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A-Rod sues the MLB

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
October 4, 2013 1:26:44 PM PDT
I know many of you don't like me starting these entries with sports stories. But we've got two New York sports peeps making news tonight, and it's worth mentioning.

First, Alex Rodriquez. The Yankees not-much-of-a-star third baseman and the highest paid baseball player ever is suing Major League Baseball and its commissioner, Bud Selig, claiming they've conspired to ruin his career. How? By leveling a 211-game suspension against him for using banned performing-enhancing drugs. So did baseball force A-Rod to take these drugs (he's already admitted he did, remember?).

Look up chutzpah in Webster's, and I vote for Rodriquez's picture to be inserted.

Second, Jason Kidd, the former Nets and Knicks player now the Nets coach. Just when the team needs him the most, he won't be there, serving a two-day suspension for being out-of-his-mind drunk a year ago summer, and wrapping an expensive, luxury SUV around a utility pole in the Hamptons. Lucky someone wasn't killed. He got only probation for this potentially deadly act, and the NBA suspended him for the first two games of this next season.

Great role model for the young players - the drunk driving conviction and the assaulting-his-wife conviction several years ago.

Ah, sports.

We'll have the latest on both stories, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, post-partum depression now the hot topic as we dive deeper into the mental illness that drove Miriam Carey to try to drive into the White House yesterday. The shoot-em-up police chase that followed, and her bloody death, has shaken up folks in Washington, Stamford and Brooklyn. Where it happened, where she lived, and where her family lives. And what happens to her 1-year-old daughter? Tonight she arrives back home in Brooklyn. And our Josh Einiger is on the story at 11.

And why haven't cops yet found the man who viciously beat the driver of the SUV trapped in that biker road rage episode on the West Side Highway on Sunday? There is word right now that they're about to arrest him. Meanwhile, Gloria Allred is now involved, representing one of the bikers, the one who was run over and is now paralyzed. She now claims that he was there to help the driver, and diffuse the situation.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER

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