NEW YORK -- An angry Alex Rodriguez ended his relationship
with a memorabilia company called Arod Authenticated on Friday,
saying it was selling autographed baseballs without his permission.
The company was hocking balls commemorating Rodriguez's big game
Tuesday night, when he had three home runs and 10 RBI against the
Los Angeles Angels. For $399 each, the balls featured A-Rod's
signature and his stat line from the game -- and only 113 were
available, the Daily News reported Friday.
The New York Yankees' All-Star third baseman was criticized on
talk radio all afternoon for trying to cash in on his big game as
quickly as possible.
"That to me is one of the most special nights of my career,"
Rodriguez said. "I'm not here to capitalize on any game or season,
I'm here to play baseball."
Rodriguez said he never told the company it could put the balls
up for sale, and he got upset when he was told about it before
Friday night's game against Toronto.
"When someone does something without my consent and my
permission, to me it's the wrong thing to do," he said. "Because
of that, I've taken immediate action."
A phone message left by The Associated Press with Arod
Authenticated in Clearwater, Fla., was not immediately returned.
Rodriguez said he did not plan to pursue legal action against
the company. He thinks cutting off ties will send a strong enough
"From this point forward," Rodriguez said, "there is no Arod
Rodriguez, who will earn a $25.7 million salary this season,
said he wasn't sure how much money he would sacrifice by
terminating his agreement with Arod Authenticated.