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Spring Game 26: Yankees at Rays (now with audio from Sabathia and Posada)

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YANKEES
Gardner CF
Cabrera LF
Nady RF
Swisher 1B
Cano DH
Ransom 2B
Berroa 3B
Pena SS
Cash C

Pitching today: Alfredo Aceves followed by Kei Igawa, Damaso Marte and Steven Jackson.

Notes: The Yankees have won nine straight and 11 of their last 12. … Swisher is back after missing two days with a bruised left calf, the result of a foul ball.

CC Sabathia will pitch in a minor-league game at 1 p.m. against players from the Pittsburgh organization. I’m going to stay in Tampa and watch that instead of driving down to Port Charlotte. Check back later for reports on how CC looks.

That’s it for now. It’s a quiet Sunday morning in Tampa.

UPDATE, 8:42 a.m.: Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui have the day off and do not need to report. … Phil Coke will pitch tomorrow. … Damaso Marte will pitch an inning today and then get two days off … Joba is set up for an intrasquad game back back in Tampa on the morning of April 5 so he can stay in his routine.

UPDATE, 9:15 a.m.: In news from under the big top, a former call-girl madam claims she dated A-Rod and provided him with hookers. The Daily News has all the gory details.

Whether this latest tale is true or not isn’t really the point. All of this nonsense is just background noise anyway as everybody knows what a clown Alex is. Whether he’s kissing himself, talking steroids, lying to Katie Couric, apologizing to Katie Couric, getting hookers or whatever else, A-Rod is signed for nine more years (atta boy, Hank) and all the Yankees can do is deal with it. What other choice do they have?

UPDATE, 9:25 a.m.: The Rays are pitching David Price, Grant Balfour, Brian Shouse and Jason Isringhausen.

UPDATE, 12:58 p.m.: Here we are at the minor-league complex. CC will face a linuep that includes Lance Broadway and Ruben Gotay.

UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: CC had a 1-2-3 first. 18 pitches. Former first-round pick Neil Walker fouled off four 3-2 pitches before going down swinging.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: CC allowed a double by Jonel Pacheco. But when Broadway flied to center, Pacheco left early when he tagged up and was called out on appeal. 28 pitches after two innings.

UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: CC allowed a two-out single in the third. No damage done. 39 pitches after three, 27 of them strikes. His wife and three kids are here. CC III is decked out in Yankees gear.

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: CC left the bases loaded in the fourth. He’s at 67 pitches so that could be it.

His line: 4 5 0 0 1 2.

UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: CC going back out there.

UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: Sorry for the delay but had to conduct some interviews. CC allowed a run in the fifth inning on a double and a bad-hop single.

His final line: 5 innings, 7 hits, 1 one, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts. 81 pitches / 51 strikes.

The bigger news: Four runners tried to steal second on Jorge Posada and he threw out three of them. He said his shoulder feels 100 percent now and that those throws have given him great confidence.

Posada said he needed to slow down his throwing mechanics after starting the game with a poor throw. This is obviously excellent news for the Yankees.

Posada also praised how Sabathia holds runners by using a slide step delivery and being quick to the plate. CC said he will be conscious of doing all be can to help his catcher.

UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: Here are the interviews we did with Jorge Posada:

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I think you’ll find it interesting to hear Jorge talk about the mechanics of throwing and how the pitcher helps that process. Good inside baseball sort of stuff.

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474 Responses to “Spring Game 26: Yankees at Rays (now with audio from Sabathia and Posada)”

  1. Drive 4-5 March 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Were there any interviews yesterday with Phil Hughes? I’m sure deep down he’s a bit disappointed. But he seems like a very intelligent young man and he knows there’s still work to be done before he’s ready to become a major league pitcher. I wish him well and look forward to following his progress.I’m sure we’ll see him again at some point this year.Injuries are inevitable. Hughes could even take a few turns for Joba if Joba’s ininngs get too high by September.

  2. Peter Abraham March 22nd, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Drive:

    No, he wasn’t at the park. I talked to him a little bit and he was fine, he knows what he needs to do.

  3. Roger(from amsterdam) March 22nd, 2009 at 9:06 am

    any chance igawa will be our long reliever this year?or is it between aceves and tomco?

  4. bru March 22nd, 2009 at 9:07 am

    hughes should be proud of himself.
    he is 22 yrs old,23 in june.

    i have been following him since the yankees drafted him & i have never given up on him,blind faith.

    his stock is way up now.he is still a baby.it is very rare for a pitcher 22 yrs old or younger to be established in the majors.
    24 or 25 yrs old is around the age where you will wan’t to see a pitcher grounded.

    the big difference with the yankees this year is that they kept all their prospects in addition to finally building a pitching staff.
    pitching,defense,fundamentals solid up the middle.catcher,ss,cf is the way to build a team.

    i was amazed at how korea beat a team that is one dimentional last night.

    does anybody on venezuela know how to bunt?

    they try to mash everything.it would be nice to see ml teams know how to manufacture runs when all else fails & right now they don’t have a clue.

  5. RER - 98 March 22nd, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Nobody likes the thought of injuries but in reality they do happen over the course of a season and hopefully only for a short while.
    Phil Hughes knows his status and will be ready when the call comes. He leaned a lot this spring and now goes about pitching with confidence. Age is on his side and he knows he has a Yankee future. All he needs to do is stay on course at AAA.

  6. Steve in MN March 22nd, 2009 at 9:36 am

    I think we also forget about the question mark @ #4 in the rotation-If Andy struggles I could see Hughes brought up later in the summer to take a few starts and let give the old guy a rest.

  7. larry March 22nd, 2009 at 9:37 am

    This ARod clown kind of stuff is gettin sick.

  8. JoeyA March 22nd, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Can’t wait to see how ESPN spins this one.

    Hope our SP gets off to a hot start and Tex learns how to hit in April.

  9. teddy March 22nd, 2009 at 9:51 am

    wow arod lie to reporters, i would to. i guess reporters are classy guys and gals who leak confidential information. so arod likes hookers, like most rich guys don’t. who cares

  10. Mitchell March 22nd, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Honestly? I couldn’t care less what Alex does off the field as long as he shows up and and kncoks the cover off the ball. You think Babe Ruth was a perfectly straight arrow? Yeah, right. Mickey Mantle maybe?

    C’mon Pete, get over all of this – it’s not important enough to get your shorts in a knot – certainly not important enough to flip any more pixels on our LCDs. Move along now, there’s nothing to see here.

  11. Don March 22nd, 2009 at 9:57 am

    A-rod is a great baseball player, but he is a mess as a human being.

  12. Benny (junior mint) Blanco March 22nd, 2009 at 10:00 am

    At least he apologized to katie after lying. Did Selena Roberts apologize to the boys from Duke after that were found innocent? The score is Arod 0, Hookers 1.

  13. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 22nd, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Phil had a good spring. I’m sure we will be seeing him at some point this season.

  14. yanksfanmc March 22nd, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Don,

    If you or I had the money and chance to shag that call girl, we would have been right there

  15. Benny (junior mint) Blanco March 22nd, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Message to media: The perfect athlete does not exist. Everyone has flaws. The last time I checked, Dennis Rodman wore a wedding dress and then helped the bulls win three straight championships. Do you think Jordan gave a crap about what rodman did off the court?? My Answer is nope.

  16. Brad March 22nd, 2009 at 10:11 am

    It’s not that nobody would do what Arod does had they the same opportunities…it’s his lack of discretion, his difficulty in doing these things without alerting the world. You hear about the parties that pro football players go to and the women…but, other then Plax, and maybe Pac Man, Arod is the only one that everybody knows about…BECAUSE OF HIM.

  17. Joe from Long Island March 22nd, 2009 at 10:15 am

    It’s just Alex being Alex.

  18. AROD fan March 22nd, 2009 at 10:18 am

    1) Why did Team Venezuela start Silva yesterday, anyone know? I’m a little upset becasue that should have been a good game.

    2) You people who hate either a) the WBC, or b) A-Rod just don’t know what you are talking about.

  19. CP March 22nd, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Arod got some hookers? Oh my God want a clown! I bet he us the first baseball player ever to do this!

    Give me a break

  20. Andrea March 22nd, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Even if this story is true, it is so poorly written it’s a joke. Did anybody read that article? It’s like a middle school gossip column or something.

  21. trex March 22nd, 2009 at 10:23 am

    peter i love your blog but you have to stop the A-rod hating.
    He took steriods we know.So did alot of guys.He admitted. Alot of the guys who you are holding up on a pedestal took steriods and are lying to your face to this day.
    He took a crappy picture.I am sure if i look in your album i will find a couple of pictures that would embarass you.
    You forget peter this is a YANKEE BLOG for yankee fans.We will support him because he plays for us and is trying to help US win.
    What he does in his personal time is none of our business.
    They are not heroes, they just men that hit a ball hard.

  22. Fran March 22nd, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Some Alex news in yesterdays New York Times that I was happy to see:

    “Actually, he’s ahead of schedule,” Philippon said Wednesday. “He’s a very disciplined athlete, very easy to work with. So far, we don’t have any curveballs.”

    “He already has better range of motion than he had before,” Philippon said.

  23. NYYanksFan March 22nd, 2009 at 10:28 am

    104 names on a list and A-Rod’s is the only name that leaks. Thousands of clients in a Madames black book and A-Rod’s is the only name that leaks.

    What are the odds?

  24. Spartan March 22nd, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Is this how you see the lineup when the season opens:

    Damon

    Jeter

    Tex

    Matsui

    Posada

    Nady

    Cano

    Ransom

    Gardner

    CC

    AJ

    Wang

    Andy

    Joba

  25. AROD fan March 22nd, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Some of these sports reporters really have some cool jobs. They get to interview hookers/call girls to find out whether they slept with A-Rod. “Yeah baby, I’ve done it with A-Rod. First class. Highly reputable.”

  26. jennifer March 22nd, 2009 at 10:35 am

    NYYanksFan March 22nd, 2009 at 10:28 am

    104 names on a list and A-Rod’s is the only name that leaks. Thousands of clients in a Madames black book and A-Rod’s is the only name that leaks.

    What are the odds?
    ————————-

    What a shock right? And who believes a hooker anyway. I won’t read that piece of garbage article. I don’t care to know the gory details.

  27. Benny (junior mint) Blanco March 22nd, 2009 at 10:40 am

    March 22nd, 2009 at 10:24 am
    Some Alex news in yesterdays New York Times that I was happy to see:

    “Actually, he’s ahead of schedule,” Philippon said Wednesday. “He’s a very disciplined athlete, very easy to work with. So far, we don’t have any curveballs.”

    “He already has better range of motion than he had before,” Philippon said.

    Fran: That was music to my ears. Arod ahead of schedule means that 6-9 weeks could be 6 weeks. Brian Cashman said on Xm that he expected alex back anywhere from mid-april to mid may. I bet arod makes it back in the next three weeks.

  28. 'The' Steve March 22nd, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Who’s this Damaso NARTE guy? He new?

  29. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 22nd, 2009 at 10:43 am

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/03.....htm?page=2

    Q: Favorite actress?

    A: Reese Witherspoon.

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

    His wife does kinda sorta look like her…hhhmmmm. :)

  30. 'The' Steve March 22nd, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Jennifer, do you think its all a big conspiracy? Like people have nothing better to do than screw over Alex? Or is it:

    1-The fact that he’s one of the biggest stars in Baseball

    2-The fact that he’s amazingly bad at PR

    3-The reports that he doesn’t always treat people all that well, giving them reason to want to take him down.

  31. Mark in Tampa March 22nd, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Bay News 9 in Tampa: “Cornell Green, an OT with the Oakland Raiders was arrested on domestic battery charges as he tried to flee aboard a flight to Oakland.”

    That is off the field problems and distractions. This Arod stuff is just, as Pete says, background noise. Who really cares?

  32. jennifer March 22nd, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Oh I also don’t understand why it is baseball news. When many many other players do the same thing. And don’t give me the garbage cause he is Alex. Who knows Jeter might do the same thing, but becuase the media loves him they turn a blind eye to it. It seems the media in general has a vendetta against Alex and is looking behind every seedy corner for juice about him. A little obsessive if you ask me.

  33. Benny (junior mint) Blanco March 22nd, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I love how every time the DN rips AROD, they then conduct a poll. Are you a fan of Alex Rodriguez???? LOLOLOLOL

  34. Mark in Tampa March 22nd, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Outrage when it is Arod who does it, but chuckles and laughter when Lawrence Taylor talks about sending hookers to opposing players’ hotel rooms the night before big games.

  35. Paulie March 22nd, 2009 at 10:50 am

    That off the field stuff with the Oakland Raiders player is considered background noise for the organization. Any other team it’s a problem, but for Al Davis’ squad, it’s a daily occurrence.

    Fingers crossed K-man performs well again, and then gets traded immediately. His stock has to be at an all-time high, we can’t wait any longer. Wonder if any teams will take A-rod off our hands?

  36. Bronx Jeers March 22nd, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I was wondering when ARod was going to be involved in a controversy again. It’s been a while.

    Here’s what’s bad: The Four Seasons is right around the corner from his former apt. which doesn’t say too much about his character. Then again the notion that he has any character is sort of laughable.

    You have to look at news about him with a glass half full approach.
    In this case you have to be happy that at least he was having consensual sex with adult women.

  37. 86w183 March 22nd, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Pete…. please write this 100 times:

    I will never read, write or post a link to another article about the personal life of Alex Rodriguez.

    Criticize/quetion/praise him all you want as an athlete, but can’t we stay out of his (and every other athlete’s bedroom? PLEASE!

