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A-Rod spins the story a little too much

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 20, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ah, the wonderful world of Alex Rodriguez.

During his meeting with reporters today, the subject of PEDs came up and Rodriguez said he was tested nine or 10 times last season.

While that sounds good, that many tests would indicate a problem. Players are usually tested twice: once during spring training and at some random time during the season. There are 600 additional random tests during the season spread out over 1,200 players or so.

There is little chance that one player would be selected randomly seven or eight times. That many extra tests would usually indicate that the player tested positive for a stimulant and was being subjected to extra tests.

As reporters started to check out the mysterious number of extra tests, the Yankees went back to Rodriguez. He has since admitted that he exaggerated the number of tests he underwent.

The Yankees, I’m told, will be releasing a statement later this evening to clarify his remarks.

UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Here is a statement from Rodriguez:

“My quote from earlier today was taken literally. I was not tested nine or 10 times last year. I was just using exaggeration to make a point.

“My intent was simply to shed light on the fact that the current program being implemented is working, and a reason for that is through frequent testing.

“I apologize for any confusion I may have caused.”

UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Nothing like A-Rod to get people talking. Nearly 100 comments already. A few points: While I realize the natural reaction of fans is to blame the media and make excuses for the players, listen to the audio that is available exclusively on this blog.

Alex was not laughing or joking when he said he was tested nine or 10 times. He said it as fact. The interview, which lasted only eight minutes, ended a few minutes later.

As we were writing our stories later in the day, some people noticed that 9 or 10 tests would indicate that A-Rod was being singled out for extra testing for amphetamine use. Do you think maybe that would be a story? Um, yes.

So people made calls. Brian Cashman, MLB, the MLBPA, Scott Boras. The irresponsible thing would have been to just rely on what Alex said and write the story.

When we checked it out, it turned out Alex had exaggerated and the Yankees issued a statement.

What did the media do wrong? Nobody asked Alex how many times he had been tested, he volunteered the information. If he had said, “I was tested 100 times” everybody would have known he was kidding. But a player being tested for stimulants would get tested exactly nine times.

In this climate, with Congress lurking, the best player in baseball has to watch what he says about drug testing. Alex should have known better.

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355 Responses to “A-Rod spins the story a little too much”

  1. Jay February 20th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    This is why A-Rod stopped talking to the media.

  2. zeebake February 20th, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Was waitinf for him to say something stupif fialy !!

  3. Andrea February 20th, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Sometimes he reminds me of Michael Scott.

  4. RonH February 20th, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    The soap opera continues … like sands through the hour glass, so are “The Days of Our Bombers”

  5. Jay February 20th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Everything he says is scrutinized in an attempt to create controversy.

  6. YankeeDiva February 20th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Are you serious?? What is with the press!! Not one person seemed to have a problem with one word he said during the interview no one asked a follow up question. He came off calm and confident with nothing to pull out so the MEDIA makes up stuff. Give me a freakin break!!

  7. pat February 20th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    As long as he didn’t test positive, who cares how many times he was tested.

  8. Peter Abraham February 20th, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Jay and others:

    The media didn’t make up anything, Alex did. Saying he was tested 9 or 10 times indicated that he was being subjected to extra testing by MLB.

    If you don’t think that Alex Rodriguez being subjected to extra testing is a story, than your head is in the sand.

    We couldn’t ask follow up questions because we ran out of time, he had to go to the team meeting. He wasn’t around later to ask.

    If you tell the truth, you don’t get in trouble. He was probably tested three times, like everybody else.

  9. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Oh, Alex. Just stop talking.

  10. Josh February 20th, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    it boggles my mind why arod has these slips all the time.

  11. Tarheel February 20th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    who cares?

  12. YankeeDiva February 20th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Pete come on did you really think that he was tested 9-10 times? He also said he wants his daughter to marry Andy don’t tell me you don’t think he was exaggerating then as well!

    The Media likes to stir the pot and lately its been going to far with Alex and the fans are the ones that lose out because we want to know more about our fav players and they get more and more cautious because every word is blown up into outrageous proportions!!

  13. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    He’s our lovable idiot, but he still can’t be dumb enough to actually admit that he underwent additional tests, can he? Or to not realize that additional testing means suspicion? He probably wanted to emphasize his innocence and went way overboard. I hope…

    Andrea, he is definitely the Michael Scott of the Yankees.

  14. Angel February 20th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    “As long as he didn’t test positive, who cares how many times he was tested.”

    Exactly. It was silly of him to exaggerate, but seriously in this witch hunt steroid climate, can’t say I really blame him all that much. I figured he was just trying to make a point about being tested often.

    Oh well, anyone who had tested positive – wouldn’t be quite that naive to advertise they’d had so many tests, knowing full well what would be taken from it — as indeed it was. :)

  15. YankeeDiva February 20th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    I heard several follow up questions in that interview. When he said it, how hard would it have been to say did you REALLY get tested 9-10 times?

  16. bigjf February 20th, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Quick! Fire up the spin machine! GO GO GO!

  17. Andrea February 20th, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    I love when people say dumb things and then Pete lays the proverbial smack down.

  18. Bronx Born February 20th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Jeez. I liked when sports reporting just talked about sports, did not place these guys on pedestals or make them into icons and they simply played ball. When reporters and politicians start looking into their own medicine cabinets or report how many drinks they had with dinner (just so they can get by), then maybe I will listen to some of this blather. Should reporters be busted for getting drunk on the job? Writing while inebriated? And no I do not think it is any different. Substance abuse is substance abuse. If you want to write about drug abuse or PED abuse make sure your own body and mind are pure before you put a pen to paper. Should reporters be role models and looked up to? Then they should not get drunk (like a recent TV Sportscaster). Okay that is my two cents.

  19. YankeeDiva February 20th, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Yeah Andrea because Pete has NEVER said anything in any of these blogs that didn’t stretch the truth a little bit

  20. Josh February 20th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    why are you guys making it like pete is the only one that raised this issue.. obviously everyone did or arod wouldnt have made a ‘statement’ concerning his comment.

  21. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Yeah, the AP picked it up and it’s all over the place.

  22. Skippy February 20th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Alex is a drama queen. Nothing wrong with that, but I think you just have to keep it in mind when you deal with him.

  23. Angel February 20th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Thats true. The Associated Press was all over it like a rash, as usual. Woulda looked strange if Peter didn’t address it.

  24. JGNYC February 20th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    He will never have it easy.

  25. Skinnyhead February 20th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Did the Yankees have backpedaling drills today?

    Alex was tested 9 or 10 times but didn’t inhale.

  26. YankeeDiva February 20th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    I’m not saying its just Pete, my first post indicated the MEDIA not Pete’s blog. The second post was in response to his…. how can some not think that he (Alex) exaggerated in part of the interview. Do you really think he has his 3.5 year old primed to marry Andy?

  27. JGNYC February 20th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    This is why he can’t be himself.

  28. Jeff NJ February 20th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Ah, life is finally back to normal. We can once again focus on an exagerration coming out of Alex’s mouth. I know this is back page news, I just wonder if it makes a front page.

    Lightning Rod is back, every other Yankee please report to the background!

  29. Whatever February 20th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    OK so maybe he exaggerated or maybe he meant 9 or 10 times in his career or maybe his mouth is 5 seconds ahead of his brain or whatever.
    I’ll bet you guys (the media) were either perched in the trees or circling overhead when ARod tossed out this latest tidbit and now the feeding frenzy begins.

  30. Andrea February 20th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I’m glad someone liked my Michael Scott comment.

    Diva: I’m not saying Pete is infallible, but it seems sometimes that people think they can say whatever they want, and it’s humorous to me when Pete comes back and comments back, because I think typically people don’t expect that when they’re ranting.

  31. pat February 20th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Let’s hope this is the biggest media faux pas he makes all year. Not likely but we can hope.

    It’s time for A-Rod to put his earphones in to block out the media again.

  32. Andrea February 20th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    The “I want my daughter to Marry Andy Pettitte” comment was obviously in jest. He was laughing when he said it and everyone around him was laughing. It’s not the same thing.

  33. Andrea February 20th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    I bet it’s all on purpose to take the heat off Andy Pettitte :)

  34. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Who here doesn’t exaggerate?

    Have you ever said “I’m starving?” Were you literally starving to death?

    It’s fishing for a story where there is none.

  35. Doreen February 20th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Something tells me that ARod is going to continue his practice of keeping those earbuds firmly in place!

  36. Albany Joe February 20th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    If you listen to the clip you can obviously pick up the fact that he was exaggerating.

  37. Angel February 20th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    I figured he was just exaggerating to make a point about being tested often, Yankeediva. Probably silly, but no big deal to me. But of course its going be AP fodder – that’s just how it is.

    I mean really Pete says he was tested three times like everyone else? JMO, but that hardly seems like “strict” testing to me. Olympic athletes are tested more than that during a 10 day Olympic period and during the year. Baseball is a 162 game season. 9-10 times sounds like a lot more of a strict policy to me. Seems a bit self defeating to only get tested like that once you’re caught.

  38. Doreen February 20th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Pat -

    Brilliant minds think alike!

