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A-Rod gives a few details to Details

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 17, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Details magazine has a story about A-Rod that touches on all the usual subjects. The writer did a particularly nice job of capturing the feel of the press conference, writing about the other players looking like they were dragged to a school assembly.

A-Rod claimed he rides the subway to games on Fridays. That seems a little far-fetched, but whatever.

Details also had him pose kissing himself in a mirror. Why Alex’s posse of advisors thought that was OK is a mite curious, but they did.

(Seriously, does anybody get worse advice than this guy? Anybody? What do you figure would happen if a photographer asked Tiger Woods to kiss himself in a mirror? There would be a two-iron wrapped around his neck. Alex’s ability to continually do and say strange things is amazing. He’s the Cal Ripken of bad decisions.)

Meanwhile, his rehab continues in Colorado. The Yankees have no idea when Alex will return to the team and, frankly, nobody is pushing the issue. These last two weeks have been pretty peaceful.

Hopefully the rehab clinic has plenty of mirrors.

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167 Responses to “A-Rod gives a few details to Details”

  1. Chilly March 17th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Damn, you don’t usually see him like that. I guess that is why the ball soars over the center field wall so often.

  2. Benny Blanco March 17th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    ummmm last time checked…what alex is doing is called MODELING!!! And why would it be far fetched for him to take the subway to night games??? And how can u compare tiger and arod????

  3. Brian March 17th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Narcissism: (see A-Rod seeing A-Rod)

  4. Hola March 17th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Doesn’t he have Madonna’s advisors doing his PR for things outside of baseball? That photo shoot is *tame* for that crowd.

    Not sure why he agreed to do it, though. Or maybe I am…

  5. Curious Fan March 17th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Is he kissing the mirror or is he staring himself up… kinda like come on let’s do this. This was a magazine photo shot not like he was in his basement doing it and someone caught it on tape. The photographer and magazine had to be going with some artistic point. But its Arod so of course it has to be taken out of context. Just like the one where he is stretching and looking in the mirror while doing it………because no one EVER does that the mirrors in weight rooms across America are just there for decoration. ~sigh reporters are worse than 10 year olds these days.

  6. m March 17th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    repost:

    Happy St. Pete’s Day! errr. St. Patrick’s Day!

    From the last thread on the A-rod thing. The picture is nothing, but I think I know why A-rod is so screwed up.

    His mother thought that playing for the DR in the WBC was more important than being the first NBA player of Dominican descent.

  7. Anthony March 17th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    It doesn’t look to me like he’s kissing himself, more like they were trying some artistic thing where he’s facing himself in the mirror up-close. Not really that big of a deal, but I guess with ARod out rehabbing, the shots have to come from somewhere.

  8. Jeff C March 17th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    i Peter- Love the blog. Thanks for your hard work to keep rabid Yankee fans like me informed.

    I feel compelled to remind you that you have a lot of people reading your opinions. You have a choice to paint things negatively, positively, or be non-commital.

    You seem to choose bashing A-Rod as a general rule of thumb. The guy drives me nuts most of the time, but I get the feeling he must have ticked you off somehow. Does he blow you off for interviews? Has he made fun of you? What is it?

    This picture is not of him “kissing” himself. It appears that he is having a moment of introspection. This is an example of the choice you have as a journalist. I think you are stretching on this one to take yet another shot at Alex.

    Thanks again for all the good you do, but this does rub me the wrong way.

  9. Scorpio March 17th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    At first glance it looked like he was locking lips with another man, uhm…not good PR.

  10. Cal March 17th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Enough, Enough, Enough already, its tiring about Arod and these pointless stories.

    Do you notice how with Arod in Colorado, we have been talking about pitch counts, velocity, bullpen and position battles. All that is such a relief to not have to hear about things that have absolutely nothing to do with baseball performance on the field.

    It would be nice for it to stay that way, but when this guy is ready to come back in May reporters will be tumbling over themselves to shove a mike in front of his face and ask the most asinine questions about Selena’s book and whatever the latest issue is with him.

  11. DT March 17th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    again Pete leaves all all the important Arod details!

    This was all part of a soul cleansing – a chance to put away all the goofs of the past and to start anew. An Arod rebirth if you will.

    After the prerequisite photo op – Alex burst out into song.

    I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror
    I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
    And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
    If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
    Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change

  12. vin March 17th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    The Cal Ripken of bad decisions… lol. You would think a guy who wants to be loved so badly wouldn’t be hated so much. I guess Alex just needs to try easier… but he’s heard that plenty of times before.

  13. Stephen March 17th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    A million dollars to anyone who actually rode the train and talked baseball with Alex!

  14. JasonR March 17th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Seriously, this is not helping. Every Yankee fan is going to receive a taunting email with the mirror picture attached everytime A-Rod does something ridiculously bad or stupid.

  15. Tom March 17th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    What a wanker….

  16. Benny Blanco March 17th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    The only reason it has been peaceful is because the ny mediots have ceased asking questions every single day about this guy. And if alex miraculously heals faster than anticpated and is expected to be in the lineup two weeks after opening day, the media will trash him for coming back too soon…

  17. Yankee U March 17th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I think he’s practicing his mean look just in case Varitek wants to get in his face again this year.

  18. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 17th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    “At first glance it looked like he was locking lips with another man, uhm…not good PR”

    lol. Is what i thought.

    maybe that is next month.

  19. jay destro March 17th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Oh look, Pete still doesn’t like Alex. Shocking.

  20. Patrick March 17th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Funny how so many of you rationalize what A-rod does. If that was Dustin Pedroia posing like a moron what would you all say? We’d make fun of him of course.

    We have to root for him because he’s a Yankee but the guy is a little wacked out if you ask me.

  21. Lala March 17th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Pathetic.

  22. wood is good March 17th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I think that photo may possibly be the funniest thing I’ve seen all year.

