NY Post – The Yankees can’t sever Alex Rodriguez’s contract, but his role as the team’s hero in an animated film is heading for the cutting room floor. Rodriguez, who did his own voice work while appearing in the upcoming animated film “Henry & Me,” will be removed from the film’s final version due to fears from investors that the Yankees third baseman, who is currently appealing a 211-game suspension for his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, will hurt the marketability and profitability of the picture. Though the producers and Yankees ownership gave their full support to the film — and in Hank Steinbrenner’s case, voiced the role of his father — and can offer their opinions about whether Rodriguez should be included in the final version, the ultimate decision falls upon a group of eight or nine investors, who despite being fans of Rodriguez, believe that the controversy surrounding him will detract from the family-oriented film centered around perseverance and belief. “We have investors that we have to answer to, just like the Yankees,” said executive producer Ray Negron, a longtime Yankees adviser, whose children’s books served as the inspiration for the film. In a screening shown to a small group of reporters on Wednesday morning in Midtown Manhattan, Rodriguez was still in the film, hitting a home run with the help of the main character Jack, a boy battling cancer, and later visiting the protagonist in the hospital. Producer Joseph Avallone said the editing process to remove Rodriguez will take four to six months and “cost a fortune.” “I love Alex Rodriguez, but I love kids more, and at the end of the day, we don’t want to get caught up with everything that’s happening right now,” Negron said. “This is too important a message of what we’re trying to relay to kids and we don’t want to get caught up with that.
Before we start, lets fix one thing:
There. Much better. Now I can believe we’re talking about Alex Rodriguez. That other dude didn’t look anything like him. Looks like a white dude with normal colored lips.
This has to be the most ridiculous thing printed in the news as far as the Alex Rodriguez saga goes. Out of all the absurd measures people are taking to shame Arod, this has to be my favorite. Like anybody gives a flying fuck about Arod’s appearance in Henry and Me. I’m sure Alex is really losing sleep over this one. And I’m sure the children of the world will grow up much better off now that the monster that is Alex Rodriguez has been removed from the film. Good Lord almighty.
If anything they should re-do the film and make the focus entirely on him. Teach kids that if you can cut corners and work the system and make $500 million, you should probably do that. Get a whole generation of kids growing up who don’t give a fuck about old ass baseball writers and hypocritical commissioners and just teach them that home runs and money are fucking awesome. Thats a message I could get behind.
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