Ortiz is hosting a charity golf tournament in the Dominican city of Punta Cana this weekend. He said Rodriguez, who is playing in the tournament, is expected to announce his decision at the function. Rodriguez and Ortiz are close friends.
"He wants to play for the Dominican team," Ortiz said by telephone Thursday. "We'll talk about it now after he gets here, and he'll probably announce it here."
Ortiz said he has not spoken recently with Rodriguez about his intentions, but that as far back as the All-Star Game last July in New York, he said A-Rod had expressed a desire to play for the Dominican Republic.
Well, this shouldn't generate any questions in the media at all. A-Rod is already considered to be kind of a scapegoat for teams that can't seem to make it to a championship, so it's really almost guaranteed at this point that people question his loyalty and willingness to win (or something stupid like that), America wins the WBC and then Rodriguez gets labeled a choker again. In other words, just your standard offseason for A-Rod in the mainstream media.
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