Getting rid of Yuri

From the AP (via Yahoo!):

Alex Rodriguez has been told by the New York Yankees to keep his cousin away from ballparks.

The message was given to the star third baseman on Thursday, said a person familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team did not make an announcement. The message applied both to spring training and the regular season, the person said.

Speaking at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., general manager Brian Cashman said only that matter of Rodriguez being picked up from his spring training opener Wednesday by his cousin “has been handled.”

A day earlier in Dunedin, Rodriguez homered and walked twice, then got into a SUV driven by Yuri Sucart. He’s been identified as the cousin who provided Rodriguez with performance-enhancing drugs obtained in the Dominican Republic. Rodriguez admitted using them while playing for Texas from 2001-3.

Rodriguez acknowledged to the Yankees that having the cousin meet him at the ballpark in Dunedin was a mistake, the person who told The Associated Press about the situation said.

Alex should have thought about this beforehand. I understand he’s family, but you’re asking for trouble if you associate with the guy around reporters and, of course, the team. Dumb move.

3 thoughts on “Getting rid of Yuri

  1. Everybody already hates him and will find a way to talk bad about him anyway. What’s the point of alienating his family? I say he should keep his cousin around if that’s what he normally does.

    • I initially had the same reaction and believe that you’re right, he should not separate himself from his family. Plus, his relationship with Sucart appears to be a fairly intimate one — one that’s worth keeping.

      However, what you don’t do is bring a known steroid supplier/mule to your team’s games. You just don’t do that, not when you’re Alex Rodriguez and there are reporters documenting your every move. Sucart will likely be banned from the clubhouse area for good. Furthermore, you shouldn’t be giving Nick Swisher a ride (which he did) without telling him who the driver is — talk about awkward.