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December 17, 2005

A-Rod Back To WBC?

From the Post:

Gene Orza believes Alex Rodriguez will change his mind and participate in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in March.
One day after A-Rod told The Post he didn't want to dishonor America or the Dominican Republic, Orza, the No. 2 man in the Players Association, predicted A-Rod would be part of the WBC.

"I think Alex Rodriguez will play in the WBC," the COO of the Players Association said yesterday.

Orza has a strong relationship with A-Rod and believes the final chapter on the saga hasn't been written.

"I wouldn't categorize it as Alex Rodriguez isn't going to play," said Orza, who hadn't spoken to A-Rod by early last night but planned to within 24 hours. "I don't believe this is the final word on this matter. It's a sincere dilemma he faces. Does he play for the Dominican Republic or does he play for USA? I know he is dedicated to international baseball and how important it is."

Orza plans to meet with A-Rod and is confident A-Rod will change his mind.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he decided to play," Orza said. "We will help him in who he represents. We have our views on where he should play. MLB and the commissioner are interested in where he plays."

Great, just what the Yankees and their fans need - another soap opera opportunity for A-Rod. Thank you World Baseball Classic.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at December 17, 2005 09:39 AM


Oh, so it's the WBC's fault that ARod can't make up his mind?


Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2005 10:20 AM

Much ado about nothing.

It's an all-star exhibition tournament. I'm unconcerned, save any potential injuries.

On paper, the DR is unstoppable.

Posted by: Jason O. [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2005 12:23 PM

Raf - he did make up his mind - that's why Bud and the MLBPA should leave him, and this, alone.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2005 02:06 PM

I agree with you, Steve. I had to read that quote from Orza a couple of times because it astonished me. To treat A-Rod as if he is some unreliable person who doesn't think things through, to not show some public respect for his decision (even if he privately lobbies for him to play) is out of line, to me. And then to equate not playing to be less respectable... way over. If I'm A-Rod, I'm not budging.

Posted by: pokeefe [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2005 07:08 PM