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Lots of Team USA love for Jeter

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 03, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A-Rod may want Jose Reyes with the Yankees. But Team USA is happy with Derek Jeter.

Jeter was named captain of the team by manager Davey Johnson. His locker at the team base in Clearwater is right between David Wright of the Mets and Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies.

“Derek is the peacemaker,” Wright joked.

Wright was then asked about playing with Jeter.

“As a young player in New York, there are certain guys you try to emulate, certain guys that you want to learn from both on and off the field,” he said. “I’m excited to have a locker next to him and to play next to him so I can pick hopefully his brain a little bit. Both on and off the field, obviously he’s a class act on and off. I’m interested to get inside his head.”

Dustin Pedroia spoke glowingly about getting to know Jeter for the first time at the All-Star Game last season.

“It was the first time I actually got a chance to talk to him other than on the field asking him how he was doing, things like that. It’s awesome to pick his brain and see what makes him go. He’s a special player,” he said. “It’s fun playing against those guys. They’re such great players and they play the game the right way. I think the fans and the media think it’s a big rivalry. But I know there’s respect going on from both sides and that’s what makes playing the Yankees special.”

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157 Responses to “Lots of Team USA love for Jeter”

  1. Matt M March 3rd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Jeter is just the man. He is beloved by everyone.

    A-Rod could learn a thing or two.

  2. Rishi March 3rd, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I might have to vomit

  3. carl March 3rd, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Everyone should be like Jeter!!!

  4. Buddy Biancalana March 3rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Matt-

    Haha, that’s the problem with Alex, he doesn’t ever learn or really care for that matter.

  5. Maxxx March 3rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Today, Jeter had his game face on. No smiling or joking around with his Yankee teammates like in an all-star game. When he got the hit off Hughes, you would think it was off some random pitcher from Toronto. He took this very seriously just as he should. His dedication and pride is unmatched.

    No wonder he is loved and a role-model for even current players.

  6. Dave21 March 3rd, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    A-Rod just always needs to bring attention to himself. He can’t just be normal. You don’t see Jeter doing this. He is confident in himself and his abilities.

  7. carl March 3rd, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Yeah Maxxx thats it. You nailed it man.

  8. Can't Stand Ya March 3rd, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    With all the money we’re paying A-Rod he should save himself the time and surgically place his foot in his mouth.

  9. carl March 3rd, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    A-rod should have said Hanley Ramirez imo.

  10. vinny-b March 3rd, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    “Alex Rodriguez told reporters in Jupiter today that he wished Jose Reyes played for the Yankees”

    Alex: if you want to play with Jose Reyes, play for the Mets.

    Make it happen, Omar.

  11. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 3rd, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    ‘Everyone should be like Jeter!!!’

    a robot ? I’d rather have a different personality thank you.

  12. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 3rd, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    well duh, they just dont make any scrub captain of the yankees lol

  13. Dave21 March 3rd, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Yeah… A-Rod has a great personality.

  14. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 3rd, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Alex & Derek = Goofus & Gallant?

    :P

    Who is pitching tomorrow? Kennedy?

  15. vinny-b March 3rd, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    “Haha, that’s the problem with Alex, he doesn’t ever learn or really care for that matter”

    he should care, considering his skin is as thin as Kleenix brand tissue.

  16. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 3rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    ‘Yeah… A-Rod has a great personality.’

    Who’s talking about Arod ? this is about personality.

  17. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 3rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    S.A,

    IPK

  18. vinny-b March 3rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    “A-rod should have said Hanley Ramirez imo”

    helll yes. If you’re going to diss Jeter, at least say the right player.

  19. Lara08 March 3rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Jeter is awesome. He does it right in every way. I really do have the utmost respect for him. HOWEVER, I just worry what will happen to some of you when he retires. Friends and family will have to remove the shoelaces from some of your shoes.

  20. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 3rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Vinny-B and Brandon,

    Did you guys got the new MLB the show? I just got mines and its freaking awesome.

  21. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 3rd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks you gotta have faith!

  22. Cross-T March 3rd, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Great move ARod… alienating your own teammates.

    I thought he was going to ‘no comment’ the media and not give them any bait? That lasted a couple of hours.

    This is why ARod will always be a distraction.

  23. Doe March 3rd, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Pete do you have the guts to bring any of this up with Arod? You are in front of him on a daily basis. Go accuse him of using his kids for a publicity stunt next time you see him.

  24. Giuseppe Franco March 3rd, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Does anyone really think that A-Rod was trying to publicly diss Jeter with that Reyes comment?

    C’mon.

    A-Rod is one strange individual and does a lot of goofy things – but he knows dissing Jeter in any way shape or form is a battle he’ll never win.

    The guy was trying to complement another player. It wasn’t some underhanded attempt to rip the crowned peince of NY.

    My major issue with A-Rod is that I wish he would just shut up and play ball. Go the Steve Carlton/Eddie Murray route and stop talking to the media.

    Nothing good ever comes out of his interviews.

  25. Jack March 3rd, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I’d take David Wright on my team over A-Rod in a second.

    I’m sure Jeter would too, but he is smart, unlike ARod and won’t give the media any bait. He’ll just tow the company line.

  26. Giuseppe Franco March 3rd, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Correction: It wasn’t some underhanded attempt to rip the crowned prince of NY.

  27. Can't Stand Ya March 3rd, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    There’s 0% chance A-rod finishes his his career as a yankee. I hope Cashman is spinning his wheels trying to unload him the next few years. The sooner we can get rid of him the better

  28. Lara08 March 3rd, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Some of you are out to lunch. Jeter says more when he makes his choice not to speak than he does when he speaks. And that’s just as f’d up as sticking your foot in your mouth because its purposeful.

