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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez turns up at New York radio station, says Bud Selig ‘hates my guts’

11.21.13 at 8:33 am ET

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‘€¢ Alex Rodriguez made a scene and stormed out of Wednesday’s suspension hearing in New York, claiming to be irate that commissioner Bud Selig would not be forced to testify. And the show didn’t stop there.

Rodriguez then turned up in the studio of New York sports radio station WFAN with his attorney and did an on-air interview with Mike Francesa in which he described his reaction to the arbitrator’s ruling the Selig did not have to appear.

“I lost my mind. I banged a table and kicked a briefcase and slammed out of the room,” Rodriguez said. “I probably overreacted, but it came from the heart.”

Even though Selig has never testified in a similar PED-related hearing, and MLB was represented by COO Rob Manfred, A-Rod and his legal team chose to make this the centerpiece of their claim that the hearing is tainted. And Rodriguez, who professed his innocence and claimed he is fighting for his family and the people who support him, said it’s personal.

“My only message to the commissioner is, I know you don’t like New York, but come to New York and face the music,” Rodriguez said of the soon-to-be-retired Selig. “He hates my guts, there’s no question about it. One hundred percent it’s personal, and I think this is about his legacy, and it’s about my legacy, and he’s trying to destroy me.”

Rodriguez also said he would not change anything about the way has handled his appeal of his 211-game suspension.

“I have no regrets,” he said. “I would do it again. It’s the system that’s wrong.”

‘€¢ With the Steelers having a surprisingly disappointing season, rumors are swirling that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wants out after the season. Roethlisberger has denied the reports, and on Wednesday he took it a step further, implying that he’ll make financial concessions in an effort to return.

“You know what? Obviously, I will do whatever I need to do,” said Roethlisberger, who is scheduled to cost the Steelers $17.89 million toward their salary cap next season. “That’s something that can be discussed when the time comes. It’s not really my thing. I play football. I have people to deal with all that stuff. I will do whatever it takes to stay here and be a part of this team and help this team win.”

The Steelers, who went a combined 24-8 during the 2010 and ’11 seasons and have won two Super Bowls with Roethlisberger under center, are 4-6 this year after going 8-8 in 2012. Roethlisberger has two more years on his contract.

“I love being in Pittsburgh,” he said. “I am extremely happy.”

‘€¢ After being involved with the NFL for 43 years, Dan Dierdorf is ready to step away. The 64-year-old Hall of Fame offensive lineman announced Wednesday that he will retire from his analyst job with CBS after this season, as the physical demands of all the traveling is too much for his football-damaged body.

A six-time All-Pro with the Cardinals who played from 1971-83, Dierdorf moved to the broadcast booth right after his playing career ended and has been there for 30 years.

“I’ve just never done anything else in the fall other than be in an NFL stadium,” he said.

Dierdorf has two artificial knees, two artificial hips and back issues, which makes travel difficult. He said he might still work some games on a part-time basis, if there is no travel involved.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 21, 1992, with a 4-3 victory over the Flyers, which Bruin became the 20th goalie in NHL history to record 250 career victories?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “They made a call, and then they overturned the call. I guess being in the NFL for as long as I’€™ve been in, you see kind of everything. It so happened, and we’€™re going to have to move on. You don’€™t have long to grieve in the NFL. You feel crappy for the flight home, and then you start evaluating what we need to do better. And certainly we’€™re on to Denver at this point.” — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, during his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday, discussing the controversial ending to Monday’s loss to the Panthers

STAT OF THE DAY: 629 — Games played together by Spurs stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli — who helped San Antonio to a 104-93 victory over the Celtics on Wednesday night — ranking them fifth all-time among games played as teammates, 100 behind the Celtics‘ Big Three of Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Senators forward Clarke MacArthur goes between his legs to make a pass that sets up a shorthanded goal by Kyle Turris in Tuesday night’s game against the Wild.

Flames goalie Reto Berra turns in an incredible save against the Blue Jackets with a soccer-style bicycle kick.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle does a spot-on imitation of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich during his in-game interview with ESPN’s Chris Broussard.


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