UPDATED: A-Rod speaks publicly for the first time since his 162-game suspension

Alex Rodriguez made an appearance Wednesday night in Mexico City at the opening of one of his Alex Rodriguez Energy Fitness Centers and spoke publicly for the first time since his 162-suspension was handed down by MLB. Rodriguez addressed the media in Spanish and what he said didn’t seem to jive with what’s been playing out in regards to the lawsuits filed this week.

Instead of sounding like a man fighting to play in 2014, he sounds like a man resigned to the fact that there isn’t a chance of his suspension being overturned.

Here are some quotes from the story in the New York Post:

“I think that the year 2014 could be a big favor that [Major League Baseball has] done for me because I’ve been playing for 20 years without a timeout.”

What a difference two days makes, I guess? Now he’s given up?

“I think 2014 is a good year to rest mentally and physically and prepare for the future and begin a new chapter in my life.”

Well, sure, most players would like to have a year off but not for the same reason. Notice, there’s no mention of PEDs.

“I have three years left on my contract starting in 2015 and I hope to play very well and finish my career in New York.”

Yeah, good luck with that. Is there a chance A-Rod could be back with the Yankees in 2015? Yes but it’s about the same chance that I have of becoming Miss America.

“[To] tell the truth, it’s a very sad situation and we hope to get this out of every newspaper and start concentrating on all the good things that MLB is doing and the great things that young ballplayers are doing and move forward.”

Everybody wants this out of the newspapers. Especially the Yankees.

Alex also mentioned that he had gotten support “not just from my Yankees teammates, but also players from other teams, retired players, Hall of Fame players and lots of good people, owners of other teams.”

What do you think of this turn of events? Should Alex fight or should he just give up and reset? Leave a comment!

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Now, Alex’s spokesperson is insisting Rodriguez that still hopes to play this coming season despite what he said in Mexico City last night.

“This process has been taxing both mentally and physically throughout the past 8 months,” said Ron Berkowitz, Rodriguez’s spokesman. “Alex will abide by the rulings of the federal judge — whatever he decides — and get ready for 2015 should the judge rule against him. He will continue to move forward with his complaint which will help all players against this unfair system. “

Okay.

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