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Family time for A-Rod

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 02, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post


Alex Rodriguez, of course, made himself the center of attention as the Dominicans practiced in Jupiter this afternoon.

As the team took the field for practice, ex-wife Cynthia Rodriguez pulled up in a Mercedes SUV and emerged with their daughters, Natasha Alexander and Ella Alexander. A-Rod then picked Natasha up and posed for photos.

No other player had his family on the field. According to a report in Newsday, the other players appeared bewildered by the scene.

Don’t worry, they’ll get used to it.

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ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson wrote an interesting story on Yuri Sucart. It provides a lot of insight into his relationship with A-Rod. In essence, Sucart has been a yes-man and sycophant for years. Obtaining steroids was just part of his duties.

 
 

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139 Responses to “Family time for A-Rod”

  1. Stephen March 2nd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Kevin Kernan of the Post is on XM Home Plate right now…he talked to Alex today and says it’s the first time Alex has seemed humbled by all that he’s created in the past month.

    He also agreed that the family-on-the-field thing was a PR gimmick.

  2. hew March 2nd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    really kicking up the anti-arod sentiment again huh pete?

  3. Rishi March 2nd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “bewildered” – really?

  4. Stephen March 2nd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    “Bewildered” is Newsday’s term, not Pete’s, by the way.

  5. Betsy March 2nd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Sorry – I can’t get excited/upset about this. The man is divorced and probably doesn’t see his daughters as much as he would like. Why a father with his daughter would be the center of attention except to those who insist that Alex BE the center of attention all the time is beyond me. I’m not interested in the ESPN piece, either.

    Anyway, the most important news of the day as you said before is Wang. I’m very glad to hear that he considers the injury at this point as a non-issue. The other major concern is Posada and how he is feeling now. I would have preferred that he give his shoulder another day of rest and play tomorrow, but what’s done is done.

    Pat, I watched the 59 WS just now and will watch the 63 WS – I tape all of these highlight shows as I can’t get enough of them. I’m soaking up all this baseball history and it’s fabulous.

  6. Rishi March 2nd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks, Stephen…the word seemed a bit odd

  7. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) March 2nd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Oh my the man wanted to see his children, lets burn him!

  8. wood is good March 2nd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    “Bewildered.” Whatever.

  9. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 2nd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Was Alex posing for photos or did the press, who probably follow the guy to the bathroom, run over to take pictures?

  10. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 2nd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    ill post this again because its just that funny, Joba:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  11. tampayank March 2nd, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    C-ROD looks angry hot in that pic? inappropriate?

  12. Jeff March 2nd, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Wasn’t Alex playing for Team USA 3 years ago? Did he become a Dominican during this time, lol?

  13. Kevin March 2nd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    So, when we objected to you referring to him simply as a “drug mule,” we were justified? Just checking.

  14. Peter Abraham March 2nd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Betsy, Laura, etc.:

    Just FYI: It was “photo day” for the team. They were posing for their team photo and individual shots. So there were, of course, dozens of photographers there. Just as the team went on the field, C-Rod pulled up with the two kids and A-Rod started posing with them.

    It was a total PR gimmick. Par for the course. I’m telling you, he loves all this. The headlines, the photos, etc. He’s going to have a huge year.

  15. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 2nd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    “In essence, Sucart has been a yes-man and sycophant for years.”

    And I’m sure he’s paid handsomely for it as well.

    What do you want us to say, Pete? Should we be outraged that Alex is paying his cousin to run his errands? I’m sure that many a celebrity has a family member on board who operates in the same capacity (although I doubt getting steroids is on the agenda). I remember when Eddie Murphy used to travel with a huge entourage. Some were family members; some were his buddies from childhood. This is what some people do. Not a big deal IMO.

    Again, yet another non story posted to drive up blog hits. At least the man is consistent.

  16. Peter Abraham March 2nd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Kevin:

    Whatever his motivations were, he was a drug smuggler. What else would you call it?

  17. Doris from Rego Park March 2nd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Arod will simply never, ever get it. Nothing surprises me anymore. He is just a stupid, stupid, man.

  18. Kevin March 2nd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I felt it was an oversimplification of his role. Technically true, yet ultimately misleading. Based on the article, which really just is a deeper exposition on what we already knew, would you honestly say that comes close to capturing their relationship?

  19. Peter Abraham March 2nd, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Betsy:

    It was an interesting, well-written and researched story about somebody in the news lately so I posted the link. Calm down.

    Go watch a DVD of A-Rod World Series highlights, that’ll make you feel better.

  20. YankFanDave March 2nd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    You just have to wonder if it had been David Ortiz’ kid who showed up today would it have been portrayed in the same manner. My guess is it would have been written up as a “good guy, father first” piece as opposed to the “selfish show-boat approach.”

  21. eric March 2nd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    That was a little harsh

  22. Peter Abraham March 2nd, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    YankFanDave:

    Well, sure. Except that the other 24 guys were there to practice.

  23. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 2nd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    CC doesnt remember ever having so much attention on him for just BP:

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....sabat.html

    welcome to ny CC.

