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A-Rod: “It was a huge debacle”

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Podcast on Dec 13, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez didn’t mince words on his conference call today, saying that Scott Boras misled him into opting out of his contract.

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Rodriguez said that he didn’t fire Boras because this will be his last contract. But he claimed only to have spoken to him once since and that the agent was not involved in negotiating his return to the Yankees.

To me, it sounded like a son finally standing up to his controlling father. The soap opera continues.

 
 

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83 Responses to “A-Rod: “It was a huge debacle””

  1. Jay December 13th, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Why did the Yankees do this today with all the madness of the Mitchell report happening?

  2. Yankee Sean December 13th, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    nice arod

  3. Dr. Cox December 13th, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    There you go kid.

  4. Mike December 13th, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    And Albert Pujols has been named in Mitchell’s report. A dark day for the game.

  5. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 13th, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    A-Rod, well done man!

  6. nate c. December 13th, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    awesome.

    welcome back a rod

  7. YankeesLuv December 13th, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    I think Arod has grown up a lot in his time in New York. It’s nice to see. It is funny that they announced this the same day of the Mitchell report, but I’m sure baseball doesn’t mind today. Maybe they did it to show hey this is the best player in baseball and he’s clean, to kind of highlight that. I don’t know but I’m sure baseball doesn’t mind.

  8. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 13th, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Arod, well done!

  9. NYPD113th December 13th, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    Just as long as he does his thing in October.

  10. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 13th, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    I stand by the comments in my ( ) :)

  11. Steve December 13th, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Brandon

    That is probably the funniest thing I have read all day.

  12. mel December 13th, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    What happened to the nice young ladies doing the conference calls? The last two guys just grate the nerves.

  13. Save Phil Hughes! December 13th, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Wow Alex. Very nice

  14. NYPD113th December 13th, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    Sounds like he’s had more contact with his blonde Toronto friend than Boras.

  15. CB December 13th, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    ARod is saying that the reason why he opted out was because the “information he was getting” indicated that the Yankees didn’t want him?

    Is he serious about this? I opted out because Scott Boras told me the yankees don’t want me?

    Does he expect people to believe this?

    Does he mean that because the yankees didn’t want to pay him $350 million they had no interest in him any longer?

    Was he really this passive with his life?

    More nonesense.

    After they have all of this drama, they decide to have this press conference today so that attention for his opting out gets absorbed by the Mitchel Report controversy.

  16. Jason O. December 13th, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    NYPD113th,

    Do you blame him?

  17. kd December 13th, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Can’t listen at work. Can anyone please summarize for me? This whole job thing really gets in the way of me reading posts every 10 minutes and responding.

    Also, any word from Pettitte or Clemens concerning allegations of PED use?

  18. Mitchell's Eleven December 13th, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    He should have waited until 4:00 PM. That would have been great.

  19. NYPD113th December 13th, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    “Do you blame him?”

    God no! She wasn’t even one of the masculine looking ones Arod reportedly prefers.

  20. Yankee Fan in Boston December 13th, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    It’s great to get this kind of access to A-Rod. Really helps form a positive perception of him.

    It’s also the most professional hatchet job of an agent I’ve ever heard.

  21. mel December 13th, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    The beat writers are having a HARD time believing Alex.

  22. Dr. Cox December 13th, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    I cant wait until the Mitchel Investigation Witch Hunt becomes a movie.

  23. Mike R. December 13th, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    I think this came out today to try and deter some of the headlines from Yankees named in the report. Just my theory.

  24. Bill from NJ December 13th, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Mike R. – I agree.

  25. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 13th, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    If this was to detract from the Mitchell Report, wouldn’t it have come out after the report?

  26. Stacey December 13th, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Awesome…..badass.

  27. CB December 13th, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Mel,

    That’s because it’s not a plausible story.

    The yankees have publicly said for months that they want to do everything they can to resign ARod – he’s their top priority.

    Yet he somehow comes to truly believe that the yankees suddenly have no interest in him?

    The yankees have no interest in a guy who just went .314/54/150 with an OPS of 1000+ and is on his way to breaking the all time home run record?

    They have no interest so I decided to opt out because I had to move on?

  28. mel December 13th, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Mike R.

    It’s a two way deal.

    Mitchell Report deflects from Alex’s ridiculous contract.

