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Alex Rodriguez apparently got 'toasted drunk' when 2003 deal with Red Sox didn't happen

Ryan Hannable
December 05, 2018 - 2:40 pm

In case you don't remember, Alex Rodriguez was almost a member of the Red Sox.

In 2003, the MLB players union rejected a trade between the Red Sox and Rangers because of all the money Rodriguez was going to give up and he remained in Texas before he was traded to the Yankees.

Appearing on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast Wednesday, Rodriguez detailed how upset he was when the trade to the Red Sox fell through.

“The emotions were so high and it was such an almost-get and I mean get for me being a Red Sox and for the Red Sox to acquire me -- it was like this all this foreplay, all this teasing, you can taste it, you can feel it," he said. "They already had jerseys of me, and I could feel it, I wanted to go play in that place. And all of a sudden, boom, ‘Report in, A-Rod is not going to the Red Sox, he’s staying with Texas.’

“That was a like a [expletive], it was like this [expletive] big buzzkill. I think the game felt it, I know I felt it. I was saddened by it. I went out one night, there’s this place called Life, and I just got toasted drunk that night. I threw up, I was so bummed. Anyways, I went back home and just dusted off and said let’s go, gotta go play ball. And of course the Yankee thing happened. And I think because of that, when I go to Fenway for the first time as a Yankee, I mean, come on. Nothing could be meaner or more cruel. I think that’s where the emotions started.”

Rodriguez said he wanted to join the Red Sox so he could be part of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.

“I thought the rivalry of Yankees-Red Sox was ripe,” he said. “[2003] was a year they almost beat the [Yankees] … and I thought they were just one step short. I knew once I met with Theo [Epstein] and Jed [Hoyer], we met here at the Four Seasons, underground, kind of snuck into the hotel. At the time, we were around the same age, and I saw the way these guys thought and the way they think about architecting the house and putting it all together, and I go ‘Holy [expletive], these guys are really, really smart.’ I knew they were going to win and win big, so I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The Yankees weren’t part of the equation at the time, so I was like ‘This is perfect. It creates sort of a Magic-Bird scenario. Great for baseball, great for us, both shortstops, pretty cool.'”

Rodriguez has teamed up with Barstool for “The Corp,” a seven-part podcast series, which will cover business success and failure.

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