  29. G-Menn March 3rd, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    A-Rod knew the way this comment would be perceived, yet he still went ahead and made it.

    Why? Because he wants attention and cannot live a day of his life without being the center of attention. He knows him and Jeter have a rocky relationship anyway, so what will this do?

    Now Jeter has to answer 10 questions tomorrow while preparing for the WBC. As usual, he has to put out A-Rod’s fires. This is becoming a Cashman/Hank like cat and mouse game.

  30. carl March 3rd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I think Jeter said it best after the press conference A-Rod had. The media over analyzes things. Everything A-Rod does is compared to Jeter. This is getting old.

  31. Global Warming March 3rd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    This is silly.

    This is a classic example of the “sports media” having nothing else to talk about. They take an innocent albeit poorly placed compliment to WBC teammate Reyes and they totally blow it out of proportion. I mean if anything its more a slight at Damon who is the leadoff hitter of the Yankees. But no, Abe would rather play the Jeter card.

    Some of you need to go read the National Inquirer because talking baseball might be a bit to heavy for you.

  32. Dirk from Rockland March 3rd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Arod,
    Can’t you pretend to like Jeter? Isn’t he the captain of your team?

    It seems to me that he might be playing the Manny card. Do anything you can to get out of the Bronx…… even if it means dumping on an old friend. Come on Mets, you wanted him before….. Wright for Alex straight up….

    But this will never happen.

  33. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 3rd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    arod for wright straight up?
    hmm, y not? they both suck in the clutch lol arods just a tad bit better all around player.

  34. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 3rd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Does anyone really think that A-Rod was trying to publicly diss Jeter with that Reyes comment?

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

    Oh not at all. But, whenever he speaks, there will be someone..somewhere who takes what he says the wrong way.

    Vow of silence Alex. Just smile and wave.

  35. Doe March 3rd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    When all the players were talking about how much they would like Tex on the team during the off season you never accused anyone of insulting Giambi who was also a FA.

    What about during the season when everyone said they wanted AJ on the team? No accusations then.

    You’re bias.

  36. Scott Z March 3rd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Can’t believe this clown is the Co-face of our franchise with Jeter.

    And he’s getting $25 million to break records that are now tainted in a few years! What a disaster.

  37. Can't Stand Ya March 3rd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    A-rod should be focusing on restoring his public image, mainly with Yankee fans. By saying you want someone else on your team, whom you regarded as family, you’re just turning the fans away from you even further.

  38. Peter Abraham March 3rd, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Nothing funnier than a guy posting as “Doe” with a fake e-mail address telling me to confront A-Rod. Sure thing, Captain Courageous.

    I’m in the clubhouse four hours a day. I’ve also told every player on the team that if they have some issue with anything I write, they should talk to me about it. That includes Alex.

    I assume that one of his 1,243 PR people tells him what we write. In fact, I know they do.

  39. vinny-b March 3rd, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    “Did you guys got the new MLB the show? I just got mines and its freaking awesome”

    brother Ed:

    not yet. Waiting for the PS3 price-drop. Been following the daily postings at operationsports (a few people had mananged to get copies last week at stores who broke the street date). And the demo, weekly blogs have been unbelievable.

    happy for you, bro. : )

  40. Mike in SF March 3rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    How is this not more of a diss to Damon?

  41. Dr. J March 3rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Which players said they wanted Tex on the team last year?

  42. Peter Abraham March 3rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Doe:

    Congrats, you’re the one person on the planet who thought Giambi would be back.

    Oh and not one Yankee was quoted saying they wanted Teixeira.

    But good try, really.

  43. Doe March 3rd, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    You banned my real email genius. You take criticism poorly.

  44. Tom March 3rd, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Doe,

    How can you not understand the difference between players lobbying for Burnett compared to this?

  45. Can't Stand Ya March 3rd, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Doe, you’re arguments are flawed. You’re totally ignoring the fact that A-rod has been exposed as a cheat, liar, fraud, fool, etc. Giambi knew as a FA he was not coming back to play 1b and everyone in the league knew Ponson/Rasner would not be in our rotation this year. So whose rotation spot did Burnett steal? Igawa? Unproven Kennedy and Hughes?

  46. S.o.S. March 3rd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    “But I know there’s respect going on from both sides and that’s what makes playing the Yankees special.””

    Pete,
    Can you delete this quote from Sam(lord of the rings)? How can we make our Hobbit jokes if he’s going to be all nice and compliment the Yanks? Next you will have a Poukalis compliment on here and it will totally kill the hated rivalry. Thanks.

  47. Doe March 3rd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Lobbying for Burnett? I took that as a personal insult to Pettite, Mussina, Wang, and Joba

  48. Can't Stand Ya March 3rd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Haha wow Doe just caught some fire there. Those were ridiculous comments however.

  49. Outlawz March 3rd, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    The way some of you guys are defending this headcase A-Rod is laughable.

    This was one of the dumbest comments he has ever made, and that is saying a lot. He managed to throw 2 of his teammates under the bus.

  50. Can't Stand Ya March 3rd, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Doe, Newsflash: Moose retired and Pettitte, Joba, and Wang are all still in the rotation and probably THRILLED Burnett is on the team.

  51. Peter Abraham March 3rd, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I can ban e-mail? Really? I had no idea. That would be news to the Word Press people, since such a function doesn’t exist.

    Seeing your posts publish just fine, it would seem you weren’t banned regardless

    But, really, again, good try. Tell us how the Yankees all calling for Angel Berroa was a shot at Cody Ransom.

