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If you were in an email exchange with Alex Rodriguez, would you joke about steroids? Probably not. Unless you’re president of the Yankees — then it’s apparently the thing to do.
According to a series of emails reportedly between A-Rod and club president Randy Levine that were obtained by New York magazine, Levine sent the following two messages to Rodriguez when second baseman Robinson Cano was in a slump in 2012:
“How r u feeing since u left Robby under 200, he needs some steroids fast,” and “Hey, what’s up with Robby. This guy must not be using the liquid.”
The magazine said Levine called this a “bad joke.” Have to agree with that. Is anybody laughing?
Emails from this past summer detail Rodriguez’s frustration with the Yankees as he and the team sparred over his rehab schedule and return to the lineup, plus whatever role he felt the club was playing in Major League Baseball’s investigation and deliberations leading up to a 211-game suspension for PED use.
“Can u please stop!!” Rodriguez wrote. “I want to play baseball and I could make a big difference to the game. [George] Steinbrenner would roll in his grave IF he knew what was happening! Stop, Randy, this isn’t going to be good for any of us!! You are a businessman and what you are doing is ruining the business of baseball.”
Part of Levine’s response: “Despite your continued false accusations (which you know are false) we have acted consistently. My focus and direction, as well as that of the entire Yankees organization, has been, and continues to be, to treat you in the same manner as we do all of our players, to have you healthy and ready to play as soon as possible. Good luck.”
When it comes to the Rodriguez-Yankees relationship, “good luck “is right.