here nor there.
Thanks to Sports Pickle, a second McCarthy anti-A-Rod tweet was found. However, after Sports Pick retweeted the message, the tweet was deleted.
Here is the recovered image:
MRSA stants for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is a bacterium that causes multiple infections in humans. In other words, it is a very bad thing to have in a team's locker room.
It sounds like the Bronx Zoo has a new conflict to deal with. With the Yankees at 44-43 and 3.5 games back in the American League East, this is not the kind of problem the team needs.
Somehow, in some way, A-Rod is still bringing problems to the Yankee clubhouse. One, actually, Brandon McCarthy, may call him a bacteria to team chemistry.
But maybe the acquisition of McCarthy (and his strong stance) is just another way of Yankee management telling A-Rod that the team isn't so eager to see him back next season.