  39. pat February 20th, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Doreen

    Great minds think alike.

  40. pat February 20th, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    And we did it again!!!

  41. Don Vito February 20th, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Don’t forget, ALL reporters are true and galant heroes and finders of truth. They are without reproach, they are without fault. A-Rod had the NERVE to inflate a number for the holiest of all things…..a story to a reporter….and for that !….FOR SHAME,,,FOR SHAME…He needs to remain as spotless as the MIGHTY and WONDERFUL of ALL PEOPLE….THE REPORTER…without which, we would all surely DIE !

  42. Yankee Fan in Chicago February 20th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Maybe it’s that players are tested an average of 2x/yr.

    Which means that to make up for the fact that the league looks the other way with the Red Sawx, Yankee players have to be tested double to keep up the league avg.

    Speaking of which, anyone check out Papi this spring. Looks like someone pricked that balloon. Dude is half the size.

  43. Don Vito February 20th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Rebecca…I am literally STARVING to DEATH….anyone on this blog that does not send an ambulance to my house immediately will be guilty of negligent homicide.

  44. Anthony February 20th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    can people PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP NIT PICKING EVERYTHING THIS MAN SAYS!

  45. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I may be in the minority, but I’m a huge Alex fan. I find his slips of the tongue to be almost endearing. But he keeps getting himself in trouble, when it seems all he’s trying to do is be as forthright and candid as he can be. He’s attempting to connect with the fans and the press, even though he claims he doesn’t care what they think, and all he gets is flack for it, whether it be deserving or not. I would challenge the media to find one person who was more essential in keeping the Yankees afloat until late June, or one other Yankee who was more clutch this year (Andy’s 6 August wins acknowledged). I read one blog today that said it can’t remember Alex ever having a sense of humor before, while it was questioning his “daughter marrying Andy” comments. That’s because everyone’s been too busy tearing him down to see it.

  46. Joe from Long Island February 20th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    If we can give Clemens and Pettitte the benefit of the doubt, and forgive Andy and Giambi, then we can do the same for Alex. So he exaggerated. He came out with a “throw-away” line, an exaggeration. We have all done the same thing in our lives. The press, doing it’s job, and because it’s ARod, picked up on it.

    Should he have told the strict truth about it? Sure. But is this the worst sin? The problem is that he has made a reputation for himself as being too slick, too concerned about the world’s perception of himself, to his own detriment.

    Once again, Alex Rodriguez is shown to be imperfect.

  47. SJ44 February 20th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Thank GOD he did this.

    No Andy on the backpage tomorrow!! lol

    Seriously, while I understand the issue, I have a little issue with the word parsing.

    There seems to be a game of “gotcha” between some members of the media and players these days.

    Questions are asked in an attempt to get a good PED controversy going.

    Yes, Alex shouldn’t have exaggerated.

    But, couldn’t this have been handled without this being a story?

    In the old days, you go to the PR guy and ask for a clarification.

    These days its, “We got’em” and this becomes a story.

    Geez, a player exaggerating on the opening of ST. It happens all over baseball. Hence, all of the predictions of championships by players by every team in the game.

    I understand the PED issue is different. But, the “gotcha” game is still the same. Too much of it going on for my tastes.

    Too many folks are trying to win Pulitzer’s for “Investigative Journalism”.

    Here’s the deal. When this WAS an issue, from 1988-2002, EVERYONE in the baseball media either slept on the story or refused to write about it.

    That’s on the media, NOT the players.

    Now, it seems there is a segment of the media looking to make up for lost opportunities and desire to make EVERYTHING about PED’s.

    Its a turnoff and it accomplishes nothing.

    The fans don’t care. They are turning out in record numbers and buying MLB merchandise like there is no tomorrow.

    So, I ask, what is the point of doing this? You aren’t going to “save the game” because the game doesn’t need saving.

    Its why a lot of players aren’t going to make themselves available too much to the media. They will do the basic stuff and that’s it.

    Expect lots of stock answers and short interviews.

    That hurts the beat guys the most because they need player input to do their jobs.

    Sad but, that’s the reality of covering baseball these days.

  48. Lacy February 20th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Dont think for a minute a sports reporter will admit they jumped the gun and didn’t actually think something through. Besides its much better to start writing a story without asking for clarification whether time ran out or not. 14 hour news cycle. Everyone has to be first, accuracy be darned. Yeah, he hadn’t been tested 9 or 10 times, does that mean he was just being a liar?

    I’ve said things like “I’ve been there a million times…” People don’t think I’ve been some place a million times.

  49. Yazman February 20th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    In breaking news, Hideki Matsui said (through a translator), “I sneezed a thousand times yesterday.”

    Fact checkers on the scene quickly learned that such high levels of sneezing are usually indicative of alterations in the structure of the heart, such as enlargement and thickening of the left ventricle, which impairs its contraction and relaxation — well known side effects of anabolic steroid use.

    The investigation will begin tomorrow.

  50. Bronx Born February 20th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    We unfortunately live in a pill popping, drug happy era. You are unhappy, take a pill. Can’t confront the boss, take a drink. Wanna be happy go drinking with the guys or gals. I have yet to see a happy drunk but that does not stop the ads. This is the society we live in so it should not be a surprise that if you want to run faster, live longer, heal faster here are some more drugs. It is sad for sure. And the ones making the most noise speak from their own crimes. As we used to say when we were kids “he who smelt it dealt it!”

  51. Yazman February 20th, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    (kidding)

  52. Angel February 20th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    You’re not the minority, Elizabeth. :)

    Maybe just not as vocal, perhaps? No reason to be when there is no reason to read something into every little innocuous thing said by him. I generally take most of what he says at face value. I’ve liked how Alex has been with the press of late, I hope this doesn’t change that. That would be too bad.

  53. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Vito! It’s awesome to see you again, been a while!

  54. Dee February 20th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    This morning I thought Alex did really well with his press Q&A. I thought to myself I hope that would last through the end of the season. Obviously I was WAY too optimistic!!

    But I really think he’s being unnecessarily scrutinized. I can’t believe some people are actually nitpicking his comment about Andy and his daughters. I actually liked that comment, showed his more human side and that he was letting loose. Same with the tested 9-10 times exaggeration. He was relaxed. But guess the press has its way of making sure Alex regrets doing that. Next time reporters accuse Alex of sounding too rehearsed, they should ask themselves why.

  55. Jim February 20th, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Hey Pete why dont you dig up some dirt somewhere else. Your the biggest A-Rod basher around. Are you just jealous once again Alex got everything he wanted (new contract) People like you just try to bring down a truly great player. Alex is by FAR the best show in New York………deal with it!

  56. Fran February 20th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Everything Alex says is over analyzed. During that interview he kept getting questions about PED use and was obviously trying to make a point. Further the interview continued on a lot longer and not one reporter in that dugout questioned Alex about his “9 or 10 times”.

  57. Jeff February 20th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Just win a World Series MVP like Brosius, Alex, then we’ll talk.

  58. Andrea February 20th, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Look at this! The blog arguing about A-Rod! The 2008 Season has officially begun folks!

  59. YankeeDiva February 20th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Look at this! The blog arguing about A-Rod! The 2008 Season has officially begun folks!

    Actually most are sticking up for him, its refreshing… he must be a real Yankee now :p :)

  60. Drew February 20th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    That nutty A-Rod.

  61. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Pete’s HARDLY the biggest Alex-basher around. Plus, in one of the comments to this post, he acknowledged that Alex had most likely been exaggerating and had probably been tested 3 times like everyone else. There are some HARSH anti-Alex blogs/reporters out there. This is mild.

  62. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Word, YankeeDiva. I noticed that. :) It’s good to see.

  63. Paul Bowles February 20th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    The new photos from today!

    It’s so funny watching Giambi trying to learn how to throw a baseball!

  64. YanksGal07 February 20th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Is this really big news? Give the guy a break …he’s got 10 years here for you to pick on him …let him at least have a week to feel good about his decision to stay in New York. How pitiful is the press that they have to jump on something so trivial ..and …as far as him being tested more often than others I don’t find that far fetched at all just because he is such an amazing athlete and people will do anything to hopefully catch him doing something wrong. Just look at the pitiful example today.

    Good Luck Alex …here’s to another big year and seeing more people turn green with jealousy..lol.

    Go Yankees 2008 !!!

  65. Andrea February 20th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    every time Yahoo sports says something about Matsui, it’s always “Hideki Matsui of Japan.” Why is that weird to me?

  66. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 20th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Guys, Alex was just being a good teammate, he did this so the media would get off of Andy’s back. Andy won’t be the story Alex will.

    Thanks Alex 8)

  67. Jim February 20th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Elizabeth

    Thats true Pete does a good job. I like this blog. I dont post often, but he is anti-A-Rod. Maybe not as bad as others but he clearly has a bias. On the flip side I think he wants to have Damon’s kids. Just loves that dude

  68. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Oh, Giambi. One of these days he’s gonna hit a runner in the back of the head throwing to second. I want to see Shelley get some serious time at 1B. That kid really flashed some leather in late Sept.

