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MLB: Rodriguez was “cooperative”

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 01, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This press release from Major League Baseball:

Officials from Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations and Labor Relations Department interviewed New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for two hours today. Mr. Rodriguez was cooperative.

The Office of the Commissioner will have no further comment at this time.

 
 

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97 Responses to “MLB: Rodriguez was “cooperative””

  1. Kevin March 1st, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Can we now admit that him trying to delay things was just so he didn’t screw up his preparation schedule, and nothing nefarious?

  2. yankeefan91 Arod fan March 1st, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    im glad he was cooperative and hopefully everything comes out great and just move onn

  3. Lara08 March 1st, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Now on to the next phase. Ripping him for not telling us what he said in the meeting. :)

  4. jennifer March 1st, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Hopefully this will be the end of it. I hate not being able to listen to sports radio with all the steroids talk.

  5. Pel March 1st, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    *Hopefully this will be the end of it. I hate not being able to listen to sports radio with all the steroids talk.*

    ========

    Well, “Joba to the pen” it is.

  6. Whitey Fraud March 1st, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    The end of it? Wishful thinking.

    Serena’s book will be out soon.

    Hope Arod has gotten his story straight, finally.

  7. yanksince57-was last year 1959 or is it 1965? March 1st, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    can we have a poll on which starter is the first one on the dl?

  8. Lara08 March 1st, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Gross poll. Bite your tongue.

  9. RCK March 1st, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Wow. Riveting! I’m so glad that the baseball media has been completely obsessed with this meeting over the past several days, if news as exciting as this is coming out of it!

  10. jennifer March 1st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    pel- On second thought…..

  11. RCK March 1st, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    “Now on to the next phase. Ripping him for not telling us what he said in the meeting.”

    This comment wins!

  12. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    An interview with Don Hooten and his Steroid Awareness group about Rodriguez.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3944581

  13. Lara08 March 1st, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    They should reach out to other sports if its about kids and steroids and not just baseball playing kids and steroids. That could help them in the money department.

  14. Phil March 1st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Weird, the “”‘s weren’t around the word cooperative in the original statement.

  15. Lara08 March 1st, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    What do you mean Phil? Maybe Pete is putting quotes because its the word MLB used to describe Alex and it wasn’t Pete’s word.

  16. RMS March 1st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Thank goodness Arod is reporting to the WBC. It will finally get back to normal in Yankee camp.

    What is mlb getting from this meeting with Arod? I think they are putting on a show.
    Alex cheated by taking steroids and mlb takes the blame by letting this mess go on for years and choosing to ignore the problem.

  17. Vicks March 1st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    This is from Pete Abraham, a well known ARod hater who’s mission is to put everything related to ARod in a bad twist under the freedom of speech.
    Heck, I’m rather surprised that he didn’t title the post as “According to MLB, ARod was apparently ‘cooperative’ during the meeting” or something like that.
    Honestly, I don’t particularly like ARod either, but if there’s one thing I’m sure that I dislike more, they are mediot tools in general.

  18. Joe from Long Island March 1st, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    GB7 – Thanks for the Hooton link.

    Lord knows, I have no idea of what it takes to be Alex Rodriguez, but I would hope that he could find it within himself to give a major boost to this cause.

  19. Vicks March 1st, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    And for comparison, the BSPN article title is “MLB says Rodriguez was cooperative”
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3944126

    I guess they forgot to quote on MLB’s words there too.
    I don’t see ANY reason outside Abraham’s intense dislike for ARod to have “cooperative” in quotes.

  20. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I’ll get hammered for this, but, so be it.

    It’s really a tragedy that no family should ever have to go through and my deepest sympathies to them, but of all of the articles and interviews he’s done, I don’t recall him ever blaming himself for not recognizing any changes in behavior or appearance. Parents that blame everybody but themselves are part of the problem. Parents need to become involved with raising their kids become a statistic….not after.

  21. Peter Abraham March 1st, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Vicks:

    I know this will be hard for you, but try not to be a nitwit.

    I used the quotation marks because I was quoting off the MLB press release. That’s the same sort of blog headline I’ve used about 500 times on a variety of subjects. That’s common practice in headline writing.

    Try and keep up with the smart kids on here.

