Traditionally, big announcements are not made in the middle of the Fall Classic. But A-Rod shows no respect for such tradition, making the announcement last night during game four. From the New York Daily News:
"It's clear he didn't want to be a Yankee," Hank Steinbrenner told the Daily News last night. "He doesn't understand the privilege of being a Yankee on a team where the owners are willing to pay $200 million to put a winning product on the field.
"I don't want anybody on my team that doesn't want to be a Yankee."
And if A-Rod's breach of baseball protocol wasn't enough, why wasn't he at the game to receive the Hank Aaron Award last night? From the New York Post:
Vintage A-Rod. Yesterday was a busy day in the A-Rod camp when it came to showing up baseball, reminding the sport who's the bat and who's the ball. He blew off pregame ceremonies announcing him as a winner, along with Prince Fielder, of the Hank Aaron Award, meaning he all but spit on Aaron's shoes from a faraway perch.
I guess since he can't make an impact in October on the field, this is A-Rod's way of staying in the spotlight. Good luck to whatever team gets stuck with him next year, I just pray it isn't the one I root for.