Alex Rodriguez refuses to walk back criticism of Yu Darvish
Alex Rodriguez sparked some controversy a few weeks ago with some scathing criticism of Yu Darvish. Things appear to have been resolved to some extent between A-Rod and the Chicago Cubs organization. And yet, the ESPN analyst refuses to back down from his comments about the Cubs pitcher, saying he’s “going to call it as I see it.”
A-Rod wouldn’t change a thing about his Darvish criticism: "No, my job is to say it fairly and objectively. I have over 25 years in the game and I’m going to call it as I see it. We don’t always have to agree on everything."
— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) August 12, 2018
A-Rod originally made his inflammatory remarks during the broadcast of a Cubs-Cardinals on “Sunday Night Baseball.” Rodriguez questioned Darvish’s approach to rehabilitation, among other things. Rodriguez also suggested Darvish was losing the respect of his teammates.
Darvish’s agent, Joel Wolfe, blasted A-Rod over the criticism, calling it “classless” and “bordered on unprofessional.” Cubs skipper Joe Maddon similarly called out Rodriguez, implying the hit job was premeditated.
Darvish essentially has blown off A-Rod’s criticism whenever the opportunity presents itself, and has done so in brilliant fashion.
Darvish was asked if he'll talk to A-Rod when he comes to town next weekend. He said if A-Rod texts him, he'll screenshot it, print it and frame it. We all laughed and as he walked away, Yu said, "I'm not joking."
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) August 4, 2018
As noted, it sounds like Rodriguez and the Cubs have somewhat mended fences. Rodriguez and Maddon reportedly had a conversation about the issue prior to Sunday’s game. While both sides said afterward that the discussion was productive, one report suggests things did get heated between the two.
All that said, it appears A-Rod is standing by his analysis, even if it did ruffle some feathers. Further, Darvish is making great strides in his rehab, despite Rodriguez voicing his disapproval of the approach.