A local paper continues its campaign to run out A-Rod of town

So the Daily News published a story this morning about Alex Rodriguez's paranoia. Bear with me. In the story, anonymous sources (of course) claim Alex is telling friends he believes MLB - with the help of the Yankees - is out to get him and that this whole investigation into Biogenesis is a way to get him out of baseball.

Alex Rodriguez is taking his wildest swing yet in his fight against steroid allegations: The Yankees and MLB are conspiring to push him out of the game. Sources say the embattled Yankee star is “scared” that bigger forces are at work to try to discredit him and sink his career … “He’s scared, because he thinks this is so unbelievably false, and he’s wondering who could be behind this … He thinks something could be going on larger than anyone might think.”

Maybe it's the illuminati!

I will give you a few seconds to laugh. Okay. Let's get serious for a few moments.

1) Is the Daily News kidding? 2) Who is the source saying this rubbish? 3) I actually wouldn't blame A-Rod for being paranoid. According to most, he's the most evil person ever born. 4) What did Alex do to the writing staff of the Daily News to make them this angry at him? 5) No, really, is the Daily News kidding?

As Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk said earlier this morning, this "story" seems to be another in the line of "A-Rod is done as Yankee" nonsense that the Daily News seems very happy to publish with no real proof of any of it actually happening.

I'm really not a fan of either New York tabloid newspaper these days but I'd expect this sort of story from the Post more than the Daily News.