Alex Rodriguez finally had the fate of his 2014 season decided on Jan. 11. Of course, no one was foolish enough to believe it was the end of the Rodriguez saga, which he proved by vowing to fight on in federal court after being banned for the entire 2014 campaign. While he won a small victory by getting his original 211 game ban reduced to 162 games, A-Rod is still after total victory -- which may still be a long shot after this weekend and after 60 Minutes airs on Jan. 12.
After officially receiving the biggest drug related punishment in baseball history on Jan. 11, Rodriguez will next have to endure a special 60 Minutes report with Biogenesis head Tony Bosch a day later. Bosch went on to become the star witness against Rodriguez, which propelled Major League Baseball to hand him such an historic punishment.
According to 60 Minutes, Bosch claimed that he personally injected Rodriguez with performance enhancers himself, and that the slugger did it to become the only member of baseball's "800 home run club." However, Rodriguez is currently stuck at 654 home runs, with the distinct possibility that he will never get to hit another homer again.
Regardless, Rodriguez released yet another defiant statement after the arbitrator's decision, maintaining his innocence -- despite how he stormed out of hearings before he could make his denials under oath. Yet he continued to insist that Bosch and commissioner Bud Selig ensured the deck was "stacked against me from day one," despite how Rodriguez never failed an official drug test.
The New York Yankees have also been accused of conspiring against Rodriguez, so as to get out of the massive, salary cap clogging contract they gave him years ago. With the suspension standing, Rodriguez will not be paid the $25 million he is owed, which frees up much more room for the Yankees. Yet he is still allowed to play in spring training and preseason games, giving him plenty of time to keep the Yankees on edge.
The court of public opinion turned against Rodriguez long ago, with the 60 Minutes report unlikely to help in any way. So far, the court of law and arbitration hasn't given him any better luck, although he is still set on exhausting every other court of law possible -- despite the long odds of winning in any of them.