  69. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Jim,

    I guess I was comparing it to other scathing blogs I’ve read. Then again, River Ave. has an anti-Melky bias, which blows my mind. That kid plays his heart out. His numbers may have slipped this year, but they’re ruthless on someone who, at barely 23, had already completed almost 2 full seasons as a Yankee starter. Not an easy task.

  70. whoa February 20th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I think Alex was just trying to drive home the point that he’s clean.

  71. Phil February 20th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Agreed, Rebecca.

    If I were A-Rod, I’d be angry at this kind of crap.

  72. Ross (NYYStadiumInsider.com) February 20th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    He also propositioned his daughter to Andy Pettitte today:

    http://nyystadiuminsider.com/2.....posal.html

  73. Jim February 20th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Elizabeth

    Wow, a blog bashing Melky? How low can you get? The kid makes no money, and is a nice young player. You don’t see that everyday

  74. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    YankeesDiva: Great point!

    How quickly time changes!

  75. ummfada February 20th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    New York Post:

    Test-Rod

  76. Clare February 20th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    SJ,

    I completely agree. The “gotcha” game has gotten out of hand, and it’s even worse with ARod. I listened to the audio myself, and I thought the interview was great, but clearly that didn’t give the beat writers who wanted a negative story anything to work with, so they dug up this crap. Clearly it was an exaggeration for effect – anyone with half a brain knew that before ARod’s statement tonight. Just like I don’t think he really wants his daughter to marry Andy when he’s 60 and divorced.

    But just wait, the same writers who made an issue out of this will be whining every time ARod blows them off.

  77. Paul Bowles February 20th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Seriously, those are the best looking uniforms in sports! and what’s Humberto Sanchez doing talking to Pavano?

  78. Interesting February 20th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Peter, really! This is pure bull. Are you kidding me? You’re wasting press time on this? Omg. I’m so digusted

  79. Abuser2 February 20th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Yankee players always lie about steroids. They are pathological liars on this topic.

  80. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 20th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Hey there is going to be a lunar eclipse tonight, unfortunately it is cloudy by me. :(

  81. Phil February 20th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Ortiz looks like he spent the entire offseasom peeing into cups.

  82. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Jim,

    I know. I guess those bloggers would have preferred the additional 16+ runs that Melky prevented in outfield assists rather than some offensive production (Yankees scored almost 1000 last year). Not to mention that he went .313/.369/.491 from May-Sept 1st. Yeah, he’s still wet behind the ears, but he’s been a big part of this infusion of energy the past year and he plays like every game is the playoffs.

  83. Andrea February 20th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    someone link me to pictures of Ortiz?

  84. Trish February 20th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    A-Rod definitely didn’t exaggerate when he said playing in NY can be challenging.

  85. jj February 20th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    LoL, Knicks!

  86. dana February 20th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Yet another non story blown completely out of proportion by the media. This is getting really tiresome. No wonder why a lot of our star athletes clam up around the press.

  87. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Ortiz. And you’re welcome for going over to the Red Sox gallery *makes a face* :)

    http://espn-i.starwave.com/med.....626948.jpg

    http://espn-i.starwave.com/med.....d71415.jpg

  88. jj February 20th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Currently, this blog’s instantaneous female-to-male ratio is at maximum.

  89. hmmm February 20th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    wow. what a stupid “controversy”.

  90. whozat February 20th, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    “I guess those bloggers would have preferred the additional 16+ runs that Melky prevented in outfield assists”

    What?

    How did you come up with that number?

  91. therston February 20th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I have to agree with many hear Pete…
    He was obviously joking (that is how I interpreted it when I heard the Audio), WHY the Press has to try to make A-Rod a lightning Rod after every Press Conference just blows my mind.

    I understand he is a superstar and any story with him is going to get TOP of the PAGE, but please…He doesn’t want his daughter to Marry Andy, He doesn’t really think that extream marriages can happen this day in age AND he didn’t really get tested 9-10 times.

    PASS the word on if you can and tell all the Reporters to try to be a little LESS CRAZY with Alex this year.

  92. therston February 20th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Gotcha Game….that’s great.

  93. Mr. Faded Glory February 20th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Who had the “under” on “how many days will it take before the media attempts to throw Alex Rodriguez under the bus?”

    The line was 1.

  94. Andrea February 20th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks Elizabeth.

    Even just Ortiz’s arms are TINY (relatively speaking).

  95. hmmm February 20th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

    “However, Cano said he doesn’t feel any extra pressure on him to perform, even with the lucrative deal.

    “It doesn’t change anything,” he said. “I’m still going to keep playing the game the same way I’ve been playing it.”

    And he still has a helping hand or two around in third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

    “[Alex] helped me out on how to respect the game, play hard, show up on time,” Cano said. “He helped me off the field, too. The personal stuff — don’t get in trouble, do the right thing. That’s the guy you want to help you out.””

    wait, i thought Cano was mad at A-Rod when A-Rod didn’t return his calls after he opted out.

    you can practically smell the hostility.

  96. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Dang, I wanted that fleece that Phil had up…

    Pete, you should run some contests, maybe I’d have a chance of winning one :-P

  97. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    I didn’t think Cano was mad. I got the sense that he was more concerned than anything.

    I wanted that fleece, too, but truth be told, I REALLY want the things Ian’s donating. He’s my favorite of the Big Three.

  98. Bob Glassberg February 20th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    That’s why it’s called ‘random’. I worked at a nuke plant for twelve years. One month, I was random tested three times – not for cause but for just how the draw came out

  99. Drive 4-5 February 20th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Derek Jeter is sometimes criticized for giving bland, stock answers to questions. Derek Jeter is a very smart young man. He figured out at an early age if you say next to nothing you can’t get in trouble with the New York media. The rest of the team should learn from his example. Give little or no information ever and you’ll be fine. Don’t embellish, show any emotion or make reference to any other player and you’ll survive. Because that it is what playing in New York or Boston is all about, surviving the media

  100. gayle February 20th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    I was going to post this in the Girardi interview but decided it could go here just as much since it really involves Arod.

    Joel Sherman has to be the most annoying member of the media down there. The thing that bothers me most about him is that being a columnist he has something that he wants to write about so he asks questions which he hopes will elicit a repsonse that supports his stance. And the funny thing is about Alex I bet if you listened to last years SPring Training questions to Joe T ont he day he gave his press conference they would be the exact ame questions, Does Alex feel more presure, why do you think he feels more pressure, why do you think he doesnt perform in the post season, why is he such a special player it is like a broken record with some of these guys.

    Thought Girardi answered the questions great seems like he likes to play certain things close to the chest which is a good thin ie how he deals with players, wants it to be between them not something to be discussed in the media

  101. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Elizabeth: See, for me it’d depend on what Ian’s donating.

    Signed game ball? Sure! Worn socks? I think I’ll pass.

  102. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 20th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    I’ve had adobe photo shop for a long time and I just realized that I can make a slide show and burn it on a dvd with music in the background.

    8) This is so cool, although the first one I did stinks, it takes too long to transition between pictures.

  103. #24FTW February 20th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Jim – while bashing a young player like Melky may be a little overboard, I would hardly say that the kid “makes no money”. I would love to be making that so called “no money” in my job… =T

  104. Angel February 20th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    lol, I think Hmm was somehow being facetious.

  105. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 20th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    :( I would have loved to have won Phil’s fleece. :( It would have been like 5 sizes to big for me but who cares it was phil hughes’

  106. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 20th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    You gotta say this for Phil he keeps his word.

  107. Angel February 20th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Drive 4-5. I understand thats why Jeter is like he is with the media. Thats how he deals with it – and its a smart way to play it, especially in New York. I loved seeing Jeter on Saturday Night Live, because I think that was the most human I’ve seen him be – and I don’t mean that as a criticism at all. But when Arod used that approach he was considered to be bland, wooden or phony.

    Sometimes I think he really just can’t win no matter what he does.

  108. Hideki Balboni February 20th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    One press conference, one blooper. Arod just can’t help himself. He’s his own worst enemy.

  109. Aroundthemajors February 20th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    I guess tomorrow’s headlines will be “A-Rod Secretly Admits to Past PED Use”, he just can’t catch a break.

    http://aroundthemajors.blogspot.com/

  110. Christa February 20th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Didn’t see any pictures of Melky. Was he just shying away from the cameras today?

  111. YanksGal07 February 20th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    What did the media do wrong? The usual …blew it out of proportion. What else is new ?

    Go Yankees 2008…

  112. Tomer February 20th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Another terrible comment from A-Rod. Although I believe A-Rod was exaggerating, this seems a bit suspicious to me.

  113. Peter Abraham February 20th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Nothing like A-Rod to get people talking. Over 100 comments already. A few points:

    While I realize the natural reaction of fans is to blame the media and make excuses for the players, listen to the audio that is available exclusively on this blog.

    Alex was not laughing or joking when he said he was tested nine or 10 times. He said it as fact. The interview, which lasted only eight minutes, ended a few minutes later.

    As we were writing our stories later in the day, some people noticed that 9 or 10 tests would indicate that A-Rod was being singled out for extra testing for amphetamine use. Do you think maybe that would be a story? Um, yes.