  38. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 22nd, 2009 at 10:52 am

    So Alex might be playing with Hookers-congrats! He’s a normal male athlete.

    The start of the season is almost here. Can’t wait

  39. 'The' Steve March 22nd, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Jennifer, what you and Alex don’t seem to understand is that when you are as big a star as he is, you HAVE to be smarter than this. You can’t put yourself in these situations, knowing they can come back to bite you.

  40. John March 22nd, 2009 at 10:56 am

    UPDATE, 9:15 a.m.: In news from under the big top, a former call-girl madam claims she dated A-Rod and provided him with hookers. The Daily News has all the gory details.

    ‘Whether this latest tale is true or not isn’t really the point.’

    With all due respect Pete, is this what journalism has come to? Just throw it out there whether it may be true or not? I would think getting the facts straight before reporting a story would be the main point for a reporter.

  41. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Now you can own some Yankee grass!! :)

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

  42. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 10:57 am

    you all should read that article someone posted in here yesterday about anonymous sources and how “bogus” it all is…I’ll try to find and repost…

  43. Benny (junior mint) Blanco March 22nd, 2009 at 10:59 am

    I’m going to start my own blog and attach Arod’s name to it. I wonder how may hits it will receive.

  44. Tantron Willoughby March 22nd, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Arod has excellent taste in babes and why should we be judgemental in this age of political correctness? Men are being feminized during this age while women are being pushed to become more like men visa vis careers, attitudes, competitiveness etc. It’s refreshing to see a man’s man instead of some in the closet wimp (perhaps the person to his left on the field).

  45. AG March 22nd, 2009 at 11:10 am

    “Tantron Willoughby” – so hiring hookers proves you’re a real man? That’s pretty messed-up logic, not to mention disgusting.

    Also, remember that his is the same guy who wore what appeared to be a women’s scarf around his neck and frosts his tips.

  46. leblanc March 22nd, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Elvis took an almost identical picture. So shut it with the kiss picture already. Rodriguez is signed for 9 more years and odds are he will be productive through all nine, I don’t care if he does more cocaine than Maradona in his free time, or cheats on his wife or girlfriend. He is a great player, and though he is a bit of a handful, he will ultimately help us on the field. They play at Yankee Stadium not the Vatican.

  47. jeterboy March 22nd, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Its obvious you have some kind of agenda against ARod.. he’s a clown? Really Pete.. you starting to come off like a Clown.
    Keep the A-Rod hating to yourself please!!

  48. Tantron Willoughby March 22nd, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Arod should never have gotten married until his mid 40′s. His royal oats need sowing. God speed!

  49. Benny (junior mint) Blanco March 22nd, 2009 at 11:16 am

    and when arod comes back, pete will be in line with the rest of the reporters to conduct an interview with arod. and whats sad is that despite all the media bashing, arod will still do the interview.

  50. GdaMac March 22nd, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Yeah, I am sure A rod is the only pro athlete you use call girls. Him and Spitzer are the only ones who have ever used them right? Gimme a break.

  51. Betsy March 22nd, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I agree John – and Pete will come back and say that this is news and he needs to report it. BS – and then he says he doesn’t even care if it’s true or not. Ok, Pete says he’s a clown – and I’m supposed to care? Is this a baseball blog or National Enquirer lite?

  52. Bernie Madoff (Red Sox Fan) March 22nd, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Re: Arod
    If I were making $20-30 million a year, I would be doing hookers too.

  53. Bronx Jeers March 22nd, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Today’s game is being broadcast on MLB network.

    Good luck to all of us in the NY market. I see YES is showing game 1 of the 98′ WS in case anybody forgot who won. Let’s see if YES and MLB got their issues straightened out. Doubt it.

    I would have liked to see Price pitch.

  54. jstudle March 22nd, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Ha ha ha…ARod is the only professional athlete who has ever seen a hooker. I’m sure that Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth never saw hookers in their lives. You should write an article some day about why baseball writers are so sanctimonious.

  55. Betsy March 22nd, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I feel badly for Hughes, but at least he feels good and knows that he has made a lot of progress. He also knows that the organization is very happy with him – that has to take some of the sting away. He’s a smart, level-headed young man – he’ll be fine, as long as he continues doing what he’s been doing. I don’t want to see him with the big club for at least 2 or 3 months – his continued development is of prime importance. If the Yankees need a pitcher for a start or two, call up Ian (if he’s pitching ok)….

  56. Yankees Ben March 22nd, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Guys who claim Pete hates on A-Rod:
    You’re all dead wrong!! He does not hate him, that’s plain simple jealousy!!

    Pete what’s the problem Kristen wasn’t in that-nude girl’s welcome baseball fans-club????

  57. Mike R. - Retire 21 March 22nd, 2009 at 11:37 am

    When will we start getting articles on prostitutes that secretly play baseball in their free time? I would find that more interesting.

  58. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Rishi
    March 22nd, 2009 at 10:56 am
    Now you can own some Yankee grass!!

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

    ————————————————————

    Undoubtably, it was some grass that was left behind when Giambi left town. It should be some high grade stuff.

  59. RuhiKuz March 22nd, 2009 at 11:38 am

    “And don’t give me the garbage cause he is Alex. Who knows Jeter might do the same thing, but becuase the media loves him they turn a blind eye to it.”

    Remember when there was a quick blurb about 2 skanks leaving Jeter’s hotel in Miami and raising a scene because he wouldn’t pay for parking? If that was A-Rod… It would have been back page news, on all the news programs… TMZ would have found the 2 skanks and plastered them everywhere… It was Jeter, so it was a quick blurb that was quickly forgotten.

  60. Tarheelyank March 22nd, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Since we are discussing gossip and clowns, There is somebody that comes to mind.

    Whether he’s CHEATING, Lying, videotaping, wrecking marriage’s or walking off the field before the game is over because he’s such a sore loser. What a clown Belichick is. What are the Patriot’s going to do, except deal with it.

    Tantron go slither back under your rock.

  61. Mike R March 22nd, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Mike R:

    I agree with you 100%

  62. Dennis March 22nd, 2009 at 11:41 am

    What are the odds those hookers are muscular as hell.

  63. Patrick March 22nd, 2009 at 11:41 am

    A-rod is an idiot for getting prostitutes and its kind of pathetic if you ask me. He is an incredibly rich athlete and he can’t pick up girls without paying them? Also this new girl, Kristin Davis, is really gross. She honestly looks like a man. Her face is like a glitch in the matrix or something.

    All that being said, I’m sure A-rod isn’t the first baseball player to get prostitutes and cheat on his wife. The only reason we are hearing about it is because he is a huge celebrity now and a hot topic in baseball.

    He is a great player but I really wish this circus would end. A-rod needs to mature ASAP.

  64. kill.schill(ing) March 22nd, 2009 at 11:42 am

    I applaud Alex. He treated the women with respect and used a service that provided its customers with discretion. (There’s a reason Eliot Spitzer used the same company.)

    Too bad, Kristin’s service didn’t have an office in Toronto. A-Rod could have saved himself some aggravation in 2007.

    By the way, I hope no one is under the illusion that A-Rod is the only player (or man for that matter) who indulges in these kind of services when traveling and staying in hotels.

    There are worse things than having a player for 9-years who sees a call girl every once in a while.

    Actually, maybe if a few reporters saw a girl now and then, perhaps, they wouldn’t be so quick to play clergyman.

  65. Betsy March 22nd, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Yep, this is a new low for the blog – fortunately, most of us don’t care. The biggest news regarding Alex is that his rehabbing is going well…..that’s all I care about.

    I hope we can get back to baseball talk, but if Pete continues to post this stuff, I don’t see it.

  66. Patrick March 22nd, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I don’t get how you can rationalize A-rod seeing hookers. It is pretty disgusting and pathetic if you ask me. It is unfair that A-rod is the only player being outed for doing steroids and seeing prostitutes. The fact remains, both things are wrong and we shouldn’t excuse him for it.

    I love A-rod as a baseball player, he helps the team a lot and is one of the top players of all time. Unfortunately, from what I’ve seen and heard, I don’t really like him as a person. In his case I’ll be rooting for the jersey, not the player.

  67. Mike R March 22nd, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Since when is baseball players getting hookers a shock to anyone? I wish more stories were written about Giambi and hookers.

  68. Patrick March 22nd, 2009 at 11:53 am

    A-rod should just follow one simple rule that will keep him out of trouble. “What would Jeter do?”

    Would Jeter get hookers? Heck no, he has way too much game for that.

  69. JohnBlacksox (24 + 1) March 22nd, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Oof, another tranny. Ugh.

  70. GVR March 22nd, 2009 at 11:58 am

    So A-Rod has his share of faults. He’s no angel, but how many guys in that clubhouse are? So he does stupid things, makes bad decisions. He’s still one of the greatest players in the league, probably the best when you consider all five tools. I still watch every one of his at-bats closely, waiting to see something great. As long as he can keep up his production, I don’t care what he does off the field. And as long as he wears the pinstripes, I’ll keep rooting for him.

  71. NYYanksFan March 22nd, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Patrick

    You are assuming you know what Jeter has done. You don’t. You only know what you haven’t heard about.

  72. Betsy March 22nd, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    S.A. – thanks! The link didn’t work for me, but I went to the Posts’ website and read it there – good stuff.

    I thought this was interesting:

    Q: What drives you?

    A: Fear of failure. Every competitor wants to succeed. . . . You can never be good enough in baseball.

  73. JoeyA March 22nd, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Somebody needs to get Alex a WWJD bracelet.

    And we all know the J doesn’t stand for Jesus, but, instead, another God-like person praised in New York.

    Seriously though, who even cares about this. As many have stated, Mickey, Ruth, all those guys were 100X worse than Alex is off the field.

    I could only imagine the media coverage for the antics of Ruth and Mantle. Imagine the phrase “That’s just Mickey being Mickey”

  74. Tom March 22nd, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Patrick,

    You’re right, it can’t be rationalized. A-Rod is just a clown.

    It is astonishing how abnormal he is. This is a new low, even for him.

  75. RSM March 22nd, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    We all know by now that Alex is a head case. But, in fairness, I suspect that many players are guilty of all the same activities (roids, hookers, etc.). It just doesn’t make the headlines.

  76. American Insurance Group (Red Sox Fan) March 22nd, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    When’s game time, Pete?

  77. Jeff NJ March 22nd, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I wonder if this is Alex’s team pre-empting the Selena book, dump all the facts first. I just hope it doesn’t get worse than this.

  78. Yank1 March 22nd, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I cringe to think about what the Selena Roberts book contains.

  79. JohnBlacksox (24 + 1) March 22nd, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Betsy
    March 22nd, 2009 at 11:47 am
    Yep, this is a new low for the blog – fortunately, most of us don’t care.
    ========
    Well actually, there were some people yesterday complaining bitterly about the strip club sign, and how that business was so degrading to women, and lashing out at Pete for posting the sign, etc etc.

    I wonder if those same people feel that prostitution is degrading to women, or instead, if they will be ARod apologists?

    Like it’s wrong of Pete to post a strip club sign, but it’s fine for ARod to partake in the sex trade. Hm?

    I personally don’t care, just another black eye for the $300M man, and our franchise. Hopefully he’ll be out all year, and the Yankees will win the WS without him.

  80. Cal March 22nd, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Fortunately most of us don’t care?

    Have you read the comments this morning? 2\3rds are commenting about this A-Rod story.

    People DO care. Thats why Pete keeps posting things like this.

  81. PAT M. March 22nd, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Good call Jeff NJ….Makes sense…….

  82. JoeyA March 22nd, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    In other news, which regression is more shocking to people:

    Dontrelle Willis or Andruw Jones?

  83. Peter Abraham March 22nd, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    If there happens to be news on A-Rod, the filter on this blog doesn’t magically change to allow you to curse. There are 50 posts (from the usual pathetic fan-boy suspects) in the filter. Try and understand that. If not, find a responsible adult and have them slowly explain it to you.

    Meanwhile, if you want to write some clumsy insult to me, have some courage and send me an e-mail instead of clogging up the blog.

    Thanks

  84. Tom K. March 22nd, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Between the under-ground gambling, paying for prostitutes, taking steroids, and god only knows what else, Alex does seem to have a side to him that seems to enjoy illicit, high-risk, and illegal situations. And It’s only a matter of time before some District attorney who wants to make a name for himself goes after him.

  85. Sean Serritella March 22nd, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Prostitution is one of the oldest professions in the world. Sometimes they give you something your girlfriend or wife can’t or don’t want to(so I hear)

    Jeter dates other celebrities and I doubt he sees a hooker.

  86. sweet lou March 22nd, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    So sad that this guy is the face of the franchise.

    Though those e-mail exchanges are hilarious. This guy looks so desperate. How do you fall in love with a hooker?

  87. Bad Scooter March 22nd, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    FYI – Game is on MLB Network today I believe.

  88. JoeyA March 22nd, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    “I bet you think strippers like you too.” – Forgetting Sarah Marshall

  89. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    The game is gonna be on MLBNetwork.

  90. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    JohnBlacksox (24 + 1)
    March 22nd, 2009 at 12:05 pm
    Betsy
    March 22nd, 2009 at 11:47 am
    Yep, this is a new low for the blog – fortunately, most of us don’t care.
    ====
    Well actually, there were some people yesterday complaining bitterly about the strip club sign, and how that business was so degrading to women, and lashing out at Pete for posting the sign, etc etc.

    I wonder if those same people feel that prostitution is degrading to women, or instead, if they will be ARod apologists?

    Like it’s wrong of Pete to post a strip club sign, but it’s fine for ARod to partake in the sex trade. Hm?

    I personally don’t care, just another black eye for the $300M man, and our franchise. Hopefully he’ll be out all year, and the Yankees will win the WS without him.

