Given that Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is despised by fans, journalists, teammates, opponents and his own employers, can you really blame the guy for thinking the world has conspired against him? The New York Daily News’ Terri Thompson, Michael O’Keefe and Christian Red report that A-Rod, shaken by last week’s Miami New Times report linking him to steroid doc Anthony Bosch, believes the Yankees and MLB are trying to run him out of baseball.

Sources say the embattled Yankee star is “scared” that bigger forces are at work to try to discredit him and sink his career. Holed up in Miami, Rodriguez has been huddling with an army of lawyers and PR people as the performance-enhancing drug scandal enveloping him intensifies.

“He’s scared, because he thinks this is so unbelievably false, and he’s wondering who could be behind this,” said a source. “He thinks something could be going on larger than anyone might think.”

Rodriguez is deeply concerned about the allegations, according to the source, and has told friends that the documents linking him to Bosch are forgeries. Rodriguez has repeatedly denied the PED allegations through a spokesman who declined further comment on Monday.

Rodriguez might contend that the listings of the drugs allegedly dispensed to him and the other players are forgeries, but they do line up closely with dates of specific games and cities the games were played in, giving MLB something of a blueprint for linking Bosch and the drugs to A-Rod and the other players. Bosch has denied the claims in the reports through his Miami lawyer.