Things are going from bad to worse for the embattled third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Amidst the jarring allegations of him using banned substances over the years, there has been speculation that his own team, the New York Yankees, are attempting to find ways to cut ties with the beleaguered superstar since the story officially broke recently, and with his future and career now up in the air after his hip surgery, fellow teammates and GM Brian Cashman (somewhat) have come to his defense. Guilty until proven innocent is the motto, and this is no different:
“We have to embrace him. He’s our teammate,” Rivera said.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team will wait for Major League Baseball to determine the truthfullness of the allegations, and manager Joe Girardi said there’s no way to tell whether the All-Star third baseman will regain his offensive production following him surgery.
“This involves some very nasty facts,” Cashman told about 150 fans at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. “There needs to patience here as they thoroughly investigate this to determine the accuracy or inaccuracy, or where are there accuracies or inaccuracies in the story, and see if we can come up with what is fact and what are provable facts.”
“Everybody, they deserve due process and right now you have just a very nasty story,” Cashman added. “We’ll just have to wait and let it all play out.”
“He wears that uniform, that New York Yankees uniform, and I have to go out and be there for him,” Rivera said. “Besides, he’s my friendand I will respect and wait for him to give you the answer that you want.”
Teixeira echoed Rivera’s thoughts.
“Just like Mo said, you support your family,” the first baseman said.
Teixeira spoke out against PEDs when asked about the rejection of all candidates in this year’s Hall of Fame vote, a group that included seven-time MVP Barry Bonds and seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens.
“As a sport, we’ve stood up and said enough is enough because there is no place for steroids in sports,” Teixeira said to applause. “It’s a little bit embarrassing to go up to somebody and have people talk about baseball, and the first thing they talk about is steroids. And I’m tired of it, frankly. So for the Hall of Fame, the No. 1 highlight of anyone’s career and what we all strive to become, for Hall of Fame voters to stand up and make a stand, I think that is a positive thing.”