According to the CBS Sports via the NY Daily News, A-Rod’s hearing over his pending 211-game suspension almost turned into a scene out of WWE Smackdown:
According to several sources with knowledge of the altercation, [Joseph] Tacopina instigated a confrontation with Julio Ayala, one of the Miami attorneys who represent Anthony Bosch, the proprietor of the now-defunct Biogenesis clinic that was a source of performance-enhancing drugs for more than a dozen big leaguers — and MLB’s chief witness.
During the first week of the arbitration, the sources say, Tacopina launched an aggressive attack on Bosch’s credibility after Bosch authenticated a pile of documents and electronic communications that MLB says reflect the league’s conclusion that Rodriguez acquired banned substances from Bosch over several years. It was during a break in one of those tense sessions that Tacopina and Ayala nearly came to blows.
Tacopina, a former hockey player who holds the Skidmore College record for most penalty minutes in a season, then made a derogatory statement about Ayala and “his lying wife,” Susy Ribero-Ayala, another attorney representing Bosch, angering Julio Ayala. Tacopina then “bull-rushed” Ayala, who went toe-to-toe with Tacopina, in the words of one source.
Good thing A-rod used to date Torrie Wilson. Let’s face it, if A-rod sits out 211-games we all lose. Who else is going to supply us with this kind of entertainment?
… and meanwhile David Ortiz is allowed to hit postseason grand slams. Hmmmm…