  24. Boston Dave March 2nd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I don’t blame Pete for posting this… it was news.

    It’s just sad that this is actually “news”.

    Who CARES???

    His family visited him. Whoooppeee!

  25. Pel March 2nd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Yes or no, did Alex tell those photographers to snap those shots?

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....ent-682383

  26. Buddy Biancalana March 2nd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Go watch a DVD of A-Rod World Series highlights, that’ll make you feel better.

    ————————————————————–

    That is pretty funny.

  27. PAT M. March 2nd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Pete you dodn’t even try to hide your feelings for # 13….How do you maintain a sense of objectivity anymore, isn’t that one of the more important facets of being a writer / coloumnist ????…A little disheartening I think…You may be compromising your integrity somewhat ???

  28. Boston Dave March 2nd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Pete,

    How much practice did Alex actually miss?

    YankFanDave is right except that if any other players family showed up it wouldn’t even make the paper.

    Alex is news right now. I understand why everything he does is going to be under scrutiny. It just seems pretty crazy that he’s being criticized for having his kids show up to see him.

    The “Alex Rodriguez Show” has hit a new low in the media.

  29. Peter Abraham March 2nd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Pat, if me joking around about A-Rod and his antics is “disheartening” then you really need to get some balance in your life.

  30. Boston Dave March 2nd, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    This isn’t Pete’s fault. He is relaying a Newsday article to us.

    It’s just sad that something as trivial as this is being made into news. Even sadder that some will try to make this another avenue to criticize Alex with.

  31. Betsy March 2nd, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    FYI Pete, I wasn’t getting on you for posting this – I heard about this on ESPN radio with Michael Kay when David Lennon got his nose out of joint, lol. Hey, if he likes this stuff, so be it – I just want him to be comfortable in his own skin, no matter what anyone else thinks about him. If he is, then yes – he will have a monster year.

    Now, about baseball, here are some pics to get us all happy:

    http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090.....ldp115.jpg

    http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090.....ldp113.jpg

    These are of Nick making a very nice catch…..

  32. rodg12 March 2nd, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Miami to Jupiter, 85.6 miles/1 hr 32 minutes per Google maps. Miami to Tampa 286 miles/4 hrs 21 minutes. Wow, I wonder why his kids were there? Oh, but it’s ARod, though right? Had to be a PR tactic. Couldn’t just want to see his kids when he was significantly closer to them. Maybe they wanted to come out and see daddy play ball? But I digress, let’s all go back to bashing ARod now….

  33. Peter Abraham March 2nd, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Boston Dave:

    Alex knows the situation he is in, presumably. Why exacerbate it by having the kids show up just as he walks onto the field? The kids were props. I’m sure one of the 45 advisors dreamed it up.

  34. Rishi March 2nd, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....Id=rss_nyy

  35. Betsy March 2nd, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Ok, I’m trying tiny url for the first time:

    http://tinyurl.com/af93wt

    How do you say “it’s never over till it’s over” in Taiwanese? LOL

  36. Peter Abraham March 2nd, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Rodg:

    Good try. But he was in Miami last night. And the kids have been in Tampa much of the spring.

  37. Boston Dave March 2nd, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    And if Alex did this for PR, who is to blame?

    Alex for trying to help his image?

    The people that would endlessly photograph Alex whether he stood against a tree, sat on a rock, or tied his shoes?

    Or the people who support this behavior by reading this garbage news?

  38. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 2nd, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Is Alex taking pictures with his kids really news that anyone cares about?

    Here, let me list what are my top 10 concerns as a practicing Yankees fan:
    1)Will Posada’s shoulder heal well enough for him to play the majority of the games?
    2)Will Matsui bounce back and have a productive year?
    3)Will AJ Burnett stay healthy?
    4)Who’s playing CF?
    5)Are the Yankees going to trade Nady or Swisher?
    6)Will his time in MIL negatively affect CC?
    7)How many games is the Wanger going to win?
    8)Is Cano going to prove me right by being the Comeback Player of the Year?
    9)Will Tex get off to his traditional slow start at the beginning of the season?
    10)Will A-Rod have the huge year he’s due to have?

    Strange, I don’t see any frivolous A-Rod stuff on there. Go figure.

  39. Boston Dave March 2nd, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Pete,

    You’re probably right. It’s just a sad day when this is news. That’s all.

  40. Betsy March 2nd, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    http://tinyurl.com/d36n3z

    Tex looks GREAT in a Yankee uniform……

  41. yankee 822 March 2nd, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Awesome Pete, thanks for the pic.

    Looks like nothing has changed… A-Rod is still seeking attention and doing his best to stand out.

  42. Betsy March 2nd, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    http://tinyurl.com/cx8exw

    Cool pic of the guys…….

  43. Tom March 2nd, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Why are people slamming Pete?

    He isin’t the one who decided to take pics with his wife and kids for no reason while reporters were there

    Why didn’t anyone else bring their families on to the field? Another PR stunt by A-Rod.

  44. Tom March 2nd, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    *ex wife

  45. PAT M. March 2nd, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Questioning my balance in life wasn’t exactly the response I was expecting….The best defense is a good offense I suppose…..End of issue Pete….