    So people made calls. Brian Cashman, MLB, the MLBPA, Scott Boras. The irresponsible thing would have been to just rely on what Alex said and write the story.

    When we checked it out, it turned out Alex had exaggerated and the Yankees issued a statement. It’ll be less of a story tomorrow. In my story, it’s one line in the middle of the story.

    What did the media do wrong? Nobody asked Alex how many times he had been tested, he volunteered the information. If he had said, “I was tested 100 times” everybody would have known he was kidding. But a player being tested for stimulants would get tested exactly nine times.

    In this climate, with Congress lurking, the best player in baseball has to watch what he says about drug testing. Alex should have known better.

  114. BBFan February 20th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    These bunch of idi*ots from the media have no shame. They make a big deal out of nothing. Most of these guys who act / conduct themselves as idiots should all be thrown into the cold atlantic waters….and fall prey to the sharks!!!!!!

  115. YankeeDiva February 20th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    ~sigh why does the Media never have any accountability… remember the good old days when you sought the answers BEFORE posting…. Its always the other guys fault.

  116. YanksGal07 February 20th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Congress lurking?? They wouldn’t even notice if the press didn’t make it the story of the day …gee, golly ..an exaggeration..he probably learned how from the MEDIA !! The greatest exaggerators of all time…

    Go Yankees 2008 !!!

  117. Don Vito February 20th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    “Alex should have known better”….typical high on your horse BALONEY !

  118. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Lunar Eclipse.

    Bad memories, though, the last time there was one I could see it was October 2004…

    At least, though, it’s happening now, and not in October. Best to get that stuff out of the way.

  119. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    I understand the point, Pete, and I know that responsible journalism means reporting the news as it’s happening (I have a Broadcasting degree) but I fault some news agencies for letting the “A-Rod Says He Was Tested 9-10 Times” byline run too long. SI.com left the original article up until after 8pm, even though the rest of the outlets correct it between 7:20 and 7:30.

  120. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Rebecca,

    I just responded to your comment on Phil’s blog. Hope you know I was kidding ;) but I would love to get to do an exclusive with him. I’m Lucyfire24 on LJ, btw, in the yankee_fans comm. *waves*

  121. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    SI.com isn’t generally what I consider a good website.

    Bad layout, hard to navigate and no way to access older content.

  122. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Elizabeth: Figured as much, seeing as I checked out your blog ;) (if you wanna trade links just lemme know)

    Great to see another LJer here!

  123. YankeesLuv February 20th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    So what? I’m sorry doesn’t matter what Arod said, the media does over do it. So he exaggerated to make a point and no his tone after being analyed by the CIA didn’t show evidence of sarcasm but come on. He could have said something like I like to run on the beach with my dog and the media would have said Arod is irresponsible cause he didn’t put spf lotion on the pup. Headlines…Arod abuses puppy!

  124. Peter Abraham February 20th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    BBfan: A-Rod being tested more often for stimulant use would have been no big deal? Please explain.

    YankeeDiva: Um, we did check it out before writing anything. So if we had just taken Alex at his word, that would have been OK with you?

    Don Vito: I assume you have a job. Let’s say Congress was investigating your job. Would you go around making exaggerated comments about how much you were involved in the corruption? I suspect not.

  125. Tyler Kepner Is Back February 20th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    More drug / drug testing talk… big yawn

  126. Don Vito February 20th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    ” A-Rod spins the story a little too much ” ???? What a TOTAL JOKE….How about the TRUTH, Pete ?…
    ” MEDIA spins ALL stories WAY too much “…. Breaking News : A-Rod used the word PED in a sentence while talking to someone that looks like the trainer that allegedly injected Clemens with steroids…..5 page article to follow….STAY TUNED !!!!!!

  127. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    I liked SI’s coverage of Alex’s negotiations on November 14th. They were the first and most timely website to report, and generally had the most facts correct. They called the $275-$280 figure pre-incentives, while ESPN was putting $220 out there. But I’ve heard some odd things from some of their writers, especially Heyman and his outright insistence that Santana would be a Yankee in 2008 without anything other than a “feeling.” I don’t bet on anyone’s hunches but my own. Luckily, re: Santana, mine were dead-on

  128. Peter Abraham February 20th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    YankeesLuv: His comments indicated that he was possibly being tested more often because he had been caught using stimulants.

    Alex could be the all-time HR leader in five years, passing a likely steroids user named Barry Bonds. Many people in baseball hope a clean player like Alex breaks the record held by the dirty Bonds.

    Now if you can’t grasp that it would be a story if Alex Rodriguez had tested positive for something, I really can’t help you.

    Again, he volunteered the information in a non-joking manner.

    I understand it’s easy to blame the media. But in this case, we checked out thee story and got it right. Had we just taken Alex at his word, it would have been much, much worse for him.

  129. murphydog February 20th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    “In this climate, with Congress lurking, the best player in baseball has to watch what he says about drug testing. Alex should have known better.”

    Agreed. Especially when Canseco keeps threatening to “out” A-Rod. And if I recollect correctly didn’t Giambi let something like this slip last year, saying he was tested more than the usual number of times? And then the questions started just like they did today.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....speed.html

    A-Rod should have learned his lesson from Giambi. OK, crisis over. A-Rod sometimes forgets to engage brain before mouth. But we knew that.

  130. Drive 4-5 February 20th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Like I said before, this all goes to show how brilliantly Derek Jeter handles his interviews. He’s smart enough to never exaggerate or say antyhing the least bit controversial. He’s a boring interview, but A Rod should learn from him.

  131. Peter Abraham February 20th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Don Vito: What exactly did I write that wasn’t true? Seems to me Alex did spin the story a little too much. The headline wasn’t “Alex lies about drug testing.”

    Beyond that, I didn’t understand your post. But nice use of multiple exclamation points.

  132. Don Vito February 20th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Peter….Assuming I have a job ?…Nice shot…and as for Congress investigating my job ? Congress is a joke….have you picked that up yet ? Congress won’t ever investigate MY job, because then they would have to point their flashlight at the biggest company in the nation that makes the most money OF ALL, scaming innocent people. That same company has already been given a Free Pass by the higher ups, so WHO CARES ABOUT CONGRESSIONAL WITCHHUNTS, PETE ?….Oh, I forgot…..YOU GUYS DO !…I’ll bet 95% of real baseball fans don’t.

  133. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Rebecca,

    Sure, I’d love to trade links. I need to update mine. I’ve had stories-in-progress in my queue for weeks now about Melky and a defense of the 2008 starting rotation (sans Santana) that I need to polish up and post. Nothing particularly time-sensitive, but still. I think my friends-list on LJ got sick of reading my game analysis and player news so all my Yankee stories will be over there permanently.

  134. Don Vito February 20th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Peter, I never said that your story was untrue. I have this crazy thing called my opinion and it is that what he said was meaningless. I don’t care and I’ll bet many of your faithful bloggers don’t care either. What I am saying is, the Media spins stories thousands of times every day. Why don’t you write about that ? Oh, I know. Because YOU are in the media and Peter Abraham, or John Smith or any other reporter “spinning” something is not news. But when A-Rod says something that YOU call a spin,,,,quick get out the pointer !…..he Spun something…A-Rod SPUN something…Call ESPN,,,Call SI.Com….Call the President….Let’s get Congress involved !…Really, come on Peter….Congress should get involved right now. A-Rod had no business saying what he said. Give him a drug test right now. Test his wife. Test his kids. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS !…..( Ok…I feel better now ) :-)

  135. Don Vito February 20th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    ” Beyond that, I didn’t understand your post. “….Peter..it’s called Sarcasm. I know you know what that is as I’ve been reading your blog for some time, dude !

  136. MikeL February 20th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Man it is so hard to like this guy. I want because he’s a Yankee but he makes it so hard. It’s never his fault, and he just sounds insincere.

    Pete, what is the impression of the other writers of Alex(keeping yourself out of it so you don’t get beat on)? My sense, just from the tone of the questions, is they do not like him very much.

    My son (6) loves this guy for his hitting but he’s not the type of guy I’d like him to emulate.

    By the way, the way the Yanks reacted to this “9 to 10 times” thing is a bit concerning. Not convicting him here but my guess (just a guess) is he got snagged doing something back some time and gets testing multiple times a year – and he slipped. Just my guess.

  137. Peter Abraham February 20th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Don Vito: First off, try decaf. Secondly, you work for the biggest company in the nation that makes most money scamming innocent people? That a fun job?

    Anyway, I made my point. I don’t expect anybody to agree with it. Trust me, I would have rather been back at the hotel watching college basketball than working late into the night on this story. But A-Rod always finds a way to be the story.

    Good night, all.

  138. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 20th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Wow people need to chill out and Alex needs to learn when to shut up. If he was exaggerating than like Pete said he should have said I’ve been tested like 100 times. Everyone would have known he was joking than.

  139. whoa February 20th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    You can’t even have a dry sense a humor these days without raising suspicions. Wow.

  140. Drive 4-5 February 20th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Methinks folks are getting a little testy. Yankee fans are truly tired of the steroid mess. It doesn’t take much to light the fuse. I think there’s a lot of us who appreciated Hank speaking up about the focus on the Yankees.

