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Quote of the Day: A-Rod on when he “gets to” retire

Alex Rodriguez was on ESPN Radio with Michael Kay yesterday, talking about his 600th home run. The bulk of the interview was about how he’s in a better mental space than he was a couple of years ago, the pressure and the career home run mark. But I found this answer -- about what people should think about his home run totals in light of his PED use -- interesting:

I have nothing to say. I’m not the judge or the jury. When it is all said and done, when my contract is up in New York and I get to retire, I think people are going to look at my body of work and say yes, no, or indifferent. That’s up to them. I’m not here trying to change their mind or not. I’m trying to walk the walk.”

When “I get to retire?”

I know the guy is overanalyzed as it is, and obviously one friggin’ word over the course of long interview is probably meaningless. But man, if I was doing that interview, I don’t think I’d be able to help myself from asking “what do you mean ‘get’ to retire, Alex?”

And yes, I realize that would make me part of a problem I complain about all the time, but I’m not going to lie and say the particular phraseology here doesn’t interest me.