Bud Selig posed with fan wearing an ‘A*ROID’ shirt four years ago (photo)
An “A*Roid” shirt is funny because Alex Rodriguez allegedly has continued to use PEDs. Or used to use PEDs. Or he once used PEDs and now may have been doing them again. Or A-Rod hasn’t been using PEDs at all but has insisted on impeding baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis debacle and as a consequence, Bud Selig is prepared to come down hard on the New York Yankees third baseman if A-Rod even dreams of appealing any suspension imposed by Major League Baseball.
Either way, it’s a funny shirt. The photo, taken during a FanFest event prior to the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis, features a smiling Commish posing for a photo with a youngster wearing a shirt that reads “A*Roid.”
Heh. A*Roid. What a zinger.
According to a New York Daily News report, Selig intends to invoke a little-used power he may wield that is spelled out in Article XI, Section A1b of the game’s collective bargaining agreement, which gives his office “the right to take action against a player to preserve the integrity of the game.”
In other words, Selig could rid Rodriguez from the game without dealing with the rigamarole and arduous nature inherent to a lengthy and cumbersome appeals and grievance process.
Clearly, Selig means business and appears willing to do anything and everything in his power to impose the punishment of permanent exile on Alex Rodriguez.
Don’t mess with Bud. He’s one bad mofo. And looking at the photo above, Selig was either clueless to the message emblazoned on this young man’s shirt or simply was envisioning the day when he finally would have A-Rod by the short hairs. And despite the troubling imagery evoked of Bud Selig literally having A-Rod by the short hairs, metaphorically nothing probably would feel more gratifying to Selig.