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Alex Rodriguez tells Dominican Republic media he is ‘very optimistic’ about case

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Alex Rodriguez was in the Dominican Republic on Thursday to take part in David Ortiz’s Celebrity Golf Classic in Santa Domingo. While paying a visit to one of his former stomping grounds — A-Rod’s parents moved the family there from New York when he was four before settling in Miami, Fla. — Rodriguez somewhat discussed his current arbitration case against Major League Baseball as he appeals his 211-game suspension, but remained tight-lipped about any details and was very vague in his comments.

“All I can say about this case — I cannot say much — we are very optimistic,” A-Rod told reporters in Spanish according to a report from Mexican newspaper El Universal, as quoted in a New York Post story.

A-Rod’s comments followed a visit with Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina. The two reportedly engaged in a conversation about “various areas related to baseball,” according to a statement issued by the president’s office.

But in the end, A-Rod revealed very little about the case, saying, “We are very happy of how things were in the process. I cannot talk anymore.”

Huh. A-Rod cannot talk anymore. Now that would be something, wouldn’t it?

The entire arbitration process has been a total circus, beginning with Rodriguez angrily storming out of a hearing while cussing out an MLB investigator. A-Rod’s attorney team later amended its lawsuit against Major League Baseball to include a seemingly harmless photo of Commissioner Bud Selig posing with a kid wearing an “A-Roid” shirt years ago.

An in-depth New York magazine piece also alleged that A-Rod used to refer to PEDs as “food” in text messages to Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch.

So, yeah, not only would it be nice if A-Rod couldn’t talk anymore, it would be a welcome development if anyone even tangentially related to this far-too-drawn-out case to zip it and just end it already.

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