  52. ZMan March 3rd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Pettitte and Mussina were free agents.

    And you named only 4 starters, so that kind of defeats your entire argument. They wanted Burnett to fill the vacant spot.

  53. Giuseppe Franco March 3rd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Look, it may have been a poor choice of words by A-Rod regarding Reyes (as he’s known to do from time to time) – but I don’t believe for a second that it was some blatant attempt to take a shot at him.

    Shut up and play, A-Rod.

    Just. Stop. Talking.

  54. carl March 3rd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    BREAKING NEWS
    Arod wants chicken served in the club but he knows Jeter doesn’t like chicken. Brain Cashman is now exploring a trade with Omar Minaya.

  55. NJ in Tampa March 3rd, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Pete, you are making way too much of A-Rod’s comment. It wasn’t a shot at Jeter at all. I would like to have Jose Reyes hitting leadoff for the Yankees too, that doesn’t mean I want him playing shortstop over Jeter or on the team instead of Jeter. Seriously, some of you really need to get over yourselves and your hatred for him.

  56. Weather Man March 3rd, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    First taking pitchers with his family when the entire DR team and the media was on the field (when the other players were bewildered)

    Last week he was discreet about the meeting and tried to delay it.

    Then he got a ride home from Sucart

    Now this.

    The guy wants attention and does anything to get it. Why can’t he just be normal and play baseball? This guy gives a new meaning to the word diva. He makes NFL receivers look sane.

  57. S.o.S. March 3rd, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I think Jeter should come out and say he wishes Cairo played third base for us. That would really cause a stir.

    I think Cashman should re do the contract and put a muzzle law in it. Every dumn word should be a $1000 deducted from his 300 mil. That money given as a discount on tickets for Yankee fans. Or maybe he could stand in the corner of the club house “blair witch project” style when he says something offensive. Sooner or later he will hire a politically correct guy to stand next to him and make comments or you New Yorkers will be watching free baseball at the Stadium.

  58. Doe March 3rd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    No Pete you don’t ever ban Usernames/Emails/IP’s. Just curious when will you be discussing this with MLB? Dont delay.

    “But, really, again, good try. Tell us how the Yankees all calling for Angel Berroa was a shot at Cody Ransom.”

    The sarcasm has you all knotted up. Its ok champ let me walk you though it. See you were the one making ridiculous claims that compliments such as “I wish this guy played for us” were somehow a veiled shot at the guy currently playing the same position. What I said about AJ and Tex was sarcasm. I didnt really mean I was that stupid. You however might think thats a shot at Cody. See?

  59. Global Warming March 3rd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    “Look, it may have been a poor choice of words by A-Rod regarding Reyes (as he’s known to do from time to time) – but I don’t believe for a second that it was some blatant attempt to take a shot at him.

    Exactly. To think it was anything more is not only quite sad but really a stretch. We are only weeks removed from a press conference where Jeter along with other Yankees were sitting there supporting A-Rod.

    If you honestly think he took a ready aimed strike at Jeter it might be time to work for gossip rag.

    “Shut up and play, A-Rod.

    Just. Stop. Talking.”

    That would be nice too.

  60. Al March 3rd, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    9 more years of this!

  61. Peter Abraham March 3rd, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Doe:

    If I could comprehend your last comment, I would comment on it. But good luck to you.

  62. carl March 3rd, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    BG batting 9th and Reyes batting lead off wouldn’t be nice?

  63. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother March 3rd, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Hey, I want Angelina Jolie on my team. But I’d never say that publicly…

  64. carl March 3rd, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Peter all he said was you are making a big deal out of what A-Rod said. The stuff he was saying was all sarcasm.

  65. Doreen March 3rd, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Now, see, Wright was apparently able to go absolutely “ga-ga” over Jeter without throwing his own teammate under the bus. :lol:

  66. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 3rd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    The Mega Millions jackpot is 212 million dollars for tonight. If I win, I’ll use some of that money to buy Alex a muzzle.

    ;)

  67. SJ44 March 3rd, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Much ado about nothing.

    Good for blog hits though.

  68. Lara08 March 3rd, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03.....=1&em

  69. rodg12 March 3rd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Wow, Pete, what are you 10 years old and in grade school? OMG, did you hear what Alex said about Jose???? I think that means he doesn’t like Derek!?!?!? OMG!!!!! Let’s ask David what he thinks of Derek!!!! OMG, David likes Derek, maybe more than Alex!!!!!! Grow up Pete. Unless you like coming off as an adolescent. This blog used to be really good all the time. Now it’s turned into TMZ trash with every post about ARod and less and less posts like those that made it great.

  70. bru March 3rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    i wish arod was not on this team.

    i don’t hate him but this soap opera is insane.the yankees would be a better team if they spent the 30 million on a decent third baseman,cf & maybe pitching/prospects.

  71. Tom March 3rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Man, I can’t believe Jeter is an “older” player.

  72. Can't Stand Ya March 3rd, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Brian Cashman should slap a New Stadium logo over A-rods mouth.

  73. GT March 3rd, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I’m not a huge A-Rod fan but I really don’t think he meant anything by it. He was just complimenting Reyes and probably realized seconds after it came out how it would sound. He’s just an idiot, plain and simple.

  74. bru March 3rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP)—Boston Red Sox pitcher Brad Penny was scratched from his first scheduled spring training start because of shoulder weakness, and right fielder J.D. Drew went to Boston for an injection in his lower back.

    here we go.

