Jason Stark of ESPN.com rips into Alex Rodriguez for refusing to participate in the Derby. There are a couple reasons, after reading his article, that I totally agree. Let me qualify this by saying that I am a fan of the player and man that A Rod is, but I am disappointed recently with his decisions off the field. This is the last derby in Yankee Stadium, and there are no Yankees participating. Why? A Rod says it’s because he doesn’t want to set his swing back 3 weeks and we know he wants that home run record. Jason Starks says that it’s because he doesn’t want to be in the spotlight giving everyone an excuse to do some more Madonna/Rod tabloiding. Maybe they will, but that was his choice for bringing her into it. Maybe they will and maybe they should anyway. If you are going to be dumb, you gotta be tough.