    I agree, Pete. With the hundreds of thousands he’s spending on “advice,” it seems he’d to much better investing in a Magic 8 ball.

  23. Patrick March 17th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Yeah it’s obvious Pete doesn’t like A-rod for whatever reason but the fact remains; the stuff A-rod does is pretty weird.

  24. GGTM March 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Pete, I think he is getting ready for another career! LOL

    Wow, I so want to support him … but why does he have to make it so darn hard!

  25. Yankee U March 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Leave Pedroia alone. He’s bust today protecting his pot of gold.

  26. Fan Mail From Some Flounder March 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Yet another pointless post regarding ARod. You might want to consider therapy to help you get past your obsession with him.

  27. m March 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Scorpio,

    One day, he’ll realize less is more. Like less “Details”. I’ve never heard of the mag, but it could just as well be called TMI. He’s right about the Madonna song being blared in opposing stadiums, but now they’ll just play them all. I like how he described their relationship. Sounds believable, until you remember the love letters. I just think he has a man-crush on her. :)

  28. Yankee U March 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    busy

  29. Lala March 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Patrick March 17th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Funny how so many of you rationalize what A-rod does. If that was Dustin Pedroia posing like a moron what would you all say? We’d make fun of him of course.

    We have to root for him because he’s a Yankee but the guy is a little wacked out if you ask me.
    ———————————————————

    This.

    It’s such a sad double standard these weak minded little homers have for Alex. He’s a wacko and a narcissist — and that does nothing to detract from his skill — and it’s worth pointing out.

  30. Yankee U March 17th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Can’t you just hear ARod saying in the picture “you talkin to me”

  31. Curious Fan March 17th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Dustin Pedroia posing like a moron what would you all say? We’d make fun of him of course.
    _ _ _ _

    Actually Patrick I wouldn’t care…..I don’t spend my days and nights wondering what Pedroia is doing. Of course if it were any other player than Arod doing that exact same pose the whole spin would be completely different.

  32. Patrick March 17th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    “Leave Pedroia alone. He’s busy today protecting his pot of gold.”

    This is hilarious.

  33. Peter Abraham March 17th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Patrick:

    Exactly. If this was Youkilis, people would be killing him. But because it’s A-Rod, I’m bashing him.

    Guess what … his PR people sent the link to me. They want this out there.

  34. wood is good March 17th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    To all bashing Pete and his comments about that A-Rod photo: If you can’t see how RIDICULOUS that photo is, you’re drinking the A-Rod Kool-Aid.

    If it was Derek, Mo, ANYONE!!! — we’d be making fun of that person!! It’s a classic comic photo!

  35. The Riddler March 17th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Hey look, another Pete-rips-ARod post.

    /Facepalm.

  36. Mike R March 17th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Did anyone see that MLB2k9 commercial with Dustin Pedroia bragging about being the MVP?

    I know it’s supposed to be a joke, but if Alex ever did that same commercial when he won the MVP, he’d get all sorts of heat for it.

  37. Patrick March 17th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    “Guess what … his PR people sent the link to me. They want this out there. ”

    That is bizarre. I think A-rod’s people are managing him like a Hollywood star. They don’t seem to realize that baseball fans don’t like this stuff.

  38. Lara08 March 17th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Curious Fan:

    EXACTLY. Most people don’t care one way or the other no matter who is in the pictures. They see it, make whatever comments in their head in passing and move on.

  39. Cal March 17th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    The fact remains this is just another dumb Arod story that has absolutely nothing to do with baseball. This stuff is more fitting for little “tweens” to blabber about or for those gossip shows with their annoying hosts like Mario Lopez.

    The only capacity to which I care about Arod’s life is his performance on the field, his personal life has no interest to me, because its frankly downright boring as hell to hear about, because it means absolutely nothing to me as a Yankee fan.

  40. Ziny March 17th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I would give an arm and a leg to be part of Alex’s PR team… I would seriously help him out.. not like the bunch of money he is wasting with Madonna’s PR team… seriously… he’s letting himself be guided by people who clearly they don’t know what they are doing.. and let’s face it… Logics is not part of A-ROD’s forte…

  41. Benny Blanco March 17th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Actually Patrick I wouldn’t care…..I don’t spend my days and nights wondering what Pedroia is doing. Of course if it were any other player than Arod doing that exact same pose the whole spin would be completely different.

    Curious: Way to nail that completely in the coffin. None of us have ever had a conversation with arod behind closed doors so we need to stop being so judgemental. I know alex is not the sharpest knife in the drawer but give him a break. This has turned into the “curious case of Alex Rodriguez.”

  42. m March 17th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Pete,

    In the interest of fairness, please post Xavier’s photo spread when you get it.

  43. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: In Honor Of St. Patrick's Day March 17th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    It is interesting that ARod would allow himself to be photographed like that. Maybe he just enjoys all the attention (both good and bad).

    We look at ARod as always putting his foot in his mouth by saying and doing the “wrong thing”. Maybe he doesn’t consider them wrong at all. Maybe he knows that certain comments and actions will create a stir.

  44. Lara08 March 17th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Wood is good I agree! And if A-Rod was accused of not paying his taxes Pete would have used A-Rod just the way he used Jeter as the butt of jokes.

  45. tampayank March 17th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    A-ROD is taking a tip out of the David Beckham book, he’s a pretty boy ‘metro’ and he doesn’t care if it’s not the norm for a baseball player. I guess staying in NY helps in this side b/c I doubt he’d be doing modeling shoots if he got shipped off to the Royals. The NY Post and Daily News should thank him for keeping them in business.

  46. Scorpio March 17th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Geez folks, lay off the messenger. A-Rod posed for that pic in all his stupidity.

    I’m a Yankee fan and I found that Pedroia commercial highly amusing, as it was intended to be.