  22. Peter Abraham March 1st, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    GB:

    It’s a tragedy that kid died. It really is. But I, too, have a hard time drawing the line from using steroids to killing yourself. A kid with no issues doesn’t juice up and then kill himself. Something else was going on.

  23. Joe from Long Island March 1st, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    GB7 – I understand what you’re saying about parental involvement; you’re making a valid point. However, no matter how much we read, I don’t think any of us can ever know the details of a particular situation. Could the father have missed certain signs and symptoms? Possibly. Could he have picked up on some things, but didn’t know what they represented, or how to handle it? Is denial at work here? Who among us can know? Everything is clearer, and everyone smarter, in retrospect.

    But, yes, you are right. There is no substitute for parental involvement in the lives of their young children.

  24. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I have no idea whether suicides and steroids are connected, but, there have been more than a few suicides being blamed on steroid use. It isn’t just steroids, it’s everything from blaming schools and society for how their kids behave. It’s a safe escape for parents blame everything and everybody for their own failures and this seems to be one. Whatever, if it keeps one kid out of possible problems, it’s worth it.

  25. Kevin March 1st, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Pete and I have butted heads with his coverage of the A-Rod situation here, but his use of quotations was completely standard here. Only someone with a vendetta against Pete would argue that the headline was part of a vendetta against Alex.

    GB7 and Pete, I agree with you on personal responsibility. As the friend of two people on trial right now because an underaged person they were drinking with died from alcohol poisoning, I’ve watched his parents attempt to blame anyone and everyone for their son’s death, while refusing to accept that he was a pot-smoking borderline alcohol. That said, regardless of where the responsibility for Taylor Hooten’s death lies, Don Hooten using his son’s death as motivation to raise awareness about the affects of steroids to teenagers is a good cause.

  26. ari March 1st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    http://www.fannation.com/si_bl.....osts/53941

  27. jennifer March 1st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Maybe steroids pushed him over the edge, but there had to be something underlying wrong.

  28. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Joe from Long Island
    March 1st, 2009 at 9:14 pm
    GB7 – I understand what you’re saying about parental involvement; you’re making a valid point. However, no matter how much we read, I don’t think any of us can ever know the details of a particular situation. Could the father have missed certain signs and symptoms? Possibly. Could he have picked up on some things, but didn’t know what they represented, or how to handle it? Is denial at work here? Who among us can know? Everything is clearer, and everyone smarter, in retrospect.

    But, yes, you are right. There is no substitute for parental involvement in the lives of their young children.

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    The sad thing is, this “blame game” goes past kids. In my position in the military, and that of all front line supervisors, if one of our troops got in trouble, the first thing that was asked was did your supervisor ever counsel you on proper behavior and “do’s and dont’s”. If the answer was “No” then the supervisor better prove he did.

    They used counseling statements, so, maybe it’s time that parents began using them before being licensed to have kids.

  29. Joe from Long Island March 1st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Adolescent depression and suicide is an unspoken problem in this country. A big problem. It’s just not talked about. I have taken care of too many kids who have done tragic things. Sometimes it is teenage stupidity, poor judgment, and parents without a grip. But I have seen what I think is a significant number of teens who have real problems. And this can happen even in families that have it all together, and have been trying to move heaven and earth to help their kid, without success.

    For too long, in too many parts of our country and society, it was – and still is – felt that kids just don’t have psychiatric problems. I used to think that, also, until I kept seeing it over and over.

  30. Lara08 March 1st, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Which is all the more reason when people (think A-Rod) talked about seeing a therapist it ticked me off that he was ridiculed for it, especially since he was telling a bunch of kids (who probably needed to talk to people) that it was okay to talk about their problems and feelings.

  31. Joe from Long Island March 1st, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Oh, I’ve long been in favor of parents having to get licensed before having children. And I agree that supervisors, including parents, have responsibility if their charges screw up. That’s the standard that I am held to, and it’s not a bad standard.

    My point is that adolescent suicide is a very complicated issue.

  32. Lara08 March 1st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    The lack of even one counseling statement (AND a shift leadership promotion during the same time) saved me from two lying POS sergeants who hated that I called them on their double standards when it came to my fellow troops who didn’t have the guts to speak up for themselves.

