RUSH: I have not spoken, I think, at all, and if I have mentioned it, it’s been very limited, on the Alex Rodriguez situation in Major League Baseball. But now that the suspension has been handed down and confirmed by the arbitrator, this is a fascinating case study. Not the substance of the suspension. The way Rodriguez and his lawyers tried to handle this is just — folks, it is one of the best teachable moments I could have come up with to show you just how much image, media presence, and handlers and buzz have come, how far those things have come in trumping substance.
Now, in this case, Rodriguez was ultimately done in by the substance. I didn’t mean that as a pun. I’m talking about the substance of the reality of the story. That was a faux pas. That was an absolute, total faux pas, “done in by the substance.” Snerdley’s head picked up, he started laughing, “Do you realize what you said there?” It’s fascinating. Rodriguez and his lawyers tried to win this in the court of public opinion, which didn’t have a say in what was going to happen to him.
RUSH: But it’s just mind-boggling to me that this entire route has been taken because it’s been to avoid the reality. I’m convinced that Rodriguez coulda made a deal early on and reduced the number of games. There was, I think, an openness to a settlement, but Rodriguez instead decided to go scorched earth on everybody else, and there was no way that theory and strategy was going to change the outcome of the reality of what happened — i.e., he’s been suspended.
He’s out of baseball. He’s out $25 million minimum the Yankees don’t have to pay him. So he was scheduled to make $25 million next year. He’s out that. He’s out whatever it’s cost him with the lawyers so far — and all of this, it seems to me, has been done so that when it’s all over, Rodriguez isn’t hated in the eyes of the public. It seems to me, the strategy here and one of the techniques that was used was to try to portray Rodriguez as the victim. I’m sure.