    Games, even exhibition games, can’t come soon enough!

  141. Angel February 20th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Not convicting him here but my guess (just a guess) is he got snagged doing something back some time and gets testing multiple times a year – and he slipped. Just my guess.

    LOL. “not convicting him” but I’ll sure as hell insinuate without any facts to back me up as much as I want.

  142. Don Vito February 20th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Peter….decaf…what is that,,,,a PED ?…To clarify…I work in an industry where Congress would never look into my job, because then they would have to point their flashlights at that Scam Company I was referring to….and Congress would never do that, because our Government has already decided since the biggest company in the country makes the COUNTRY millions of dollars….our wonderful country ( congress included ) just looks the other way while thousands of U.S. Citizens are openly scammed out of their hard earned money……( and then this same Congress decides to waste their time with a Clemens hearing ? )….It’s a joke, Pete and you know it.

  143. Schiano February 20th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Peter — you’re the journalist. Why defend yourself within comments? You’re only putting yourself out there further. I don’t see your logic, but to each their own.

  144. Marc from Portland Mane February 20th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Incredible. I remember Ortiz saying he was tested all the time and no one made a mess out of that. I guess the really guilty ones get a free pass and the real athletes get nailed to a wall.

  145. pat February 20th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Pete
    I agree his tone wasn’t joking when he said 9-10 times.

    While the media made an effort to check the statement, I think its irresponsible for outlets to have published the speculation of testing positive for stimulants prior to getting the clarification. I think AP jumped the gun on this one.

    I just think that some members of the media seem to have bought into the instant gratification culture. COunt me in the camp that would prefer the story right and not just first.

  146. saucY February 20th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    would this have happened if Bowa was still around?

  147. PittsburghYankeeFan February 20th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Go Alex.

    The media is looking worse and worse over this whole steroid mess. I listened to the intereview, and ARod was completely guileless when he said the “9 or 10 times” comment. Do you honestly think he sounded like someone with something to hide?

    It was the media types who tried to spin it into an amphetamine story. No amount of reverse spin by you, Pete, is going to change that.

    The media is going to get villified over this whole thing in the end. My guess is that very soon (maybe within the next 1-2 years) there will be talk of revoking HOF voting privileges of the media if they don’t wise up.

    All it would take is the players union, MLB, and the owners to come to an agreement over HOF ballotting, correct? Who is responsible for the HOF?

  148. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Elizabeth: Awesome!

  149. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Saucy,

    I’d imagine Bowa would have smacked quite a few people upside the head today. Alex not the least of them.

  150. Matt (In Toronto) February 20th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    It doesn’t make sense why exaggerated by a little, lol.

  151. MikeL February 20th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    People, put yourself in Alex’s shoes. If you had been tested 1 or 2 times last season, why in the world would you say 9 or 10 so matter of factly? Why not just say 1 or 2 if you’re looking to be Joe Honesty?

    He slipped. Some savvy reporters picked up on it and pursued it. This guy is breaking records all over, has been referenced by several former players in various stories and defends Barry Bonds every chance he gets. If you had to wager your house today if he did PEDs or not, which way would you go? No one has to answer that.

  152. YankeeDiva February 20th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Pete,

    I love your blog and respect your thoughts (or I wouldn’t post year) but I don’t always agree with everything that you have to say and this is one of those cases. If the media had done all of the research before the articles came flying out then Alex’s comments would have been included.

    I have been looking forward the beginning of the season well…since the first week of October. Most of the blogs have been positive and optimistic with information about the kids, the vets coming back and the changing of the guards in managers and decision makers. I was even able to get past the Clemens saga. But day 2 into the season and controversy arises and the hands of the media….how can the media not have known that he was exaggerating when 90% of your posters where able to get it.

    I don’t watch/enjoy baseball to see people get torn down and degraded, that isn’t fun and nor is it the least bit entertaining. If a player actually does something stupid (say take PEDs/HGH) then I’m okay those news stories, that’s part of life. However, during the interview not one person said hey, you mean that you got test 9x!! last year, isn’t that excessive? I heard other follow up questions to comments so to say there wasn’t time to ask follow up questions doesn’t mesh. Nor does the Media ever take accountability for their actions (but they will be the first to jump on a player or another public figure for the same thing). How many “Misunderstanding” headlines do you think we are going to see in the morning? The whole Alex is evil, guilty (no proof), said the wrong thing, blah blah is getting old fast. What has the man actually done to deserve all this?

  153. Jaewon February 20th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Hahaha Alex make me laugh. . .

  154. Andrea February 20th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    MikeL: he lost something like 15 pounds the year he had the best season of his life. I’d wager the house he didn’t do PEDs. It wouldn’t add up. He’s just, unfortunately, not the smartest guy, as we’ve all seen so many times through the years.

  155. Matt (In Toronto) February 20th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    MikeL, so what if he defended Bonds? I’m sure it was more like defending the ‘game’ and not going against a fellow player. Also why would he want to stir up more trouble and talk badly about Barry to the media????

  156. YankeeDiva February 20th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    *year should be here (its bed time)

  157. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    MikeL

    I don’t know who these “several” players are, because Rocker went on the Stephen A. Smith show and said, to paraphrase, that he’d put his hand on a bible and swear that Alex has never done PEDs.

  158. Elizabeth February 20th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Matt,

    Bonds and Alex have been friendly for years (before the steroid allegations). They have somewhat of a mutual admiration society.

  159. Matt (In Toronto) February 20th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Liz, did not know that. I still want to be on Alex’s side. If that’s the case what could you expect him to say about Bonds due to the relationship?

  160. deadrody February 20th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Hmmmm…. what to do, what to do ? Gosh, here’s a thought. i know it’s kooky, but stay with me here.

    Ok, even one reporter, when a question mark pops up, ok, instead of thinking DAMN, I got my Watergate Gotcha Moment – cause we all know the journalizms, they all LIVE for that moment – INSTEAD of that, think, hhhmmmm…. who should I go to for clarification here ??? Who would know if Alex HAD tested positive…. MLB ? the Yankees, MLBPA, Scott Boras…

    Man, am I missing something here ? I know I am, but…

    Oh, I know, Alex himself. Wow, what a friggin’ INSANE idea that is.

    “Hey, Alex, you said 9 or 10 times ??? Did you test positive or something, that seems like an awful lot.

    But, NNNNNnnnnnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, we couldn’t POSSIBLY do that.

    Media = Vultures. Everyone on this planet that has 2 brain cells to rub together knows that. It is a simple fact that is really not even in the slightest bit of doubt.

    You should really look into it. THAT might be a story.

  161. MikeL February 20th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Andrea: I’m certain he was leaner last year as well. No one is saying this guy is still using. The story is about why he would have been tested more than once or twice. His past could’ve been the issue. Now Canseco and Rocker are certainly not choir boys but why bother lying about Alex? When Rocker said Palmiero and Pudge were in that meeting, did you believe him? I mean why throw Alex in there? What is Rocker selling?

    Face it, there is a boys club in MLB that protects it’s own. The players union being the ring leader. Canseco and Rocker are viewed as outcasts from that club. Who should we believe? The guys that tell the players to shut up about it or the guys that are saying “hey, I was there and this is what happened?”

    I think it’s safe to say it happened a lot of the last 15-20 years. It would be nice is 5 to 10 guys didn’t have to take the heat for the majority of the league.

    No one is saying Arod is not incredibly talented – he’s the best player in the game (and we know he’s not juicing now). Anyone that is not suspicious of his potential past use is just star struck.

  162. Andrea February 20th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Um, Pete said that they couldn’t ask A-Rod any more questions because he was busy.

    Just be happy that they clarified at all and didn’t just run with the story.

  163. deadrody February 20th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Oh, and the other point is, even if you didn’t have time RIGHT THEN to ask a follow up, this blew up for one simple reason. All the vultures were racing to beat the other guy to the big gotcha moment and I guarantee the thought never even crossed any of your minds, gosh, could I just slow down here and wait, give Alex the benefit of the doubt for AN HOUR OR TWO and ask him directly ?

    I’m not talking about burrying the (non-existent) story, but waiting ALL THE WAY THRU a team meeting. I mean, I know it has to be excruciating to wait like 90 minutes before you break the story of the century, but heck, maybe that would be something. You know, change it up a bit. Instead of giving the media a bad reputation every single step of the way, every minute of every stinking day, MAYBE switch it up one time. ONCE.

  164. Andrea February 20th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    MikeL: got it now. I would bet money he wasn’t using last year. I’m also one of those who would be certain that he didn’t use in the past too, but I was also positive that Brian Roberts didn’t belong on the Mitchell Report because he was too small. So that shows how much I know.

  165. nysuperfan.com February 20th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    The poor guy cant even speak without being torn apart.

  166. deadrody February 20th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Heck yeah, Andrea. Damn, wait an hour. Two, maybe.

    Wow, I can see where that wouldn’t do at all. Gotta get that story on the wire. Extra, extra, read all about it, I caught A-Rod admitting he was tested more than other players, could be a user.