    1SG: “Where are the counseling statements?”

  33. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Joe from Long Island
    March 1st, 2009 at 9:33 pm
    Oh, I’ve long been in favor of parents having to get licensed before having children. And I agree that supervisors, including parents, have responsibility if their charges screw up. That’s the standard that I am held to, and it’s not a bad standard.

    My point is that adolescent suicide is a very complicated issue.

    ————————————————————

    Completely agree. I pretty much only know military, but, when your troop commits suicide, they’ll look for causes, but, nobody get hammered and scoped out more han the supervisor. Perhaps it’s time to start looking into parents for negligence.

    There’s no right or wrong here, but, society has a huge problem with their own responsibilty and culpability.

  34. hardwired March 1st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Anyone who hasn’t yet seen it should watch “Bigger, Faster, Stronger”. It’s an incredibly eye-opening documentary that pragmatically destroys many of the myths about steroids, while not pandering to the users.

  35. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    OK…now that the ills of the world and raising kids have been identified….somebody post some real baseball news.

  36. Clare March 1st, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Jeter story of the day:

    Before his first at bat, Jeter goes to talk to a little boy sitting in the first row between home plate and the on-deck circle. He asks the boy if he should swing at the first pitch. The kid says no. Jeter says, “Are you sure? If it’s a strike, I’m going to blame you and tell everyone it’s your fault.”

    Jeter goes to the plate and takes the first pitch for a strike. He immediately looks back at the kid. It was really cute.

  37. pat March 1st, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    From the AP report on the meeting- “The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss details.”

    Here’s a concept seemingly lost on many, if you are not authorized to discuss details, don’t.

  38. pat March 1st, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Not baseball related per se but amusing none the less. CC and Joba.

    http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/.....d451ce705/

  39. SamVa March 1st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Whether I have like Jete in the past, I have always respected him. It’s hard to root for someone when they are doing awful and Jete has been a prime example of this the last couple of seasons.. yes I realize last year he batted .300.. but his defense was sub-par.. two years ago it was the opposite.. my point is.. Jeter is class.. regardless of the situation he is class.. I lost a lot of respect for A-Rod when I heard that he did steroids.. it’s going to be extremely hard for me to get any part of it back. Yeah, I feel bad for the guy… but it’s not like he got raped.. He could control what he was doing.. and now he seems to be being an absolute tool about it. (towards the media) Yes I understand that he doesn’t want to talk about it all of the time.. or really at all.. but there are nicer ways of saying it.. the audio Pete posted made me sick.. I cannot root for someone like Alex anymore.. I have a huge problem with an athlete who does not respect the media.. He wonders why he gets so much garbage written about him, why his name is always hunted.. well he needs to realize that the “cover boy” in him needs to disappear. Jeter is class, Jeter is sincere… A-Rod truly deserves to be called A-Fraud.. A lot of baseball is respect.. you respect the game.. it respects you.. It seems to me that Alex has a little too much money on his mind to care.
    Sorry if I offended anyone.. But that’s my take.

  40. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Clare
    March 1st, 2009 at 10:05 pm
    Jeter story of the day:

    Before his first at bat, Jeter goes to talk to a little boy sitting in the first row between home plate and the on-deck circle. He asks the boy if he should swing at the first pitch. The kid says no. Jeter says, “Are you sure? If it’s a strike, I’m going to blame you and tell everyone it’s your fault.”

    Jeter goes to the plate and takes the first pitch for a strike. He immediately looks back at the kid. It was really cute.

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    Typical Jeter….He’s scarred the kid’s fragile psyche for life. Thank God this wasn’t Rodriguez’ fault……yet.

  41. carl March 1st, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    lol at joba and cc

  42. jennifer March 1st, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    two over grown kids. :)

    Nice to see the players hanging out together. I know that was for espn. But I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of the players hanging out driving around together, like I have this year.

  43. Clare March 1st, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    GB7,

    LOL.

  44. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 1st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    pat,

    LMAO!!

  45. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Clare
    March 1st, 2009 at 10:22 pm
    GB7,

    LOL.

