A-Fraud steals the spotlight

JODY VANCE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

Alex Rodriguez sure loves a headline.

While the Boston Red Sox were still spraying World Series champagne all over the visitors' clubhouse in Colorado, A-Rod set his sights on commandeering a big chunk of the Monday sports section by announcing he was opting out of his contract with the Yankees.

With literally hundreds of millions of dollars in the bank and a boatload of talent, it boggles the mind how he could crave even more media attention. Yet he does.

Alex Rodriguez unequivocally illustrated he is in this game for one reason and one reason only: himself. Always one to hide behind a thinly veiled persona of righteousness, Rodriguez trumped the big story of a Boston World Series win with his plan to escape N.Y.

If this guy truly cared about the game, and winning a World Series, you would think he would wait until after the Fall Classic wrapped up and open negotiations with the Yankees -- after all, wouldn't that be the best opportunity to win?

Why take the MLB's richest team out of the equation?

His contract stipulates he had 10 days "post-Series" to make his intentions known, so there was no need to rush.

Certainly commissioner Bud Selig would have appreciated more considerate timing. Selig is well-known for his edict that no one eclipse the World Series spotlight by making major announcements. However A-Rod and his agent Scott Boras don't seem to care .

Apparently, being known league-wide as the greatest player in baseball isn't enough for this guy, nor is the record-setting paycheque he has collected for the past seven seasons: A-Rod craves the attention of a Lohan, Hilton or Spears.

I guess the Angels and Dodgers had better count their pennies; proximity to Hollywood may well be a factor for A-Fraud.

-- Jody Vance is a longtime sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV.


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