    Alex’s announcement/throwing Boras under the bus might overshadow some of the fallout of Yankees in the report.

    Alex, the team player. Taking a hit for his teammates. lol.

  29. Dr. Cox December 13th, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Mel:

    Unless A-rod is mentioned, of course.

  30. mel December 13th, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Actually it’s a blue-light public relations special. 2-for-1!

    (Alex didn’t want to hear what the other teams had to say because they weren’t going to give him Yankee money.)

  31. The Mick December 13th, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    arod is a bs artist…a leopard does not change his spots…get used to more losing, the curse lives on, 10 years to life.

  32. CB December 13th, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    MikeR,

    Clearly the timing of the press conference is no coincidence.

    But I don’t think the timing was to deflect attention off the bad news the yankees may get with the mitchell report.

    I don’t see alex taking that kind of hit.

    I think its the opposite. The whole opt out thing was ridiculous and embarrassing. He has no plausible reason for doing so other than greed.

    Holding the press conference on the day everyone is going to be massively distracted avoids scrutiny on ARod.

    Serveral of the reporters asked ARod questions about the Mitchell Report and the state of baseball – assuming of course that ARod is one of the few clean players.

    Holding this press conference today keeps ARod off the back covers of the tabloids tomorrow.

    Those spaces have been reserved for another story.

  33. The Mick December 13th, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    mel,
    why didn’t one of the beats ask him if he couldn’t get yankee $$$, is that why he came back on his hands and knees

  34. NYPD113th December 13th, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    How long til we read headlines about how Arods breakout postseason will come this year because Boras is out of the picture?

  35. The Mick December 13th, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Borass instructed arod to go ahead with press conference

  36. Mike R. December 13th, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    CB
    December 13th, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    MikeR,

    Clearly the timing of the press conference is no coincidence.

    But I don’t think the timing was to deflect attention off the bad news the yankees may get with the mitchell report.

    I don’t see alex taking that kind of hit.

    I think its the opposite. The whole opt out thing was ridiculous and embarrassing. He has no plausible reason for doing so other than greed.

    Holding the press conference on the day everyone is going to be massively distracted avoids scrutiny on ARod.

    Serveral of the reporters asked ARod questions about the Mitchell Report and the state of baseball – assuming of course that ARod is one of the few clean players.

    Holding this press conference today keeps ARod off the back covers of the tabloids tomorrow.

    Those spaces have been reserved for another story

    I agree that the distraction from the A-Rod debacle is an additional benefit, but I don’t know what “hit” you’re referring to exactly. A-Rod isn’t really taking a hit with this. I think coming out and throwing Boras under the bus is beneficial for his image.

  37. rico December 13th, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Whether it was all sincere or not (and it sounded mostly sincere) ARod did a nice job covering what he needed to cover to repair his relationship with the fans.
    The best part of this is that Boras has to keep his mouth shut about what happened or risk really being fired if he undercuts his boss!

  38. The Mick December 13th, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    nypd113th

    arod has nothing to play for, he came thru in the clutch for himself with his monster year. now what? he will never have another year like that one.

  39. The Mick December 13th, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    People, BORASS is still pulling the puppet strings. Arod is once again playing yankee fans for the fools he thinks we are.

  40. Evan December 13th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    I think it’s really telling how many times A-Rod talked about calling Hank and how good Hank and Hal were to him. Aprt from talking about “the Steinbrenner family” I don’t think George was referred to once.

  41. The Mick December 13th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    rico,

    you think arod sounds sincere? i have a bridge i’d like to sell you.

  42. The Mick December 13th, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    george does not exist anymore

  43. NYPD113th December 13th, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    “I don’t think George was referred to once.”

    – I think I remember Arod referencing a bowl of oatmeal.

  44. Mike R. December 13th, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    I think that another reason could be that this is a very Anti-Boras move. Boras is all about the big stage and stealing the spotlight. Maybe it was a step towards validating his independence from Boras.

  45. AKA December 13th, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Is “The Mick” aka “Annie Savoy”? They have about the same schoolgirl mentality.

  46. rico December 13th, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    The Mick,
    I do think that ARod sounded (mostly)sincere. I don’t know you, I don’t need a bridge, and I really don’t care what you think.

