Gordon: A-Rod takes his case and goes home

Gordon: A-Rod takes his case and goes home Live

Well, it looks like the New York Yankees will definitely need a new third baseman next season. It appears David Freese has a better chance of manning the hot corner in the Bronx than Alex Rodriguez.

You will recall that A-Rod appealed his 211-game ban for allegedly abusing performance enhancing drugs.  Rather than accepting his punishment as other PED scofflaws have, he filed a grievance against Major League Baseball.

He got his day in court, but it did not last long. His attorney demanded the opportunity to cross-examine commissioner Bud Selig as part of this process.
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz didn't see see the relevance of that to this hearing. He won't compel Selig to take the stand.

So A-Rod and his attorney stormed out of the proceedings in New York and vowed never to return.
Their position: If Selig won't testify, Rodriguez won't testify.

The next stop for the Rodriguez legal team figures to be federal court. In the meantime, Rodriguez is waging a public relations war against Selig and MLB. He vented his spleen on WFAN 660 after his walkout, denying the PED allegations and returning fire on Selig.

Here were a few highlights:

"He hates my guts. It's 100 percent personal. This is all about his legacy. To put me on his mantle would be a big trophy for him."

And . . .

"This thing should have ended with Selig on Thursday and me [testifying] on Friday. But he did not have the courage to look me in the eye."

And . . .

"All I want to do is play baseball. This has been a disgusting process for everyone. I'm embarrassed to be involved in it."

Rodriguez is used to getting his way. He signed the most ridiculous contract in baseball history, a deal that nearly sunk the Texas Rangers franchise. He walked out of the remainder of that deal with the Yankees, then got an equally ridiculous offer to come back.

Oh, he has had Cameron Diaz feed him popcorn.

A-Rod's world.

So when this is the world you live in, how are you going to let a paper pusher like Selig tell you how to live your life?

We can't wait for A-Rod to arrive at spring training to reclaim his third base job, like an exiled king returning from the hinterlands to claim his throne.

Let's all give a nod to A-Rod's for entertaining us with his celebrity outrage. He is offering a nice change of pace to the feeble Ryan Braun mea culpa and the tedious Barry Bonds standoff.

But is hard to imagine a scenario that ends well for him. Our guess: He collects a bunch of money at some point and just goes away.

Here is how some other folks responded in the Twitterverse, with a few movie clips suggested by the masses:

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