The Alex Rodriguez lawsuit drama seemed unlikely to come to an end any time soon. Yet on Feb. 7, Rodriguez's fight to overturn his one-year suspension, take Major League Baseball and Bud Selig to federal court and clear his name finally concluded. Despite all his proclamations of innocence, his denials over taking performance enhancers and his claims of being the victim of collusion, Rodriguez dropped his lawsuits against MLB, Selig and the MLBPA anyway.
Although it was very unlikely that Rodriguez would win any of these lawsuits and get his suspension overturned, nothing indicated that it would stop him anyway. His long odds and his lack of credibility hadn't stopped him so far, although something finally stopped him on Feb. 7 when he voluntarily dropped his case.
Writer and ex-lawyer Wendy Thurm still speculated on Twitter that this could be part of an upcoming deal between Rodriguez and Major League Baseball -- or the prelude to a new lawsuit. Rodriguez already got his suspension down from its original 211 games to 162 in his first appeal, so perhaps he has found a way to reduce it again -- at least enough to play some games in the 2014 season.
With the New York Yankees wanting little to do with him and with Rodriguez approaching 40 years old, his chances of starting over in 2015 after missing a full season weren't strong. If he has any hope of playing another baseball game again, it was probably best to settle this case at last, in spite of his past willingness to fight to the end.
Given how this case has dragged on and on, an open and shut, easy ending came out of nowhere -- and probably still can't be believed just yet. But if there are no more twists, baseball can finally move on from this saga until the start of 2015, or maybe until the second half of 2014.
This concession may be the closest Rodriguez has come to admitting guilt, though it ensures he will never have to go into a courtroom and say he's innocent under oath. He declined to testify in the original appeal, choosing to blast the process and Selig on the radio instead. However, his actions on Feb. 7 spoke even greater volumes.