  46. Benny Blanco March 2nd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Another story. This guy cannot escape the mediots. Any chance we can get a photo of him brushing his teeth in the morning?

  47. Tyler March 2nd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I don’t usually read the comments… didn’t realize Pete was THIS much of an A-rod hater. I mean, you can usually tell by the posts, but it seems like Pete really has hatred for the guy.

  48. 213 Area Code March 2nd, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Tampayank: I’ve always found CRod to be angry hot (ever since her profane T-shirt) & I, for one, am glad Pete posted the photos, if only so I could see little Ella’s left hand; if I tried that, I’d get slapped (like #13 beating Arroyo to the bag in 2004).

  49. John Isom March 2nd, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Is this baseball news or People-magazine news?

    I thought you wanted to have a relatively ‘roids-free reporting approach to spring training in general and A-Rod in particular?

    Next time, how about telling us about the other players on the DR team?

    Thanks!

    john

  50. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 2nd, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    “Why are people slamming Pete?”

    I’m not slamming Pete. I’m just challenging his claim that this is news. Just because the media says something is news doesn’t make it so. This is only news to people who want to criticize everything Alex does.

  51. GreenBeret7 March 2nd, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Not sure why we should be surprised about reporters from Newsday or any other media outlet would report about anybody being “bewildered”. The media are generally “bewildered” by ceiling fans spinning around.

  52. Betsy March 2nd, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Pete, I’m perfectly calm, thank you very much. Hardy har about Alex and the WS – did you get hints from Seinfeld? What is the big deal that I have zero interest in reading Nelson’s piece? Ok, you plugged it – people that want to read it, let them read it. I just have no interest in it – that’s not a crime.

  53. steve March 2nd, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Tiger Woods brings his kids to watch him golf but when a-rod does that its different. Jason Kidd does it all the time. He dealt with the steroids stuff for 3 weeks. He is not hiding from it. Enough of over analyzing everything he does. Everyone wants to be a-rod but we just cant be. We need to get over that fact.

  54. GGTM March 2nd, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    There are only 45 advisors Pete … could have sworn he added a few more!

    My take on the A-Rod situation … once the questioning with MLB is behind him … and it almost is … find a way to give back the Yankees the $30 million you received in the contract for the homerun chase … he won’t need the advisors any longer … Yankee fans will once again be in his corner … in other words SHOW SOME CHARACTER A-ROD!

    And just in case anyone doesn’t know me … I was a HUGE fan of A-Rod’s … and I still support him … but what he did was just plain WRONG … and he needs to do a thing or two to help himself out … so far he hasn’t!

  55. John Smith March 2nd, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    “Cynthia Rodriguez pulled up in a Mercedes SUV and emerged with their daughters”

    Did you get all confused when her plate frame said Alex Rodriguez too?

  56. Betsy March 2nd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Pete, you just said they were also there to take pics. We obviously disagree on this – it’s no big deal. Alex’s daughters are very cute…….

  57. Arliss March 2nd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Rodg – see what Pete said was that Arod was in Miami last night…..and Pete knows this because he too was in Miami, perched in a tree, snapping photos of Arod having dinner……to prove it, I have pete’s medical papers handy, which I got from four independant sources at Miami Dade Emergency room, after Pete fell from said tree.

  58. Baseball Fab March 2nd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Why are people stepping all over Pete’s jock?

    Arod is a diva. Arod is a little kid, always wants attention. Arod is AROD and if Pete or anyone writes anything about him that isn’t obsequious a select cadre of bootlickers here decide ” Pete hates Arod”

    Look, Arod WANTS to stand alone, apart, he NEEDS it. If you do not like Pete writing about it, then why are you here??

    Get over yourselves. Pete keep up the good work.

  59. Big Blue27 March 2nd, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    “the other players appeared bewildered by the scene.”

    lol man, A-Rod just can’t get out of his own way. Even his fellow players roll their eyes at him

  60. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 2nd, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    “Get over yourselves. Pete keep up the good work.”

    Pete, is that you?

    :P

  61. rodg12 March 2nd, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Pete -
    If is so conniving and PR conscious as you say Pete, how does it feel to constantly play into it? Always posting every piece of news about him. He drives a $400,000 car…new blog post. He has his kids shows up at practice….new blog post. He left the stadium with his cousin and personal driver….new blog post. Kinda funny that you think he loves these PR gimmicks yet so easily report about them. Somebody’s gotta pay those bill though, right? Sure makes your job easier instead of doing research and interviews for an actual story.

  62. Betsy March 2nd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    LOL at the Yanks hooting at CC – thanks for posting that, Yougottahavefaith!

  63. Nigel March 2nd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I sit here in a cold and snowy New York City, dreaming of a better life, as a baby’s left hand………

  64. Benny Blanco March 2nd, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Daughters and Ex-wife pay a visit to A-ROID. Pete, you should have made that the headline. I’m sure thats more to your liking.

  65. able 21 March 2nd, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    L’il Ella Alex better watch where she puts his hands. Arod has enought controversy to deal with.