    Time will tell whether ARod get his wish of winning a WS or two. His interests now coincide with mine and I hope he gets his wish two or threefold.

  47. gayle December 13th, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Try this on for size. You are a person who has been with someone since the age of 16 and have trusted that person with everything that goes on in your life when it comes to business. Suppose that person says to you these people do not want you back, anything they say is just posturing and spinning but that they have told me they are not interested in the kind of deal WE want to do so we need to opt of of y our contract and talk with people who really do want you and want to do the kind of deal WE are looking for.

    I can totally see said person believing what he is being told and says ok I guess we have to opt out.

    Such I believe is probably how it went down. Alex of course as he acknowledged made a HUGE mistake in believing what he was being told and should have reached out to the Yankees himself rather than just taking Boras’ word. It is a hard lesson to learn but glad he did. I found one thing he said very interesting in that he felt from the beginning that Scott’s interests and Alex’s interests were not necessarily the same and that Scott may have had another agenda. Not someone I want representing me that is for sure.

  48. CB December 13th, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    MikeR,

    What I meant by “hit” was this – if ARod was really holding this press conference today in order to take the heat off the team for the Mitchell Report business then he would be voluntarily associating his return with that report.

    However loose the connection, its not one you want to have, even it its just a matter of sharing a media cycle.

    Why would he want to share any media space with that report just to help the team? That’s what I meant.

    After having “upstaged” all of baseball during the world series I really don’t see him being interested in trying to deflect the bad attention the yankees may get with the mitchell report with the positive spin of his return.

    For instance, he clearly just blamed everything on Boras. I think he would have gotten much more scrutiny in tomorrow’s papers about his motives for opting out if the press conference were on any other day.

    He’s turned the Mitchell report release into a PR strategy.

  49. A-ROD & Yankee Fan December 13th, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Regardless if you believe him or not. He’s here for another 10 years whether you like it or not. If you are a “TRUE YANKEES FAN” you don’t boo or jeer the players of that team. Regardless that you have the right to do so or not. That’s act is not show how a “fan” you are.

  50. Kill-Schill(ing) December 13th, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Fascinating interview. I still don’t quite understand what led Alex to infer the Yankees didn’t have an interest in retaining him. The Yankees publicized their proposal to extend his contract and their desire to meet with him to discuss it, well before he opted-out.

    I suspect Boras persuaded A-Rod to believe the Yankees’ ultimatum meant they didn’t really want to retain him– that if they wanted him, they’d would not have threatened him and/or refused to negotiate with him like their other free-agents.

    It seems Boras’s ulterior motive was to use Alex to break the $30 million ceiling on player salaries.

    Altogether a fascinating study on why what others construe us to say isn’t always what we intended to communicate.

  51. Bronx Bomber December 13th, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    audio, sweet audio…atta boy Pete. Keep it coming…

  52. pat December 13th, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    I just listened to 25 + minutes of that press conference and never once heard A-Rod say he only has spoken with Boras once. He said in one conversation with Boras he told him he was angry but didn’t say it was the only conversation they have had.

    A-Rod says enough for himself that people don’t need to put words in his mouth.

  53. Yankee Jay December 13th, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    I think that everything he said sounded really genuine. I don’t get the feeling that he was kissing A**, but rather really did feel that way. It’s nice to see that he is continuing on last year’s approach of saying what he really feels instead of what he thinks people want to hear. Not to mention you have to love Scott Boras getting thrown under the bus.

  54. Bill Porter December 13th, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Nice job by A-Rod. He really came across as thoughtful and sincere.

    This revelation makes it seem that Boras had his own agenda; that’s a big no-no. Black eye for the big guy. Nice!

  55. hmmm December 13th, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    “After they have all of this drama, they decide to have this press conference today so that attention for his opting out gets absorbed by the Mitchel Report controversy.”

    i would think it’s the other way around.

    if Pettitte is on the list, they are announcing the signing of A-Rod (which in theory is a POSITIVE announcement), to deflect attention from the bad news.

    just a tip though Yankees: it won’t work.

  56. hmmm December 13th, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    also, if Andy Pettitte (who is constantly lauded as a “BIG GAME” clutch pitcher by Yankee fans) IS on this list, maybe people should cut Alex some slack (assuming he isn’t on the list) for his postseason numbers. at least they were clean.

    yes, a lot of “IFs” in that statement.