  75. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 3rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    “Jeter talked about the first time he was around Johnson at the Team USA meeting in ’06

    “We went around the room, introducing ourselves, and Davey stood up and said ‘I’m Davey Johnson and the reason I’m here is because Jeter hit a cheap home run against me in the 1996 playoffs,’” Jeter said, referring to the Jeffrey Maier game in the ALCS against the Orioles.”

    haha :)

  76. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother March 3rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    bru

    are u interrupting the regularly scheduled alex rodriguez soap opera for real baseball news?

  77. S.o.S. March 3rd, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    “Boston Red Sox pitcher Brad Penny was scratched from his first scheduled spring training start because of shoulder weakness”

    That cant be right. Gammons not long ago said Penny had his velocity back and some. I will have to go with what the un biased hall of famer said.

  78. vinny-b March 3rd, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    “The Mega Millions jackpot is 212 million dollars for tonight. If I win, I’ll use some of that money to buy Alex a muzzle”

    LMAO

  79. AuntFester March 3rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    How long before the A*Rod culties start blaming Jeter for not backing up their boy on his latest statements?

    It really is a thing of beauty: Jeter’s expected to have A*Rod’s back while he’s lying and cheating and stabbing Jeter in his.

  80. bru March 3rd, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    the blogg was nice when we talked baseball instead of arod.

    arod will not get suspended,is still on our team and still makes 30 million a year for 8 more years & could care less about any of us so why should i care about him?

    as long as he stays healthy & contributes,that is all i care about.

    i can’t wait until the season starts.the red sox might be a mess this year.

  81. Phil March 3rd, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I posted this on the last thread before I saw there was a new one.

    Peter,

    If anyone in the world knows that Jeter is all time Yankee shorstop, don’t you think it’s ARod? He was a hell of a lot better shortstop than Reyes when he came to the Yanks and found he was no longer a shortstop. Don’t you think he just wanted the speed and the bat on his team and knew nothing short of an act of God would move Jeter off of Short?

  82. Soapy Digest March 3rd, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Tune in again tomorrow for the continuing episode of ” As Alex’s World Turns “.

  83. S.o.S. March 3rd, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Cant we say the same thing about Arods statement back when he said that the hitters that he feared on the Yankees were basically everyone accept Jeter? The exact comment that broke up their relationship? The point is he keeps doing and saying things that raise questions. Im sure it wasnt directed at Jeter but its in the ear of the beholder. Just do what youv been saying and play freekin baseball, shower up and go home. No comment is the best comment. The Biden of Baseball.

  84. Michael March 3rd, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I just feel like Alex needs to be perceived better by all branches of the media, regardless of what he’s done or has recently said. Yea, what he said was stupid and the whole steroids thing was a really big mistake… but he’s human just like all of us. He’s not some convicted criminal, he’s a baseball player and no one deserves what he’s going through. I mean John Rocker, a public racist, got it better than A-Rod is from the New York media and that’s just ridiculous.

    You can argue he brought this all on himself, but he also brought a lot of fans to baseball and the Yankees for that matter, and he’s one of the reasons there are media personnel specifically following baseball teams now. I am not supporting his quotes or actions, but I just think it’s time we all give him a little more respect. (Fans, media, just people)

    He’s one heck of a player, and I think it’d be a lot more enjoyable for us all to sit back and enjoy because talents like him are rarely in the game, and even more rarely on your favorite team.

  85. Joey's Poodle March 3rd, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Poor Rodriguez was probably just expressing his innermost feelings about the pain of having to play every day next to someone whose integrity makes his own lack of it glaringly conspicuous without a word said by anyone.

    With Reyes next to him that damning contrast would instantly go away.

  86. Betsy March 3rd, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    As SJ said, much ado about nothing. I don’t think Alex has a malicious or calculating bone in his body and I certainly don’t think he was suggesting that he would prefer Reyes over Jeter/Damon. It’s just that, with Alex, the words get garbled as they go from his brain to his mouth – this happens to me all the time. It’s frustrating when you want to say something and it just comes out wrong. I think Jeter and Damon, particularly Jeter, know the guy long enough to know that he was not throwing them under the bus. They probably will look dumbfounded, if asked about the quote, and wonder to themselves why are the mediots making a big stink about this? I already don’t care about it…….and what a surprise that, after this was posted, out come the “Jeter hates A-Rod” crowd. That’s simply not true, but I guess the truth is elusive to some people.

    On to other topics: I love hearing those quotes about Jeter from Wright and Pedroia – though if they both pick his brain, there won’t be anything left, lol. I’m so proud of this guy – and I feel extraordinarily lucky to have been able to watch him grow from a gawky kid into a first-ballot HOFer (and an extraordinarily well-respected one at that).

  87. Betsy March 3rd, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I guess no one really wants to talk baseball – I mean, there were so many positives from today’s game: Hughes, Coke, Robertson, Dunn and Veras pitched well, Gardner had a terrific game…….the kids pitched well, lol. Seriously, that is such a good sign that I had to say that again. I think these two starts are a great building block for Hughes – I can’t wait to catch the curve to Dunn that was apparently NASTY. He seems to be throwing the ball very well and I love that he’s pitching inside……good stuff. I can’t wait to watch my tape to catch him and also Phil Coke…..

    Pete, any quotes from Joe regarding Phil, Phil, and what it was like to play against Jeter? Thanks!

  88. Joe from Long Island March 3rd, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I get home from work, have dinner and, while sipping some wine, check out the blog. Well, it’s a good thing I had a glass of wine, because I couldn’t believe the latest ARod comment.

    That guy really has his head….He can’t think of a better way to compliment Jose Reyes? Is this guy this much of a social disaster? This goes along with his needing a script at a press conference to tell the “truth”.

