Amidst all of the back-and-forth bickering between Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball and Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees, nearly everybody is tired of the information deluge that is this prolonged, and increasingly pathetic, saga.
And that apparently includes A-Rod himself.
The Yankees third baseman told ESPNNewYork.com Wednesday that he has advised his legal team to pipe down the public rhetoric on his case, saying he would rather want to "just [be] focusing on baseball, just baseball."
This comes after a particularly spirited week of verbal jousting. Rodriguez's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, had a busy weekend, offering strong accusations against the Yankees and MLB. Tacopina said that he believes the two entities have conspired to rid A-Rod and his massive $275 million contract from the game.
The timing also appears most appropriate because the Yankees, left for dead even two weeks ago, have suddenly won nine of 12 and stand just five games out of a wild card spot (and seven games behind in the AL East).
As September approaches, the Yankees are in the beginning of a 13-game stretch against division foes. In fact, New York has just one series against a non-AL East squad through September 19.
So, if the team is going to be making noise for a postseason run, now is the time to do it.
Rodriguez of course hopes that by silencing his legal team for the time being, it will optimize the squad's chances to win.
With a decision on A-Rod's appeal not expected until November at the earliest, the strategy is feasible. Whether it will boost the Yankees remains to be seen.