  57. Grant December 13th, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    A-ROD *CLAP CLAP* A-ROD *CLAP *CLAP* A-ROD *CLAP *CLAP* A-ROD *CLAP *CLAP* A-ROD *CLAP *CLAP*

  58. rico December 13th, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Pat,
    I could be wrong, and I am not going to listen all the way through again, but I recollect ARod referring to “my one conversation with Scott”.

  59. gayle December 13th, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    see below re details of the deal:
    Rodriguez receives salaries of $27 million next year, $32 million in 2009 and 2010, $31 million in 2011, $29 million in 2012, $28 million in 2013, $25 million in 2014, $21 million in 2015 and $20 million in each of the final two years

    Front loaded especially 2009/2010 as that will be the time that the Yankees can get a break on revenue sharing because of the new stadium. Also the 27 million for next year takes into account the loss of the texas money I see

  60. CB December 13th, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    “i would think it’s the other way around.”

    Could be but I don’t think that’s the case.

    At best ARod’s excuse for opting out – that he thought the yankees were truly not interested in retaining him – stretches plausibility.

    On any other day, his statements would have been picked apart over and over and over by the media.

    On any other day ARod reason for not opting out would have been the lead story on Mike and the Mad Dog, etc.

    Today they opened the show without even mentioning ARod.

    ARod’s going to avoid a lot of bad publicity. IMO his answers for opting out were not credible and under any other circumstances would have created a lot media attention he doesn’t need to deal with now.

    Any other day and every major newspaper would have had column about ARod’s excuse (can you imagine the field day Lupica would have had?)

    The news cycle will have moved on past ARod by tomorrow morning.

  61. G. Love December 13th, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    Anyone who still thinks that Boras set this up to play out this way has to realize they were wrong.

    Arod just crushed Boras today. This is a slap to him on many levels. He accuses him of not being honest and forthright with his client.

    This kind of slap has to hit hard.

    There is no way Boras agreed to play the fool in order to get Arod one more contract.

    This does nothing but hurt Boras’ reputation further.

    Good for Arod. You never know if he’s being totally honest, but at least he came out and set the record straight and didn’t run from this.

    I’m glad he’s back.

  62. pat December 13th, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Rico
    He did say in the one conversation with Scott, but that doesn’t mean it was his only conversation with Scott.

    Sort of like saying in the one conversation we talked about apples and in the next conversation we talked about oranges.

    It might be semantics to some but I think the way Pete wrote it was misleading for what was actually said.

  63. hmmm December 13th, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    “ARod’s going to avoid a lot of bad publicity. IMO his answers for opting out were not credible and under any other circumstances would have created a lot media attention he doesn’t need to deal with now.”

    except you are assuming that people still really care about this, b/c you personally are still angry about it.

    i don’t think most yankee fans care anymore that he opted out.

    all they care about is that he came back and will be on the team again next year.

    i could be wrong though.

  64. CaptainsCorner December 13th, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    How stupid!!!

    Why did you opt out?
    Arod: The rat told me they weren’t interested!!!

    Arod is either very naive or stupid. All you heard in the newspapers and websites the week before he opted out was how they wanted to meet with him and even Hank said it. Cash, Hank and Hal called him to meet with him…but they aren’t interested. Then why are they calling him?? What a stupid way to answer the big question.

  65. NYPD113th December 13th, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    “see below re details of the deal:
    Rodriguez receives salaries of $27 million next year, $32 million in 2009 and 2010, $31 million in 2011, $29 million in 2012, $28 million in 2013, $25 million in 2014, $21 million in 2015 and $20 million in each of the final two years

    Front loaded especially 2009/2010 as that will be the time that the Yankees can get a break on revenue sharing because of the new stadium. Also the 27 million for next year takes into account the loss of the texas money I see”

    — Boy the Yanks sure did put their foot down huh? LMAO

  66. ET90210 December 13th, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    I’ve read a different take on it from the A-Rod side over at Fleece Factor.

    http://mlbfleecefactor.com/200.....e-debacle/

  67. Mo Bail December 13th, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    I am reading a lot of what everyone is writing with regards to AROD finally growing up and how many of us have welcomed him back. However, it is very difficult for me to believe that AROD had no knowledge other than from Boras as far as there being a “want for his services” at the Yankee organization. The Yankees expressed on numerous occassions trhat they wanted him to fulfil the remainder of his contract and that if he opted out that there would be no negotiations. If they did not want him to stay than they would have said that they knew he would be able to fetch a larger contract for longer term at a different MLB organization. This is a classic example of a selfish player that cared more about money than he cared about the game and of course winning a championship.