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    Not sure how old the kid was, but, as soon as he’s able to log in on this board, he’s going to spend his days here complaining about Jeter taking too many pitches. He’ll fit right in.

  46. Steve Balboni March 1st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    The below is from SI.com. it’s not the entire article, just two small paragraphs. Does anyone else have a problem with the last sentence?
    ________________________________________________________
    Rodriguez had two lawyers, Jay Reisinger and James E. Sharp, with him at the meeting in Tampa, Fla. Also present were union general counsel Michael Weiner, MLB vice president of investigations Dan Mullin, MLB executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred, and senior vice president and general counsel for labor Dan Halem, according to a person familiar with the meeting.

    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss details.

  47. PAT M. March 1st, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    GB, Thank you for all the Yankee- KC trade info…I remember that they did a brisk business with each other and I know most of the players that changed uni’s…I just didn’t know the players that were exchanged for each other….You’re a rare commodity, hope that the many here understand that you are more than some cranky old dude who drank beers with the Babe………..A-Rod’s waiting until today when he was finished with the Yanks for a few weeks I think was avery considerate move on his part…It’s not a story that will spill over to tomorrow..By the time he finishes with the WBC, the matter will be old and stall,,,hopefully…….

  48. carl March 1st, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Cant wait to see wang tomorrow

  49. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    PAT M.
    March 1st, 2009 at 10:27 pm
    GB, Thank you for all the Yankee- KC trade info…I remember that they did a brisk business with each other and I know most of the players that changed uni’s…I just didn’t know the players that were exchanged for each other….You’re a rare commodity, hope that the many here understand that you are more than some cranky old dude who drank beers with the Babe………..A-Rod’s waiting until today when he was finished with the Yanks for a few weeks I think was avery considerate move on his part…It’s not a story that will spill over to tomorrow..By the time he finishes with the WBC, the matter will be old and stall,,,hopefully…….

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    My pleasure, PAT M.
    That situation went back a long way, back into the early ’50s. Johnson (A’s owner) had a piece of Yankee Stadium, Pat Carroll was the Yanks assistant GM for the A’s hired him as GM on Topping’s recommendation. Dan Topping’s construction company did the remodeling of Municipal Stadium in KC. I think that there’s a word for that in family relationships.

  50. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    PAT M.
    March 1st, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    You’re a rare commodity, hope that the many here understand that you are more than some cranky old dude who drank beers with the Babe…….

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, Babe’s old man and me were drinking buddies. It was me that recommended that he send young “Gidge” to St. Mary’s.

  51. Betsy March 1st, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Back to AJ – James, I disagree with you. If AJ wanted to take the easy way out, he would have signed with Atlanta. They offered similar $$$ to the Yankees and AJ would have had no pressure from the fan base there. Additionally, he would have stayed in the South and he would be in a far easier league. The fact is, AJ has always pitched well against the Sox, Rays and Yankees – he wanted to stay in the AL East specifically. That tells me a whole lot about his mentality. I think reasonable minds can disagree on this guy because his track record does suggest an inability to stay healthy and perform up to his ability. That said, I believe AJ when he says he is a different pitcher – if that’s the case, then his track record won’t tell us much about him (that will only tell us what AJ was, not what he will be going forward). For those that want to take a wait and see attitude, I understand – I just feel that there are very valid reasons for being optimistic about the guy.

  52. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 1st, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    pat March 1st, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Not baseball related per se but amusing none the less. CC and Joba.

    http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/.....d451ce705/

    ===================================

    Awesome picture

  53. YankeeDiva March 1st, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I cannot root for someone like Alex anymore.. I have a huge problem with an athlete who does not respect the media..

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    What? Alex always answers the questions of the media and has never blamed them for all this cr*p he has put with since coming to New York. And you are saying he doesn’t respect the media? That’s the laugh of the day. He doesn’t have to answer every single one of their questions…they certainly don’t have his best interest at heart… just selling papers.

  54. Thomas March 1st, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Why haven’t our pitchers thrown well like the Red Sox pitchers have? Even the Mutts’ pitching has looked great.

    The “their arms are not ready” logic doesn’t seem to apply to these other teams. Why are our pitchers the only ones who look brutal thus far?

  55. jennifer March 1st, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03.....ref=sports

    Interesting article.