    ————————————————————

    For some clown that professes not to care, you’re sure making enough xomments about it.

  91. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    ***comments***

  92. PC Dan March 22nd, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Alex is just not a high character guy. He’s not very bright to boot. That isin’t a good combination. 9 more years of embarrassment like this.

    I’m shocked this guy has any defenders left. I mean, does this guy have a purpose anymore? All his numbers are tainted and fraudulent anyway– so he doesn’t have on the field solace either.

  93. miggs March 22nd, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Yeah I’m sure Jeter never received any services from an escort agency. Or maybe he was smart enough to never get caught.

    Come on people wake up. You think Jeter is a saint? The guy goes through a ton of women. None of them ever seem to last very long.

    The double standard is ridiculous.

    And Patrick and Tom, you guys need to get off your high horses. Alex’s behavior is “disgusting” and “pathetic”?

    Leave the drama at home. No one wants to read that garbage.

  94. NYYanksFan March 22nd, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Jeff NJ

    It was a planted leak because the News and Post both had the story with time to get quotes from Davis and went to press with it on the same day. No telling if it’s A-Rod’s people pre-empting or the madam trying to sell books. Either way, someone pre-empted Roberts unless she knew nothing of this.

    Jeter’s comment the other day about “all sorts of articles coming out” when asked about the Details story sounds more psychic than reflective now though.

  95. Betsy March 22nd, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    That’s nice, John Blacksox (ironic that your username would honor a bunch of crooks) – hoping Alex is out all-season. You sound like someone who hates Alex more than you love the Yankees.

  96. Michael March 22nd, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    the email thing about arod isn’t even that bad, this is getting ridiculous.

  97. Cal March 22nd, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    “Jeter’s comment the other day about “all sorts of articles coming out” when asked about the Details story sounds more psychic than reflective now though.”

    Great point, didn’t even think of that

  98. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    If they can start the season off, the same way they are playing right now, I would be real happy.

  99. Betsy March 22nd, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Cal, what I’m saying is that most of us are taking the attitude that we don’t care what Alex does with his own time. This has nothing to do with baseball, but I guess if Pete doesn’t mind his blog cluttered with comments about this, then that’s his business. I think it’s trashy and would much prefer to talk baseball……..

  100. m March 22nd, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Ugh. I wake up to this crap?

    First of all, great news that Al’s rehab is ahead of schedule. The bad news is that all the off the field madness is ahead of schedule as well.

    I’m *crickets* on the story itself. Haven’t read it, don’t want to know TMI.

    But I have to speak up again about the people who just sweep this under the rug, “No big deal, athletes have hookers all the time.” That’s so patently false. There are lots of players who are good people, who wouldn’t imagine doing stuff like this.

    And don’t blame the media. Don’t say it’s because it’s Alex Rodriguez. They’re not going to sit on a story of steroids or prostitution rings no matter who it is. They didn’t sit on it for Charlie Sheen nor Elliot Spitzer.

    Sad for everyone all around. Sad for the Yankees that they have to deal with the PR mess. Sad for Alex, because if this story is true, then it sounds like the guy has serious sex addiction (I know, what guy doesn’t). And how sad is it that Jeter is the monogomous one in the bromance? :)

  101. Betsy March 22nd, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I believe YES is not allowing the game to air on MLB network……

  102. NJ Yanks March 22nd, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Except Jeter goes through the top women in the world— Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Mariah Carey, Minka Kelly, Vanessa Minillo etc.

    A-Rod goes through hookers and Madonna.

    It’s sad how people want to tear down our captain just to make the clown A-Rod look good. The lows that people go to in order to defend this cheater is unreal….

  103. Tarheelyank March 22nd, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    JoeyA

    I say Jones. His stats are impressive for 10 years, then it’s like he fell off a cliff.

  104. miggs March 22nd, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Personally I don’t care if the guy is having 10 women orgies on an nightly basis.

    Its his personal life, who are any of us to say how he lives it?

    He gets paid to hit the freaking baseball. He works on his craft like a madman. He’s one of the best in the game. As long as he’s putting in his work and not showing up hungover everyday who cares?

    If it doesn’t affect his play I don’t give a rat’s ass. Neither should any of you.

  105. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I dont mind the comments about arod as i am used to it already. But what is with placing the entire blame for the contract on Hanks lap? One, alex is still the best player in baseball and the contract could easily turn out to be a big success if alex comes back and we win this year and a few more to come. Two, how exactly does cash make the ginormous decision to not trade hughes for santana and then, in the same exact off-season has no say in whether or not the yanks re-sign arod??? It makes no logical sense to say that hank who is completely off the radar at this point was the sole decider in re=sigining arod.

    I am not saying its a terrible decision but the people who are, take this same old route of nailing a steinbrenner to the wall rather than putting some of that in cash’s hands. Just watch, next season after we win the world series and arod gets the mvp for the season and series, everyone will be praising cash for his great intuition in re=signing arod. I am so sick and tired of the double standard. I now have a list of about 20 yankees that all come here for major contracts between cash becoming GM and now, and every single of of the contracts percieved as a bad season has pretty much been taken out of cash’s jurisdiction by a fan or a writer or whoever. Its enough already.

  106. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I meant to write bad contract not bad season.

  107. Alex March 22nd, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    A-Rod IS dumb enough to get caught, that’s the difference.

  108. Ken March 22nd, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Peter,

    I super appreciate your posts, your insight and your knowledge of the Yankees. Where would we West Coast fans be without this blog? However, I want to point out that while I agree with you that “everyone knows what a clown Alex(Rodriguez)is” I disagree with your tone about how we’re stuck with him for the next 9 years. Peter – Alex is clearly a madman, but he is an annual MVP candidate and will always be a threat to do something in the post-season, even if he hasn’t thus far (See Barry Bonds, 2002). As we are “stuck” with him, let’s just give him less print on the goofy stories and not insult him every time he’s mentioned. Since he is so psychologically messed up, and we do need him to hit well for us.

  109. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    How long will these cheap shots at arod continue before the media finds something better to do with their lives??? its obnoxious already and has been for quite some time. Are these actually sports writers that are digging up this garbage? How is this sports? COVER THE GAME. I am used to it which is probably a sad thing to say but i still wont it to go away!!

  110. Yankee Trader March 22nd, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Pete-

    “A-Rod is signed for nine more years (atta boy, Hank) and all the Yankees can do is deal with it. What other choice do they have?”

    I’m betting that A-Rod will not be able to play and fullfill all 9 years of that contract, and the Yankee brass are well aware of this, but are presenting it in a positive light.

    No more stealing bases, will soon be a DH, and will have a total hip arthroplasty when his playing days are over. Just a very educated guess!

  111. rbj March 22nd, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Gee, an athlete who hooks up with hookers. Stop the presses.
    /sarc

  112. m March 22nd, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    miggs,

    That’s true. That’s what a lot of us said after the Toronto thing. But, unfortunately. Alex is in the news cycle. Always something new, and not always something that’s defendable. Stripper she-male friend? I’ve got no problem with that. But call-girls on speed dial? Gross. So, I’ll root for Alex the player, but I can’t root for him as a person.

    And your POV is much better than, “So? Lots of people do (fill in illegal activity that Al’s been accused of)” As if that makes it right. Fighting for the wrong to protect their vested interest in Alex Rodriguez.

  113. miggs March 22nd, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    “I’m betting that A-Rod will not be able to play and fullfill all 9 years of that contract, and the Yankee brass are well aware of this, but are presenting it in a positive light.”

    This is a truly dumb statement. Phillipon predicts a 95% chance of a full recovery. Now he’s going to have to retire before his contract is up? Based on what? You have a feeling? A premonition?

  114. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    alex- he is not getting caught. Open your eyes. He is being targeted. There are a number of reporters whos job it currently is to find out crap on arod and write about it. If anyone was put in that situation, there would be dirt to find. Who even knows whats made up and want isnt? Or whether the truth is being stretched here and there. Alex doesnt even care to defend himself anymore because he knows it doesnt even matter what he says and hes right. Sports writers should do their job and write about sports – alex is a ball player and not a movie star. Let him be already.

  115. Alex March 22nd, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    dave,

    And it’s funny how people are exempting Hal from blame too.

    Doesn’t he have all the ‘real power’? Didn’t A-Rod say himself he talked to both of the brothers? I thought Hank couldn’t do anything without Hal?

  116. Ryan March 22nd, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Is this game on MLBN or is it blocked by yes network again?

  117. Yankee Trader March 22nd, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Have a good friend whose son was a ball boy for the Atlanta Hawks many years ago, and part of his “job” was getting “chick” fans phone numbers, who were attending the games, expecting and dressing to get picked up later by the players. Magic did this with the Lakers. So did Wilt and many others.

    Just hope A-Rod doesn’t catch a STD, or HIV, from PEDs!!

  118. FrontLine March 22nd, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    A-Rod is being targeted because he makes himself a target. He LOVES this attention.

    Why doesn’t Jeter get ousted and find himself in the news for the wrong reasons? A lot of people are jealous of Jeter too, you don’t think some journalist could go digging for info to try and ruin him too?

    A-Rod walks around life with a ‘kick me’ sign on his back. And people actually blame the media… tisk tisk

  119. Tarheelyank March 22nd, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    dave

    It was an article in the DAILY NEWS by GOSSIP columnist Gorge Rush that Pete refered to. That’s what GOSSIP columnist do, report garbage.

    Now the fact that Pete decided to post it on his baseball blog is another story.

  120. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    “In news from under the big top”

    lol

  121. m March 22nd, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    dave,

    So the writers set up Alex by hooking him up with call girls? Alex deserves most of the blame on this one.

    And Alex may not be a movie star, but he’s being marketed as a crossover star who thrive off any news, good or bad. They just want they’re name in the news.

  122. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Yankee trader – are you that ignorant? Look at who has gotten this surgery in the past? Look at how successful they have been post-surgery. Then, come back and make a more intelligent statement because you have no facts, no proof, no nothing. What are we supposed to believe your magic future telling abilities? How about using some facts to support the argument or maybe you dont want to let facts get in the way of biased opinions.

  123. Tom March 22nd, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Didn’t ARod try to steal Jose Canseco’s wife too?

  124. m March 22nd, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    *their.

    And I’m not saying Alex’s team wants this. Just saying that Alex isn’t your typical athlete. Apparently he’s bigger than the game now.

  125. i March 22nd, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    is the game going to be blacked out?

  126. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Yea, I said cash but really meant why is this only blamed on hank? Could it possibly be because hank is just an easy scapegoat? Thats not a cliche or anything. Frankly, I dont buy that hank could make the decision to retain arod for 10 years and then, within less than one year basically be removed from the decision-making entirely. Hal is supposed to be the guy while hank is the figurehead. Isnt that how it went and what pete basically said multiple times?

    Sorry guys – i wasnt sure who wrote the article and just assumed it was a sports writer and not a gossip columnist. my bad. Based on the track record of garbage thrown at arod, it could have been a sports media type no? That actually makes me feel a little better that it wasnt in some legit magazine.

  127. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    “Didn’t ARod try to steal Jose Canseco’s wife too?”

    alledgedly. Not that i would know why

  128. Magnio March 22nd, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    The day the A-Rod story broke about steroids, Levine was on the phone with the commissioner’s office to find out if there was any way to void A-Rod’s deal (per the NYTIMES).

    If there is a way to get rid of him, it will be done. But why would any team want a cheater who is going to break a bunch of tainted records and bring negativity and countless PR disasters to their ballclub?

  129. Tarheelyank March 22nd, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    “Didn’t ARod try to steal Jose Canseco’s wife too?”

    I thought that was Belichick. :D

  130. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    m,

    This article is by a gossip columnist = it may not even be true or it may be half true or parts may be stretched to make the story juicier. Isnt that what gossip is? Some version of the truth but not really the truth.

  131. JohnBlacksox (24 + 1) March 22nd, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    GreenBeret7: For some clown that professes not to care, you’re sure making enough xomments about it.
    ===========
    “I don’t care” means that I don’t care that ARod uses hookers, I assume a lot of players do. No big deal. But yeah, it’s hilarious he got caught.

    Reading comprehension is not your strong suit. I’ll use smaller words for you next time.

  132. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    “ARod was dumb enough to get caught.”

    Uh, are we all clear on what getting “caught’ would actually entail? That ARod’s 2003 test result was illegally leaked is not a reflection on his individual intelligence. Nor has he been physically caught or financially linked with any hookers. So how has he been “dumn enough to get caught” in either instance?

  133. Import Knight March 22nd, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    A-Rod is the new Angelina Jolie, except 10x more destructive and destructing multiple relationships LOL

  134. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    “Yea, I said cash but really meant why is this only blamed on hank? Could it possibly be because hank is just an easy scapegoat? Thats not a cliche or anything. Frankly, I dont buy that hank could make the decision to retain arod for 10 years and then, within less than one year basically be removed from the decision-making entirely. Hal is supposed to be the guy while hank is the figurehead. Isnt that how it went and what pete basically said multiple times?”

    the Steins (Hank, Hal, etc)

  135. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    anyway I really dont care one bit if arod was with a call girl. You know how many guys is this world have done that? Too many. its not like it is absolutely horrendous. Again, Joba broke the law and no one seemed to notice. Alex has yet to break any law that I know of except maybe one in the ten commandments and he is getting attacked daily. Anything to sell a paper and make a buck – ANYTHING!

  136. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    all this Arod talk is a smoke screen for the real issue of the day –

    Pete talked his way out of another road game!
    He’s good. ;-)

  137. m March 22nd, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    dave,

    haha. Told ya I didn’t click on the link.

