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a minotaur is not a centaur

Alex Rodriguez Expertly Evaded a Centaur Painting Question

 Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees reacts as he walsk back towards the dugout after he pinch hit and flied out in the top of the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.

Kudos to the Daily News' "Confidenti@l" blog for pursuing the stories that matter. They encountered Alex Rodriguez at a toy drive in Miami and sought clarification on the long-disputed Us Weekly report that A-Rod has portraits of himself as a centaur hanging above his bed. We need answers, closure. We got none of the above.

Confidenti@l inquired about the paintings and got the following response (found via the Cut 4 blog):

“No, I do not have a painting of my upper body on a Minotaur,” he told Confidenti@l at a toy drive over the weekend. “I don’t know where they get that stuff.”

Okay, fair enou—WAIT, hold the phone. A minotaur? I paid attention during the mythology unit in fourth grade and know that a minotaur is a man's body with a bull's head on top. They live in labyrinths. A painting of A-Rod's upper body on a minotaur's lower body (i.e., a man's lower body) would just be a painting of A-Rod. And you know what? I bet he's got a regular old painting of himself lying around somewhere. That's a lie.

A painting of A-Rod's torso on the body of a horse, which is what a centaur is? Jury's still out. Well evaded, A-Rod.

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