  56. YankeeDiva March 1st, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    The below is from SI.com. it’s not the entire article, just two small paragraphs. Does anyone else have a problem with the last sentence?

    Rodriguez had two lawyers, Jay Reisinger and James E. Sharp, with him at the meeting in Tampa, Fla. Also present were union general counsel Michael Weiner, MLB vice president of investigations Dan Mullin, MLB executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred, and senior vice president and general counsel for labor Dan Halem, according to a person familiar with the meeting.

    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss details.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Sounds like someone in MLB can’t keep their mouths shut. They (MLB) better be careful or they are going to end up in court over this anonymity stuff they can’t seem to understand.

  57. jennifer March 1st, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    from above article.

    “Jay puts him on YouTube that night from his hotel in Mexico and hides the name,” Eppler said. “There was a code name we put him under, and he puts in five different clips. I call Mark Newman up: ‘You’re not going to believe this — you want to see him? He’s on video right now. Go to YouTube, type this in, you’ll see five clips.’ That deal ended up working, and we signed a package of players.”

  58. Jay March 1st, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Not a big deal… Of course, ARod’s attorney and MLB representatives were at the meeting, they are at all these player meetings. Why was that supposed to be anonymous? Attorney’s are always present, no groundbreaking information there.

    It’s not like somebody was there who was unauthorized.

  59. Jetes 2 March 1st, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    MLB wasn’t responsible for the A-Rod leak… somebody in the Federal Government gave Selena Roberts Arod’s name. They are responsible for not destroying the tests, but they didn’t leak ARod’s name.

  60. PAT M. March 1st, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Jennifer, When I read that piece I thought of our old pal CB, who has been on a sabatical I guess….You were right, a very interesting and most informative….I hope once Cashamn id finshed with his retooling the organiztions scouting intfrascture, he’ll then focus on the coaching and intstructional needs at the lower levels…The farm system is lacking…

  61. Vader March 1st, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    “They are responsible for not destroying the tests, but they didn’t leak ARod’s name.” Are you sure about that…didn’t they have four sources?

    Balboni…”The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss details.”…they sure knew a lot of detials.

    Makes you wonder why this country is in the shape it’s in…

  62. 27 rings March 1st, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Kirk Radomski said A-Rod’s own teammates were the other sources

  63. m March 1st, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Hey guys. What an awful game, huh?!

    First, I think the post could’ve gotten the point across without the emphasis on “cooperative”. But in the context that it appeared that Alex was being uncooperative up to the meeting, then it’s kind of funny.

    Second, SamVa, you can think whatever you want. It’s what makes this country and Pete’s blog so grand. But I don’t think that Jeter’s been “awful” the last 2 years.

    Third, steroids doesn’t cause suicide. Hormones may cause mood swings, but depressed people attempt to kill themselves not people who ‘roid. Apparently, the Hooten boy had psychological problems.

    Couple questions, both are related. If the writers knew that Alex tested positive in ’03, would he have won his last 2 MVP’s? And do you guys think Alex will ever win an MVP again even if he’s the clear frontrunner?

  64. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    PAT M.
    March 1st, 2009 at 11:06 pm
    Jennifer, When I read that piece I thought of our old pal CB, who has been on a sabatical I guess….You were right, a very interesting and most informative….I hope once Cashamn id finshed with his retooling the organiztions scouting intfrascture, he’ll then focus on the coaching and intstructional needs at the lower levels…The farm system is lacking…

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    Bringing in additional coaches at the different levels is a necessity, given the cost of player talent. A lot of young talent is going to be delayed, stunted or wasted without it. You have to believe that there are good, retired players (that can and know how to teach) that are dying for the chance to coach. Catching, outfield, infield and pitching coaches for the bullpens are desperately needed. Sparky Lyle, Jose Vizciano, Sandy Alomar, and, whatever it takes to getting Gil Patterson back into the organization, come to mind. These kids need to be taught properly and as early as possible. AAA should be for final polishing.

  65. SamVa March 1st, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    YankeeDiva-

    “Laugh of the day”… did you catch the game today?