    Well, the story must be true, right? After all, all athletes use hookers. \sarc/

  138. Manson March 22nd, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Guys… it was probably Alex’s camp who leaked this anyway, as a preemptive strike to Selena Roberts’ book. Two days after A-Rod’s people sent Pete the pics of A-Rod kissing himself.

    This is now a calculated chess match. Roberts’ book was rumored to be containing a lot of this information. A-Rod seems to want to get ahead of the curve.

  139. m March 22nd, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    dave,

    That’s right many guys would’ve done the same thing. But that makes them just as stupid.

    I thought a med student like yourself would understand that hookers are really human petri dishes for STDs.

  140. Joe March 22nd, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Is todays game on TV in the New York area?

  141. pat March 22nd, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I see my one woman boycott of the Daily News hasn’t changed the content they publish. :smile:

  142. Tarheelyank March 22nd, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    DT

    Maybe he has to interview sources at the 2001 Odyssey review for his upcoming Arod expose. :D

  143. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Manson – you think alex’s master plan is to reveal as many embarrassing things about himself as he can in hopes that by the time the book comes out he will have covered everything selena wanted to expose? I really hope that was a joke.

    And the arod loves to be the center of attention thing is just flat-out dumb. No one likes to be the center of horribly negative attention even if it is attention and arod is famous enough that he doesnt need or want bad stuff coming out about him daily. Think about yourself doing that for a minute? And we are not nearly as famous as he already is so why would he crave large amounts of negative attention and controversy? Plus, its not like arod performed any of these acts last week in hopes to make it to the news again this week. These stories are going back 8 years – what did alex do something five years ago in the hope that it would eventually see the public light a few years down the line? The comments on here are mind-boggling.

  144. S.o.S. March 22nd, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Just wanted to come in for a brief second and say whats up to all my friends on this blog. I had to put my business on hold for now and start a new career till it picks back up. The unfortuneate part is there is no free time. Its killing not to join you fellas on a daily basis. So just wanted to say i miss being here and hope you guys still have room for me on an interum basis. It was either making money or blogging in a card board box.

    See ya when i see ya. Pleasure knowing all of you. For the fellas that know me. Do me a favor and say whats up to the weekly regulars for me. Much appreciated. Keep up the good work Pete and my fellow bloggers.

  145. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    M,

    I do understand that. I am not saying i would ever do something like that or condoning it. Im just saying its not like its the worst thing in the world and many, many people before alex have committed the same act without anyone caring. I wouldnt touch a hooker with a ten foot pole but to each his own…..

  146. Alex March 22nd, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Clowns will be clowns.

  147. O'Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), 'Watching AL be the 2nd coming of Rickey Henderson' March 22nd, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Three words from me on this.

    ‘I don’t care’ <———

  148. Yankee Trader March 22nd, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    dave and miggs, especially dave, our studious medical student.

    Maybe if you had some medical knowledge, and did a thorough review of the literature, and talked to orthopedic surgeons, you might have a better idea of this condition.

    Attached is a Journal abstract by Dr. Marc Philippon. Remember there is also 3 or more years of anabolic steroid and testosterone use which there is probably very little literature in combination with hip acetabular tears, and the future necessity for total hip replacement as a result of degenerative arthritis.

    http://www.springerlink.com/co.....5852u3m91/

    So, am I that ignorant, ignorant one?

  149. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    YES Network:

    thank you for blacking out today’s game. @ssholes.

  150. Doe March 22nd, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    The game is on Channel 653 on DirecTV Sun Sports Channel.

  151. Doe March 22nd, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    *not blocked in NY/NJ

  152. Every Day Phil Coke March 22nd, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    That’s pretty nasty. Arod actually sent this “madam” candy, flowers and “steamy emails” like he really wanted to date her. Get your live out of the gutter Arod. Even you can do a bit better that dating hookers.

  153. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    “not blocked in NY/NJ”

    I live in NY. No game.

  154. m March 22nd, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    dave,

    You may be right about this being about Alex. But I think they’d run with the story if it was Jeter or Tom Brady or whoever.

    But you’re never going to see those stories.

    I don’t think Alex is unlucky because you make your own luck. This could be bad karma. Live a good, clean life and this kind of stuff doesn’t happen. Dassit.

    I feel dirty. I’m going to shower and then come back on for some baseball talk!

  155. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    From the Hoch blog –

    “Many of the Yankees are headed over to Port Charlotte to play the Rays in a 1:05 p.m. ET start, *but the entire media contingent is staying back to watch CC Sabathia do his thing at the Himes Avenue complex*.”

    Ho hum… I could fill in that group report before it even happens.
    CC pitches 4 innings. 60 pitches/45 strikes. 1 measly hit by a AA Pirate minor leaguer. CC says everything is on track for opening day.

  156. BoogieDown March 22nd, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Damn you, YES network…

  157. 4time March 22nd, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Yeah Coke— that is the most disturbing part. Flowers and Candy to a hooker?

  158. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    And Gardner singles up the middle on a 3-1 pitch.

  159. miggs March 22nd, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Yankee Trader I’m still not sure what your point is.

    Either way, I’m pretty sure very few people who read this blog are buying what you’re selling.

    Unless I’m completely missing something this isn’t a grave concern to the Yankees or most of their fans.

    Yes he may need some more work done in the future. But to say he won’t be able to play out his contract, and to say it with so much confidence, seems slightly absurd to me. I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong.

    Anyone care to chime in?

  160. Paul (Go SU) March 22nd, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    is there no clause in ARod’s contract that says he could be terminated for conduct unbecoming a Yankee? There oughta be…:(

  161. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Yanke trader,

    I am sorry – i think i got carried away in the moment and am tired of the arod bashing so i took it out on you. I apologize. But I have read that paper and while there is no talk of athletes who used steroids in their study, I think we could go out on a limb and say at least one of those patients used steroids and just never got caught. The success rate for this surgery is pretty good and yes, alex may need a major surgery after this season but he is in great physical health and is not all that old yet. Being the type of superb athlete he has been over these last few years WITHOUT STEROIDS, I think his body could handle such a surgery. I am pretty far away from being a doctor but i do know that these are the best orthopedic surgeons out there for this and he is in extremely capable hands. I wouldnt be so quick to say he is finished or close to it without some sort of evidence to back it up.

  162. Timmy March 22nd, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    What do u know? Pete taking shots at arod. Yawn

  163. swo March 22nd, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Anyone watching it on MLB Network? I’m in NYC and they’re re-running one of the World Series games, despite the title “MLB Preseason” on the channel guide.

    Go figure…..

  164. K March 22nd, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    “You forget peter this is a YANKEE BLOG for yankee fans.We will support him because he plays for us and is trying to help US win.
    What he does in his personal time is none of our business.
    They are not heroes, they just men that hit a ball hard.”

    I couldn’t agree with the above statement more. Who cares what he does in his private life. The press need to get a life away from this. True or not, its irrelevant.

  165. good play March 22nd, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Gardner just got caught stealing, but it took the combination of a great throw from Navarro, and an even better play by the guy blocking second with his foot so Gardner couldn’t get a hand in. 95 times out of 100 he has that base stolen

  166. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    M,

    I dont know why im responding to you now that I know your not even here but dont you find it strange that all of this has come out within the last month and all of it immediately following selena’s article? To me, alex is a target and they are trying to dig up as much dirt on him because they know people will read it and they will make money selling papers because of it. Maybe I am wrong but i think everyone has some skeletons in their closet and if enough reporters make it their sole goal in life to destroy the reputation of someone who is already down on the ground, they will find something substantial and run with it no matter who that person is. There are very few people in this world who have not done something wrong or illegal or stupid in their lives and most people could be hit hard if enough reporters tried to attack them. But thats just me …

  167. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Nady has looked aufull this spring. During the Pirates game the announcers claimed that he couldnt hit water if he fell out of a boat last spring and as soon as the season started he was unstopable, so I’m hoping the same happens this year.

  168. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    “Anyone watching it on MLB Network? I’m in NYC and they’re re-running one of the World Series games, despite the title “MLB Preseason” on the channel guide.
    Go figure”

    yes. The same.

    the spring training coverage of NYY this year, has been a joke.

  169. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I have a premanition that the Rays will kill Aceves today.

  170. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    “I have a premanition that the Rays will kill Aceves today”

    Cervelli last year. Aceves this year. I see a pattern.

  171. chr1zisNYY March 22nd, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Im in Orlando so I am getting the game on both MLB Network and Sun Sports

  172. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Vinny, I meant baseball kill him

  173. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    2 on 1 out, Wild Pitch. Its happening.

  174. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I love Pena’s swing, it looks so powerfull

  175. swo March 22nd, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    vinny-b, it’s been ridiculous. One would think filling YES’s 1pm-4pm time slots wouldn’t be terribly difficult……….though I could be wrong. The Great 8s is pretty compelling the fifth time around.

    The fact that MLB Network got it wrong is just icing on the cake…

  176. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Basses loaded and one out for Pat the Bat

  177. m March 22nd, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    WooHoo. Ace throwing a no-hitter. :(

  178. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    It will be interesting to see if Pat only has the Mets number or if it extends to all NY teams.

  179. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Pudgito now up

  180. Ed H. March 22nd, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    As a Yankees fan and as an Alex fan you have to appreciate all of these stories about his assorted sordid behaviors. That’s right, I said “appreciate.”

    If you take the long view of how he’s leading his life, it’s pretty obvious that Alex is fairly self-destructive. Illegal drug use (steroids), illegal drug importation, illegal gambling, illegal use of prostitutes. Taking excessive and unnecessary risks with his health and baseball future by using steroids. Losing his family by having multiple sexual affairs. Alienating those around him with boorish behavior, increasing the likelihood that those around him will want to contribute to his downfall.

    If the media, his fans and his teammates ignore his self-destructive behaviors, this will enable Alex to continue behaving in those ways. If others shine a light on what he is doing to himself, hopefully he will hit bottom and get help to turn himself around. If he doesn’t feel painful consequences, there will be no reason to change. Sooner or later, on his current trajectory, he will most likely wind up in jail, seriously injured or worse.

    Bottom line: If you care about Alex and/or the Yankees you should stop trying to protect him from consequences that result from his own self-destrutive acts.

  181. Joe March 22nd, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Wow, what a crazy revelation about Arod. I can’t believe the Yankees have to endure 9 more years of hall of fame numbers from this clown. Poor Yankees. I’m sure the Pirates, Orioles, etc. are sure THEY don’t have to deal with one of the best offensive players ever.

    Arod used steroids, likes hookers, and loves staring at himself? If he weren’t so much better than everyone else, I might say he was just like many other players.

  182. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Aceves works out of the jam

  183. Gmarchese(Yanks and More) March 22nd, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    gameday link please someone

  184. Joe March 22nd, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I’m sure the Pirates, Orioles, etc. are sure *glad* THEY don’t have to deal with one of the best offensive players ever.

  185. m March 22nd, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Gameday shows Ransom flying into the stand for the out!

    No-hitter intact.

  186. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Aceves’ control hasn’t been that good so far this ST and today is no exception. He does get out of a nasty jam, though. walk, hit batter, wild pitch. Somewhere close to 30 pitches.

  187. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....b_tbamlb_1

  188. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    If the people asking every day for the game day link would just add it to your favorites, you can bring it up and change the date on the calendar in the upper right hand corner.

  189. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    The bast athlete on the team strikes out

  190. PJH34 March 22nd, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200.....tainment_1

  191. AD March 22nd, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    god arod is such a circus

  192. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    AD
    March 22nd, 2009 at 1:44 pm
    god arod is such a circus

    ————————————————————

    So are the people that are constantly whining about him.

  193. Boston Dave March 22nd, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    re: ARod and women

    almost EVERY baseball player does this. Manny Ramirez slept with so many girls it’s scary. He wasn’t the least bit secretive about it either. Why isn’t that in the news?

    As far as baseball players cheating on their wives, either talk about ALL the players or talk about NONE.

  194. Whitey Fraud March 22nd, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    For Florida Yankee fans, today’s game is being televised on the Sunshine Network.

    Joining preternatural puke-meister DeWayne Staats in the broadcast booth is Kvellin’ Kevin Kennedy, best known as Jerky Jeanne Zelasko’s partner on Fox and for an illustrious career as a major league manager, highlighted by pitching José Canseco during a regular season game.

    Enjoy!

  195. PJH® March 22nd, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Poor A-Rod. Proof positive that all the money in the world does not make for the perfect life.

  196. Steve B March 22nd, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    “almost EVERY baseball player does this. Manny Ramirez slept with so many girls it’s scary. He wasn’t the least bit secretive about it either. Why isn’t that in the news?”

    If it wasn’t news, how’d you know?

  197. Marc March 22nd, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    A-Fool’s resume is close to complete. He only needs to get snookered by a she-male to have his teammates hilariously laughing AT him.

  198. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Aceves is quickly punching his ticket back to Scranton. I expected a better spring from him than this.

  199. Trevor March 22nd, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Has anyone actually seen Kristen Davis who Arod dated? She looks like a tranny…

  200. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Nice play by Pena

  201. Uncle Ellsworth March 22nd, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    oh Alex, so much things to say

    Theory: Alex’s people leaked this info to counter allegations in Roberts book.
    Just a theory.

  202. 4time March 22nd, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I commend Pete on not sweeping this issue under the rug. Thats why he’s the best beat writer in town. He doesn’t shy away from the controversial issues.

  203. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    The long relievers have had disapointing springs. I would guess that it has boiled down to Albaladejo vs Igawa.

