(MANHATTAN) – The crowd gathered in front of the offices for Major League Baseball with the flags of various Spanish speaking nations. On this particular day one might think it’s MLB celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. For these fans decked out in Yankees pinstripes with the number 13 on their backs, this was about stepping up and doing what they feel is right. Even though it’s focused around someone who baseball says has done much wrong to the game, “We’re here to support A-Rod. We think that it is outrageous that he is going to be suspended for 211 games,” said Mahdi Joui, a Rodriguez fan.
Shortly before 10 a.m. a fallen hero was serenaded with loud chants by dozens of his supporters during his arrival for the second day of the appeal process.
A few hours later, others strolling past MLB’s offices along Park Avenue wondered why anyone would be out supporting Alex Rodriguez as he appeals his case, “The guy is a scumbag he should be kicked out of baseball,” said Joel a baseball fan.
Instead of lifetime ban, A-Rod is looking at an unprecedented suspension and because he is 38-years-old the suspension could very easily be a career ender.
Like a politician deep behind in the polls in late October Rodriguez is on the stump. The appeal process that the all-star slugger is going through this week is very similar to a trial. The one exception, he’ll have to testify.
When asked if he’s found guilty a second time, why would he still be accepted even though he cheated? Rodriguez fan, Sergio Rodriguez (no relation) said, “Because I think that the Latinos don’t trust Major League Baseball’s system of punishing the users and the people who have been found guilty. At the end of the day, the guy still never failed a drug test after 2003.”
The appeal process by Team A-Rod is expected to last the remainder of the week. From there, the arbitrator, Frederic Horowitz, has 25 days to render a ruling.