    After hearing all of this for the past 2 months with regard to AROD, I can’t help but remember his stating that he opted out because he did not know where the Yankees were headed as they (at the time) did not have many of their free agents signed. If you are a leader, and a highly paid one at that (highest in history), tha you do not leave a tem because of where you think they may be headed. On the contrary, a leader steps up and says that he will lead a team, especially through uncertain times.

    With regards to Boras; if AROD was indeed lied to and was displeased with how his agent handled the situation, than Boras should be fired even if this contract extends to the end of his career. It should even be more of a reason to get rid of a bad advisor and not the opposite. In other words, why keep him if a0 you arent happy with him AND b) if you don’t need him any longer.

    I find it quite ironic that the news of AROD opting out came on a game clinching world series game, a game that he has never played in. I am a huge yankee fan and to be honest, all of the Yankee success over the past 12 years was not based on highly paid money based players. We won with players that had a strong passion for the game and for winning. I hope that AROD’s selfishness does not hurt our club in the coming 10 years.

    In conclusion: In my opinion, this conference call was a major sugar-coating for a very sour happening at the Yankee organization. I just don’t buy everything AROD is selling here.

    MB

  68. VRSCE December 13th, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    MO Ball
    You do not have to “BUY IT”As you are paying Nada.
    His statement is meant to be accepted at face value so that both sides can move on together.
    Unless you think he is personally responsible to you?In which case you are sadly mistaken.

  69. David December 13th, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    CB & NYPD113TH

    I know you guys are not true Yankee fans or you would quit your bitching and complaining. You guys would complain about being “hung with a new rope” if you thought it would bring you some attention. What is your problem with Arod? Maybe it’s because it has been at least 50 years since the Yanks have had a player with his baseball skills and you’re just not use to one player beig given so much attention. You complain about his post season numbers but you were not complaining when he hit so many 9th inning homers or got all those 2 out rbi’s during the regular season that got them to the post season. Man up and admit without him the Yanks would have never got to the playoffs this year without him. Hey, he’s not trying to take over Jeters role as team leader. He seems to be happy just being a Yankee and going out there every day and giving his best. You talk about what all he should or shouldn’t know but fail to remember he came to the majors as an 18 year old kid. Someone else has done his thinking and negotiating for him the past 14 years and when he finally gets some sound advice and takes charge you criticise him. Maybe if he were a Met you wouldn’t complain so much. You call yourselves Yankee fans, BS! Get a life!

  70. YankeeDiva December 13th, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    For those of you (the haters) who don’t believe that Boras could convince Alex that the Yankees didn’t want him any more are underestimating Boras’ ability to persuade. Look at how many GMs and Owners he has been able to take his clients at big $$$. And they go into the meetings not trusting Boras 100%. Boras is someone that Alex has known, trusted and believed since he was 16 years old that was probably an easy thing for Boras to do.

    Alex did take responsibility for not talking to the Yankees first so I tend to believe him. He was talking to the Yankees long before any offers or amounts could be placed on the table so I don’t believe its that he couldn’t have received a better deal elsewhere. He didn’t try.

  71. El Toro December 13th, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Does the new contract have an opt-out clause again?

  72. Laura December 13th, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Sorry, but I don’t buy it A-ATM. The Yankees made it very clear to anyone with a functioning brain that they wanted him back. What about all those calls they made to him that went unanswered? What did he think they were calling about? Did he think they were calling to ask where the best strip joints are.

    The truth is that A-Liar and Boras were trying to play the Yankees and it didn’t work out. Now Boras is letting him throw him under the bus to save face. Not surprising given their relationship. Isn’t he like a father figure to him? Don’t parents make sacrifices for their kids?

  73. CB December 13th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    David,

    Your comments are ridiculous. And you clearly didn’t even bother to read what I wrote.

    Nowhere did I comment on ARod’s performance other than detailing the enormous year he had (my post at 12:36).

    He’s the best player in baseball.