  47. m March 17th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Patrick,

    I read/saw somewhere that if Alex played in LA, he’d be a HUGE crossover star like David Beckham.

  48. Janet62 March 17th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Pete – do you REALLY think no one in the Yankee org is pushing to get A Rod back, just because it has been more peaceful these past few weeks? When exactly did peacefulness become more important than offense?

    Your dislike of this player is obvious. Be responsible with your blog. Keep the petty thoughts to yourself, or share them with your friends. You represent the media, start acting like it. Oh wait.. YOU ARE!!!

    Well, try NOT acting like it then.

  49. Benny Blanco March 17th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    This is simple . We are actually getting mad at arod for doing a photo shoot. How pointless is that?

  50. Patrick March 17th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    “Actually Patrick I wouldn’t care…..I don’t spend my days and nights wondering what Pedroia is doing. ”

    None of us care about Pedroia or what he does. My point is that if Pedroia had a silly photo like A-rod’s we would be making fun of him and not making excuses for him.

    Just like we would make fun of

    Pat Burrell – http://blogs.phillynews.com/in.....ss%202.jpg

    Jose Reyes and David Wright – http://subwaychatter.com/blog/.....right1.jpg

  51. CALIBER 09 March 17th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Now back to real baseball news…

  52. Cal March 17th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    “The NY Post and Daily News should thank him for keeping them in business”

    At the rate newspapers are falling like flies they may soon need more than the latest Arod tabloid, gossip splash to have their papers picked up and looked at. Every time I see these stories I remembered why I stopped reading the newspapers, its almost a given that something sensationalized will be splashed on it, with little substance in the story.

  53. yanksfanmc76 March 17th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    He really is querer than a 3 dollar bill

  54. Hola March 17th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    “A-ROD is taking a tip out of the David Beckham book…”

    That’s it. Definitely. His PR people see him as the next David Beckham.

    What they’re missing is that American sports fans react quite differently to, let’s call it, “non-traditional masculinity” than do many Europeans.

    I’m looking forward to the inevitable underwear ads, though.

  55. Patrick March 17th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Benny we aren’t mad that A-rod did the photo shoot. Its just funny and absurd that he did it.

  56. rodg12 March 17th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    *CRICKETS*

  57. wood is good March 17th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I’m not mad at A-Rod for the photo shoot. I’m just LAUGHING at the photo!

    I’m sure none of his teammates will be making fun of him either….

  58. Dan March 17th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    That Pedroia commercial is terrific, definitely one of the better baseball video game ads. Its great that Dustin can laugh at himself, but perhaps that’s what A-Rod is doing here? I’m sure he’s heard the whole “narcissist” thing for a while now. Maybe he’s just playing to that.

    Either that, or Pete’s right. The guy has some horrible advisers/publicists.

  59. Cal March 17th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    “Geez folks, lay off the messenger. A-Rod posed for that pic in all his stupidity.
    I’m a Yankee fan and I found that Pedroia commercial highly amusing, as it was intended to be.”

    I don’t think its about laying off Pete, I just think people are sick of all these pointless Arod stories that seem to surface that is more suited for Hollywood tabloid gossip than having any baseball merit. These stories are of no worth to a Yankees “BASEBALL” fan.

  60. m March 17th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Now I remember, I want to say it was some guest (like a sports biz guy?) on the dan patrick show.

    Speaking of, if you want to see a picture of him (dp, not al) wrapping his arms around the lovely Andrews sisters, it’s on his website (around march 9).

    I can’t decide which one is prettier. Probably Erin.

  61. Tom March 17th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I don’t know which pic is more absurd-the Tom Brady with the goat or Alex fetishising himself.

  62. Doris from Rego Park March 17th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    http://deadspin.com/5171865/do.....-shoot-now

  63. m March 17th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    rodg,

    I knew you’d come through. Bravo.

    Anyone who doesn’t like Pete’s coverage should follow the “crickets” rule.

  64. Cal March 17th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    “Your dislike of this player is obvious. Be responsible with your blog. Keep the petty thoughts to yourself, or share them with your friends. You represent the media, start acting like it. Oh wait.. YOU ARE!!!”

    Sorry to say Pete but I fully concur with this poster, this is what has turned me off from the media, Thankfully on the internet I can pick and choose where I go to get information and avoid the talking heads, that think their opinions are of substance and credibility. When sadly both are usually lacking.

  65. Lara08 March 17th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    http://www.diablomag.com/image.....wisher.jpg

    A-Rod should have done this. He has a bat in his hand, that makes it okay.

  66. pat March 17th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    “What do you figure would happen if a photographer asked Tiger Woods to kiss himself in a mirror?”

    I have a hard time believing an intelligent person such as yourself REALLY believes that was the request and meaning of the photo.

  67. Roger(from amsterdam) March 17th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    what’s the big deal about this photo..??

  68. Drew March 17th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    That picture is making me ill.

  69. Tony in Albany March 17th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I can’t stand Bill Simmons most of the time, especially during the baseball season, but his “GM of Common Sense” idea has always stuck with me….you wonder what sports would be like if franchises or players took a moment to step back and think about what the man on the street is going to think about the decisions they make. If you asked a guy “hey, what would you think of a photo shoot where Alex stares at himself in the mirror, practically locking lips with his mirror image? – that’d be a good idea, right?” For all of the millions of dollars Alex must spend on PR advice, you wish someone could give him some plain and simple common sense advice. But really what it boils down to is you can’t put someone in Alex’s head and let them make his decisions for him, or put a filter on his mouth. He’ll always be a straight up weird guy, and even though he usually means well, he always manages to come off the wrong way. 9 more years of this…..man, that’s hard to swallow.

    Anyone remember a while back when Pete mentioned the idea of swapping Arod for David Wright? I swear to god, I’d give anything for that….anything. Can you imagine how great that would be for the team? Wright reminds me of Jeter and Teixera – he’s got that textbook Yankee presence about him. Not that it’d ever happen in a million years….but hey, we can all dream, right?