  204. Boston Dave March 22nd, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Steve B,

    I have a couple good friends that work for the Sox, one of which gets to be around the players all the time. I also lived in Boston and know girls who have been with Manny, Derek Lowe, Jeter too. Of the 25 guys on the active Sox roster I’d say maybe 3-4 don’t cheat on their wives (of the married guys – the single guys do their thing but it’s not cheating).

    True story – Manny asked my friend if he was making the trip to NY before a series against the Yanks. He said yes. Manny said he had a couple girls waiting and asked my friend if he “wanted one”. My friend says “Manny, I’m engaged”. Manny says “Engaged?? haha, I’m married!”

  205. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    so are the gameday guys getting ready for the season? the updates are pretty close to real time and the pitch counts look right…

  206. Kyle March 22nd, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Trvor,

    That pic the Daily News put up actually makes her look ok.

    She did an interview with Barbara Walters a month or so ago, and my god, she looked HIDEOUS.

    A-Rod should have atleast gone after Spitzer’s girl lol

  207. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    A shoddy play at short cost Aceves an inning ending DP although they did get the runner at 1st, but, he gets out of it again. 53 pitches in two innings is not good.

  208. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Pena flashed a great arm on that ball that almost got away from him.

    Gardner, too, is gonna save us runs in CF.

  209. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Rishi, do they have pitch speed yet?

  210. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 22nd, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I know for a fact that Varitek would never cheat on his wife..Oh wait, my bad.

    -dennis

  211. Zman March 22nd, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    A-Rod should have just stuck to Madonna.

  212. m March 22nd, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    The fact that other people do this, and steroids, doesn’t make it right.

    Who cares? I bet the Yankees do. This is not the kind of press you want for your conglomerate.

    Who leaked it? If I had to guess, this has something to do with the release of a certain book, due out in a few weeks.

  213. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    nope – no pitch speed, yet…they are getting there though :)

  214. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    GB7, That was not a shoddy play at SS. Pena was going to cover the base on the hit and run, had to recover back to the hole, knoced down the ball and threw to first. I thoght it was a fine play

  215. Y26 March 22nd, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Pena should make the team as the utility INF.

    Your utility guy should be able to play great defense. We don’t need Berroa’s bat off the bench.

  216. Steve B March 22nd, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    “Aceves is quickly punching his ticket back to Scranton. I expected a better spring from him than this.”

    Didn’t seem like he’s really been “in the mix” for a spot on the big club. Only spot where he may have fit was long relief and he’s lagged behind the likes of Tomko, Igawa and maybe even Giese in that regard.

  217. Boston Dave March 22nd, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    dennis,

    :)

    I actually got to hang out with Tek at his house in Newton last summer right after the divorce. It’s painful for me to say but he’s a pretty good guy. He got quite a laugh when he found out I was a Yanks fan but he was still cool…

    Tek’s former wife was a “insert bad word here” anyway. She got really caught up in the rich lifestyle.

  218. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Bret showing off his good eye.

  219. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Gardner walks and hangs in really well against the left handed Price.

  220. Cal March 22nd, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    9 more years of this negative press. A-Rod is just bad karma all around.

    The Selena Roberts book is going to be a cyclone, right in time for opening day at the new stadium.

  221. Whitey Fraud March 22nd, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Just realized that the game is also on the MLB Channel, so the whole country can puke along with Staats.

    Good times.

  222. Tank March 22nd, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Sabathia had better numbers against the actual Pirates team than he did today against the AA Pirates lol

  223. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 22nd, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Boston Dave.

    What a soap opera that was with Heidi/NESN.

    I posted as a point that George Will is right for the most part when he says we should love what they do not who they are.

    -dennis

  224. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Melky didnt slide into first. Guess those days are over

  225. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Tishbi, the ball was hit straight to him. He botched the grounder. No big deal this time, because it didn’t cost them.

  226. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Xavier’s dreadful spring continues.

  227. m March 22nd, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Pete,

    How does the new Rays facility look? :P

  228. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    GB7, it wouldve been straight at him if he wasnt going to cover second. He had to turn around and run back to his spot to field the ball, by the time he got to the ball the runner was already at second hence there was no chance for a DP.

  229. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Now that’s a bad play

  230. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Aceves has labored, but his defense isnt making it any easier.

  231. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Crawford swipes the bag

  232. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Now he goes for 3d and gets caught.

  233. Tank March 22nd, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Nady has done nothing to win the RF job.

    If he starts, I have to believe it was Cashman’s call, so he can up his value to trade him.

  234. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Pena rips it into right.

  235. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    thanks, Tishbi – gameday is behind and we’re watching a movie…

  236. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Thats it for Aceves. I think its Jackson thats coming in.

  237. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    swo:

    I don’t expect it is MLB Network’s fault.

  238. m March 22nd, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    We’re missing our entire starting infield, so that makes a difference.

    Speaking of botched plays, anyone see Bobby Abreu botch a play that snowballed into a 5 run inning for Korea?

  239. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Swisher in RF, on opening day.

    Nady to the bench. And then rip off the Mets, before the Trade deadline.

  240. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    The Mets don’t have anything to “rip off”.

  241. Giuseppe Franco March 22nd, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I’d like to see Swisher get the Opening Day nod over Nady – but I don’t expect that to happen.

    However, I do expect Swisher to wrestle that RF job away from Nady within the next month or two.

  242. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    so it’s 1-0, Rays?

  243. m March 22nd, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    too bad about Pena’s SB. But Melky’s arm ended the ending. Pat thrown out at 2B.

  244. Carl March 22nd, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    The Rays are running at will today on Cash

    I would not start Posada at all against the Rays… let Molina get the call for those games. They’re going to run on us every time they get on base.

  245. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    If the Yankee pitchers aren’t going to bother holding the runners close, every team is going to run. Those aren’t on the catchers.

  246. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    M, it was Melky’s arm vs Pat’s legs. That is a winning formula.

  247. Giuseppe Franco March 22nd, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Yeah, that makes sense. Remove your starting catcher from roughly 18 games, especially a division rival.

  248. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    “The Mets don’t have anything to “rip off”

    touche

  249. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Is this the end of the unbeaten streak??

  250. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I would not start Posada at all against the Rays… let Molina get the call for those games. They’re going to run on us every time they get on base.

    That wouldve been a good tactic a few years ago. The Rays also have good starting pitching and Molina’s AB’s can be rally killers.

  251. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    The Mets really don’t. We’re gonna have to find another team to take Nady off our hands.

  252. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    How hard does Jackson throw? Anybody got an idea?

  253. 24 Score March 22nd, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Posada isin’t throwing out anybody from Tampa

    You just have to hope that CC, AJ, Joba etc. can get Ks when needed and not allow them to manufacture runs. You can’t take his bat out of the lineup. He’s a liability against teams like Tampa and the Angels though, no question.

  254. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    In tomorrow’s NY papers –

    instead of getting a recap of the NYY vs. the defending AL champs (and David Price pitching) we will get a story from every beat writer on how CC looked pitching to Pittsburgh minor leaguers.

    Of course in Pittsburgh even the major leaguers look like minor leaguers.

  255. ANSKY March 22nd, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Igawa as ‘long man’? I could only see him on the big league team for mop-up duty. Let’s say if you’re down 7-8 runs after 2 innings because one of the starters got hurt or just had an awful start and the bullpen’s already tired after a couple tight games, then you throw Igawa to the lions & hope he can eat 4-5 innings and you conserve the more useful bullpen arms for when the game isn’t so out of reach. Better to scarifice his wet noodle than a real arm.

    Other than that, Igawa’s strictly AAA although he could get lucky for a game or two in the majors. He could only be an extra pitcher on the major league roster though … sort of like carrying a third catcher. Since they may have to carry a third catcher already (at least until the durability of Posada’s arm is more certain) the spare pitcher role for Igawa is unlikely. I hope.

    I also think his success this spring is partly due to facing spring training rosters with more batters who are going to be playing AAA-level or lower during the season. During the regular season he’d be striking those guys out if he were pitching in Scranton, while major leaguers would be launching Igawa’s tepid offerings into orbit if he were promoted to the majors.

    Honestly, I’d rather see him starting in Scranton than trying to be the next Ramiro Mendoza in Da Bronx.

  256. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Jackson has been in the 90′s velo-wise over the past few seasons. The big development, that we’re not seeing now is a swing and miss splitter that he seemed to have perfected last year.

  257. m March 22nd, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I don’t know, Igawa as a long man might work. No thinking involved. He stepped up against Boston.

    Shouldn’t the pitchers be working on all aspects of their game in ST? Like holding runners at 1B?

  258. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    ANSKY, part of the long man job is mop up duty.

  259. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Phil, When you say in the 90′s you mean high, median or low 90′s?

  260. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    He’s been low to mid. It’s fluctuated quite a bit.

  261. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    btw, the infield surface in Tampa seems really poor.

  262. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Kevin Kennedy is about as bad at announcing games as he was at managing them and as equally boring as Staatz.

  263. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    um, strikes please

  264. m March 22nd, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    2 errors, 3 stolen bases, 4 walks, 2 runs walked in

    Boooo!!!

  265. 24 Score March 22nd, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    You’re long man should fill 3 requirements

    1. Come in games when the starter just doesn’t have it and throw 4-5 scoreless innings to keep the team in the game

    2. “Take one for the team” and eat innings in blowout games to save the bullpen (in both ways– if we’re blowing out the other team or if we’re getting blown out). He’s valuable to have if the game is 10-1 and in the 6th inning and we need a guy to finish off the game so we don’t have to use the 1 inning relievers.

    3. Be able to spot start if needed

  266. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Jackson just baught himself a ticket back to minor league camp. No more big league spread for you, sorry.

  267. MooseCrawl March 22nd, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    “A-Rod is signed for nine more years (atta boy, Hank) and all the Yankees can do is deal with it. What other choice do they have?”

    The Yanks do have other options. They can seek to void Arod’s contract on various grounds, including that (1) he defrauded the Yankees by failing to disclose that he was a steriod user; and/or (2) he violated the contract’s implicit moral torpitude clause by soliciting prostitutes.

    The Yankees have good lawyers, and Arod has given them enough to work with. Time to void the contract!

  268. Tishbi March 22nd, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    This has been a uggly game. Basses loaded walks, errors and GIDP’s.

  269. Tex's New Best Friend March 22nd, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    For the millionth time, the yankees are not voiding a-rod’s contract. you sound so stupid when you suggest this over and over and over. it is NOT happening, and most of us dont want it to happen. He is still one of the best players in baseball and losing him wouldnt help out team at all.

  270. tom March 22nd, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Maybe YES did us NYers a favor by blacking out this game

  271. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Swisher with a great play!

  272. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    That was a great play by Swisher at 1B.
    Nice job by Marte getting over to cover too.

  273. carl March 22nd, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    wow the rays didn’t even replay that.

  274. m March 22nd, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    That’s 5 walks, 4 SB, 3 errors, 2 runs walked in, 1 ugly game, 0 runs.

    But these are the ‘never say die’ Yankees.

  275. tom March 22nd, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Mel – 5 SBs

    Crawford – 2
    Zobrist – 2
    Pena – 1

  276. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    This hasn’t been that awful. Sure there have been some errors and walks, but there have also been soom good plays and good ab’s. We didn’t start one of our top 6 starters and we’re missing half our regulars in the field. If Nady had done anything in his first two ab’s we might be tied or ahead.

  277. Clint March 22nd, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Zobrist had 3 steals all of last year and 7 career steals (in 145 games)

    Already has 2 today

  278. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    so?

  279. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 22nd, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    “The Yankees have good lawyers, and Arod has given them enough to work with. Time to void the contract!”

    Keep dreaming. Unless A-Rod’s contract specifically said that he didn’t use PEDs and the terms of the contract were based on that fact, the Yankees don’t have a leg to stand on.

  280. Jessica Lee March 22nd, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    It’s good for you guys not able to watch because the way Rays announcers praise their home team and down on other teams.

  281. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    “For the most part, men are dogs. That doesn’t change just because they are wearing baseball uniforms.”

    I liked it better when we were from Mars, and women were from Venus.

  282. Red Dragons March 22nd, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Levine already tried to find loopholes in the contract to void the deal—- there isin’t any.

    9 more years, folks. 9 more years of embarrassment, tainted numbers, and horrendous PR.

  283. Cal March 22nd, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Shouse was a GREAT pickup for Tampa, so was Joe Nelson in the pen.

    They don’t have a closer but they have excellent middle relief.

  284. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Pete is a big tease.

    I’ve been holding my breath for an hour waiting for that important CC 5th inning update. It’s holding up my entire Sunday.

  285. A-List March 22nd, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Hey– If A-Rod wants to be looked at as a creep, that’s up to him. As long as he hits the ball, who cares?

  286. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    MooseCrawl
    March 22nd, 2009 at 2:49 pm
    “A-Rod is signed for nine more years (atta boy, Hank) and all the Yankees can do is deal with it. What other choice do they have?”

    The Yanks do have other options. They can seek to void Arod’s contract on various grounds, including that (1) he defrauded the Yankees by failing to disclose that he was a steriod user; and/or (2) he violated the contract’s implicit moral torpitude clause by soliciting prostitutes.

    The Yankees have good lawyers, and Arod has given them enough to work with. Time to void the contract!

    ————————————————————

    Maybe they should extend that to selling tickets and clothing/other team items to the fans. That should cut attendance by about 80%.

  287. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    The Yankees had to deal with Arod stuff all ST.

    The Rays have to deal with wild boars.

    And we thought we had it tough….

  288. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    DT
    March 22nd, 2009 at 3:12 pm
    The Yankees had to deal with Arod stuff all ST.

    The Rays have to deal with wild boars.

    And we thought we had it tough….