    I don’t know, maybe he has one of the attention deficit disorders, where someone really doesn’t understand how to behave in public or social situations. This is almost pathologic. (Please believe me, I am not making fun of those who really have one of these disorders.)

  89. NJ in Tampa March 3rd, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    This is exactly why most people always find the majority of the baseball media joke.

  90. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 3rd, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Actually when I read the comment two things went through my mind. First is that Arod always wants to be loved and perhaps is trying to bond with someone on the team. Second, I immediately looked at the box score from the DR game because if Reyes had a great game, that would certainly at least better explain why Arod targetted Reyes, even if it was only meant to be a gratuitous or ingratiating comment.

    Reyes went 2 for 5, walked, scored two runs, stole third base, and turned two DPs.

    I am convinced that there was no intent to slight either Jeter or Damon.

  91. Peter Abraham March 3rd, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Betsy writes: “I don’t think Alex has a malicious or calculating bone in his body.

    Well, sure. If you don’t count cheating, having your cousin smuggle drugs, lying about that for five years and cheating on your wife. Other than that.

    Betsy, the guy is a hell of a baseball player. But every single bone in his body is calculating. He has hired, seriously, seven different agencies to spin his pubic image. How much more calculating can you get?

  92. yawnie March 3rd, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    yawn
    yawn again

  93. Patrick March 3rd, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    A-rod should really take lessons from Jeter when it comes to speaking with the media. Derek, and Joe Torre for that matter, are very good at talking with the media while saying absolutely nothing of substance.

    How much do you want to bet one of his advisers told him it would be a good idea to be photographed with his kids? That kind of garbage works in Hollywood but in baseball, nobody cares.

  94. Jeremy March 3rd, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Pete,

    Any chance ARod was talking about the Dominican WBC team when he said he wanted Reyes to lead off for his team? ARod is currently practicing with the Dominican team and Reyes is Dominican.

    It might be fair to consider this possibility rather than leap to the conclusion that he’s taking a completely unprovoked shot at Jeter.

  95. Betsy March 3rd, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    You gotta have faith, can you please post a link to that blurb? Thanks!

  96. Lala March 3rd, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    *Pete*, not telling you how to run your site, and surely there’s a site hits calculus in this — but there are some really *stupid*, homer, jagoffs posting on this site now. The level of analysis is subterranean, and these people are just absurd. I don’t know if banning or registration or what is the answer, but the comments propping up this fool manchild are revolting and people like Trisha and Doe don’t belong here. It’s enough. End this.

  97. Joe from Long Island March 3rd, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Pete, you’re absolutely right in your observations.

    I really don’t like to think ill of people, especially when I don’t know them firsthand, but this is getting ridiculous. The facts speak for themselves. Either he’s just calculating and dishonest, or he’s got a diagnosis and he’s calculating and dishonest to boot.

    I’m not a clinical psychologist, so I’m not going to pursue this, but this guy has a problem. He’s got immense baseball talent, but he has a problem.

    As a fan of the game, it really is a shame.

  98. S.o.S. March 3rd, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Patrick,
    Can we add Stealth to that list?

  99. PAT M. March 3rd, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    At least didn’t say he was the straw that stirs the drink etc….Much about about nothing…..

  100. ChrisAU March 3rd, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Looks like some of the guys decided to go to the Magic game tonight. I live in Orlando and they just showed Joba and CMW sitting courtside at the game.

  101. dave March 3rd, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I for one, would not trade arod plus money for wright and if the yanks could do it straight up, I still would have to think about it. Of course, the yanks could use the extra dough to sign some outfielders like Holliday or Bay next off season with the extra money but couldnt they do that anyway?? The great thing about the yanks is that they almost never make a major move just in the hopes of decreasing payroll unless it actually improves the team. Why start now? Wright is a younger, fantastic player no doubt but arod is probably the best all around player in baseball and really, its just between arod and pujols and possibly, hanley at this point but frankly, the former two have proved a lot more at this point. Thus, the only two people i WOULD consider trading alex for is pujols or hanley.

    Outside of that, I dont think anyone else makes the yankees better which is the whole point. And you guys must remember that wright is also criticized from not producing under pressure. There is a reason the mets crumbled in the last few weeks of the season the last two years and wright certainly bears some of that blame. Is wright one of the best players in the game? yes but arod is still a better player for sure so I def wouldnt do arod plus cash for wright.

  102. Jeremy March 3rd, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Nevermind, I didn’t realize Reyes was already on the Dominican WBC team. I see the problem now.

    File it away in Dumb Things ARod Said, Vol. 89.

    Pete, in regard to your question about trading ARod for Wright straight up: I would pull the trigger on that trade in a heartbeat, if money wasn’t an issue. It’s hard to believe that Wright is so good at 25. As great as ARod is, odds are he will hit his decline as Wright hits his peak.

    Of course, ARod’s contract is so monstrous that it’s hard to imagine how the Yankees could trade him for anyone and not get stuck with a backbreaking amount of salary. And there’s no way the Mets would trade Wright away for anyone, even an imaginary version of ARod with a spotless rep.

  103. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 3rd, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Speaking of someone needing a heavy shrink, anyone notice that Lala nearly wets its pants when I post?????

    :lol:

    What a freakin riot!

    Lala, I LOVE your obssession with me. Keep it coming.

    YAWN!

  104. raymagnetic March 3rd, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Am I the only one that doesn’t want Jose Reyes 101 lifetime OPS+ on the Yankees :???:

    You think Jeter is overrated? Well say hello to the shortstop across the Robert F Kennedy Bridge :|

  105. Al March 3rd, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    It’s not this specific quote thats a big deal… its the continual pattern of idiocy and lack of judgment.