  66. Miami Mike March 2nd, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Baseball Fab – 100% agree. Pete reports the news and the facts better than anyone. He is unbiased and always brings us the latest updates.

    Yet people are upset that A-Rod is a diva and brings attention to himself, and when Pete reports it, he is an “ARod hater”. Don’t blame Pete that A-Rod is such an abnormal dude. Guys like him bring attention to himself and it’s Pete’s job to report it. He does an excellent job and is 100% objective, yet people have such a blind-eye for A-Rod, that they cannot accept what he really is.

  67. Roy32 March 2nd, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Come on, everyone needs to lay off Pete. Lots and lots of players love their kids. But if you’ve been to the practices in Tampa — the ones before the games start — you’ll see that Alex is the only one who has his kids come down to the front row behind home plate, where none of the other players’ families ever sit. Then he makes a big show of going over to see them, knowing that all the photographers will be surrounding him and snapping heart-warming, image-enhancing photos.

    Pete’s not making a commentary on Alex as a father or a person. He’s just stating, accurately, that Alex is once again going to great lengths to make himself the center of attention by doing things other players don’t do.

    But then, other players don’t have an army of spin doctors and crisis-management types advising them.

    The best thing to do is just enjoy what ARod does on the field, while laughing along at his endlessly clownish antics off it.

  68. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 2nd, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    “Yet people are upset that A-Rod is a diva and brings attention to himself, and when Pete reports it, he is an “ARod hater”. Don’t blame Pete that A-Rod is such an abnormal dude. Guys like him bring attention to himself and it’s Pete’s job to report it. He does an excellent job and is 100% objective, yet people have such a blind-eye for A-Rod, that they cannot accept what he really is.”

    Okay, Pete – you’ve got to stop posting under all these different names. I can’t keep up.

    :)

  69. Dave21 March 2nd, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    If A-Rod is getting this much negative attention for getting a ride home from his cousin or taking pictures with his kids… I can only imagine the shockwave that will occur from the Selena Roberts book next month. That is going to be another huge distraction that A-Rod and the team has to answer to, when the season has already begun.

  70. ZMAN7777 March 2nd, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I totally agree with Baseball Fab. The A-Rod sycophants are the laughable ones. Baseball Fab’s comparison of A-Rod to a little kid is rather apt, particularly since there are ample apologists for both.

    In a world all about “me” (see Wall Street greed, economic malfeasance, etc.), A-Rod sadly fits in quite well.

  71. Peter Abraham March 2nd, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Rodg:

    Um, I’m making fun of those PR gimmicks. I’m not buying into them. This isn’t MLB.com. Oh, and I’m fairly sure having the cousin pick him up in Dunedin wasn’t a PR gimmick considering the Yankees chewed him out about it.

    Benny: A-Roid is to easy. It’s better to just post what he says and does.

  72. DocBooch March 2nd, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Pete,
    Your right I guess this is news. On some low, tabloid, Daily News kind of way. I especially didn’t expect for you to get your pot shots on the guy either. What’s with the vendetta the media has with this guy? I just don’t get it.

    He is not a great person and he got caught cheating…and Mickey Mantle was an adulterer and drunk and Ty Cobb was a bigot, and Pete Rose was a complete butt hole.

    I listened to that taped interview you had on yesterday with ARod. The media are vultures, looking to pry into the guys personal life at every inch.

    I’m gonna root for him to perform as a Yankee and pray for him to be humble. Can we let this go now? Is it really still news?

  73. Dr. J March 2nd, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I think the reaction from the Selena Roberts book is going to be more intense than anything else that has happened thus far. All the papers/TV media will send their reports to research Roberts’ book, then send their media to Baltimore to interrogate A-Rod and his rest of the team, then there will be 10 articles about that.

    A-Rod can’t no comment his way out of this upcoming storm, otherwise everything in Roberts’ book will be assumed true by the public. He may need to hold another press conference just for that.

  74. Scorpio March 2nd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Can’t stand A-Rod anymore, he is indeed a FAKER. Can’t we talk about Wang and his good outing instead??? I wish the media would stop feeding the narcissist!

  75. Mike R March 2nd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    If anyone else had their kids on the field it would be considered “cute” and “heart-warming”. If it’s A-Rod then it’s a PR scheme that acts as a distraction to everyone.

  76. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 2nd, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    “I’m gonna root for him to perform as a Yankee and pray for him to be humble. Can we let this go now? Is it really still news?”

    That’s the rub. It never WAS news. The only people who care about these supposed stunts that A-Rod pulls are his haters and the media. Me, I could give a rat’s rear end about this off the field stuff. As long as they don’t have pictures of him shooting up, I really don’t care.

    I understand why Pete posts this stuff. He wants to stay employed. Newspapers are dying left and right. The more blog hits he gets, the longer he’ll have a job. A-Rod posts get the most hits so he’ll post something actually related to baseball and then follow it up with one about A-Rod under the guise that it’s “news”. That’s where he loses me. This crap isn’t news. This story has added nothing of value to my life as a person or as a Yankee fan. Has it changed how I feel about the team? No. Has it changed how I feel about Alex? No. So what was the point? Oh yeah, blog hits. Makes sense.