    I am saying that the way A-Rod goes about answering questions, his “demeanor” I guess you could say, comes off as offensive.. you are correct in saying that A-Rod answers all the questions.. if you count.. “let’s talk baseball guys” as an answer.. But really.. he has no choice.. he HAS to answer all of the questions.. if not people get suspicious.. so Yes in some ways you are right.. but I don’t see his respect of the media being the “laugh of the day”

  66. SamVa March 1st, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    m-
    when I said “awful” I was comparing Jeter’s previous seasons…

  67. gayle March 1st, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Jennifer thanks for the link really good article coming off of the article Pete wrote you now get a really clear picture of the pro scouting department.

    I would really like to know more about the advance scouting. I hope now that Livesy is back we will see an iprovement of that aswell as it seems the Yankees have been somewhat short in that department. I dont need to see us have a hard time agaist first time pitchers like we have had the past 2 years.

  68. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    m
    March 1st, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Couple questions, both are related. If the writers knew that Alex tested positive in ‘03, would he have won his last 2 MVP’s? And do you guys think Alex will ever win an MVP again even if he’s the clear frontrunner?

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    I’m sure that there will be a lunatic fringe in the media that will refuse to vote for him.

  69. gayle March 1st, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Oh good our national nightmare is over and David Wright will now appear on WFAN with Francessa. Who cares??

  70. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 1st, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Francesa on his TV show and again talking about his issue with David Wright? They cleared the air? Oh thank god.
    :roll:

  71. PAT M. March 1st, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    GB, When you arrive at the AAA level, it’s all about fine tuning….The teaching and learning process really takes form at the A and to a lesser extent AA….Yanks are thin at those levels of the devopmental process….Hopefully help is on the way….

  72. m March 1st, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    SamVa,

    lol. okay.

    Dontrelle Willis and Nick Swisher were truly awful.

    Jeter was Jeter. Injured, porous, hit into a lot of double plays, but still consistent.

    I’m not talking about you, but a lot of people look at stats and ooh and ahh over players, but Jeter’s someone who usually hits when it matters.

    Last year was just an injury-depleted season for the Yankees. I’ve already erased it from the memory banks!

    I’m not making any sense, so just disregard.

  73. SamVa March 1st, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    M-

    haha I completely get it.. I think awful might have been a little strong of a word.. point taken.. He was “sub-par” how’s that?
    Jeter is a guy that you just can’t help but root for!
    I hope he has a Posada like year (2007) this year.. that would be awesome to witness…

  74. CCBiggs March 1st, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    It’s a shame to see the once proud Yankee organization have to put up with Arod. Giving him a 10-year deal was a huge disaster. If the Yanks could trade Arod now — and kick in $50 million — would any team take him? No way.

  75. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 2nd, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Update – well kids, the whole thing has been taken out of my hands. I just got in to find that the airlines had called to tell me my flight was cancelled and that flights were not going to be going out tomorrow.

    Between that and feeling lousy it appears to me that this was not a meant to be trip to ST, at least not this week. I am now attempting to recoup what I can in terms of what I paid out or at least to see if they will allow me to utilize different parts of the trip at a later date. Maybe I can try a few weeks from now.

  76. 27 rings March 2nd, 2009 at 12:06 am

    One down… now Francessa still has to work on Church

  77. GreenBeret7 March 2nd, 2009 at 12:07 am

    PAT M.
    March 1st, 2009 at 11:45 pm
    GB, When you arrive at the AAA level, it’s all about fine tuning….The teaching and learning process really takes form at the A and to a lesser extent AA….Yanks are thin at those levels of the devopmental process….Hopefully help is on the way….

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    I really hope they increase the staffs. Going mainly on Charleston, the coaches are good, hard working and they try hard to teach, but, a manager that has to try teaching defense the outfielders and catchers when he was only an infielder is tough. A pitching coach who has no coaches in the bullpen is understaffed. I’ve seen teams that had a trainer, but, had to depend on volunteer medical help from offduty EMS personnel is ridiculous. Torre Tyson does a great job with an undermanned coaching staff. I can see him in NY within two years.

  78. Fran March 2nd, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Trisha, sorry that your trip was cancelled.

  79. SamVa March 2nd, 2009 at 12:18 am

    trisha- that really sucks and I am sorry to hear that! I hope you some how solve that problem! Maybe ask some of A-Rod’s advisors?