    The guy is a clown.

  106. Joe Monte March 3rd, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    ARod has cyst on hip:

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

  107. Chacon March 3rd, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    A-Rod doesn’t have a calculating bone his body?

    Betsy, you cannot be that delusional to believe what you just typed.

  108. Cross-T March 3rd, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    He wants Reyes to lead off? Then where would that put his best friend Damon?

    More of the same from A-Rod, just doesn’t get it.

  109. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 3rd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Joe, thanks for that link. It appears that Jack Curry’s take was exactly the same as mine.

    “COMPLIMENT IS COMPLICATED *&After Alex Rodriguez watched his Dominican Republic teammate José Reyes make two smart base-running plays in Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Marlins,* he gushed: “I wish he was leading off on our team or playing on our team. That’s fun to watch.”

    The remark seemed harmless, a throwaway line, the third baseman for the Yankees complimenting the shortstop for the Mets. But apparently fearing a headline like, “A-Rod Tells Yankees to Acquire Reyes,” Rodriguez later said, through a spokesman, that his remarks were not intended as criticism of Derek Jeter, the Yankees’ shortstop and captain.

    Rodriguez and Jeter have played alongside each other in the Yankees’ infield for the last five seasons. The two players were close friends early in their careers, but that relationship has cooled.

    *Still, on Tuesday, Rodriguez seemed guilty of nothing more than trying to be gracious toward Reyes.*

  110. B(rent) March 3rd, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    In terms of perceiving A-Rod’s comments, could it just be how someone interprets it?

    For example, NY Times writer Jack Curry (in the link Joe Monte posted) says:

    “The remark seemed harmless, a throwaway line, the third baseman for the Yankees complimenting the shortstop for the Mets. But apparently fearing a headline like, “A-Rod Tells Yankees to Acquire Reyes,” Rodriguez later said, through a spokesman, that his remarks were not intended as criticism of Derek Jeter, the Yankees’ shortstop and captain.

    Rodriguez and Jeter have played alongside each other in the Yankees’ infield for the last five seasons. The two players were close friends early in their careers, but that relationship has cooled.

    Still, on Tuesday, Rodriguez seemed guilty of nothing more than trying to be gracious toward Reyes. “

  111. jennifer March 3rd, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I am so tired of this garbage with Alex. I am tired of defending his absolutely stupid comments. From the photo-op yesterday with his kids. Why did his kids have to go on the field? To him speaking without thinking.

    Why can’t he just say Jose is a great player, and leave it at that?

    Really I am starting to wish he’d just go away.

  112. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 3rd, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    maybe as arod is about to say something stupid we should just do this to him:

    http://blogs.smh.com.au/sport/rollins.jpeg

  113. DT March 3rd, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    From the link Joe M. posted above –

    “Even if Rodriguez only has a cyst, it is unlikely that the Yankees will want him to risk further injury by playing in the tournament.”

    lol – Pete – your vacation is over. Arod your pal is back!

    I think this is what Lennon meant by “instant karma is gonna get ya”
    :-)

  114. SD Yanks March 3rd, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    dave,

    If Omar was ever drunk enough to offer Wright for A-Rod and Cash, you do it without even blinking.

    Problem is, it will never happen. Our headache for the next 9 years. Nobody will want the negative PR that comes with A-Rod. He just can’t shut up and keep to himself. For a team other than the Yankees who may not have the mental toughness dealing with controversy, A-Rod could bring down that team and ruin their chemistry. No GM will risk trading for him even if you paid all of his salary.

  115. Guess Who March 3rd, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    OK_jima > 10 * Coke

  116. Betsy March 3rd, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Pete, we just disagree on Alex – there’s no point in getting into an argument. I don’t think he’s mean, I’m sorry, I don’t. Apparently Damon cheated on his wife – does that mean he’s a terrible person? Look, I think cheating on anything/anyone is wrong (and I feel sleazy just writing about players’ personal lives), but I’m not going to condemn Alex to eternal damnation. You will never convince me that he meant to throw Damon/Jeter under the bus with those comments. The mediots are all going to be blathering about this tomorrow – that just tells me that they literally do need everything spelled out for them. They actually have to be told that Alex only meant his quote as a compliment to Reyes? I guess it doesn’t matter – I only read a select few sportswriters; everyone else (Madden, etc….) is fit for nothing except lining bird cages.

    By the way, why exactly did you have a farewell post to Giambi? It was, as I recall, a very complimentary blog post. Why not say “farewell, cheater, we hardly knew ye”? What it comes down to is the media likes Jason and they dislike Alex.

  117. S.o.S. March 3rd, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    raymagnetic,
    Im with you bro. That doesnt include that attitude and the september free fall. Jeter might be best to stay at short till he retires. Use the outfield to get players with power.

  118. Jeremy March 3rd, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    raymagnetic,

    Let’s not get carried away. A lifetime 101 OPS+ for a shortstop is very good. And he just came off a 118 OPS+ season and is only 25. He is a top player.

    If I set aside the fact that Jeter is a True Yankee, Four Time World Series Champion, and Hero for Life, and ask “who would I rather have on the Yankees right now – Jeter or Reyes?”, I’d have a tough question on my hands. Reyes is young and signed to a great contract. Jeter could easily outplay Reyes next season, or vice versa.

  119. Tom March 3rd, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    jennifer,

    A-Rod is a diva. He cannot help but bring attention and publicity to himself. He is getting very hard to defend. Always something with this guy. He doesn’t know when to shut up.