  167. hmmm February 20th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    “The story is about why he would have been tested more than once or twice. His past could’ve been the issue. ”

    i don’t understand your point. he later said he was exaggerating for effect and that he WAS NOT tested an irregular amount of times.

    why are you ignoring this and still pretending like he actually was tested 9 or 10 times?

    welcome to 3 hours ago. did you know there is an eclipse coming in a few hours?

  168. deadrody February 20th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    MikeL – Savvy. LOL!!! Good one. Savvy. Man that is rich.

    Only in Bizzaro World is Savvy = Vulture

  169. hmmm February 20th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    “Andrea: I’m certain he was leaner last year as well. No one is saying this guy is still using. The story is about why he would have been tested more than once or twice. His past could’ve been the issue.”

    also, testing positive for steroids is an AUTOMATIC 50 game suspension for the FIRST offense.

    the ONLY thing A-Rod’s “slip up” could have meant was that he tested positive for AMPHETAMINES.

    amphetamines are NOT steroids.

    so your entire argument doesn’t even make sense.

  170. Paulie February 20th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    During a time when a lot of ballplayers’ credibility are questioned – including his own – Arod should have chosen to just be boring with his words. No need to try to be funny. I work with the media on the daily basis, and my motto is: Do you have any questions for my answers? I may provide the media a tasty soundbite here and there, but in essence, its better to be cliche and downright boring.

  171. Peter Abraham February 20th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Deadrody: We tried to get Alex after practice, he left before we were allowed into the clubhouse. What would YOU have suggested we do? Meanwhile, if we’re all such vultures, why are you reading my blog for info on the team? I’m not a cheerleader. I try to get information on the team, get it out to you and present you with quotes from the players, stats, etc. But if something unusual happens, like just maybe A-Rod is being tested more times than usual, I can’t go ask Shelley Duncan how first base is working out. That is not how it works.

    PittYankeeFan: The HOF decides who votes on the HOF, MLB and the MLBPA have zippo to do with it. The HOF is quite pleased with the BBWAA.

    I realize fans don’t want to see the bad stuff, but understand: Canseco says he has dirt on A-Rod and it’ll be in a book in April. Many, many players were named in Mitchell that he has ties to. When he himself says, with a straight face and an even tone, that he was tested more times than usual, we should ignore that?

    That would be like the Yankees losing 11-2 and me writing about the excellent 2-run single Betemit had in the 8th inning. Sorry, guys, but when the best player in baseball says he’s getting tested more than usual, it’s something you have to look at.

    I personally think Alex is clean. But I can’t ignore what the guy says. We asked questions, we got the right answer, case closed. I really don’t see what the big deal is.

    If he had opted out, signed with Anaheim and this story came out in Arizona today, you all would be saying he was a cheating crook and you know it. Don’t let the pinstripes cloud your vision.

  172. Bob February 20th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Comeon people. Of course given the climate if A-Rod says he was tested 9-10 times last season, it’s only logical for red flags to be raised. If I had read that and not seen one memember of the media question it, I and many of you would be wondering why they didn’t. Regardless of how sick to death we all are of the whole drug testing stories, it is what it is. Pete and the others were just doing their job.

  173. Yankeepelotero February 20th, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Arod spins the story a little bit too much? how about you guys are too anxious to make anything a story a little bit too much? how about that? The guy says 9 and all of the sudden you have inspector wanna be’s trying to figure out why he said 9 times. geez…some of your peers need to take it easy. and yes its always the people volunteering the quotes, but you guys write the headlines and sensationalize the story.

  174. Peter Abraham February 20th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Deadrody: Are you on drugs? Nobody wrote the story in the afternoon.

    Try and follow along. After the meeting they went to practice. We tend not to talk to the third baseman while he’s playing third base. Then he went in the clubhouse, which was closed to the media at the time. When it opened up, he had already left.

    Should I have gone out and checked every nice car in Tampa untilI found him?

    Other than the AP, which is a 24 hour news service, nobody wrote the story. Our stories in the paper will be correct tomorrow. AP corrected their story as soon as they could, and never said anything but there could be several explanations for what Alex said.

    Try and calm down. You’re getting excited about nothing.

  175. Bob February 20th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Why is it so hard to understand? A-Rod saying he was tested 9-10 times is a story. Anyone tested that much is being tested for a reason. Anyone who knows the policy would read that and wonder why he was getting tested 500% more than everyone else. Newsflash, it’s the reporters jobs to ask those questions.

  176. MikeL February 20th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Andrea: I think we all assume PEDs equals huge guys. All the research I’ve seen link HGH and weight loss (muscle building though). It’s funny that you mention Roberts because I almost referenced him.

    Funny story. Was at a game back several years ago at the stadium for a Balt/NYY game (Sosa was playing for Balt then). Somebody was in BP hitting bombs into the bleachers for Balt (2 black seat shots). We couldn’t figure out who it was but the guy looked small. Finally the number was made out and it was Roberts. Everyone was saying how just the sound off the bat was different. They said the same thing about Barry and Alex.

    Elizabeth: Listened to the Rocker interview. Rocker’s quote: “I have no reason to believe he would ever have done PEDs” – that tells me he never saw or spoke to Alex about PEDs. The interview is interesting and worth listening to.

    I hate to come off like I’m accusing but things lean one way or the other. These guys are in front of reporters/mikes/cameras every day. If you are lying about something it WILL come out in one way or another – just have to look for the signs. There are too many opptys to slip. For example, ask anyone in law enforcement if Roger Clemens was lying in front of Congress. Why did 3/4 of the country (polls) believe he was lying?

  177. Drive 4-5 February 20th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    “Canseco says he has dirt on A-Rod and it’ll be in a book in April.”

    Didn’t the guy Canseco hired to write the book with Canseco quit because there wasn’t enough material for another book? The writer also said Canseco has absolutley nothing to back his claims about A Rod.

  178. Clare February 20th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Right Peter,

    “ARod should have known better”, he “always finds a way to be the story.” The media have ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with it, you’re all objective, pure as the driven snow, have absolutely nothing against the guy you all tried to run out of town.

    Sure, keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better.

    Most of the rest of us think the media (yourself included) are absolutely psychotic when it comes to ARod.

    Anyone remember the aliens in Central Park?

  179. Interesting February 20th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I think the real shame here is that if this had been any other player the story would have died right away. The problem is that Alex exagerated and an innocent comment turns into a witch hunt. It’s a pity he cannot refrain from talking to the media. It’s really a shame that many people are also salivating thinking Canseco must be right. I am sure many are waiting for that moment of vindication when you finally destroy the image of this player.

  180. Andrea February 20th, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    MikeL: I didn’t know that–about HGH and small guys. That’s interesting. That doesn’t change my opinion about that craptasticness of the Mitchell Report though.

  181. Mr. Faded Glory February 20th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Pete, I don’t believe the Journal News will do this, but how much would you like to bet the Post and/or the Daily News make this complete non-story a backpage headline?

    This is what some people are feeling about the media’s treatment of A-Rod at times. He’s overly made “into” the story by some in your profession.

  182. Clare February 20th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Peter,

    You can’t possibly be citing the Canseco book, which hasn’t even come out yet, as justification here. And yes, Canseco’s first writer dropped out saying that Canseco had nothing on ARod. How come you missed that point?

    The new writer is a former tabloid writer who wrote OJ’s “If I did it” book. I know people like Peter are dying for more dirt on ARod, but keep in mind that Canseco mentioned ARod in the first book, and didn’t say anything about PEDs and ARod. SJ44 said Canseco tried to get money out of ARod, like he tried to do with Ordonez, so anything he might say about ARod in the future will completely lack credibility.

  183. MikeL February 20th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    It’s funny how we all want Peter to get the inside story on everything Yankees. We want every soundbyte, every photo, every detail. However, if he (and others) were to ignore this comment, many would be all over him. Maybe not Yankee fans but objective baseball fans. Remember, they covering the Yankees, not promoting for them.

    Finally can’t MLB solve this tomorrow first thing in the morning by saying “Alex was not subjected to any more testing than the average player last year” – case closed. They don’t release the actual number but simply say nothing was out of the ordinary. Protects the players’ privacy, kills the story, helps baseball move on a small amount.

    Anyone wanna bet they don’t? Why not? It’s a win-win.

  184. Bob February 20th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    MR. Faded Glory,

    If the media had not clarified it, I would bet the house that the Post would have had a headline along the lines of:

    “A-Rod Flunked PED Test?”

    So those of you bashing them for investigating it should be thanking them from sparing us ESPN breaking news headlines and a whole nother A-Rod media blowup.

  185. Nettles vs. Lee February 20th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    The media has everything to do with it. For whatever reason, they have decided to pick on Arod for things they would ignore from other players.

    Can you imagine the hysteria if Arod had been cockfighting down in the D.R. like Pedro?

  186. jk February 20th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Go easy on Pete. It is not his fault A-Rod stepped in some dog poop.

    This story, like a bad burrito, will pass quickly.

  187. Yazman February 20th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    “In this climate, with Congress lurking, the best player in baseball has to watch what he says about drug testing. Alex should have known better.”

    It’s a fair point, Peter. I poked a little fun because this just seemed like the media was going to make a big deal of nothing. But you’re right, at the end of the day the media did their homework and got it right.

