CENTRAL ISLIP - On the day Yankees star Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the 2014 season for allegedly obtaining performance-enhancing drugs, the Long Island Ducks tossed him a lifeline - or at least a place to play this year.
In an email to Newsday on Saturday, Ducks President Michael Pfaff wrote "While some MLB suspensions have been honored by the Atlantic League in the past, if Alex Rodriguez were unable to participate in the major leagues this season, we would be open to exploring giving him a chance to play, stay sharp and compete against a high level of competition while helping the Ducks chase a third consecutive championship."
Imagine that: Rodriguez spearheading a Ducks quest for a three-peat.
Rodriguez, however, still has his mind set on playing for the Yankees. He plans to fight the ruling in court.
"I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court," Rodriguez said in the statement.