(USA TODAY) -- Here's one ban Alex Rodriguez won't be able to appeal.
The embattled Yankees superstar will be cut out of an animated film
to which he leant his voice and likeness based on concerns from
producers that his inclusion would hurt marketability and profitability.
Henry and Me is a one-hour family film made with the backing
of the New York Yankees. In a clip screened for reporters on Wednesday,
A-Rod was shown hitting a home run for a cancer-stricken boy, then
visiting with him in the hospital.
Producer Joseph Avallone told the New York Post
that Rodriguez only has a handful of lines in the movie, but is featured
in 49 scenes. His character will be replaced by Hideki Matsui. Making
the appropriate edits will take months and "cost a fortune," Avallone
Don't cry for the producers too much. They got A-Rod to do the film
in 2009, after his PED confession to Peter Gammons. That makes their
current worries about how A-Rod being featured in the movie will affect
"the kids" disingenuous, at best. The performance-enhancing drug use
hadn't concerned them then, so why now?
In a totally unrelated story, Henry and Me is getting a bunch of free publicity for its decision to excise A-Rod from the film.
The IMDB page for Henry and Me lists Richard Gere, Chazz
Palminteri, Cyndi Lauper and Paul Simon as voice actors, along with
Yankees stars of past and present like Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson,
Bernie Williams, CC Sabathia, Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira. Hank
Steinbrenner provides the voice of the protagonist's father.