  120. Giuseppe Franco March 3rd, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Jack Curry has this new “controversy” exactly right:

    COMPLIMENT IS COMPLICATED After Alex Rodriguez watched his Dominican Republic teammate José Reyes make two smart base-running plays in Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Marlins, he gushed: “I wish he was leading off on our team or playing on our team. That’s fun to watch.”

    The remark seemed harmless, a throwaway line, the third baseman for the Yankees complimenting the shortstop for the Mets. But apparently fearing a headline like, “A-Rod Tells Yankees to Acquire Reyes,” Rodriguez later said, through a spokesman, that his remarks were not intended as criticism of Derek Jeter, the Yankees’ shortstop and captain.

    Rodriguez and Jeter have played alongside each other in the Yankees’ infield for the last five seasons. The two players were close friends early in their careers, but that relationship has cooled.

    Still, on Tuesday, Rodriguez seemed guilty of nothing more than trying to be gracious toward Reyes.

  121. Jeremy March 3rd, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    “No GM will risk trading for him even if you paid all of his salary.”

    Sure, no GM would take one of the best players in baseball for free. Because he would hurt team chemistry!

  122. Almonte March 3rd, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Now Jeter has to answer 10 questions about this tomorrow morning in Dunedin. Yeah, I;m sure Jeter loves playing with this headcase.

  123. Betsy March 3rd, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Oh great, so now Alex is hurt………..sheesh. How serious is this? Is he going to miss any part of the season?

    **and Jack Curry seems to understand what Alex was trying to convey***

    Shoot……..this is what Kevin Long was talking about when he said Alex had an issue with his hip.

  124. Betsy March 3rd, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Also, sure Alex and Jeter aren’t best buddies anymore, but they do get along and I do believe they occasionally hang out……….but then, some in the media would have you believe otherwise.

    Can I say again how worried I am about this cyst? Ugh

  125. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 3rd, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Hey kids, I said that same thing before someone linked to the Curry article. It’s not good to knee jerk in either direction. I seriously did think to look at Reyes’ game today. He played very well. It really doesn’t have to be any more complicated than that.

    About Arod making foot-in-mouth comments, even those with seeming innocent intent. If you aren’t used to that by now, there’s something wrong with YOU. It’s like superman and kryptonite. No matter how much you don’t want it to affect superman, wishing must ain’t gonna make it so.

  126. Frontier March 3rd, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    It’s hilarious how this guy says ‘no comment’ for things such as being asked why he wanted to re-schedule the meeting. Rather than saying he wanted to get some ABs with his team before the WBC (which is a more than acceptable answer)… he shuns them, looking like he is trying to hide something.

    Yet he gives the media bait for something as unnecessary as this. He knew it would be a controversy, yet he said it anyway.

    Clueless, as usual.

  127. Jeremy March 3rd, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    “Now Jeter has to answer 10 questions about this tomorrow morning in Dunedin.”

    -Derek, what are your thoughts about ARod’s comments on Jose Reyes?

    -He was saying Jose is a great leadoff man, which he is.

    The End.

    No one cares about this stuff except the reporters who write the stories and the irrational fans who obsess about them.

  128. bdog375 March 3rd, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    It is amazing that some baseball “fans” just still don’t get it with Jeter.

  129. jack March 3rd, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    only 9 more years of this embarrassment, thank god.

  130. jennifer March 3rd, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Curt Schilling had the nickname red light curt.

    I think Alex’s nickname should be

    Spotlight Alex.

  131. Giuseppe Franco March 3rd, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Okay, it looks like a couple of others beat me to it.

    We need more writers like Curry and fewer writers like George King and Kevin Kernan.

    Pete does a great job with his Yankee coverage and news tidbits.

    Unfortunately, I do think he lets his personal feelings about A-Rod get in the way of his objectivity way too often.

    A-Rod is certainly not the most media savvy individual in the world and does a lot of goofy things.

    But, jeez, he’s not Ted Bundy.

  132. chuck March 3rd, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    alex is injured:

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

  133. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 3rd, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I am so tired of this garbage with Alex. I am tired of defending his absolutely stupid comments. From the photo-op yesterday with his kids. Why did his kids have to go on the field? To him speaking without thinking.

    Why can’t he just say Jose is a great player, and leave it at that?

    Really I am starting to wish he’d just go away.

    ************************************************************

    Why would they though? It seems that this kind of comment is the outcome they desire, lol.

  134. Tom March 3rd, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Dan Graziano had the low-down on this injury last week, yet everyone ignored him.

    Hopefully he gets re-employed now. His info was as good as anyone’s when he was with the Star Ledger.

  135. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 3rd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    “No one cares about this stuff except the reporters who write the stories and the irrational fans who obsess about them.”

    I have to agree with you, especially under the circumstances these comments were made. By the way – Jack Curry gets it.

  136. Gus March 3rd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Just Saw Joba And Wang at the Orlando Magic Game on NBA TV them and one of the bullpen coaches.Right behind Magic bench, Wonder if Jobas BFF CC is there I know he loves the NBA. Did not see him though

  137. Pinstripes Jay March 3rd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Pete did nothing wrong here. He merely reported an idiotic, unnecessary comment from A-Rod, which gives the impression that he is throwing his captain and leadoff hitter (and best friend) under the bus. It is just another, in a long line, of dumb things A-Rod has done to bring attention to himself.

    You people need to stop with this “Pete hets ARod!!” crusade. It is untrue. I think the more likely case is that most people here have a blind eye for A-Rod and think he can do no wrong. Pete is 100% objective about ARod… I wish I could say that for other people here.