    ————————————————————

    Hank S. has been hanging around Port Charlotte, again?

  289. carl March 22nd, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    LOL DT

  290. m March 22nd, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Jessica,

    So the Rays announcers think that their team is the greatest thing since sliced bread? Or at least since 2008. :)

  291. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    “Houdini” is in trouble again.

    Can Igawa wiggle out of it?
    All the fans in Port Charlotte are on the edge of their seats.

    This is what they came to see! The incredible Kei Houdini Igawa!

  292. randy l. March 22nd, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    matt silverman, former investment banker for goldman sachs, gives his words of wisdom about baseball on the rays telecast.

    if investment bankers were so great at messing up the world, why is this one finding so much success in major league baseball as a gm when he had no previous experience at all in baseball ?

    my conclusion is that the guys already there can’t be that good. cashman got his butt whooped last year by a wall street kid. that’s gotta be embarrassing.

  293. carl March 22nd, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Igawa = Filthy.

  294. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    “Hank S. has been hanging around Port Charlotte, again?”

    Nope. GB you are confusing the wild boar with it’s distant cousin – the chain-smoking gabby bore.

  295. Peter Abraham March 22nd, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Folks:

    Feel free to blindly defend A-Rod. But do not do so by casting groundless accusations at other players. That will not be allowed. Try and have some class. Slander is not part of what this should be about.

    Thanks.

  296. Peter Abraham March 22nd, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Randy:

    Matt Silverman is not the GM. Andrew Friedman is.

  297. m March 22nd, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Is that why gameday is stuck at the top of the 6th? gameday operator watching the great Igawa?

  298. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    DT
    March 22nd, 2009 at 3:19 pm
    “Hank S. has been hanging around Port Charlotte, again?”

    Nope. GB you are confusing the wild boar with it’s distant cousin – the chain-smoking gabby bore.

    ————————————————————

    I assumed that he and his former brother-in-law, Steve Swindel were in town.

  299. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    GREAT posada news!

  300. Dassit March 22nd, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Great to hear good news about Posada.

  301. jimmy1138 March 22nd, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Wow. Nearly a grand slam against Igawa…

  302. nyk26 March 22nd, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    So Lucky

  303. carl March 22nd, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Igawa is now laughing at the rays.

  304. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Pete,

    Have we any proof that this hooker isn’t slandering ARod?

  305. carl March 22nd, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Hey pete can you post some of those interviews?

  306. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 22nd, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    No word of lie, both of my computers ended up fried today. Just checking in. I have no idea how the Rays got the 3 runs since GameDay only shows one run, but even if Kei gave them all up I still defend him since this would be his first bad outing all spring. Everyone’s entitled.

    Don’t think I want to look back at the posts because I have a feeling that there’s not a lot of support for Kei today, and my day hasn’t been real good so far today.

    So he’s still my guy and that’s it.

    :(

  307. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    woohooo… the great Houdini does it again!

    2nd and 3rd – one out – he strike out the Aybar.

    To further wow the crowd he walks the next batter to load the bases.

    First pitch – it’s high… it deep… that ball is…
    caught at the wall!

    Houdini does it again!

  308. Dassit March 22nd, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Pete, any notable minor-league players who were playing? Montero, Romine, etc?

  309. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Somebody needs to tell Play station and Pedroia that thing he was polishing is called a “plaque”, not a “trophy”.

  310. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Trisha – none of those runs are on Igawa

  311. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Silly posters –

    groundless accusations can only be cast upon Arod.
    get with the program.

  312. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 22nd, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    “Have we any proof that this hooker isn’t slandering ARod?”

    It doesn’t matter. As long as the guy possibly getting slandered is A-Rod, Pete won’t have a problem with it.

  313. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    jimmy1138
    March 22nd, 2009 at 3:23 pm
    Wow. Nearly a grand slam against Igawa…

    ———————————————————–

    How many runs is “nearly a grand slam” worth?

  314. carl March 22nd, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Tell em’ Green!

  315. jennifer March 22nd, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Great news on Jorge, maybe now we won’t hear from people he’s done as a catcher. Let him show if he is done before we send him to the glue factory.

  316. Giuseppe Franco March 22nd, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Well, I guess it’s up to the fans to blindly defend A-Rod since the media has made it clear they will blindly report any tabloid-esque nonsense with the intention of destroying the guy.

  317. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Berroa turning back into Berroa.

  318. m March 22nd, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Can’t wait to see a defamation suit by Alex. :?

  319. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I don’t care whether the Yankee pitchers give up 27 line drives to the center field fence as long as they’re caught and nobody scores.

  320. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    trisha –

    sorry to hear about your computers.

    the game is on MLB-TV in your neck of the woods.

  321. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 22nd, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    “Trisha – none of those runs are on Igawa”

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rish, thank you so much for that information. YAHOO!!! In typical me fashion, that information actuallt caused me to cry with relief. I guess I needed some good news in this day! Two fried computers = lots of aggravation and certainly some expenditure of money I had not anticipated.

    GO KEI IGAWA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So now I can get on my high horse and say “See, that’s what happens when you stick with a guy. I told you he could pitch.” If he had given up the three, I would not be able to say that and get away with it! (Even though I would still believe it.)

    :D

  322. Tex's New Best Friend March 22nd, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Alex won’t even be bothered with this hooker issue. Who really cares at this point? He may have finally learned to stop caring about the writers and go out and play. I will personally be really amused when these same writers who whine and cry about him all the time are begging him for post-game interviews later in the season. Hopefully he flat out tell you all where to stick your microphone and recorder.

  323. Someone Else March 22nd, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    “my conclusion is that the guys already there can’t be that good. cashman got his butt whooped last year by a wall street kid. that’s gotta be embarrassing.”

    Wow, randy – Silverman was so brilliant, he figured out how to hurt Posada and Wang, two All Star caliber players! Too bad Cashman wasn’t smart enough to hurt Longoria and Kazmir.

  324. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 22nd, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    DT – Thanks!

    I have the game on. Unfortunately I made plans to go see Slumdog Millionaire before my day got hopelessly backed up, so now I have to make good and get going.

    Drat!

    See you for tonight’s win against Japan! (And if the score against Venezuela is any indication, the next games ain’t gonna be too much fun! Thank God we have Oswalt going tonight.)

    Later potater.

    :)

  325. Peter Abraham March 22nd, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I questioned the validity of the hooker’s story in what I originally wrote.

    Regardless, just try and have a little class and not cast around things “you heard” about other players in some attempt to defend Alex.

    If you approve of Alex’s lifestyle, that’s your call. Just don’t defend it by dragging Jeter or somebody else through the dirt.

  326. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Not often you’ll see a pitcher give up 2 singles, a double, a walk, and get no double plays and the other team doesn’t score.

  327. teddy March 22nd, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    well no offense to iwaga, i have a better fstball than iwaga

  328. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 22nd, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    “Not often you’ll see a pitcher give up 2 singles, a double, a walk, and get no double plays and the other team doesn’t score.”

    Ahem!

    That’s my boy!!!

    :D :D :D

  329. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    ‘Not often you’ll see a pitcher give up 2 singles, a double, a walk, and get no double plays and the other team doesn’t score.”

    It truly was “Houdini-esque”.

  330. carl March 22nd, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    No you don’t teddy.

  331. Peter Abraham March 22nd, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Tex’s friend:

    Thanks for the good laugh. My life would be immeasurably better if Alex never spoke to the media again. I can’t remember ever once people begging him for an interview. Usually, his inane spokesmen harass us to write things about him.

    Nice try though.

  332. Tony March 22nd, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    The problem isn’t that ARod isn’t an angel, it’s that he has reached a critical mass of absurdity that can’t reasonably be defended anymore. No one would care about some groupie saying she had sex with ARod—it becomes a problem because he’s intentionally indiscrete (i.e. Madonna) or doing it with hookers and strippers. Jeter is doing whatever he wants wherever he wants, but he’s not stupid about it like Alex.

  333. randy l. March 22nd, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    “Matt Silverman is not the GM. Andrew Friedman is.”

    thanks pete, my bad.
    silverman is the president of the rays and not the gm. friedman was ,however,an analyst at bear stearns my point still stands. how do these guys who are cut from the same cloth( education) as the wall street rascals who brought the world to it’s financial knees simply move into pro base with no experience and totally turn around a franchise and have so much success ?

    i again say it’s kind of an embarrassment to the other owners, presidents and gms of major league baseball that three wall street guys with no baseball experience come in and kick their butts. what does it say about the existing baseball hierarchy ?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Friedman

    “In 2003, through his investment-banking buddy, Matt Silverman (now president of the Rays), he met Stuart Sternberg, who was about to purchase controlling interest in Tampa Bay’s baseball franchise. “

  334. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Igawa seems to be throwing his fast ball harder and more often this spring. Have no idea what the speeds are reading, but, it appears to be that way. Hasn’t helped his control today, though.

  335. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    “For the most part, men are dogs. That doesn’t change just because they are wearing baseball uniforms”

    what do that make women? Cats?

    I would rather be a dog

  336. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Bases loaded – two outs for the amazing Igawa.

    Can he do it again?

  337. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    To add to the excitement – Houdini will pitch to the batter blind folded and with a 3-2 count.

  338. teddy March 22nd, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    hey pete how come you never rip andy for lying to reporters about roid use or is arod just special

  339. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 22nd, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Good going me.

    I give up.

  340. teddy March 22nd, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    carl

    my pitcher in mlb 09 the show throws 100 mph. thats faster than iwaga

  341. teddy March 22nd, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    carl

    my pitcher in mlb 09 the show throws 100 mph. thats faster than iwaga

  342. O'Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), 'Watching AL be the 2nd coming of Rickey Henderson' March 22nd, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Dwayne ‘I am the MJ defending stopper’ Wade MVP stun and shuts the mouths of the Palace of Auburn Hills, yeh he was out bounds too :lol:

  343. jimmy1138 March 22nd, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    First run against Igawa – was that an earned one? I thought Nunez blew a play with 2 outs…

  344. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    “My life would be immeasurably better if Alex never spoke to the media again.”

    Ahhh Pete – but it’s a catch-22 isn’t it?

    I agree life without Arod would be easier for you, BUT he sells papers via his back-page antics and he contributes some great blog hits doesn’t he?

  345. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    what’s the score now?

  346. Arod, all the time March 22nd, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Yankees vs Rays: Same old, same old. Can’t hit lefties, poor team defense, poor situational hitting, too many players acting as if they’re above the game of fundamental baseball.

    No way this team makes the playoffs. No way.

  347. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Igawa could have escaped his own mess if Nunez doesn’t boot the grounder to short. 4 errors and about 9 walks and three unearned runs (all three on bases loaed walks).
    Easily the worst fundamentally poor game to date.

  348. randy l. March 22nd, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    “Wow, randy – Silverman was so brilliant, he figured out how to hurt Posada and Wang, two All Star caliber players! Too bad Cashman wasn’t smart enough to hurt Longoria and Kazmir.”

    hey, i saying the wall street guys shouldn”t be able to waltz into major league baseball and whoop other people’s butts. but they did it. gotta give them credit.

    i wouldn’t have thought they could have. it sounds like they’ve created quite a bit of their own luck.

    personally i don’t think it would be wrong to fire cashman simply because he’s got a black cloud over his head. being unlucky is as good a reason to fire someone as anything.

    maybe with all the wall street firings, the yankees could get some of those investment bankers who have no experience in baseball but who are lucky as hell.

  349. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    “Feel free to blindly defend A-Rod. But do not do so by casting groundless accusations at other players. That will not be allowed. Try and have some class. Slander is not part of what this should be about”

    actually, the ‘From Under the Big Top’ line, was funny

  350. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    4-0 now Rishi.

    The great Houdini walked in a run. :-(

  351. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Arod, all the time
    March 22nd, 2009 at 3:50 pm
    Yankees vs Rays: Same old, same old. Can’t hit lefties, poor team defense, poor situational hitting, too many players acting as if they’re above the game of fundamental baseball.

    No way this team makes the playoffs. No way.
    _________________________________________________

    You realize a lot of these people won’t play the regular season, right?

  352. carl March 22nd, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Ajax what!

  353. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Wow, Austin Jackson can fly. Stand-up triple.

  354. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks, DT…it’s hard to keep up between the comments here and a gameday that appears to be enjoying a lazy sunday

  355. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    That is Jackson’s strength…in the gaps and run like Hell.

  356. Giuseppe Franco March 22nd, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Yankees vs Rays: Same old, same old. Can’t hit lefties, poor team defense, poor situational hitting, too many players acting as if they’re above the game of fundamental baseball.

    No way this team makes the playoffs. No way.

    ———-

    HA HA HA Funny stuff.

  357. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 22nd, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    jimmy I was getting ready to go out so didn’t see the whole inning. I swear I saw the bases loaded when I walked back in the living room and for a minute thought they were showing the previous inning! If it wasn’t an ER all the better. Hey I always look at the bright side. If Kei can get out of those kinds of messes, even if they are of his creation, his come a long way from where he was.

    Arod, all the time – since I have the Yanks winning the world series this year I see them making the playoffs for sure.

    :)

    Okay, seriously now, I’m outta here. he he

  358. teddy March 22nd, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    and if arod never talked to the media again, you rip him for not being accountabilty like those met players and unprofessional. you need to stop drinking the haterade. man i wonder how mantle would handle ny press now

  359. BWH March 22nd, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    That is the first time I’ve watched live as Jackson took an at bat (not too much time to watch spring training this year). I am now really, really looking forward to seeing him patrol center in Yankee Stadium.

  360. A-List March 22nd, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    You tell em, Pete

    It is embarrassing how low people will stoop to defend the clown A-Rod.