  70. John in Ohio March 17th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Jeeeesh…

    I’ll say it again…He obviously never got straight A’s.

  71. Zach in Port Jeff March 17th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Yaaaaaaaaawn.

  72. Hola March 17th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Tony, have you seen the GQ shoot of Wright with Jose Reyes?

  73. Brandon, 'Watching Jorge Vasquez in the WBC & Wade go MVP in the NBA' March 17th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Alex to AL: Lets do this man.
    AL to Alex: They all don’t understand you, but we do.

    :lol:

    Srsly. just get better man.

  74. vin March 17th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    The last thing Alex’s advisors want to do is give him good advice. That would ultimately put them out of a job.

  75. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 17th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    “Anyone remember a while back when Pete mentioned the idea of swapping Arod for David Wright? I swear to god, I’d give anything for that….anything. Can you imagine how great that would be for the team? Wright reminds me of Jeter and Teixera – he’s got that textbook Yankee presence about him. Not that it’d ever happen in a million years….but hey, we can all dream, right?”

    Yeah, because Wright has led the Mutts to so many World Championships. Wright is a choker just like the rest of the Mutts. Two years straight, in fact. The Mutts can keep Wright. We don’t need him.

  76. Cal March 17th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I’ve figured it out. My way for dealing with all these annoying as hell stories about Arod is to ignore them. If it doesn’t have anything to do with baseball I will not watch, listen or read about any of it.

    The moment the name Arod comes up and the context isn’t baseball related my remote will change the channel or my eyes will not move and my brain will not read any further down the non baseball stories about Arod on the internet.

  77. tampayank March 17th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    maybe the AROD ticker will show up again on ESPN, we’ve missed it ha

  78. Bob March 17th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    “Funny how so many of you rationalize what A-rod does. If that was Dustin Pedroia posing like a moron what would you all say? We’d make fun of him of course.

    We have to root for him because he’s a Yankee but the guy is a little wacked out if you ask me.”
    ________________________________________

    If Pete made a post specifically to bash Pedroia, I’d call him out also.

    Pete doesn’t like ARod. Shocking. What was the point of this post, again?

  79. Lara08 March 17th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    “Tony, have you seen the GQ shoot of Wright with Jose Reyes?”

    When they looked stupid as hell?

  80. donkey kong March 17th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Those of you who like to bash ARod act as if you don’t have any skeletons in your closet. It is much easier to point fingers isn’t it? This blog has turned into a soap opera.

  81. Cal March 17th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    “maybe the AROD ticker will show up again on ESPN, we’ve missed it ha”

    LOL, breaking news info for sure, might be their lead because heaven knows they sure didn’t have enough Arod coverage.

  82. ANSKY March 17th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Sorry … somehow I posted this in the last thread:

    I don’t know whether the idea behind the pic with the mirror ‘kiss’ is that, or if it’s supposed to look like one of those promo pics taken before a boxing match where the two guys ‘going to war’ pose jaw-to-jaw. Boxers do get pretty close for those stare-down pics.

    You know … either the “He’s his own enemy” or “He’s fighting against himself” thing. Just a guess on a different perspective.

    His PR person is Madonna’s PR person right? Yep, there’s potential to not make the best decisions there. What worked perfectly for her (until her late 30′s) may not be the best thing for Alex.

  83. m March 17th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Cal,

    Do what Rodg did. *crickets* or *ignore*

    Bob,

    The purpose was to put Alex’s name and image out there, per his publicist’s request. But Pete’s not so special that he was the only one. I’m sure it was e-mailed to the Post, Deadspin, and dozens more. Alex wants attention and he’s getting it. He’s not worried about it, so nobody else should be either.

  84. ZMan March 17th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    “Guess what … his PR people sent the link to me. They want this out there. ”

    Wow. The guy is a headcase, to the highest degree.

  85. JoeyA March 17th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Ricky Henderson would stand in front of a mirror before games, repeating to himself, “You’re the best Ricky.”

    Until we have reports of Alex doing that, the gold medal for being eccentric goes to Ricky.

    Alex’s right arm in the mirror looks abnormally large.

  86. dave March 17th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    His PR people wanted the world to see him kissing another man?

  87. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 17th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    “Pete doesn’t like ARod. Shocking. What was the point of this post, again?”

    Why, to bash and make fun of Alex, of course. The picture is stupid. The photographer that took it isn’t the brightest bulb in the photo shop. Alex agreeing to it proves that he still has an issue deciding what he should and should not do. But in the grand scheme of things, how is this related to him as a baseball player or a Yankee? Where is the story about how his rehab is going? Where’s the story that addresses Alex as a baseball player? This stuff is a waste of my time. You want to show me a picture of Alex? Show me a photo of him working his butt off in Colorado, trying to get back to the team. Then, I’ll be interested.

  88. m March 17th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Joey,

    That’s his left arm. :)

  89. ZMAN7777 March 17th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Well, at least we won’t have to watch Cody Ransom engage in any of this self-indulgent lunacy.

  90. ECG 234 March 17th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I’m starting to think that A-Rod’s advisers/PR guys have all huddled together behind A-Rod’s back, and are out on a conspiracy mission to destroy him, rather than restore his image.

    No other explanation

  91. m March 17th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Laura,

    Alex’s PR people sent this link, not photos of him rehabbing.

  92. murphydog March 17th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    “This picture is not of him “kissing” himself. It appears that he is having a moment of introspection.”

    Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, even if my thousand wouldn’t match everybody else’s.

    My take: According to the Greeks and the Romans, Narcissus was not having a moment of “introspection” when he gazed at his reflection in the pool. (Maybe it’s just the poor state of education these days that the obvious negative connotations of such a picture were lost on Alex and his management).