  80. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 2nd, 2009 at 12:19 am

    ‘Now on to the next phase. Ripping him for not telling us what he said in the meeting. ‘

    Yup.

    Oh but LMAO at the CC/Joba at Disney Land pics :lol:

  81. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 2nd, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Thanks Fran. Been on the phone trying to figure things out. Here’s my latest brainstorm – try to go to the World Baseball Classic games and ST at the same time! Me and my brainstorms!!!

    Anyway, seriously, my cold has gotten worse and I can’t imagine that going from hot sun to AC was going to be a real good thing. I definitely will find a way to get this trip done. Just not this week.

    SamVa I wish Arod’s cousin could fix me up with something to make me feel better!

    :D

  82. RSM March 2nd, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Sorry to beat a dead horse, but I’m just catcing up on today’s posts. Was Pete kidding or does Alex really have his name on his license plate frame? LOL!

  83. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 2nd, 2009 at 1:18 am

    No that was true ^^^

  84. Buddy Biancalana March 2nd, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Manny deal real close.

    http://www.fannation.com/si_bl.....ref=fromSI

  85. Lara08 March 2nd, 2009 at 3:55 am

    CCBiggs March 1st, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    It’s a shame to see the once proud Yankee organization have to put up with Arod.

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    Revisionist history much?

  86. YankeeDiva March 2nd, 2009 at 5:53 am

    It’s a shame to see the once proud Yankee organization have to put up with Arod.

    _

    Revisionist history much?
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    LOL I was thinking the same thing…….what has s/he only been a fan for the last 8 years. The Yankees Org has ‘put up’ with a lot worse than Arod through out their history.

  87. YankeeDiva March 2nd, 2009 at 5:57 am

    YankeeDiva-

    “Laugh of the day”… did you catch the game today?

    I am saying that the way A-Rod goes about answering questions, his “demeanor” I guess you could say, comes off as offensive.. you are correct in saying that A-Rod answers all the questions.. if you count.. “let’s talk baseball guys” as an answer.. But really.. he has no choice.. he HAS to answer all of the questions.. if not people get suspicious.. so Yes in some ways you are right.. but I don’t see his respect of the media being the “laugh of the day”
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    This “media” that you are referring to are the same people who are either writing tell all books or articles about him or supporting those that do. They haven’t been friendly to the man since he was traded to the Yankees. Of course his demeanor is going to be different…he’s human. But where has he been flat out rude to any of them? He can always say no comment and walk away so he does have a choice.

  88. Ham Fighters March 2nd, 2009 at 6:57 am

    “I’ve long been in favor of parents having to get licensed before having children.”

    give the govermnent control over the right to have children? are you crazy?

    and how many of you who said the government had no right to investigate steroid usage in baseball are advocating allowing the government having say so over having a baby?

    adolescent depression is a terrible thing. government control over its citizen’s right to bear children would be a far worse.

  89. Fran March 2nd, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Ham Fighters – Did you get my invite for fantasy baseball?

  90. Ham Fighters March 2nd, 2009 at 7:22 am

    fran, yes i did and i will join today i was away this w/e.

    really looking forward to it

  91. Fran March 2nd, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Ham Fighters, Great. Thanks and good luck. I think that it will be a lot of fun.

  92. Chambliss March 2nd, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Perhaps A-Rod should refuse to speak with the media.

  93. RMS March 2nd, 2009 at 8:24 am

    The “Diva” in Arod will never let him refuse to speak to the media. He seems to love the attention.

  94. Yankee2123 March 2nd, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I don’t see how this guy finishes his career in New York.

  95. YankeeDiva March 2nd, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I don’t see how this guy finishes his career in New York.
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    I’m not worried about the rest of his career yet, just trying to get through 2009.

  96. CanIGetAMooseCall March 2nd, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    “Revisionist history much?”

    What are you talking about? There were many people — including Cashman — who didn’t want to bring Arod back after he opted out. The mistake was obvious, and obvious at the time.

  97. YankeeDiva March 2nd, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    “Revisionist history much?”

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    That’s Yankee History….the team has been through much worse (and came out on top) than this Alex stuff.


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