A-Rod And Manny Make Off-Field News
Written by Fred Mitchell   
Monday, 16 March 2009

Two of the most intriguing stories this off-season have involved Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Manny Ramirez of the Dodgers.




Somehow, I don't think their sagas will end when the season starts in a few weeks.


A-Rod dominated the headlines when he came clean about not being clean with regard to steroid use. His admission was forced by the probing of Sports Illustrated senior writer Selena Roberts, who stumbled across the rumor of Rodriguez's failed drug test while researching a book on the superstar.


As if life could not get tougher for a $25 million dollar-a-year ballplayer, Rodriguez now has to deal with a cyst on his hip. An operation is expected to keep him off the field for months.


Rodriguez has 553 career homers and Ramirez has 526. Ramirez seemed to hold the Dodgers hostage all winter, rejecting lucrative offers, even though other teams were not bidding on the quixotic slugger.


Alas, Rodriguez took the two-year, $45 million offer from Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. Can the two parties live happily-ever-after? Or will Manny just be Manny?


Stay tuned.