  77. Andrew March 2nd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    The problem is, Mickey, Pete Rose and Ty Cobb never purported to be better people than the adulterers, gamblers and racists they were to the media, so they never got their comeuppance the way A-Rod is getting it now. A-Rod tried to spin his image to be not only the best player ever, but a squeaky clean one who just happened to be the center of attention all the time. Reporters all quickly realized it wasn’t a coincidence that he was constantly the center of attention, thus the constant hammering about him being a phony and a diva and so on. Now, though, they not only have the phoniness and lust for celebrity to rip him on, but they also have him exposed as a drug cheat, so it’s now fair game to pretty much say whatever you want about A-Rod.

  78. Mike R March 2nd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I’d be a happy man if that little kid’s hand was my face :)

  79. RustyJohn March 2nd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Pete,

    Give A-Rod a break. He was young and naive when he showed up for these pictures. Plus, he never went to college…

    I’m just glad to see the ex didn’t show up with the f.u. shirt.

  80. Nick March 2nd, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Why couldn’t A-Rod wait until the media left and his teammates were not on the field before he took the pics?

    Because he wanted everyone to see him. You can read the guy like a book.

  81. ZMAN7777 March 2nd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    “I understand why Pete posts this stuff. He wants to stay employed”

    Oh yes, without the A-Rod drama, it’s soup kitchen time for Pete.

  82. Peter Abraham March 2nd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Laura:

    The best player in baseball taking steroids for three years was never news?

    I guess that tells us all we need to know about your complete lack of perspective. Which one of the advisors are you working for? C’mon, fess up.

  83. RMS March 2nd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Glad Arod took his show on the road. It is now baseball only at Yankee camp. Thank you WBC.

  84. Betsy March 2nd, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Laura, you raised great points before – 10 issues/concerns with the club, none of them (well, one) having to do with A-Rod.

    I’d rather read about what Joe Girardi had to say about Wang, how Posada’s feeling, etc…….Now I suppose this is all we are going to be talking about tonight.

  85. Clare March 2nd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    PAT M,
    How long have you been around here? It’s been apparent for a long time that there are one or two subjects that Pete is completely unable to be objective about (on the blog, that is, not in print). And if anyone points that out, he attacks them personally. You sounded surprised when he did it to you, but that’s always been how he deals with criticism.

  86. Bronx Jeers March 2nd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    “In essence, Sucart has been a yes-man and sycophant for years. Obtaining steroids was just part of his duties”

    I’m sure “drug smuggler” is only one of many hats he wore for ARod over the years. “Pimp” may have very well been another.

    Bottom line is when your boy is making 25 mil and you’re a nobody, I guess you do what you gotta to keep the gravy flowing. Bringing steroids into the US was probably nothing to this guy. He could have put them in his pocket with no worries.

  87. DT March 2nd, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Pete –

    I really don’t know if Arod really gets under your skin or you are trying to get blog hits – or a combination of both.. lol

    You are a big Seinfeld fan, right?. Remember the episode where the old gym coach was obsessed with Costanza?
    (the Tropic of Cancer wedgie classic)

    For Yankee blog sake –

    I hope we don’t find you homeless in 10 years, living under a bridge, with Selena’s book wrapped in your hands muttering “Arod….can’t stand ya… can’t stand ya”
    :-)

  88. DocBooch March 2nd, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Here is what I really think…

    For the past 10 years I’ve read and heard from newspapers and radio shows that under the guise of “just reporting the news” have turned out every negative story imaginable about the Yankees. Negativity breeds losing. For once, I’d like the Yankees to be the media darlings they were in the late 90′s when they were winning championships. You know, the New York media sells more and has more readership when the Yankees are WINNING. You think the NY media would understand that and try to put them on a damn pedestal instead of trying to knock them down all the time. I’m just tired of it.

    Have some NY pride, I’d like to see some dirt turned up on Boston and stories about some good the Yanks are doing. I’m sure it wouldn’t be that hard to do.

  89. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 2nd, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    “The best player in baseball taking steroids for three years was never news? ”

    Pete, I was talking about the picture of Alex and his kids not being news, which I said in at least 3 posts. Nice try though.

  90. DocBooch March 2nd, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Mke R., thats the best post I’ve seen all day.

  91. yankeenate March 2nd, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Pete…you’re on fire today. I love it.

  92. Peter Abraham March 2nd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    We need to set Clare and Green Beret up on a blind date. Their blind hatred of the media would make for a good match.

    Maybe A-Rod can officiate the wedding.

  93. Benny Blanco March 2nd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: C-ROD and Kids banned from Dominican Republic.

  94. yankeefan91 Arod fan March 2nd, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    that uniform looks great on him since hes reppresentin my country

  95. PAT M. March 2nd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Claire, I’ve pushed buttons before, however this is a sensative subject it appears with Pete….His response seemed a tad childish actually….Over the years here I’ve learned that there is no middle ground with Pete, especially when he’s on the defensive….

  96. Bronx Jeers March 2nd, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Actually after reading the ESPN article on Sucart, I sort of feel bad for the guy.

