Alex Rodriguez WFAN interview highlights

Jared Wickerham

A-Rod's epic radio performance, Reader's Digest edition.

Alex Rodriguez said a whole lot of immensely quotable things in his radio interview with Mike Francesa Wednesday afternoon, so we thought it'd be helpful to break down his comments on a topic-by-topic basis.

Behold, annotated A-Rod:

On storming out of his hearing

  • "Well, we got a ruling that the commissioner does not have to come in from Milwaukee. It was very disappointing, obviously. I've been there for 10 or 12 days, whatever it's been ... It's been difficult ... I've been respecting the process, but today I just lost my mind."
  • "I banged a table and kicked a briefcase and slammed out of the room. It just felt like the system ... I knew it was restricted and I knew it wasn't fair, but what we saw today was just... It was disgusting."
  • "I exploded much worse than Paul O'Neill ... I was very upset. I probably overreacted, but it came from the heart."
  • "This has been a very difficult process, and I felt that ... this should end with Selig on Thursday and me on Friday, under oath, put your money where your mouth is."
  • I'm so heated up, so pissed off, that I can't think straight."
  • "I don't think I'm going back. What's the point?"


On Bud Selig

  • "The fact that the man from Milwaukee that put this suspension on me with not one bit of evidence -- something I didn't do -- and he doesn't have the courage to come look at me in the eye and tell me, 'This is why I did 211.'"
  • "This guy should come to our city. I know he doesn't like New York ... For this guy, the embarrassment he's put me and my family through, and he doesn't have the courage to come see me and tell me, 'This is why I am gonna destroy your career ...'"
  • "I know you don't like New York, but you've gotta come face me. This is my whole life, my legacy. I'm part of history, so if you're going to try to destroy all of that ... you tell me why I should serve one inning."
  • All of this could have been avoided. I reached out to Selig several times early on and said, 'Hey, I'll fly up to you ... and anything you want to ask me, I will go without an attorney' ... I made the same offer to Rob Manfred and both of them, they said, 'We don't want to see you. We'll see you at the end.'"
  • "I know you don't like New York. But come to New York and face the music."
  • "[Selig] hates my guts ... 100 percent this is personal. I think this is about his legacy and it's about my legacy. He's try to destroy me."
  • "He's retiring in 2014 and to put me on his big mantle on the way out, that's a hell of a trophy."

On MLB's allegations

  • "My position hasn't changed. I didn't do it."
  • "I shouldn't serve one inning"
  • Were you guilty of any of these charges? "No." Did you do anything wrong? "No." Did you do any PEDs? "No." Did you obstruct justice? "No. I did nothing."
  • Did you leak names to Yahoo Sports? "That's laughable, disgusting."
  • "There was no obstruction. There was no intimidating, there was none of that.. None of that."
  • There's not one thing you did? "No."
  • "If I had one more year at $12 million, would someone throw 211 games at me? Or would someone be this severe at me? I don't think so."
  • "We haven't heard one thing that's credible."
  • "I've done nothing ... With the Bosch nonsense, nothing."

On Anthony Bosch

  • "If I gave Bosch $5 million, he would say whatever I wanted, too. He walked in with four lawyers, three security guards and a publicist, who by the way is negotiating a book deal right now and making a mockery not only out of Major League Baseball, but the Yankees and me."
  • "Bosch was a guy from Miami, and it was nutrition and it was weight-loss. And he wasn't the only one ... but always between the parameters of Major League Baseball.
  • "Someone came to me from [Bosch's] camp and wanted a big lump of money and I said, 'I don't play that game. Get outta here.' The a week later MLB gave him his deal and he's testifying against 14 guys or whatever it was."

On "fans"

  • "People on the streets, they tell me, 'I hate your guts, you're getting railroaded."

On the Yankees

  • "I'm taking it one fight at a time, and right now it's baseball ... I play for the city of New York. I love the fans, I love the city."
  • Are you angry at the Yankees? Yeah, I am... But I do have a responsibility, I am the third baseman of the Yankees. My goal is to get back on board."
  • "I have a lot of close friends on the team... I'm very close with Jeter, very close with Teixeira."
  • "I'm very comfortable in our clubhouse and I stay in constant communication with my teammates."

On the investigation/appeal

  • "Whether you like me or not, what's wrong is wrong. And the system is wrong. Whether you're a federal court, or state court, or in the kangaroo court that we are today, players need protection."
  • "Think about what I've been through. If you're any other player ... with what I've been through, do you think anyone's going to fight Major League Baseball? ... These guys are very powerful, they have unlimited resources, and today we finally found they have no recourse."
  • "This has been a disgusting process for everyone, and I'm more embarrassed than anyone."
  • "We heard someone admit from MLB that they paid $150k in cash, in a bag, in a restaurant, under a table ... to a guy they didn't know ... That's unreal to me."
  • "The guy who's the chief police guy of MLB, Dan Mullen, admitted to having sex with a girl that was a prime witness."

On what's next

  • "I'm done. I don't have a chance. Let the arbiter decide whatever he decides. I'm sure Selig and whoever will be the beneficiaries of that decision."
  • "I feel like I should be there Opening Day, and that's what I'm working hard to do."
  • "100 percent, I'm ready for Opening Day. And for the first time in a long time I feel like I'm going to have a full offseason to work hard and prepare."

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