  188. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    You know, it wouldn’t surprise me if A-Rod got tested more than normal. It’d have nothing to do with a positive test, but simply guys that put up numbers like he’s put up last year and expected to put up this year, numbers that aren’t quite human, well, now, given the most recent climate aren’t they at least a little likely to raise suspicion?

  189. Clare February 20th, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Bob,

    We’re still getting the blow-up. Here’s the NYTimes version: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02.....ref=sports

    Everyone thought they had a juicy story, they’re not going to just let it go. And chastizing him for exaggerating is just not enough, they still want to flog the failed drug test issue.

  190. MikeL February 20th, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Rebecca: With all due respect, do you think the Player’s Association would allow MLB to test select players more than “normal” players? We like to think of discrimination in terms of race but testing a guy cause he’s really good is definitely discrimination. They would never get away with that and shouldn’t.

  191. pat February 20th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Here is the NYT version of the story. Where has Tyler Kepner gone?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02.....ref=slogin

  192. Marc from Portland Mane February 20th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Pete,
    You’re getting a bit defensive here. Let em vent and go on.

  193. MikeL February 20th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    OK, let’s say he was exaggerating. We all tend to speak the same when when doing so. Usually, you say “I was tested like 100 times” – clear exaggeration. You don’t say “I was tested 100 to 101 times”.

    Again, sometimes it’s how you choose to say it that makes a difference.

  194. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    MikeL: Only if they know about it.

  195. Clare February 20th, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    pat,

    I thought the NYTimes article was really lame – how about you?

  196. Dr. Cox February 20th, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    What is Jeter had said it? You all wouldve looked deep into his dark eyes, smiled, and said “awwww.”

    Anything A-rod does is going to be scrutinzed by the NY Media. Period.

  197. al arodien February 20th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Nice to see some people defend a rod ! last year i was one of the only a rod defenders on this blog . pete – dont worry about the attacks on you these people dont understand what a reporter is they mean that because you cover the yankees you have to be only possitive about it! about the comment i made a bet with my friend that alex will be on the back page before friday this week so im happy with this story!

  198. Clare February 20th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Exhibit 107 of the media’s pathology when it comes to ARod:

    Here’s Wallace Matthews:

    “Alex Rodriguez announced his arrival at spring training Wednesday with a typically revealing line: “Lots of controversy and I’m not part of it.”

    From most players, that would have been uttered as a sigh of relief. Coming from Rodriguez, it sounded like a complaint. Behind the frozen smile, the guy could barely hide his disappointment.”

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....236.column

    And the article gets worse from there, even bringing up the sunbathing incident.

    Tell me that’s not psychotic.

  199. MikeL February 20th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I agree that Arod does at times get treated harshly by the media. However, in this case this is just two facts not adding up.

    1) MLB tests players 1-2 times per year UNLESS they have a prior history with testing (in a suspicious way) – then they get tested many times (more than the normal 1-2)

    2) Alex makes a statment of 9 to 10 times.

    In a time where all of us want all the cheaters to identify themselves, why is being suspicious about this wrong?

    Easy to clarify the misunderstanding. MLB releases a statement to the effect that he was not subject to any more testing that the rest of the players. Case closed.

  200. Clare February 20th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    While I’m on the subject, the other “source” of ARod PED rumors, John Rocker, has a whole rant on his blog about how the media misinterpreted what he said. In his post on this subject he said,

    “Alex Rodriguez, along with 2 other teammates, was a part of this casual conversation. In no way, shape, or form do I believe or have ever alluded to the opinion that Alex has ever been involved with the use of any PED.” http://www.johnrocker.net/

    However some in the media are still claiming that Rocker said ARod did steroids.

  201. pat February 20th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Clare

    The headline was more sensational than the story, which is usually the case. For a Yankee fan, the story probably would come off as spin but it did have all the relevant quotes, backstory and denials.

    Calculating the odds of being tested that much was a little over the top and made me laugh. Made me think that people win the lottery with odds much worse than that.

  202. Angel February 20th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    “If he had opted out, signed with Anaheim and this story came out in Arizona today, you all would be saying he was a cheating crook and you know it. Don’t let the pinstripes cloud your vision.”

    Please don’t generalize us all as being like that, Pete. Its as unfair as generalizing that its “all” the media, that you rightly take exception to.

  203. OldYanksFan February 20th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Is there a reason why people are getting on Pete? He’s one reporter, who works for one newpaper, and is just doing his job. He also authors this very fine blog.

    If you want to make a social statement about the state of mainstream media, that’s great. Write to the NY Times.

    Getting on Pete is very inappropriate.
    He didn’t make the rules.
    He’s just doing his job.

  204. pat February 20th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Wallace Matthews is all about pathology. I usually find his columns whether Yankee related or not somewhat psychotic.

  205. Angel February 20th, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    He is definitely a strange bird, Pat. FireJoeMorgan guys did a great job on him one day. Priceless stuff.

  206. Clare February 20th, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    pat,

    Did you get over to Legends, I mean Steinbrenner Field?

  207. george February 21st, 2008 at 12:13 am

    i blame the media as the root cause, insofar as it’s a stupid question to ask. the allusion to ‘historic numbers’ – the media’s emboldened into witch hunt mode.

    A-Rod’s never given anyone reason to ask such an insulting question about his accomplishments.

  208. Schiano February 21st, 2008 at 12:14 am

    @OldYanksFan: Peter brings it on by allowing comments to his entries. If he didn’t want the back talk from us, he’d turn comments off. He opened himself up to everything.

  209. pat February 21st, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Clare

    I did. I got everything scheduled for Friday and drove over Saturday morning. I was very impressed with the complex. Hard to believe that A ball is played on such a beautiful field. Top notch as far as minor league parks I’ve seen.

    Saw pitchers and catchers workouts and saw catchers take BP. The Yankees have some big children on this club. WIth all the minor leaguers there, they gave out a list of all players numbers and then you had to wait for them to turn around to see a number to figure out who you were looking at. Brackman at 6’10″ was the easiest to pick out and Humberto Sanchez didn’t seem a whole lot shorter.

    Wanted to go over to the minor league complex to see if any position players were there but didn’t get up early enough to get to Tampa to pull that off.

    Got to see a csutomer, took a different one out for dinner, got over to Tampa to see work outs and was back home about 30 hours later. A long but fun and productive day.

  210. Bradley February 21st, 2008 at 12:23 am

    You guys in the media should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill. Grow up and stop nit-picking at every little thing that Alex Rdriguez says and does.

    Stop using Alex in order to boost your own profiles.

  211. John February 21st, 2008 at 12:23 am

    “If he had opted out, signed with Anaheim and this story came out in Arizona today, you all would be saying he was a cheating crook and you know it. Don’t let the pinstripes cloud your vision.”

    That seems like a pretty broad generalization of Yankee fans right there. Yankee fans were hit the hardest by TMR, there is no denying that. What we have had to endure over the past 5 months has been rough. For some of us our first instinct is to get a little defensive I’m sure. So if people here get a little testy, understand why. For you Pete, this is a job. For most of us it’s the team we love and would defend to the end. Sure we may wear pinstriped glasses, but most of what gets seen through those glasses gets filtered by our baseball hearts and minds. I understand sometimes it must feel like a double edged sword. Providing the info that people want and then when you do so you get yelled at for digging too deep. I have never commented here before, but I read your site daily. You do a great job of providing up to the minute and insightful information, but when you make comments like that you can’t be shocked that you have pissed a few people off. I, like a lot of others, am a baseball fan first, Yankee fan second. Not trying to get all high and mighty or preachy, but you are better then that comment.

  212. pat February 21st, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Clare

    I just wrote you a novel that must have gotten stuck in the filter.

    The reader’s digest version is I drove over from Orlando Saturday morning. Very impressed by the whole complex and the size of some of kids (tall but also big) that the Yankees have now. It was fun.

  213. Yankeesrfirst February 21st, 2008 at 12:32 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....&NR=1

    Just to sidetrack. Doesn’t Tabata bat like Ramirez? When he smacked that ball into right center it looks like Manny’s hittin it. Courtesy of YouTube.

  214. OldYanksFan February 21st, 2008 at 12:35 am

    “Peter brings it on by allowing comments”
    ===========================================
    There is a line between voicing opinions and being rude.
    Pete is not “The” media. He’s just Pete.

  215. Schiano February 21st, 2008 at 12:51 am

    In this forum, Peter is “The” media. He’s allowing an outlet for us fans to make points, regardless of rudeness or not, based off his entry.

  216. Ranting Guy February 21st, 2008 at 12:56 am

    Pete sorry if I missed the answer to this because I didn`t listen to the audio … what time frame was Alex referrig to for his 9 or 10 tests? One year? Three or four? I missed that …

  217. McLovin February 21st, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Alex needs to lie like Roids Clemens and HGH Pettitte.