    Anyway, I’m done with gratuitous bashing of this guy; it’s like kicking a cripple. (And if the words “kicking a cripple” offend the more sensitive out there, insert “flogging the fallen horse” instead). But it’s one thing to gratuitously bash this guy, ie., initiate the contact or manufacture the issue, versus responding to some dubious photos this guy’s peeps put out there for maximum exposure.

    Team A-Rod missed the boat. You want pictures? Ask Annie Leibovitz to shoot the Material Man. She’d get amazing results from a subject like Alex.

  93. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: In Honor Of St. Patrick's Day March 17th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    As long as he comes back soon and plays well, who cares what kinds of photo shoots he does.

  94. Lara08 March 17th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    “Show me a photo of him working his butt off in Colorado, trying to get back to the team.”

    Laura I don’t know what to do with you. You know such a scene does not exist.

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JAtl.....giambi.jpg

    I prefer my Yankees like this!

  95. Kontos March 17th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Yeah… let’s all kill Pete when A-Rod’s own PR firm sent him these images to post here.

    Amazing the lengths that A-Rod apologists will go through to place the blame on anyone else except him.

  96. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: In Honor Of St. Patrick's Day March 17th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    “You know … either the “He’s his own enemy” or “He’s fighting against himself” thing. Just a guess on a different perspective.”

    There’s Pete’s next Springsteen-related headline.

  97. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 17th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    “Alex’s PR people sent this link, not photos of him rehabbing.”

    I understand that, m. That doesn’t mean that Pete has to post it. He posts this crap under the guise that it’s news and we’re supposed to believe it. Alex taking a dorky picture is not news IMO.

  98. Leche Cabrera vs. Gritty Gutty Brett Gritner March 17th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Yankee U March 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    “Leave Pedroia alone. He’s busy today protecting his pot of gold.”

    hahahahahahaha

    You sir have just made my day!! :-D

  99. donkey kong March 17th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Kontos,

    Blame for what? ARod did nothing wrong hear. People are getting over-sensitive.

  100. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 17th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    “Yeah… let’s all kill Pete when A-Rod’s own PR firm sent him these images to post here.”

    Did they put a gun to his head and tell him that he had to post it? I doubt it. There is such a thing as journalistic integrity.

  101. Global Warming March 17th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Pete does it to get hits. I don’t know why people still get upset about it.

  102. Will March 17th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks for posting, Pete.

    I was starting to miss A-Rod coverage (off-the-field), so this is refreshing news.

  103. vin March 17th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Just lay off Alex… when he posed for that photo he was just a stupid kid, and it was probably a very loosey-goosey atmosphere in that studio.

  104. DT March 17th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Wow, 100 blog posts in a little over an hour.
    Pete ain’t no dummy.

    You do know what Arod is right?

    He’s a BED. Blog Enhancing Device. :-)

  105. m March 17th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Laura,

    Trust me. I would give Pete big props if he put his foot down and refused to be part of the big hype machine for Alex.

    I could read stories all day about our pitching, position battles, and young players trying to break through. But I’ve been around the block a few times and know that world doesn’t exist.

    Can’t wait to see a feature on Alex in Esquire. His team really screwed up, getting beat to the punch by Papelbon.

  106. Betsy March 17th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Don’t care, moving on

  107. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 17th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Alex’s people sent this to Pete-they want it out there. I guess Alex like people talking about him and here we are.

    The man is a little weirdo, but he’s out weirdo

  108. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 17th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    out=our

  109. Lenny March 17th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I can’t even imagine what the Roberts book is going to contain

  110. Jeter's Edge (In Blaz'n Copper!) :-) March 17th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Nice, I try to defend Pete and I get filtered out!

  111. gayle March 17th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    As someone who has pr responsibilities as part of their job I have a few things to say.

    Details Magazine why o why this is a magazine who target audience is not only small but demographic doesn’t make sense for Arod. Nobody reads that magazine.It used to mean something but maybe thats the only cover he could get.

    That photo. I wonder if anyone from his pr camp was actually at that photo shoot and if they were and allowed this to happen they should be fired. If I had a client and the photographer asked them to do that shot I would have stepped in right away and said no way. It is your job to protect your client and allowing that to happen is grounds for dismissal. Who care if you pr person comes off as the bad guy by not allowing it to happen and who cares if it gets in the gossip pages that arod has a pr person that was overly protective that is a TON better than allowing this photo to be taken and the backlash and jokes it will create.

    Thirdly – I could understand if the magazines pr people would send the link and a release about the story out to people but to have your own pr people send it around is yet again a sign of desperation and shows that they really have no clue if they are sending this to beat reporters.Now a Newsweek, Time, SI story sure you send that around perhaps but Details come one I am sure that each one of them laughed when they saw their in box.

    If I were him I would fire them asap get rid of them all and find someone, anyone who will tell him the truth, protect him and not worry about upsetting his ego( which I am sure he has all superstars have them)

  112. And 1 March 17th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Even Roberts was right… the team should have fun with it and post these pics all over his locker lol

  113. Lara08 March 17th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I admit I’m an apologist.

    I’m a “common sense, pick my battles, choose not to react to everything” apologist.

    I just don’t like when people act like they hate to report this stuff and they are doing it because they have to. I agree with Judge Judy (my father would kill me.) Don’t pee on my leg and tell me its raining.

    Reporters and bloggers want hits and I understand A-Rod brings hits. I just don’t like when they act like Alex and his antics are beneath them. Can’t do that when you make your living off of it.

  114. T1D257 March 17th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    A-Rod knew what he was doing.

    He doesn’t need one of his 100 PR directors to tell him that a photo of him kissing (himself? another guy?) will not result in anything good.

    The guy’s lack of basic, general comprehension of things is just bewildering.

  115. jennifer March 17th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    They should put a full length mirror in his locker. :P

  116. Lambchop Louie March 17th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Are there any shirts out yet with just plain Al on them ?