    And how messed up would it be if he’s just a scapegoat for Presinal or somebody else.

  97. saucY March 2nd, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    i just want to point out that i find the back and forth between Pete and A-Rod defenders hiliarious. i don’t even know what’s going on anymore. people taking offense and defending themselves whether it’s necesary or not. i don’t even bother trying to see the issue/non-issue any more…

  98. Scorpio March 2nd, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    How can anyone defend A-Rod? How can anyone defend A-Rod with a straight face and good conscience? Seriously people, stop hating on the media. A-Rod is a fraud and embarrassment to the Yankees.

  99. john March 2nd, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    How many players who were “bewildered” NEVER spend any time with their kids?

  100. DocBooch March 2nd, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Out of curiosity, I started to read that drivel, article, that Pete linked on Sucart. Really, who cares. Some more “sources” and some quotes from unidentified sources. Real facts I’m sure. Pete, you can add me to your list of media haters. ANY story can be manipulated to come to the authors own conclusion. The media is crap. I’m 36 year old, am a successful chiropractor, and the only thing I do is watch sports and play video games. Why? because the media is all bull-shit. For a minute there, I thought you were different Pete. I’m gonna hold out hope for you.

  101. bob March 2nd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    once again the Arod bashing is on, simply b/c it gets the ratings

    -again, this was more than just a cousin, he did the daily things for arod (like drycleaning, etc)….of course they will be close

    -spending time with kids at the park? or wherever it is? who cares, did he skip all of practice or anything? no…its a non story which is *again* being propped up by the Arod haters

    -the hate arod gets is uncalled for…giambi didnt get any of it. why? cuz him and Pete were buddies, and we all know it

  102. Lara08 March 2nd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Why is hating on the media seen as defending A-Rod. Separate issues. And why can’t you criticize the media? Is that wrong? Some of you act as if the media, including the sports media, is above criticism.

    Their reporting, intent, words and actions are as fair game as the people they cover. Folks criticizing the media on a blog is about 1/1000th of what athletes who don’t behave the way reporters want them to behave feel. If they don’t like it they can get another job. Stop being media apologists. ;)

  103. DocBooch March 2nd, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I’ll defend ARod because he is a Yankee. Guess what that makes me……A FAN.

  104. RMS March 2nd, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Unfortunately Arod does not know or does not care to keep a “low profile.” That means don’t bring your kids on the field for a photo op. No other player did it, just Arod, the center of attention. How about getting your work done like your teammates.

  105. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 2nd, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    You know, I always thought the comments section here was a place to discuss and give feedback on the post it was related to. Even if it’s dissenting, as long as it’s done respectfully.

    Apparently not according to some people.

    Ridiculous.

  106. Therston March 2nd, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    “This is only news to people who want to criticize everything Alex does.”
    ____________________________________________________

    Perfectly stated…This is what it is.

    Everything meaning the Steroid thing was admitted to and things move on..well they do unless they are in front of the media.There are still so many questions! I mean there is so much more money to be made on this story.

  107. Baseball Fab March 2nd, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    By my complaining about the ” defenders” I fear I am creating just as much repetitive ” noise” as they are.

    The posters that feel Pete is nefarious have made themselves very clear, not sure why they feel the need to toss this sobriquet of “Arod attacker” at Pete ANYTIME he posts anything about Arod that isn’t a hosanna. Maybe they suffer from echolalia?

    Pete don’t stop!

    On another note, I cannot believe I am going to say this, but I was never a Jeter fan, and watching the Peacock Arod preen and parade and then disingenuously wonder why thru his proxies heretofore to be known as the ” defenders” caterwaul and gnash their gums and rush to the keyboard to defend his wayward honour..( I have concluded).Jeter is the MAN. he is like the Anti -Rod.

    Every single time he has a chance to parlay an injury, a slight, anything into press time, airtime, controversy etc, he does NOTHING.

    It is like there is Jeter, and in the Superman Bizarro world equivalent, there is Arod.

    A few days ago, people suggested we have threads for steroid free talk, well, what would be fun now, is to have threads for Pro -Arod all he does is shiny gold and sparkles with the dew of baby angels, and Negative -Arod, he is the incarnation of squalid fetid brackishness, the prince of darkness a ne’er do well delivering unto us PSURIS( Yiddish for pain!)

    Pete you are doing something right, it ain’t broken so please do not fix it

  108. EnterSandman March 2nd, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I apologize in advance for the length of this comment. I read the ESPN article about Yuri, and while it does appear to be rather well-researched, in my opinion it is not well-written. I found some of the unnecessary opinions detracted from the factual core of the article. Consider the following:

    “Once a friend and companion, Sucart’s role started to change after Rodriguez signed with Texas. He was assigned menial tasks, such as waking up his cousin, doing the laundry, making Rodriguez’s breakfast each morning, securing dinner reservations, withdrawing money from the bank, and booking flights for relatives and friends.”

    –As a paid employee of Alex’s, of course Yuri was more than a “friend and companion”. While Alex had Yuri earning his compensation, it seems misleading to label cooking or booking reservations as menial (i.e. lowly and sometimes degrading).

