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A-Rod Out Of WBC
Friday, December 16, 2005
After causing a stir over his decision to play for the Dominican Republic rather than the USA in the WBC (he is eligible to play for either team), A-Rod has decided to bag the whole deal and watch the games at TGIFridays like the rest of us. In a statement to the New York Post today A-Rod announced that he will represent neither the USA nor the Dominican this spring:

"After thoughtful deliberations with my family, I am announcing my decision to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic. When faced with the decision to choose between my country, the United States of America, and my Dominican heritage, I decided I will not dishonor either." - - Alex Rodriquez

I wonder if the MLB and the WBC anticipated all the pride-related drama that has ensued since the announcement of the tournament. I understand A-Rod’s point, especially after being tagged a “defector” for wanting to represent the Dominican. I’m sure he has a top notch public relations team working on his side, and stating that he loves both countries too much to choose one certainly is the best way to keep all your fans happy – from the cowboy-boot-wearing Texans to the flag-waving Dominicans.


posted by Yankees Chick @ Friday, December 16, 2005  
  • At 2:55 PM, Blogger Bob said…

    My take is after the public relation blunders of his off-seasons (Trot Nixon - Fatherhood, Poker, etc) I think Alex is looking to low key it and not stir any pots. Valid reasons - but I think it is more on the "I am going to sit on the sidelines" so there won't be any big story lines.

  • At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Reflaxion said…

    I think the WBC was banking on the national pride and associsted drama to try to spark interest in an otherwise uncaring global market.

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