    I thought A-Rod and Alex were old former names.

  117. blondlobo March 17th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    It’s funny how many people blame a reporter for injecting some humor into the situation. I find the picture funny. At first glance, I thought it was a boxer face-off, but it really seems like A-Rod just has no sense of what fans want to see. Then again, I’m not sure he’s concerned about what fans want, but more of what would get his name out there.

    After all, here we are, burning up yet another blog post about A-Rod.

    (And yes, that Pedroia commercial is hilarious. But A-Rod would get bashed for it. Of course, I think his sense of humor was surgically removed)

  118. Rishi March 17th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Interesting (non A-Rod) article:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03.....ref=sports

  119. Al from BK March 17th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Tell A-Rod to fire his advisory committee I will work for half the price and offer better tips. I really thought that pic had to be a photo-shop until I read Pete’s post, geez.

  120. gayle March 17th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Also now that I see who the photographer is this is exactly the type of photos that Steven Klein is known for. Once again I just don’t get what his people are advising him on. It is like they want to create the controversy and he just lets it happen. Steven Klein is known for provocative gritty shots,mind you he is an amazing fashion photographer (he did the Calvin Klein ad campaign a few year ago) so if you know that is what the photographer goes for then you don’t allow your client to be the latest controversial model in a time when the last thing he needs is more controversy

  121. tony March 17th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I guess I would be considered an A-Rod “apologist” because I defend him a lot, but this picture is just stupid.

  122. Lara08 March 17th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I’m sorry but some of you sound as gullible as you claim the A-Rod apologist are. Stuff like this gets blogs hits, but there comes a point that no matter the attention in some way the person will see some benefit.

    It may not be immediate with everyone praising the pictures or articles but often it leads to the other things, even if they don’t happen until later on.

    He’s not in a contract year and his money is guaranteed. Supposedly most people already don’t like him. There is nothing to lose from this.

    So while Yankee fans, baseball fans, and baseball writers may not like it, the world is SO much bigger than us. And while this might not make those others gravitate towards him, its not necessarily making them hate him either.

  123. Jeterboy March 17th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Leave the man alone.. do we need to critique every thing he does? He’s living a life we could only dream of.

  124. hokiehill March 17th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I’d love to have the opportunity to sit in a room and get “advice” from Al’s PR team. I bet that would be the funniest moment in my life. The problem is, someone tells A-rod that his PR team isn’t getting it done and instead of logically getting rid of them, he thinks the better choice is to hire another one. The Yankees PR guy and an agent should be enough to make you come across as human and genuine. A-Rod, I AM A FAN OF YOURS….and from a fan, please get rid of the circus and stop being a clown! Think about grade school…no one liked the kid that always went out of his way to be liked because it was un-natural and came across as desperate and obnoxious!

  125. m March 17th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    The point of the whole exercise was to get Alex’s name back out there. All was too quiet on the eastern front.

    But I like the quiet. Would like a lot of quiet before Alex’s bat storms back.

  126. Hola March 17th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    gayle, in PR you’re aiming to present your client in the best possible light given the goals of that client.

    You don’t have the goals right. Playing the role of a stereotypical US professional athlete wasn’t getting him anywhere in terms of endorsements, so it seems now that his PR people are clearly trying to re-make him in the David Beckham mold. Given that, this photo shoot is on-strategy.

    It’s certainly not the typical path for an American male professional athlete – and it’s likely a mistake given how our culture expects our male athletes to behave and appear – but that’s obviously their goal.

    Also, keep in mind he’s using Madonna’s PR people. Look at her career…it’s built on manufacturing one controversy after the next.

  127. Lara08 March 17th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    m, its as quiet as you want it to be. Don’t read this stuff and then complain about it. Its like the writers who say they don’t want to write about it.

    Most of us couldn’t get away from Britney Spears but there is a lot of information you don’t know if just 50% of the time you don’t read the articles, blogs and interviews about the person.

  128. Andy March 17th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Tiger doesn’t carry a 2-iron.

  129. m March 17th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Lara,

    I’m not complaining about it.

    I just prefer that Alex lay low, and worry about “resurrecting” his baseball career (ie coming back from injury) rather than trying to cultivate his image. If he helps the Yankees win a world series, he’ll be the king of New York. It’ll be LeBron Who?

    This is definitely a case of trying too hard. I’m probably part of their target demographic, but I’m not biting!

  130. Doreen March 17th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    murphydog -

    Those could be really interesting photographs if done by Leibowitz.

    The photo with the mirror just looks strange. The look on his face is strange. It’s simply not a good photograph. Whatever they were going for did not work and it should not have been used. Whoever had final say on the pictures used is who dropped the ball.

    It really could have been an interesting picture.

    Instead – it inspires jokes.

  131. Doreen March 17th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    (But I have to admit I LOVE those arms!) :)

  132. gayle March 17th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Hola-

    I totally agree with you and you need to represent the goals of your client.But if you can explain how that photo shoot in that magazine helps him get endorsement in any country other than Japan perhaps (and I would offer that he could already do that without doing that photo shoot)than please tell me. David Beckham gets endorsements because he is positioned as the best in his sport which is a HUGE global sport particularly in Europe.

    Baseball is not that it is huge in America and then in Asia and South and Central America. He could get endorsement in those countries without going through Details Magazine. Also now with the economy tanking and the PED stuff there is not a legitimate company in the states that would touch him with a ten foot poll.

    Also how is that David Beckham thing working now for him he has no presence in the US Pepsi dropped him.Like I said if Arod’s goal is to break the US market this has not helped in any way.

  133. Lara08 March 17th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    m:

    That’s just fallacious reasoning. Who is to say he’s not “resurrecting” his baseball career because he’s “resurrecting” his image?