    It’s unclear what Sucart’s exact income is or has been, but friends say his compensation couldn’t be much. Sucart always seems, according to one friend, to “just be getting by.”

    –I really liked this part, no range of income was given, and this was described as Sucart’s “exact” income being unclear. This was then followed up by one friend’s assertion that he was “just getting by.” Since I don’t have “exact” knowledge of Sucart’s finances, I had no factual reason not to believe this, until I read Nelson’s following paragraph…

    “Sucart tried finding alternate sources of income…Sucart also bought a few properties in Miami and became a landlord”

    –While “just getting by” is a subjective term, I have difficulty understanding how it is applicable to an individual who as the ability to buy “a few properties in Miami,” which I am led to believe were in addition to his supposed “dump” (that sits on a “beautiful estate”) and the house in which his wife and children live.

    “He basically took an instruction from me…” (Rodriguez)
    “some say they suspect Sucart did not act alone if he did what Rodriguez described”

    –What is the point of including this suspicion that attempts to finger Rodriguez as the instigator when he plainly declared that Sucart took the instruction from him?

    “I’m here to stand front and center and take the blame because I am responsible for this.” (Rodriguez)
    “Rodriguez should have taken sole responsibility for his actions.” (Rijo via Pedro Gomez)

    –Would it have been acceptable if A-Rod said “I am SOLELY responsible for this”??

  109. YankFanDave March 2nd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Tomato, tomoto: the following piece has a slightly different take on this event, http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....cans.0969/
    A few chosen excerpts:
    -”The grade-school autograph seeker kept shouting at Alex Rodriguez from behind the chain-link fence next to the dugout.
    “Please, Alex, you’ll make my day,” the boy hollered. “Please, Alex, you’ll make my trip.”
    Rodriguez tried to ignore him at first, then waved him off, then relented. Through the fence he gave the youngster his signature, and the crowd clustered near the dugout – including hardened New Yorkers – responded to the Disneyesque moment with a collective “aww.”
    “Thank you so much,” the boy said. “You just made my life.””
    -”He showed a knack for taking advantage of the media scrutiny when he posed for pictures with his two daughters BEFORE (emphasis added) taking the field with his Dominican teammates.”
    -”The phalanx of photographers tracked Rodriguez as he played catch with Jose Reyes, took grounders and batting practice, shagged flies and jogged. And the cameras were there at the dugout when he signed his autograph for the persistent fan.”
    -”Rodriguez arrived 3 1/2 hours before the early-afternoon practice.”
    Half full, half empty — it’s your choice.

  110. Lara08 March 2nd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    RMS March 2nd, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Unfortunately Arod does not know or does not care to keep a “low profile.” That means don’t bring your kids on the field for a photo op. No other player did it, just Arod, the center of attention. How about getting your work done like your teammates.

    __________________________________

    And then you woke up and realized you were in the real world where no where in our lives are we treated like everyone else.

  111. Mr. Faded Glory March 2nd, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    PR stunt or not, if Jeter’s parents showed up at the Team USA picture day, the headlines would be about what a close knit family they are and how much Jeter loves his parents and what a great experience it was for them and how everyone misses seeing them on FOX during the World Series every half inning.

  112. Jermaine D'Twan Monroe-Gibbons March 2nd, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Look at where the little one’s hand is on Cynthia. Lucky girl!

  113. Lara08 March 2nd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    PR stunt or not, if Jeter’s parents showed up at the Team USA picture day, the headlines would be about what a close knit family they are and how much Jeter loves his parents and what a great experience it was for them and how everyone misses seeing them on FOX during the World Series every half inning.

    ______________________

    Oh man, you could get DRUNK if you took a drink every time FOX showed the Jeters, LMAO.

    Fact, is he showed up 3.5 hours early to work out and no one forced the media to take 1,000 pictures of him and only him. Effectively making him different from the rest of his team mates whether he wants to or not.

  114. peter zenger March 2nd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    when it comes to arod, pete becomes pavlov’s dog!

  115. JohnBlacksox ( 24 + 1 ) March 2nd, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Peter Abraham
    March 2nd, 2009 at 5:03 pm
    Betsy:
    Go watch a DVD of A-Rod World Series highlights, that’ll make you feel better.
    ———–
    Ok, that’s hilarious!

  116. JohnBlacksox ( 24 + 1 ) March 2nd, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Pete, how did ARod recognize his daughters? Did a PR flak point them out to him? Cue cards?

  117. Johnny Stamos March 2nd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Baseball Fab

    You sound like a pompous jackass when you toss around large words because you think that it makes you sound more intelligent.

    If you have to hide your terrible points behind big words so that other people will respect what you say, you are in effect talking nonsense. It is clear that you have no confidence in the actual content of your point and you are trying to sway other readers with your vocabulary. Although many people on this blog are well educated and understand there are many who do not. There is absolutely no reason to toss around words that you would only hear at a Harvard Shakespeare convention.

  118. RMS March 2nd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Jeter,s parents attend many if not all Yankee home games. So what if they are shown on tv. It’s not like they sit behind the Yankee dugout so they can be seen on Yes or Fox during the World Series.
    Don’t try to compare Jeter and Arod. Arod is far superior as a ballplayer. Jeter is far superior in every other way.

