New York | Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
Alex Rodriguez is taking his time off the field and on the disabled list to consider the big issues in life, specifically tax rates. The Yankees slugger, who broke a bone in his hand last week, has been convalescing on the East End. On Saturday he bumped into Queens politician Malcolm Smith and the two wound up discussing some of the more tedious aspects of state politics. A-Rod “actually talked about how we can make taxes more attractive for people living in the state of New York,” Smith told the Daily News. “The state is in a difficult situation,” he added, “and [Rodriguez] understood.”
Even before his injury, the third baseman had faced difficulties on the field during a subpar season. Rodriguez is expected to be out through August. What’s not hurting is the player’s bank account: he’ll rake in more than $100 million over the next five years of his contract with the Bronx Bombers. As his conversation with State Senator Smith suggests, he’s looking to hold onto as much of it as he can.