  361. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Linden gets called looking on a borderline inside pitch.

    Of course the great Kevin Kennedy said it was a great pitch.
    I can’t wait for him to screw up and call Dwayne Staats, “Jeannie”.

  362. Arod, all the time March 22nd, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Does not matter. It’s an organizational thing, Rishe.

  363. randy l. March 22nd, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    arod is like michael jackson in that the older he gets, the weirder he gets.

    with most people the older they get ,the wiser they get. like bipolar illness or depression aging just makes things worse. arod has something that getting older isn’t helping.

  364. Scott March 22nd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Yankees traded for Christopher Stewart, Catcher, White Sox
    for future considerations

    http://twitter.com/CST_sox

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....l_id=26303

  365. Scott March 22nd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Yankees traded for Christopher Stewart, Catcher, White Sox
    for future considerations

    http://twitter.com/CST_sox

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....l_id=26303

  366. Peter Abraham March 22nd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    DT: What does that have to do with him talking? He just does stupid things. Trust me, I’d trade the traffic for getting to write more about ballplayers who just play ball.

    Teddy: Right you are. Oh, wait a second. I blogged and wrote extensively about that at the time and said that you really can’t believe anything he says now about PEDs. I also wrote in December that the Yankees should think twice about signing Pettitte because of his history of PED use and breakdown last season. That led to his agent sending me an e-mail accusing me of being unfair.

    I see no reason to continue writing about it as Andy hasn’t done anything else that is stupid since. He also admitted he was wrong and took the blame. At some point, you move on.

    With Alex, there is no moving on. He keeps doing stuff. I’m fairly sure that most of this is orchestrated by his people. A-Rod seems to have some bizarre need to be in the news.

  367. Scott March 22nd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    oops sorry for the double post

  368. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    People forget how toolsy AJack is cause he played in a suppressive home park last year. He’s a quick twitch guy who’s power will keep developing to go along with his speed.

  369. RhapsodyInBlue March 22nd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Tampa running out Price, Shouse, Percival, Isringhausen and Wheeler.

    Seems they really want this game.

  370. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Who just made that one pitch out with the bases loaded?

  371. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    kyle anson?

  372. Don March 22nd, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    randy l

    LOL, the Michael Jackson comparison is spot on.

  373. carl March 22nd, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Hey Pete can you post some audio of those interviews?

  374. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Yankees loaded the bases (with two walks) in the top of the 8th. Two outs.

    Then the great HOF Cap Anson popped out.

  375. RhapsodyInBlue March 22nd, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Grant it Alex has done some real stupid things, but the news today should be not be too shocking.

    The story broke because the lady came forward.There is most certainly a lot of that going around in pro sports.

    This stuff has been going on back to babe Ruth and beyond.

    Unless of course today’s players just like to frequent strip clubs and let it go at that.

  376. DC Yank March 22nd, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Playing in NY (and re-upping here) was the worst decision of A-Rod’s entire life.

    He should have known the NY media employs some of the most astute journalists in the world and they would dig and uncover things about him like the steroids, Madonna, dating hookers etc. and he wouldn’t be able to sweep it under the rug.

    He should have just gone to Anaheim or San Fran where they won’t care about his off-the-field life and nobody would ever find out anything. He could just play baseball and lived his life.

  377. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I tune out the A-Rod stuff. Tell you what: If he produces, and in the clutch, he could do what he wants off the field. And I am one of the few who liked the A-Rod signing. He makes the Yankees a better team. I think that, regardless of cost, if the Yankees are better with A-Rod, it’s worth it.
    I’ve braced myself for the attack.

  378. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    “He should have just gone to Anaheim or San Fran where they won’t care about his off-the-field life and nobody would ever find out anything. He could just play baseball and lived his life”

    then let him opt out

  379. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Phil,
    How does this make him a pedophile? When were there minors involved?

  380. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I have a difficult time believing that a madame or call girl in NY that deals in high powered people wouldn’t have ever heard of Alex Rodriguez, whether she liked baseball or not. Sounds like more “I wanna make a name for myself” BS, and supposedly, she has a girl working for her, whose father is in baseball? I have my doubts. “Sports writers” need to get out there and dig up that woman’s full name and her father’s.

  381. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    It seems that people are looking to blame everyone (Pete, Jeter, posters here etc.) except A-Rod.

    Pete wants to talk baseball, but A-Rod doesn’t allow him to.

  382. Phil March 22nd, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    TMVP,

    someone compared him to Michael Jackson. I find that unacceptable, and I was wondering what Pete thought about it.

  383. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Phil,
    All right. Wasn’t being sarcastic, just wondering.

  384. teddy March 22nd, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    well pete, i admit i was wrong, you did call all andy, i didn’t think you did will send you an email admitting i was wrong if i can find your email

  385. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    dave,
    I always thought the opposite. A-Rod always takes the blame!

  386. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Greg Maddux is underated.

    wayy underated.

  387. Pel (Embarrassed Lohud Rag Reader) (Derek Jeter: Pasta Diving Champion) March 22nd, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Michael Jackson just CANNOT stop FORCING beat writers to write about every thing he actually or supposedly does that doesn’t involve his occupation.

    Comparison is now valid.

  388. RhapsodyInBlue March 22nd, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I don’t know Phil, there is the Madonna, Liz Taylor attraction similarity.

  389. Roger(from amsterdam) March 22nd, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    so we’ve learned this off season that a-rod is into drugs and hookers.why doesn’t he come to amsterdam.It’s legal here!haha

  390. m March 22nd, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    dave,

    Is that 4:13 post you? You’ve been blaming the media all morning.

    Either way, spot on post.

  391. Manson March 22nd, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Kristin Davis has a lot of notoriety— she was interview by Barbara Walters and was a key figure in the Spitzer ordeal.

    It’s not like she is some fly by night hooker. The media doesn’t need do any digging about her. If you read the story, the majority of the quotes came from anonymous sources and friends. Davis did say their paths crossed but did not elaborate.

  392. DT March 22nd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Dave –

    Arod sells.

    Ask yourself this. If Arod got a Madonna tat, would the reporters care? Of course. Every single paper would sell that as “news”. They would use the “nutty” Arod angle again.

    AJ, Joba and CC could get 100 tats and no one would care.

  393. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    vinny b-I don’t think so. I KNOW he’s one of the greatest pitchers of all time and was unbelievable in his era. He’s not underrated at all.

  394. dave March 22nd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    mel,

    No, I am a different dave. I should really change my screen name

    I don’t type long passages and I use spaces and capital letters, so I thought people would know the difference lol

  395. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 22nd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Another White Sox to Yankees trade:

    **The Sox sent catcher Chris Stewart to the Yankees for a player to be named later.**

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....rizon.html

    ——

    why does the Yanks want Stewart again?

  396. This is ridiculous March 22nd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    In the past couple of years, Jeter has been dragging HIMSELF through the dirt.

    *Most recently (Feb. 27), The Daily News pointed out he was dating a 22 year old college girl at FIT (22 is a little young, right, Mr. almost 35-year-old Captain?) This is while he was supposedly getting serious with Minka Kelly and Minka’s all happy wearing her Yankees cap around town and being in People magazine. Did you post that Daily News link, Pete? I don’t think you did.

    *Making a girl he picked up walk from the front of the club Marquee down to the corner, where Jeter’s SUV picked her up. She walked down to the corner, then Jeter walked out of the club and got in his car and went to get her. All caught on film by TMZ in 2007. You could even hear the TMZ camera guys, saying “That’s not even right, Derek.” (Making the girl walk down the street so no one would no he was picking her up).

    I could go on and on, but you get the idea. But it’s slander when it’s Derek? OK, Pete. Let me just say that there is a lot of evidence out there that Jeter has a fundamental disrespect for women who are not his sister or his mother. (Example: he makes all his “girlfriends” (Biel, Alba, Minillo) walk behind him in public so no one will take a photo. That’s the truth.) That’s just the way it is. Trust me, your Jeter-worship bubble will be burst, eventually.

  397. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Jose Valdez? Who’s that?

  398. m March 22nd, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Actually, I’m glad there was no TMZ when Babe Ruth played baseball.

  399. 7 UP March 22nd, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Maddux is the closest thing to Roy Halladay that we have seen

  400. carl March 22nd, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks pete for the interviews!

  401. RhapsodyInBlue March 22nd, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Jeter goes out with a 22 year old because he can.

  402. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    7 UP-Roy Halladay is the best pitcher I’ve ever seen. Period. Absolutely dominant. How old will he be in ’10, when he’s a free agent?

  403. Andrew March 22nd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Making a girl walk down the street (so she wouldn’t be seen) is not the same as dating a hooker.

    Amazing how blindly people defend A-Rod. No wonder Pete takes shot at him, his defenders are insufferable. I would want to tweak them too.

  404. Scorpio March 22nd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    What the big deal if he went to a hooker? I don’t condone it but it’s none of my beezwax. Half of the MLB is married to a playboy playmate, let’s not make these guys out to be choirboys now.

    Just play ball already.

  405. RustyJohn March 22nd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Rather than present myself as a stable family guy, I think if I were a famous athlete or politician I’d just come out before I ran for office or made it to the big leagues and declare I’m a drug using, alcoholic, gay prostitute that has a dog fighting ring in my house. I’d also tell the media I like to burn money in front of homeless people rather than give it to them to buy something to eat and when my wife talks back to me I beat her.

    This would result in the media labeling me as eccentric (ala’ Dennis Rodman) instead of a fraud.

    “There goes Rusty with another hooker again…hahaha, he’s such a free spirit.”

  406. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 22nd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    “Pete wants to talk baseball, but A-Rod doesn’t allow him to.”

    You are joking, right? Where is the photo of A-Rod holding a gun to Pete’s head making him post this stuff? Don’t buy into this “it’s news so I have to report it” crap. Pete has free will. He could ignore this stuff if he wanted to and we’d all be happier for it. A-Rod “news” leads to blog hits. That’s why he posts this stuff.

  407. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    “vinny b-I don’t think so. I KNOW he’s one of the greatest pitchers of all time and was unbelievable in his era. He’s not underrated at all”

    all of the talk is always Roger Clemens, Sandy Koufax, etc.

    Clemens did steroids. And Koufax pitched in a pitcher’s era. (And yes, i know Koufax was Top 5 greatest pitchers ever)

  408. m March 22nd, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    DT,

    What are you talking about? You think that the media would let a story about a Madonna tat on CC, AJ, or Joba go? That’s crazy.

  409. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    As Hank said, paraphrased, A-Rod better hit and hit in the clutch. That’s his only way out of this mess.

  410. Rolex March 22nd, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    The rumor of the 22 yr old girl was not substantiated. It quoted a girl who said she was dating Jeter. Hardly anything concrete. She didn’t even give her name.

    This hooker story is likely true because as Kristin herself said in the article that public has access to all the records so someone could easily verify if A-Rod was a client. You think the DN would publish this if it was untrue ans easily verifiable?

  411. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Pedro with the #1 season for a pitcher

  412. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 22nd, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    “Amazing how blindly people defend A-Rod”

    Calling Pete on the carpet for his bias against A-Rod isn’t the same thing as blindly defending Alex. I haven’t defended Alex’s supposed hook up with this prostitute. I just find it the height of hypocrisy that Pete reports on unproven crap about Alex (almost every day it seems), but accuses others of slander when they repeat what they’ve heard about other players (also unproven).

  413. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Andrew
    March 22nd, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    Making a girl walk down the street (so she wouldn’t be seen) is not the same as dating a hooker.

    Amazing how blindly people defend A-Rod. No wonder Pete takes shot at him, his defenders are insufferable. I would want to tweak them too.

    ————————————————————

    They’re no more insufferable than the gossip columnists…..errr…sports writers that make that snide remarks and write the clownish articles and the insufferable fools that swallow every bit of it and then complain.

  414. Peter Abraham March 22nd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I love the poor soul who defended A-Rod being with hookers by pointing out that Jeter dated a college student.

    Um … so? He supposedly dated her. He didn’t pay for her.

    Also, that story wasn’t true. But really, really good try.

  415. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    vinny-b-Used to respect Clemes but when the steroid news came out, I looked at him completely different. Anybody who takes steroids doesn’t deserve to be called the greatest of all time. Sany Koufax is a great pitcher, but I rank him and Maddux pretty close.
    Most underrated pitcher ever was Sathel Paige.Entered the white leagues in his FORTIES, and had an ERA in the 2′s for 6 yrs. Unbelievable.

  416. Tank March 22nd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Read Pete’s 3:39 post

    A-Rod’s people harass Pete to write things about him to keep Alex in the news. Just like his PR people sent Pete the pics of him kissing the mirror.

    ARod is starved for attention. He wants it anyway he can, as negative as it may be.

  417. Nick in SF March 22nd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    If you think tattoos are bad, you should see Matsui’s wife.

    She’s totally inked up.

  418. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    “Pedro with the #1 season for a pitcher”

    well deserved. 1.74 ERA (5.07 = league average)

    and the following year, averaged more then 13 strikeouts per 9 innings. crazy.

  419. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Rolex
    March 22nd, 2009 at 4:27 pm
    The rumor of the 22 yr old girl was not substantiated. It quoted a girl who said she was dating Jeter. Hardly anything concrete. She didn’t even give her name.

    This hooker story is likely true because as Kristin herself said in the article that public has access to all the records so someone could easily verify if A-Rod was a client. You think the DN would publish this if it was untrue ans easily verifiable?

    ————————————————————

    Just like the Post, they do it every day.

  420. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Rishi-Number one SINGLE season for any pitcher ever was Ron Guidry. In the 70′s (can’t think of the exact yr., but they won a WS)he went 25-3. Think about it. Let that record sink in. Incredible.