  119. Rosa March 2nd, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    RMS

    Plus, Jeter hits in the clutch.

  120. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 2nd, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    “There is absolutely no reason to toss around words that you would only hear at a Harvard Shakespeare convention.”

    Hey, I resent that! :-P

  121. Lara08 March 2nd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Oh please Rosa and RMS. Talk about avid supporters. Sheesh. No one took a swipe at Jeter or his parents. Chill.

  122. YankeeDiva March 2nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    This is why people call Pete on his stuff…same situation totally different point of view but Pete picks the negative one to post on his site.

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/03.....157679.htm

  123. lola March 2nd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    this was def a publicity thing. his daughters are really pretty and cute though

  124. Lara08 March 2nd, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    If you care that this was a PR move I don’t care. But I do like consistency so I’m wondering if people thought his holding and hanging out with his oldest daughter at the park before the steroids revelation was a PR move. And does this mean Cynthia is a partner in PR crime for bringing the girls (in her Mercedes SUV, since apparently people’s cars are so important now) and standing out on the field with them?

  125. We Miss Paulie March 2nd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Wow, she looks thrilled to be there…..

  126. AuntFester March 2nd, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Awwwwww, ain’t that sweet? Devoted father posing with his little PR props and the woman his “friends, camp, close sources” were portraying as an abusive shrew out to cruelly jerk him away from his Dominican “heritage”(read drug-muling, butt-injecting friends and relatives) just a few short months ago.

    I’m pretty sure I saw this episode on The Waltons once.

  127. Summer March 2nd, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    THIS IS SO IMPORTANT! Thanks so much for posting this, Pete! Now next time someone asks me why I hate A-Rod, I can also say “He hangs out with his kids when he should be practicing” in addition to stuff like “He does steroids” and “he is good looking and biracial.” It’s especially good timing, because that “He has a $400,000 car with “ALEX RODRIGUEZ” license frames turned out to be kind of lame. People were just like “Well, wasn’t that frame just from his dealership?” to which I was like… “Oh…yeah…you’re right.”

  128. Summer March 2nd, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    You’re missing the point, YankyDiva. The NY Post sees through all the photos and supportive comments by various teammates. PETE, on the other hand, does not. He’s not fooled! He’s too smart for that, and this issue — which basically boils down to whether a-rod is good person, a topic on which pete is supremely qualified to make a judgment — is just too important not to scrutinize.

  129. Peter Abraham March 2nd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Summer:

    Thanks for the good laugh. I needed it.

    By all means, keep believing that columnist in the Post.

  130. pat March 2nd, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    The emotion that A-Rod provokes in people is amazing. Whether it be good or bad, he strikes a nerve and the level it gets to can only happen if you really care about the person. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as apathy in A-Rod’s world.

  131. StandingO'Neil March 2nd, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Careful here Pete, defending your point of view from over sensitive fans is all well and good, but some of those comments you made are treading the fine line into Mike Francessa territory.

  132. Jonathan Everett March 2nd, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Everyone here missed the best part of the post, the photos, the youngest is copping a feel on mommy. Funny.

    Blah blah blah, Pete hates Arod, blah blah blah we hate him for it, blah blah blah, we come back and read the blog no matter what, blah blah blah.

    WHO CARES?!

  133. YankeesLuv March 2nd, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Newsday’s said bewildered? I’m sure the players were not at Alex but the media attention. Who cares if his kids showed up, let them be. When he wasn’t seen with them people said he was abandoning his kids so whatever. The media’s reaction is idiotic.

  134. Al March 3rd, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Pete, I think it’s a little unfair to simply call Sucart a “yes-man and sycophant,” particularly given his special relationship with A-Rod and the history of losing his mother. He wasn’t simply a family member who tried to tap into A-Rod once he became famous, they have a long history together. So yes, he may do whatever A-Rod wants, but he is a little more than a freeloader or posse member. The article even says he is a really nice guy, even if he is occasionally flaky.

    Pete, if you became extremely rich and famous, do you think you might employ a family member? What if he actually wanted to help you out instead of simply staying in your house and playing video games? Would you want him characterized as a yes-man and sycophant? Come on, Pete.

  135. Summer March 3rd, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Ah, Pete, the columnist in the post is just as credible as you are, and the Newsday writer who didn’t mention or quote specific players. And yeah, I hate the post and think their writers are hacks. All they seem to ever do is write about A-Rod, imagine that! Now if only they’d tell me their opinion on the latest Springsteen tune, too…

  136. hokiehill March 3rd, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I’m sure the “family” on the field was an idea from one of his great PR team assistants and should serve as proof that he needs to get rid of most, if not all of them. just makes him look like he’s trying to be above the others or the center of attention.

  137. Rosa March 3rd, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Lara08

    I said Jeter hits in the clutch. Is that not true?
    Get a grip.

  138. Nimtor March 3rd, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    New low.

    Why do you even post a picture with A-rod’s kid pulling on A-rod’s ex’s shirt ?

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