  218. Frank February 21st, 2008 at 1:43 am

    this episode is pretty rediculous……

  219. Yawn February 21st, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Find something better to talk about, Pete.

  220. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 21st, 2008 at 3:18 am

    TOMORROWS HEADLINE BACK PAGE, PEOPLE IT’S JUST DAY 1 AT CAMP ! :lol:

    NYD

    you’ve been warned Alex they’re watching you :D

  221. james February 21st, 2008 at 4:31 am

    From a ridicules article about worse case scenarios for the Indians this year

    So as July 31 approaches this year, what if the Indians are on the bubble as contenders, but the Yankees call and offer one or two of their top pitching prospects, such as Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain or Ian Kennedy, plus outfielder Melky Cabrera and/or one or two others for Sabathia?

    http://www.zwire.com/site/news.....#038;rfi=6

    Omg what would Clevland ever do. It’s so like the time Jessica Alba and Biel both demanded I sleep with them to decide who the hotter Jessica was but I was already dating a really fat chick who was sure to break down and hurt herself

  222. bardos February 21st, 2008 at 5:35 am

    i so don’t want this to become an issue. i so want alex to be clean.

    i listened to pete’s audio of the a-rod interview yesterday. and when the question I had been waiting to hear was finally put to alex straight up, the one about had he ever, ever, used peds, all my body senses perked up, i was going to listen to his reply, the words and beyond the words, with all my sensing apparatuses activated.

    call me paranoid, call me crazy, but his answer sounded hollow. h-o-l-l-o-w. that is, it came not from the heart. i came away disappointed.

    lo and behold, a new day dawns and all of a sudden out of the blue as it were a new controversy has arisen about (at least) one of alex’s answers during this interview.

    i was surprised at his exaggeration, as if he were saying: “man, give it up dude, i’ve been tested and re-tested so many and no way am i on anything.”

    now it appears, it was a bit of a mis-statement. he mis-recalled the events of last season, mis-remembered them. i imagine it was just because he just plain dis-forgot them. or un-contexted them. nothing strange there, right?

    i’m beginning to catch on to the New English.

  223. Drive 4-5 February 21st, 2008 at 5:48 am

    The fans aren’t stupid. We understand that this generation of players cheated. There are no “pinstripped blinders”. The majority of the players we’ve enjoyed watching the last 15 -20 years, on both sides of the field, cheated. The fans are smart enough to know it’s time to move on. Too bad the media isn’t as smart as the fans

  224. Jeff February 21st, 2008 at 6:42 am

    This is just a negative story any way you look at it. PEDs and Arod too irresistable for reporters. Boy I wish other issues or better yet baseball would provide more to talk about.

  225. Jim PA February 21st, 2008 at 7:17 am

    Never mind ARod, he creates his own headaches. What about my boy Jeter? The Post reported this morning that some assinine statistical study over at UPenn calls Derek the worst shortstop in the majors. Where do these a–holes get their stats?

  226. Y's Guy February 21st, 2008 at 7:37 am

    i hate to say this, but there’s alot of manny in alex. personally, i dont bother reading or watching interviews with him because it seems like he’s full of crap and most of what he says has some p.r. reason behind it. besides, he’s sooooo bland and boring.

    just pencil him in at 3B 158 times and im a very happy yankees fan.

  227. jmo February 21st, 2008 at 8:05 am

    according to jeter, joe g. told the boys to be ready to play some small ball. that would be nice, especially in the playoffs. joe t. liked small ball for his first couple of years then dropped it altogether.

  228. Marc February 21st, 2008 at 8:05 am

    This just in the Univ. of Penn who ranked Jeter the worst fielding SS in history has just reported that Arod is the worst hitter in baseball.

  229. jmo February 21st, 2008 at 8:06 am

    sorry i left out the link:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02.....nkees.html

  230. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 21st, 2008 at 8:30 am

    An interesting stat on Mussina

    Mussina Lends Guidance to Young Hurlers

    “Mussina’s May 6, 2006 victory against the Texas Rangers was the 229th of his career — and it moved his career mark to 101 games over .500, at 229-128. That game was Mike’s 450th career start.

    According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only seven pitchers during the expansion era (since 1961) have won more games than Mussina in their first 450 starts: Tom Seaver (236-131), Bob Gibson (236-137), Juan Marichal (236-139), Jim Palmer (234-130), Roger Clemens (233-124), Randy Johnson (231-116) and Greg Maddux (230-128).

  231. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 21st, 2008 at 8:31 am

    http://www.wcbs880.com/Mussina.....rs/1688708

  232. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 21st, 2008 at 8:40 am

    I just heard we are supposed to have maybe 6 inches of snow. :( I am supposed to go on the tour Saturday. I am going to cry if I can’t go.

  233. whozat February 21st, 2008 at 8:42 am

    “The Post reported this morning that some assinine statistical study over at UPenn calls Derek the worst shortstop in the majors. Where do these a–holes get their stats?”

    They just reported that today? That’s been going around for days now.

    They called him the worst FIELDING shortstop in the majors from 2002 – 2005. That could easily be true. His bat may or may not outweigh his D. Unless his knees manage to stay healthy, this could be the year that it becomes clear to many that the Yankees really need to figure out somewhere else to play him and find a new SS. Whether they’d actually DO that is unclear.

  234. hmmm (kinder, gentler version) February 21st, 2008 at 8:59 am

    “I agree that Arod does at times get treated harshly by the media. However, in this case this is just two facts not adding up.

    1) MLB tests players 1-2 times per year UNLESS they have a prior history with testing (in a suspicious way) – then they get tested many times (more than the normal 1-2)

    2) Alex makes a statment of 9 to 10 times.

    In a time where all of us want all the cheaters to identify themselves, why is being suspicious about this wrong? ”

    except you are missing the fact that #2 would not indicate steroid use.

    it *MIGHT* indicate “stimulant” use.

    so i don’t understand what Canseco or Rocker even have to do with this non-story.

    and hey, maybe it makes me a bad person, but i don’t really give a crap about players using stimulants.

    not a lick.

    unless we want to start kicking Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle out of the Hall of Fame, i can’t really get too worked up over greenies. they have been used for decades.

  235. Therston February 21st, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Pete-
    The Media should have known better. Stop making it sound like a baseball player has to so careful in everything he says or else. I thought this is what The Media and Fans were asking A-Rod to stop doing a year ago. To stop with the perfect prescribed statements that dull everyone to death. Now he tosses some words out and bam…these Articles start with…OH NO ITS AROD BEING AROD AGAIN.
    The Media should know better and not turn every little wisecrack (Yes I listened to it again and it still sounds like he was being purposely absurd) into the major story.

  236. jmo February 21st, 2008 at 9:11 am

    this is a non-story but dont blame the press. Arod cant just tell the truth, everything has to have p.r. spin attached. when he exaggerated to make it look like there’s no chance he uses ped’s, he got caught up in it. its no big deal, but you cant blame the press for follwing up. even though there’s no substance to it, arod brought this on himself.

    he’s a great player but alex and alex’s people are just disasters at p.r.

  237. hmmm (kinder, gentler version) February 21st, 2008 at 9:12 am

    “The Post reported this morning that some assinine statistical study over at UPenn calls Derek the worst shortstop in the majors. Where do these a–holes get their stats?”

    from tracking every single batted ball over several seasons.

  238. OldYanksFan February 21st, 2008 at 9:35 am

    This is not the first time a statistical analysis has shown Jeter to be a terrible defensive SS. The Hardball Times has an article last year that showed the same thing. Actually, iut showed he was the worst fielder in MLB at his position And most other defensive stats also show that he is far below average.

    Jetes IS terrible on defense. It’s mitigated some by being far above average on pop-ups and his excellence as a cutoff man. Nonetheless, the runs he gives away is beginning to encroach on the runs he creates.

    He is hurting the team to some degree, but a bigger problem is it will probably get worse, especially as his offensive numbers drop due to aging.

    There is no way he can play SS after his contract expires after 2011. If he wants to play after 2011, he better learn to play 1B, as his offense in 2012 won’t be enough to use his as a DH.

    If the Yankees want to keep him until he retires, they better move him to 1B pretty soon (like next year).

  239. OldYanksFan February 21st, 2008 at 9:36 am

    And hmmmmm – Is everyone who disagrees with you an A-Hole? Especially when they are correct?

  240. AJW February 21st, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Pete give me a break. I know you guys have to do your job but do you have to disect it? Still hurting over that Pats loss?

  241. pat February 21st, 2008 at 9:53 am

    I find myself in a position to want to defend Pete a little.
    Pete is a beat writer for a newspaper. What he puts out in print for the Journal News and what he shares on this blog are 2 different things. People who read this blog are geting much more info than what Pete gets in the paper everyday.
    Take the time to read his stories (that’s what the paper actually pays him to do) and you will see that his article on this subject and many others is much more fair and balanced than what you are reading on this blog.

  242. hmmm (kinder, gentler version) February 21st, 2008 at 10:09 am

    “And hmmmmm – Is everyone who disagrees with you an A-Hole? Especially when they are correct?”

    huh? i never called anyone an A-hole.

    i was quoting someone else who referred to the people who did the study as A-Holes.

  243. Christina February 21st, 2008 at 10:57 am

    To be honest, when I heard him say that I was thinking the same thing. I couldn’t figure out why he would be tested nine times in one season. If he tested postive for stimulants it wouldnt be released but he would be subjected to more testing.

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