    But this press conference wasn’t about his contribution to the team as a player.

    Try listening to it.

    It was about his contract negotiations – that was it.

    And how naive are you when you write things like:

    “Someone else has done his thinking and negotiating for him the past 14 years and when he finally gets some sound advice and takes charge you criticise him. Maybe if he were a Met you wouldn’t complain so much. You call yourselves Yankee fans, BS! Get a life!”

    So he’s an adult who makes hundreds of millions of dollars but gets a pass because he can’t think for himself.

    As such an ARod fan I’d love for you to go up to him and tell him that you think he can’t think for himself.

    You go do that. I’m sure afterwards he would think of you as “true yankee fan.”

  74. Dee December 13th, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    I love Alex for his talent as a baseball player, but I question his sincerity as a person. To me he lost all credibility when he said “there was enormous interest from other team but I didn’t even want to hear what those offers were, I only wanted to come back to be a yankee…”

    I’m glad he’s back and will cheer as loudly for him as ever (I’ve never booed him) but it’s very hard for me to believe that he didn’t care about other offers…

  75. YankeeDiva December 13th, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    Dee- I’m sure there would have been interest IF the Yankees had said no, he wants to keep playing baseball. But his first choice was the Yankees, he’s said that all along, his teams were surprised by the opt…I tend to believe that.

    I can even by that he was lead by Boras in to believing that the Yankees didn’t want him back. Boras probabl took the reject of you have to offer at least $350 mil to talk to A-Rod and spun it to look the other way. Boras is someone close to Alex, knows his fears and the way his mind thinks I don’t think it was that diffcult for Boras to do (he’s good at that kind of thing). I as a stranger to Alex someone he doesn’t know or trust would have not been able to sell that lie to Alex.

    Also I’m okay with it all because Alex took full responsibility for the opt out and the misunderstanding, he was just explaining what was going through his head when he did it.

  76. CaptainsCorner December 13th, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    I think the bottom line is he wanted to be a Yank but also wanted to test what the market was. If when he called Hank and Hank “only” offered him $200m-$230m instead of the $275m I think he definitely would of stayed out on the market and tried to get more money else where. I think his biggest thing was he saw the market was very limited and he wanted the most money and once he heard $275m from the Yanks he figured that was enough. When Arod said he heard that they weren’t interested maybe his rat agent said I told them a certain amount and they wouldn’t come close it but Arod didn’t know the amount was a crazy $350m. No matter what Arod is not as mad at the rat agent as people want to make it out to believe because if he was he would of fired him. Boras knew exactly what he was going to say today, it was planned to be put on Boras to make Arod look better. Plain and simple there plan didn’t work.

  77. Mo Bail December 13th, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    David, you are an ignorant person and a moron at that. I didnt mention his numbers, I mentioned his role as a yankee and his selfishness on and off the field. The fact that he sucks in the postseason is all an addition to what i wrote before. Next time read up before you spew your idiotic remarks.

    Last 12 seasons
    with AROD…
    2007 AL Division Series Cleveland Indians Lost, 3-1
    2006 AL Division Series Detroit Tigers Lost, 3-1
    2005 AL Division Series Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Lost, 3-2
    2004 AL Championship Series Boston Red Sox Lost, 3-4

    WITHOUT AROD
    2003 World Series Florida Marlins Lost, 4-2
    2002 AL Division Series Anaheim Angels Lost, 3-1
    2001 World Series Arizona Diamondbacks Lost, 4-3
    2000 World Series New York Mets Won, 4-1
    1999 World Series Atlanta Braves Won, 4-0
    1998 World Series San Diego Padres Won, 4-0
    1997 AL Division Series Cleveland Indians Lost, 3-2
    1996 World Series Atlanta Braves Won, 4-2

    since we got the best player on the planet we havent gotten passed the ALDS more than once and have yet to see the world series. before we got the best player on the planet we went to the world series 6 times, won 4 of them. YAY AROD, lets give him a signing bonus!!!!!

    Mo Bail

  78. Christine December 13th, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Say what you will about Alex, he speaks from the heart. No, he is not suave like Derek Jeter, in that he can censor himself when he needs to, but he is sincere. I can totally believe everything he said today based on his flip statements in the past about Jeter being overrated, how he loves New York, etc. I think he is a guy that speaks first and worries about what he says later. I could hear in his voice how upset he was about this whole “debacle.”