  138. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story March 3rd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Uh guys, you see this?

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

    That can’t possibly be a good thing.

  139. m March 3rd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Pete,

    I think you need to give up the blog. You’re more polarizing than Alex or Torre.

  140. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story March 3rd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Gus, according to CC’s twitter, CC and Joba are both there.

  141. S.o.S. March 3rd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    The 10 questions would end with the first one.
    Jeter”Reyes isnt on the 09 team and all I care about is winning a championship this year. Anything less than that is a failure.”x10

  142. steve March 3rd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    A-rod did nothing wrong. Media makes a big deal out of nothing.

  143. St. John March 3rd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    If Alex and Derek weren’t forced to get along, they wouldn’t. They begrudgingly put their differences aside for the better of the team and to quiet the media. They have a cordial relationship, and thats it. They are employees of the same business and have no choice but to get along.

    If you think their relationship is anymore than that, you are fooling yourself. Ask any beat writer in their live chats, and they will tell you the exact same thing. They know more than the fans do.

  144. R-Tek March 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    CC/Joba are at the Suns/Magic game.

    I want a picture of the both of them with Shaq.

  145. m March 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Alex said something today?

    Alex needs to leave the DR team and have the cyst removed immediately. Unless it’s benign and won’t bother him.

    Alex’s responsibility is first to himself. And then the Yankees.

    Good luck to Alex.

  146. jack March 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    whats the link to swisher’s facebook?

  147. Betsy March 3rd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Kernan calls A-Rod “A-Roid”, so that tells me all I need to know about him. Kat O’Brien’s brief blog is a joke and I’m sorry I even clicked on the link to Arthur Staple’s piece. I took one look at it and clicked out of it.

    This hip thing could be serious and I have no clue as to why the Yankees didn’t take care of this sooner. I have a bad feeling about this…THIS should be the biggest issue. If Alex is hurt, this team is dead in the water.

  148. NY Lifer March 3rd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    WWWhat???!?

    Arod may have a real health issue?

    Nahh… Nothing is more news worthy than A-rod dissing Jeter. Well, that what it sounds like on paper.

    You go, Pete!

  149. S.o.S. March 3rd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    “only 9 more years of this embarrassment, thank god.”

    I read somewhere that he called Kuric for a career advice. Maybe he retires and does a reality show. Anna Nicole lite.

  150. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 3rd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Pinstripes Jay I notice that every time Pete posts something controversial about Arod and posters take exception you show up to defend Pete and trash the posters. It is obvious that you are an Arod hater. That is your right. I’m not saying that there aren’t times you might even be justified.

    However, there might also be times when you are the one who just has it wrong. For you to say that Pete is 100% objective about Arod just makes you look ridiculous. I think even Pete would admit that sometimes he might be a little on the heavy-handed side regarding Arod. For example, Pete editorialized the comment by absolutely suggesting that since Reyes is a SS, the comment was meant as an affront to Jeter. It very well may have appeared that way to him at the time.

    Well now we have more context regarding the timing of the comment. Without seeing Curry’s take I had already questioned how Reyes played today thinking that might have prompted the comment. Later Curry suggested that Arod was merely trying to be gracious.

    Maybe a little more objectivity on your part is called for regarding Arod. As someone already suggested Arod might be noted for saying dumb things, but he isn’t Ted Bundy.

  151. Gus March 3rd, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    So A Rod is hurt now ?????????? Great !Just saw the highlights on ESPN he is hitting the ball great. Hope it is nothing and he comes back to the team we need him on the 4/6 I am hoping we do not put our selves in a hole in the first part of season

  152. Can't Stand Ya March 3rd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    A cyst on the hip shouldn’t hinder him too much. He’ll have it removed, rest a little while for it to heal and come back and mash…and make stupid comments.

  153. Benny Blanco March 3rd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Keep talking alex. We love it! The media loves it. Look how many comments this story has so far. Pete wouldnt know what to do with his time if you ever decided to shut your trap. I’d love the attention too if I hads cameras and reporters in my face every freaking minute.
    ******sarcasm****

    Pete? do you think you can write about alex for the next 9 years? At some point you are going to burn yourself out. Quit while your ahead.

  154. Betsy March 3rd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    St. John, I couldn’t care less what the beat reporters have to say about the Jeter/Alex relationship…there is no point in beating this dead horse. WE will just have to agree to disagree.

  155. Betsy March 3rd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    http://tinyurl.com/dz4dd5
    *Jeter looks TERRIBLE in red, lol

    http://tinyurl.com/bllpum
    *Goofy pic of Tex

    http://tinyurl.com/ckngah
    *I also love the Swish pic – it reminds me of close up pics of Olympic sprinters, lol.

  156. Joey's Poodle March 3rd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Please, less hysteria. Rodriguez is an important piece but a trip to the DL on his part, Betsy, would not mean the team is ‘dead in the water’.

  157. YankFanDave March 3rd, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Does Arods complement of Reyes equal a criticism of Jeter? It seems that’s the tone of this piece. If that’s the case, this how I would read into other comments within the piece:

    Damn those non-Yankee players complementing Jeter and dissing their teammates.

    David Wright seemed to me to say he hasn’t played with people he could “try to emulate, certain guys that you want to learn from both on and off the field.” What a diss to his Mets teammates.

    And that troublemaker Dustin Pedroia saying that he has not played with a “special player” before.

    And how strange it is that both of them said they wanted to “pick his brains”, were they coached?, did the prepare their comments? They must be frauds!

    No, they are just two players complementing another player, it’s just that we haven’t chosen to dissect their words and read intent into each statement.

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