State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. will be conducting a somber prayer vigil tomorrow for the victims of … Major League Baseball. More specifically, a vigil for Alex Rodriguez.
A prayer vigil. Not for the recent victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Not for the kidnapped Christian slave brides in Nigeria. Not for the family of the Massachusetts teacher who was recently murdered.
But for a man who has earned over $350 million over his career in MLB, thanks in part to his cheating through steroid use.
Via Capitol Confidential:
State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. is planning a Thursday vigil outside the Manhattan offices of Major League Baseball to protest the league’s 211-game suspension of Alex Rodriguez for alleged steroid use and related misdeeds. The Bronx Democrat will be joined by ministers from the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization to protest what Diaz believe is a punishment that’s “excessive and abusive, and it reeks of discrimination.”
Rodriguez walked out of the arbitration hearing earlier Wednesday, saying he was “disgusted” by the process after an arbitrator ruled that Commissioner Bud Selig shouldn’t be compelled to give testimony.
I actually tend to agree with A-Rod that Selig should have to explain why Rodriguez has received an arbitrary suspension based on circumstantial evidence.
But a prayer vigil?
A press release reads in part:
The Prayer Vigil will be to pray for a successful outcome for New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez’s appeal, and to bear witness to the injustice Alex Rodriguez is facing by Major League Baseball. The Hispanic Ministers and supporters will be standing side-by-side with the Honorable Fernando Mateo, President of Hispanics Across America.
So if you have an ounce of morality, you too will light a candle tonight for A-Rod.