    You can do both. Players promote themselves/image (or products) AND play their game at the same time.

  134. Hola March 17th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    gayle, I agree – it’s likely not the right approach.

    IIRC, baseball players in general are low men on the totem pole when it comes to endorsement contracts & dollars – even Jeter’s deals pale in comparison to those of golfers or race car drivers, for example.

    Add to that the glee with which the media lays into the guy, and now of course the PED thing. So trying something different is really the only way to go. It’s likely just too different.

  135. Benny Blanco March 17th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Maybe arod should have taken a picture staring at Jeter?

  136. stanzy March 17th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I do think Pete goes a bit overboard making fun of A-Rod, sometimes. But this is not one of those times. Really, how could anyone look at that picture and not think, “Alex, what were you thinking?”

    Of course the photographer was trying to be artistic. So what? And maybe the idea behind it is something like A-Rod confronting himself. But Alex would have to have a head of stone to not think this picture would reinforce the image of him as a self-loving egomaniac. And showing off bulging muscles (made to look even more so by the photography) when you’ve just been exposed as a steroid user? Come on! And since we know he has a ton of advisers, Pete’s comment makes perfect sense.

    Sure, this is not really important baseball news. But this is a blog. It’s a conversation where Pete gets to decide on the starting point for the discussion. He’s done an excellent job of keeping things lively, and keeping readers engaged. As silly as it can be, this kind of stuff helps keep the blog from getting tedious.

  137. Michael Kei (Igawa) March 17th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    He should have done like Wright and Reyes, pose with Jeter

  138. Benny Blanco March 17th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I hate to admit it stanzy, but your right. Pete wins again. The score is Pete 60 and Bloggers 0. He baits us into this all the time…..urggggghhh.

  139. Zorin March 17th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    What’s up with the mattress in the corner? Does he lay the mirror down on it and nail the mirror after a workout?

  140. Lara08 March 17th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    “I hate to admit it stanzy, but your right. Pete wins again. The score is Pete 60 and Bloggers 0. He baits us into this all the time…..urggggghhh.”

    Thats how I feel about the athletes who get all the press.

    TO, A-Rod, etc. 1,000 Sports writers – 0

    LMAO. A blog is what the owner wants it to be. I discuss baseball at a different site and stuff like this here. Because the blog where I like to discuss the Yankees rarely if ever posts this stuff. It spends 99% of the time only discussing baseball. It doesnt get 500 comments but the 85, 23, or 125 that it does are quality.

    Keep doing your thing Pete.

  141. m March 17th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Lara,

    Of course you can do both. But Alex for whatever reason, whether he helped or not, has become a big joke. I know that stings to hear if you’re an Alex fan, but it’s the truth.

    This injury was an excellent opportunity to be out of the news for 2 months. Just go to the Siberia of North America and do your rehab. The beat writers move on and actually rediscover the fun of covering real baseball rather than the tabloid baseball they insist on force feeding the masses. Let the Yankees play baseball without Alex being the center of everything. It’s been a long time since it’s been peaceful and quiet. I’m not saying Alex is the cause of any problems, but let the guys take care of business while Alex is rehabbing. Then when he’s ready, then he can rejoin the Yankees when they’re in full swing.

    In addition, he’s not only recovering from injury to his hip, but his reputation took a huge hit in recent months. Time heals all kinds of wounds, even injuries to the reputation.

  142. Whatever March 17th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Looks like these photos in DETAILS will pretty much end all speculation on whether Alex is confused about his sexuality. [sarcasm]

  143. May day March 17th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    LOL..let’s get youk to pose for one of these

  144. Bill March 17th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Ha ha ha ha!

    “He’s the Cal Ripken of bad decisions”

    Isn’t that the truth?

    Pete, you crack me up!!!

  145. Lara08 March 17th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    1. I don’t know M. When is the last time it was quiet?

    2. No one is stopping the guys from taking care of business. Any player who can’t do their job needs to stop cashing those million dollar checks. Frankly I think some people, in their eagerness to rip on A-rod, are giving his team mates an out and an excuse for why they can’t get their jobs done.

    3. This interview was not done while he was rehabbing. He hadn’t even had surgery or even knew he would need it.

    I don’t particularly disagree with you M. But I’m not going to always blame everything on the player because “he should know the reaction.” Its like blaming McDonalds because they should have known you couldn’t resist and would gain 700 pounds from eating their food every day of the year, three times a day.

    I am critical of a lot of things this guy chooses to do. But sometimes its manufactured and I’m not going to blame HIM because the media and fans get in a tizzy over something thats simply much ado about nothing.

  146. saucY March 17th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    my first reaction to the pic was that it was a-rod and someone else. then i realized it was a mirror. it’s artsy. we all know he’s infatuated/at-war with himself… looks like he’s trying to be tough with himself.

    never thought he was meant to be kissing himself until Pete mentioned it.

    agree with whomever suggested that they’re trying to make him out to be like Beckham.

  147. Kevin (not that Kevin) Brown March 17th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    If someone has already noted this, my apology, but for what it’s worth: that picture of A-Rod in the mirror was not a recent photo taken for the Details article; it actually appeared on the front page of the N.Y. Post back in 2007 with the headline, “I love you sooo much.”

  148. Jameson March 17th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    No, Peter. If Tiger was posing in this photo nobody would think anything of it, but since it’s A-Rod, you and everybody else have to blow it way out of proportion and make it something it’s not.

  149. darkmoonfire March 17th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Wow, that photo is a car crash. There’s no way this endears him to his teammates.

    If he goes further down the Madonna route and brings out a “Sex” book, then I may actually be physically ill at the prospect. Sadly that wouldn’t be impossible, nor even unlikely.

    A-Rod apologists, all the Pete bashing you do just proves how biased you are — NOT how biased he is. I do NOT believe he is biased — it’s all in your own heads.