    And I can definitely see how a guy who has been close to his agent since 16, can believe everything his agent says. We all know how much Alex wants to be liked – by everyone.

    It is the agent’s job to represent his client and I think Boras had Alex hoodwinked. It seems to me that all Boras wanted was another record setting contract (with any of the 30 teams) and he didn’t care about where Alex wanted to be.

    Lucky for Alex, he had the good sense to marry a woman a little older and wiser. Cynthia probably helped him out on this one too.

  79. Mo Bail December 13th, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    VRSCE,

    .i am paying something when you say that i “dont have to “BUY IT” because i am not paying nada”. I am a season ticket holder. that is how they pay arod and players alike this kind of money. jeter, mariano, those guys have heart and know what winning is all about. thats why they get that money. arod is a media circus waiting to happen every single october. also, he just cant hit in the postseason (other than his home run when we were down 6 runs in the 8th inning against the indians) PERIOD!

    i would have liked to move on without him

    Mo Bail

  80. VRSCE December 13th, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    MO Ball,
    He is there for 10 years. So perhaps you had better move on, and cheer for the Mets.
    Some one else will be glad to take on your season ticket.
    C ya

  81. David December 14th, 2007 at 1:34 am

    Yo Mo! Did you see me mention you or your ramblings anywhere in my comments? Perhaps there is a moron here but you would do well to look within rather than spewing your trash talk. Maybe you’re the real ignorant person who doesn’t read very well. Season ticket holder where? Not the Bronx! And why claim selfishness by Arod? What did he say or do this past season that was so selfish you feel the need to completely disrepect his attempts to be a Yankee? Maybe he did seek more money -SO WHAT- don’t we all want more tomorrow than we got today? If not then fire the Unions and agents throughout the country and everyone be satisfied with what you have now. Maybe he opted out of his contract because he had the foresight to get it in writing that he could. The Yanks agreed and everyone signed but now he’s being selfish. I keep forgetting the post season failures have all been his fault and his alone. Go figure. Say what you want but I’m glad he’s staying and the next ten years will be sweet. Remember there’s always the Mets or maybe you’re really a Sox fan! Thanks Arod, glad to have you staying in pinstripes. Yo GO MO!!! No I really mean it, go MO, go far far away.

  82. Jack December 14th, 2007 at 3:07 am

    You know Pete I keep thinking about this whole arod fiasco. I cannot help but think arod is still behind it all. At the end of all this arod got more money, the yanks have to spend more, and Boras looks like a goat and arod comes out smelling like a rose. What if arod is the one who wanted to opt out and when it went bad and not so many players were willing to shell out the kind of dough arod thought he was going to get he realized then he made a huge mistake. So he cooks up this idea that it was all boras’s fault. Stay with me here. So Boras says “whatever you want. I will take the heat. That is my job” He never fired boras and supposedly worked out this deal with the yankees all on his own without ever consulting boras about the language of the contract? So in the end he got what he want and since he said it will be his last contract he need not worry about the public image of him using boras again for another contract so this plays out well in the public eye for him. Boras comes out as the bad guy but really he just got his client more money. Well I guess I have been watching too may oliver stone movies. I think arod is a good player but I still think it would have been better shelling out that dough to team players and not selfish egomaniacs. If I thought he was a team player I would be happy for him to get that contract. Anyway that is my conspiracy theory

  83. Mo Bail December 14th, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Last 12 seasons
    with AROD…
    2007 AL Division Series Cleveland Indians, Lost, 3-1
    2006 AL Division Series Detroit Tigers, Lost, 3-1
    2005 AL Division Series Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Lost, 3-2
    2004 AL Championship Series Boston Red Sox, Lost, 3-4

    WITHOUT AROD
    2003 World Series Florida Marlins, Lost, 4-2
    2002 AL Division Series Anaheim Angels, Lost, 3-1
    2001 World Series Arizona Diamondbacks, Lost, 4-3
    2000 World Series New York Mets, Won, 4-1
    1999 World Series Atlanta Braves, Won, 4-0
    1998 World Series San Diego Padres, Won, 4-0
    1997 AL Division Series Cleveland Indians, Lost, 3-2
    1996 World Series Atlanta Braves, Won, 4-2


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