Updates from Friday, Nov. 22:
Alex Rodriguez had glowing words for his legal team at the conclusion of his appeal hearing, according to ESPN's Wallace Matthews:
"We crushed it," Rodriguez said. "They had nothing."
But his elation with his lawyers was tempered somewhat by the realization that his fate now lies in the hands of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.
"Now that's it's over, as far as the state of the case, how the evidence went in, how my team challenged it, I feel great," he said. "The only thing that concerns me is the process."
Already, Rodriguez's legal team, led by Joseph Tacopina, is planning its next move -- obtaining an injunction to prevent a suspension from being implemented -- because despite Rodriguez's optimism, his lawyers seem resigned to the reality that Horowitz will mete out some form of punishment.
"I firmly believe Alex should get a goose-egg here, but Horowitz has to be prepared for this to be his last arbitration to do that," said Jordan Siev, one of his attorneys. "But do I think he would have the courage to give him a goose-egg? I'd like to think so, but I frankly can't imagine Alex walks out of there with nothing."
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