TAMPA, Fla. -- Suspended third baseman Alex Rodriguez is not around these days, but he is never forgotten.
Driving into the Steinbrenner Field parking lot this morning, I heard comedian Chelsea Handler on "The Howard Stern Show" on SiriusXM. Of all the things she could be talking about, it just happened to be Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez. And the things she was saying weren't nice.
Apparently, Handler had made fun of A-Rod on her E! talk show or someplace else, so Rodriguez approached her at a party to try to make peace.
"Get away, you're disgusting," Handler said she told him. "You're gross."
Rodriguez, according to Handler, responded, "Why am I gross? We got off on the wrong foot. I read all of your books. I'm a big fan."
That seems nice enough from No. 13.
Handler said she replied, "I don't know why you're a big fan. I think you're a f---ing a--h---."
A-Rod has heard similar stuff before.
So where does Handler's hatred come from? She mentioned the alleged centaur picture of A-Rod that he supposedly owns.
Handler acted as if it was a fact that the painting exists. We aren't doubting the possibility, but it has never been proved -- not even by Bud Selig's investigators.
Handler added that she doesn't like the way Rodriguez conducts himself, saying he is "a buffoon." He has been called similar names before.
Handler also said a personal assistant to A-Rod e-mailed her to set up a meeting between the two, and she replied, "Pass."
(Hat tip to Jimmy Traina for the transcript.)