    If you can’t see what is seriously wrong with this picture, and the fact that Alex is so proud of it and that he wants it out there, then you really need help.

    It would perhaps be better for you to find another blog to follow. Bashing Pete, in his own house, for telling the truth is totally unreasonable.

    Go write your own blogs, or post on blogs where you are welcome, or simply hold your tongues here.

  150. Jimbo24 March 17th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I’m sick. Just when I think I can’t be surprised by anything. This guy can’t get worse advice. I should contact him to see if I can get on the payroll and suggest some things. Of course, I’d have to come up with the opposite of what I really think to get him to agree with my advice. Here’s a few things he should consider doing to help his image:

    1. Open an Abortion clinic- young pregnant teens and the guys who knocked them up will love you!

    2. Raise baby calves at your Miami home for Veal- Hello, you eat in restaurants every night! Never have trouble getting seated again!

    3. Come out and support Jeb Bush for the next election, the earlier the better!

    4. Release sex tape with Madonna- wait, some people may actually think thats cool, scratch that.

    5. Wear a Red Sox hat by accident to opening day when you’re sitting in Big Steins booth watching the game.

    6. Tell everyone how great the new park is…in Queens!

  151. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 17th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    LMAOOOOOO

    oh jeez. this guy is too much.

  152. Chris for NJ March 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Alex has character flaws, we get it. I think we all just love hearing about flawed heros. But we really get our 270m worth, he entertains us on the field AND off!!

  153. Peg March 17th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    While these sure are pretty pictures he makes me sick.

    I know I am going to be lambasted (sp?) here but my God he is the most image conscious self absorbed, vain, narcisstic,human in baseball and God knows that is saying a lot. He makes Bonds, Manny and Griffey look like small ego’s.

    I know he’s great, I know he has more talent than most, I get all of that. But honestly can’t he just stay in the background and be quiet for awhile? Can’t he just play? Can’t he be without attention for a millisecond? Can’t his play do the talking? Why must he always try to be in the forefront? There is no “i” in team remember? I know we need his bat but by God I wish we really didn’t and he could just go away…..far far away.

  154. BECK March 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    *Look at his arm,s he’s still ROIDING.*

  155. Curious Fan March 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    You do realize Peg that it takes a couple of months to set up photo shoots and articles. I bet that photo shoot was done long before the PEDs and injury came out and I bet Arod and Co where lead to believe the article would be about something other than another bashing session. I’m watching all of this and its like a watching bullies pick on the weak kid very very sick.

    They act like Alex killed someone and got off scott free (heck OJ gets better treatment in the media and he actually did kill someone). Other athletes get DUIs left and right putting the public at large in danger and they get praised (Barkley, Chamberlin anyone). No one has told me one single crime that this guy has committed other than taking PEDs (which Giambi, Pettitte and Tejada also did and are still active but are treated by the media with respect). I have not seen one incident in which Alex has been rude to them (the media) and yet they come at him at every angle.

    What is it they want from him? Death because someone offered him (and not them) millions upon millions of dollars to play baseball and he didn’t turn it down. Who on this blog (including Pete) would have turned it down? The biggest difference between Alex and Media is that he makes money by playing a game not by trying to tear people down. But I firmly believe in karma and while the media is relishing in this now it won’t last forever.

  156. Yankeepelotero March 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Pete can you get off Arod’s back already? geez…now you’re getting annoying. His PR Firm gave you the info about the article, not your bias opinions and judgmental comments on Alex. we get it ok, you don’t like him for an interview he never gave you. You media types need to get off your high horses and stop acting as if someone made you the moral police. The guy is not perfect, we know that and if you guys wouldn’t give him so much publicity we wouldn’t know every single detail of his flawed character. ENOUGH!!

  157. Much Ado about Something March 17th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I don’t see that picture as him kissing himself. His chin is up too far for that. It looks like “in your face” confrontation. I think they are positing that he is confronting himself, facing up to himself, rather than self loving.

  158. Mastodon March 17th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    You know, I bet A-Rod’s been struggling with his sexuality. That would explain at least two things: Why he’s had trouble fitting in (due to major-league homophobia), and why he palled around with Madonna. Poor guy.

  159. Lara08 March 17th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Smokin’ hot Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez let down his guard for the new cover of Details magazine. Details’ Alex Bhattacharji tells “Extra” the secret behind this gritty shoot. Bhattacharji says, “He even had a few tequila shots.” That’ll do the trick!

    http://extratv.warnerbros.com/....._a-rod.php

    The world is so much bigger than sports fans.

    And like me, Davidoff may not get it personally but he’s basically thinking, “Okay next.”

    http://weblogs.newsday.com/spo.....lex_r.html

  160. li March 17th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Selena Roberts should try to get that kissing pic for the cover of her book.

  161. Peter Abraham March 17th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    According to the photo editor of Details, Alex was in fact kissing his image in the mirror.

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....ref=sports

    As you might image, some of the guys in the clubhouse were scratching their heads over this one.

  162. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 17th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Ahhh.. a “lala” sighting. Typical.

    *crickets*

  163. Rosa March 17th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Alex loves Alex.

  164. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 17th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    “Go write your own blogs, or post on blogs where you are welcome, or simply hold your tongues here.”

    Bugger. off.

    Literally.

    How about you get off your soapbox for a second? Peter has his comments section open for a reason. If he didn’t want feedback and discussion – there would be no comments section. If people can disagree with him in a respectful manner, then they have every right to tell what they think of this story – without being called apologists or told to put up or shut up either.

  165. KO March 17th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    uhhhhhhhhhhh he’s not kissing the mirror bro, get a clue

  166. E-Boli-the13th March 17th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I just don’t get anyone who disagrees with Pete on this one. ARod just is not that bright. Bottom line!

  167. RockinDaBronx March 18th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Arod needs to just come out already, he’s the Clay Aiken of baseball

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