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A-Rod: Yanks won't get independence

While Alex Rodriguez gives fans holiday 'treat,' he's far from own portrayal as noble

Updated: July 22, 2013, 4:54 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig, a 35-year-old man dying of an insidious disease that would one day bear his name, stood before a bank of microphones set up at home plate at the old Yankee Stadium and famously proclaimed himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

On the same day 74 years later, in the pages of a newspaper, Alex Rodriguez, a 38-year-old man in the prime of health and with another $114 million guaranteed him, portrayed himself as a beleaguered ...

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