NEW YORK (AP) - Many sports fans are familiar with Yankees radio broadcaster John Sterling’s iconic home run call when Alex Rodriguez hits one out of the park.
“It’s an A-bomb for A-Rod!” Sterling proclaims loudly whenever the now 37-year-old slugger goes deep.
Well, let’s call this an F-bomb at A-Rod.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman was not too happy with Rodriguez after the third-baseman took to Twitter to announce his hip surgeon had cleared him to play in rehab games.
Apparently, Cashman is not one to hide his feelings.
"You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will]," Cashman told ESPN New York "Alex should just shut the f--- up. That's it. I'm going to call Alex now."
Rodriguez has been sidelined since undergoing hip surgery in the offseason.
The tweet was just Rodriguez’ ninth entry on the social networking site. His first came May 31, but his account (@AROD) only became widely-known-about this week.
Benched by the team as he slumped through last year’s playoffs, A-Rod has been in the news a lot lately even though he has spent almost no time with the Yankees this season. He is among the 20 or so players who may be disciplined by Major League Baseball for their links to the now-closed Miami anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis of America. A first offense under baseball’s drug program results in a 50-game suspension and a second in a 100-game ban, but players don’t serve penalties for a first offense until after any grievance is decided.
Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he used performance-enhancing drugs while with the Rangers from 2001-03. As baseball’s highest-paid player with a $28 million salary this year, he would lose $7.65 million during a 50-game ban if it is served this year.
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