Emails between A-Rod and Yankees president are bizarre
DEC 30, 2013 6:27p ET
In addition to Steve Fishman's terrific article "Chasing A-Rod," which details the ongoing debacle between MLB and Alex Rodriguez regarding his suspected involvement with PEDs, the good people over at New York magazine published a series of emails between A-Rod and Yankees president Randy Levine on Friday.
According to Fishman, during the course of his reporting for "Chasing A-Rod," he "viewed a trove of the electronic correspondence between Rodriguez and Levine."
The contents are a bit unexpected.
From consoling A-Rod after a 1-for-5 perfomance to congratulating him after a two-home-run game, Levine seems to be highly involved with his superstar -- paternal, even. But other emails are on the weirder side. For instance, on two occasions Levine seems to recommend to A-Rod that his teammate Robinson Cano should start "using the liquid." Sure, "using the liquid" can be interpretted in a number of ways, but in another email Levine clarifies that Cano "needs some steroids fast."
Joking or not, those are weird things to say to a guy you are paying $275 million and who has been accused of being a doper. The emails escalate from light-hearted banter about game performance and leadership advice to Levine advising against "pictures of party at your house circulating all around tonight ... Guys in rehab don't do this" and A-Rod suggesting that the Yankees have a bounty on his head.
It's all great stuff, so I will stop right here and let you enjoy the excerpted highlights below. For the full article, head here.
MAY 21, 2012
The Yanks are shut out by the Royals.
Levine: My friend, I have always believed that in difficult times there r two ways to go. The easy way, which is to make excuses, be defensive, or blame others and shut it down. The better way is to take the challenge, get mad, get determined, and shut everyone up and perform to greater levels. I believe in u. I believe u will hit those levels. It has been a tough year in injuries, tough losses, underperformance, but we need a leader, that is you. Take the lead, get these guys going, put a chip on your shoulder. When u succeed it will be Yankees lore. There is nothing more powerful than that. I am here to support u. Tell us what u need.
Rodriguez: You are 100% correct. This is no time for blame or excuses. Is time for me to be a leader and rally the troops. I feel if I perform at a high level, put a chip on my shoulder and lead the way, then my mates will follow my lead. Is not how you start, but how you finish. Let’s get it going tonight. Thanks for the support and stay in touch.
JULY 30, 2012
Rodriguez is out with an injury, having fractured his hand five days earlier when hit by a pitch. Levine makes a reference to performance-enhancing drugs that he later refers to as a “bad joke.”
Levine: How r u feeing since u left Robby [Cano] under 200, he needs some steroids fast!
AUG. 21, 2012
With A-Rod still out, Levine again makes a possibly comic drug reference.
Levine: Hey, what’s up with Robby. This guy must not be using the liquid. U didn’t tell me what did Chris and Steve say your ETA is. Don’t rush it unless u r right. We need you. Nova looks like he may need a breather. What do u see.
DEC. 7, 2012
Levine: Pictures of party at your house circulating all around tonight … Guys in rehab don’t do this. This is not the sedate, small party you […] said. You need to focus on getting better.
Rodriguez: Been prehabbing every day. Pete [Draovitch, a trainer] arrives in Miami tomorrow. Is nice to disconnect a bit in the off season. But I understand your point. Really looking forward to getting mended.
Levine: Just looking out for you.
Aug. 3, 2013
Rodriguez: Can u please stop!! I want to play baseball and I could make a big difference to the game. 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. If u want to meet in person to discuss it, let’s do it!
AUG. 5, 2013
Levine: I received your email, the contents of which are a complete shock to me. As I have repeatedly told you, this is an MLB investigation. We had no role in initiating the investigation or assisting in the direction of the investigation. 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.