  421. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Pedro’s season is WAY up there, too. Can’t knock you for that choice.

  422. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    “Most underrated pitcher ever was Sathel Paige.Entered the white leagues in his FORTIES, and had an ERA in the 2’s for 6 yrs. Unbelievable”

    Satchel Paige? You have that right.

    it is estimated he pitched in over 2500 games, and won approx 2000 of them (the MLB record is “only” 511 wins!!)

    if were able to build a baseball MT Rushmore, Satchel Paige would be one of the faces.

  423. Carl March 22nd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Well, if A-Rod sues the Daily News for defamation, then we know its untrue

    Until then, it is true. Like the other guy said, it is not hard to access this information, Kristin herself admitted that. A-Rod’s rep declined to comment when reached.

  424. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 22nd, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Torre’s book, steroids and now hookers.

    I fear for what the month of April will bring with regards to Alex news. Oh that’s right..the book.

  425. Peter Abraham March 22nd, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Wait a second, that post is even funnier. The guy rips Jeter for trying to avoid the paparazzi.

    He’s right, that no-good Jeter has some nerve for dating a girl and trying to keep it quiet. Why that is much worse than Alex.

    Hilarious.

    I wonder if these A-Rod defenders are interns in the offices of his handlers. They must be. The posts are too stupid to be real.

  426. Arod, all the time March 22nd, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Mext Arod news: I am gay (and also have a guaranteed contract). Wait for it…

  427. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Story about Satchel Paige: The negro all stars were playing the white all stars. Paige was pitching. Paige called his defense in, said he wouldn’t need them. Struck out the side in 9 pitches.
    The MLB network had top nine all-star game performances of all time. I know this wasn’t a major league all-star game, but even so, this should have been on the list. I guess they meant only ML all-star games, though.

  428. Peter Abraham March 22nd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Carl:

    The only way A-Rod sues a tabloid is if they don’t put him on the cover once a week. It’s pretty obvious he loves the publicity.

  429. This is Ridiculous March 22nd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Rolex: The girl dating Jeter story was just as legit as this Alex story. So why didn’t Pete post both? She had voicemails from him, her friends had heard the voicemails, etc.

    Pete didn’t post both because he treats them both differently. Yes, Jeter deserves much respect for his leadership of and contributions tothe Yankees (much more than Alex does- Alex hasn’t really done anything for the Yanks), but if you’re going to disrespect someone for their ***off the field activities***, do it for all of them.

    And I find it interesting that all of Jeter’s latest big-time girlfriends – who all dumped him, not the other way around – are now constantly photographed walking side by side holding hands with their boyfriends or husbands. (Biel and Timberlake; Minillo and Lachey; Alba and her husband, Cash Warren.) Derek has such a big ego he think the world will stop if he walks next to a woman and is photographed, yet Timberlake, who is a much bigger star in the world at large (including abroad), doesn’t have a problem with it.

    Derek doesn’t get that in reality, no one outside the Tri-State area cares about him. Remember when he tried to hit on the actress Sienna Miller in Los Angeles and she rudely dismissed him, because she didn’t have a clue who he was? And I’m sorry, going from Mariah Carey and Miss Universe to no-name, common Minka Kelly and college seniors shows a steep decline in the quality of women he’s going to get. He won’t marry a random Playmate, but the woman he gets will only be one step up from that at best.

  430. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Peter-You and I seem to disagree on many things, A-Rod being one of them, but I agree with you on the Jeter post. Made no sense at all.

  431. m March 22nd, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Nick,

    You’re such a topper. But very nicely played.

    SA,

    That’s one of the perks of the $300M contract. You get free membership in the “Surprise of the Month” club. The problem is that there’s a huuuge penalty to cancel your membership. :(

  432. ZMan March 22nd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Ha Ha Pete… you’re probably right. Ripping Jeter for trying to keep that girl away from the paparazzi was just hilarious.

    These A-Rod defenders have no shame. Dragging other people and making up rumors about our own Captain to make A-Rod look good is just low.

  433. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    90% of Washington deals in the same thing, and everybody chuckles at it. It’s a victimless “crime”. 90% of the Us Senate, congress and at least every president since Cleveland had mistresses, except for Truman….he had Bess.

    Who cares? Nobody except the media that are too lazy to actually write baseball and so-called fans that still blame Rodriguez for being traded to NYY.

  434. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    This is Ridiculous-Jeter may not ne known outside of the tri-state area, but inside of it, he is one step below a god. Come to think of it, I bet some people do worship him.

  435. Roger(from amsterdam) March 22nd, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    it’s his personal life.So It’s not our business….

  436. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Roger-If they weren’t celebrities this would be true, but the price of fame is privacy. Whether it’s right or not, if you want the fame, you get to hold no secrets, at least in this day and age.

  437. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Teixeiramvp
    March 22nd, 2009 at 4:32 pm
    Rishi-Number one SINGLE season for any pitcher ever was Ron Guidry. In the 70’s (can’t think of the exact yr., but they won a WS)he went 25-3. Think about it. Let that record sink in. Incredible.
    ——————–

    I just posted what the Prime 9 said…they had Guidry’s 1978 (i believe) at #8.

    I’m (as always) trying to move the talk away from the every day “Alex v. Derek” discussion…

    There are as many opinions as there are people who post here. No one is going to change their minds, but we continue to do this just about every single day.

  438. A-List March 22nd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Who cares?

    Jeter dating a 22 yr old is less repulsive than A-Rod dating a 50 yr old Madonna.

    Also, this girl isin’t a hooker and Jeter didn’t pay for her, whereas A-Rod did pay his hooker.

    And as Pete said, that Jeter story isin’t even true

  439. This is Ridiculous March 22nd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Pete, you are going to believe what you’re going to believe, and I am going to do the same. So I’ll stop here. All I will say is I will feel sorry for you when your Jeter is perfect bubble bursts. It may not be this year, or next year, but it WILL burst.

    But I’m sure you’ll find a way to spin it to make the Captain sound good for your readers.

  440. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Rishi-Hey, can’t knock your choice for Pedro’s season. It was a great one. But I thought Louisiana Lightning’s was better. Just an opinion.

  441. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “Story about Satchel Paige: The negro all stars were playing the white all stars. Paige was pitching. Paige called his defense in, said he wouldn’t need them. Struck out the side in 9 pitches.
    The MLB network had top nine all-star game performances of all time. I know this wasn’t a major league all-star game, but even so, this should have been on the list. I guess they meant only ML all-star games, though”

    wonderful account. I like the one in which Satchel/Josh Gibson faced each other, as well

  442. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    TMVP –

    I’m not saying pedro’s season was the best :) it’s hard for me to make an educated decision without really looking at all the seasons they presented — and I spend too much time reading along here with you all…if I took the time to do the research I’d never get any actual work done!

  443. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    This Is Ridiculous-Wow, whether I agree or disagree with you, I kind of admire your bravery. You are the only person I’ve EVER seen comment negatively on Jeter, EVER. That takes guts.

  444. teddy March 22nd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    i don’t see how you can bash jeter for dating a 22 year old. she an adult. arod hooking up with hookers is a crime. so is apples and oranges

  445. Arod, all the time March 22nd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Ron Guidry had one memorable season in an otherwise average, and short, career. Let’s stop these Pedro comparisons, ok? The two are as comparable as Arod vs Ransom at 3rd.

  446. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    vinny b and Rishi-I’ve heard a rumor that Josh Gibson actually did hit a home run out of Yankee Stadium. I’ve also heard this account is disputed. Anybody ever heard the details on it?
    And about the Paige-Gibson rivalry-It was always slanted in Paige’s favor. It was a little unfair because even if you have good numbers vs. a pitcher, you’re probably only getting a hit 3 out of 10 times.

  447. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Arod, all the time-I wasn’t comparing him to Pedro. I said that that one great season was the greatest ever. Otherwise, you’re right. His career was average.

  448. O'Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), 'Watching AL be the 2nd coming of Rickey Henderson' March 22nd, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    What channel or is it on freaking gameday

  449. Roger(from amsterdam) March 22nd, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Teixeiramvp

    celebrity..?no he’s a baseball player.It’s called ‘personal’ for a reason…

    using performance-enhancing drugs is something that we should know.Who he dates is not our businnes…hookers..men…i don’t care.it’s personal….

  450. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 22nd, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Put Joba in the Pen!!!

    (just thought I would try to change topics :P )

  451. m March 22nd, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Sad. How did talk about A-rod’s follies turn into a thread about how Jeter is gay, has an STD, won’t walk with a girl, and dated a college student.

    If Alex doesn’t do all this extra-curricular activity, then there’s no story to tell.

  452. ANSKY March 22nd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Dudes, for whatever it’s worth … all the A-Rod gossip & trashing may be news, and he may actually provide new such news often enough, but that kind of news has long since jumped the shark. At a certain point, the only people who care are perpetually bitter Red Sox fans and/or people who could watch syndicated re-runs ‘Happy Days’ for eternity and never get the idea of ‘jumping the shark’.

  453. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 22nd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    “vinny b and Rishi-I’ve heard a rumor that Josh Gibson actually did hit a home run out of Yankee Stadium. I’ve also heard this account is disputed. Anybody ever heard the details on it”

    unfortunately, no. The only info i have on Paige is, the info in Ken Burns documentary and the info on wikipedia

  454. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    roger-Alas, I wish it were so, but in this day and age baseball players ARE celebrities.
    It should be personal, but by being celebrities it invokes an unwritten commandment: Thou shalt sacrifice your private life, and possibly sanity, for fame.
    I too wish that they’d just play ball, but apparently other people don’t, which is why this stuff sells.

  455. Nick in SF March 22nd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Ron Guidry :: Cody Ransom?

    Sorry, does not compute.

    P.S., Jeter has gotten plenty of grief in this comments section.

    P.P.S., Mariah Carey was married at the time.

  456. MooseCrawl March 22nd, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    “losing [Arod] wouldnt help out team at all.”

    But gaining $200+ million to spend on other players certainly will. Come on, use your head. Yanks would be much better off without Arod and with lots of free money to spend.

  457. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    S.A.-Good idea. I’m a convert. I used to be a Joba in the ‘pen guy until Melancon came along, and now I want Joba to start since we’re already grooming our closer of the future.
    vinny b-Hmmmmm…I’ll have to look up Gibson on Wikipedia.

  458. Rishi March 22nd, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    new post – hopefully new discussion

  459. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    MooseCrawl-A-Rod is still a great player. It wouldn’t be a good idea to get rid of him because he is an excellent third baseman, an excellent hitter, and he makes the Yanks a better team. Getting rid of him wouldn’t help. Anyway, how would we get the money back? Wouldn’t we just have to eat it and bite the bullet?

  460. ANSKY March 22nd, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I wonder how many of the people who yap about Jeter or A-Rod getting some action (whether ‘professional’ or ‘amateur’) wish that on a good day they could get half as much action as either of those guys get on a bad day. C’mon … they’re professional athletes.

    Some of you sound like you’d be surprised if the members of a famous rock band were to have pre-marital sex, explore ‘alternate lifestyles’, get a massage with a ‘happy ending’, or go out to a strip club & bring some (or all) of the talent back to the hotel for a ‘private party’. Sometimes that’s part of why some guys take up those careers, and part of why some girls take up ‘those’ careers.

  461. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Arod, all the time
    March 22nd, 2009 at 4:54 pm
    Ron Guidry had one memorable season in an otherwise average, and short, career. Let’s stop these Pedro comparisons, ok? The two are as comparable as Arod vs Ransom at 3rd.

    ————————————————————

    He pitched for 14 full seasons, 3 time 20 game winner, career 3.27 ERA, a rookie season of 16-7 season and 5 complete game shutouts. add in a 17 and 18 win seasons, along with a couple of 200 strikeout seasons and 95 complete games with a career 170-91 career record. Pretty average. The last 3 years with a torn rotator cuff. Try again.

  462. Teixeiramvp March 22nd, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    GreenBeret7-Good point. Sounds like he’d be a borderline HOF’er.

  463. Rick March 22nd, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I hope ARod can come back by the end of April or beginning of May…..Ransom will not cut it for too long if at all. He is a career minor leaguer.

  464. Arod, all the time March 22nd, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Earth to GreenBeret, if he had pitched for another club, in the present generation where pitchers aren’t allowed to go from 16 IP to 210, he may have fared better. But let’s face facts: the team you root for destroyed that young man, and because so, he cannot be compared to anything but beef gravy. Except for that one memorable year, of course.

  465. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Teixeiramvp
    March 22nd, 2009 at 5:18 pm
    GreenBeret7-Good point. Sounds like he’d be a borderline HOF’er.

    ————————————————————

    He was 26 during his first full season in 1977 and didn’t even get his first start that year until the end of April because Martin didn’t like him……thought he was gutless. In ’79, he spend almost a month in the bullpen because Gossage was on the DL and was a closer for another month in 1980 . That cost him most likely 3 more 20 win seasons.

  466. GreenBeret7 March 22nd, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Arod, all the time
    March 22nd, 2009 at 5:23 pm
    Earth to GreenBeret, if he had pitched for another club, in the present generation where pitchers aren’t allowed to go from 16 IP to 210, he may have fared better. But let’s face facts: the team you root for destroyed that young man, and because so, he cannot be compared to anything but beef gravy. Except for that one memorable year, of course.

    ————————————————————

    He wasn’t “ruined”.

  467. Rosa March 22nd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Don’t drag Jeter into this because Alex is getting ripped.
    When you can show that Jeter dated a minor, then you can open your mouth.

    Alex acts like a rock star. Always loves his name in print, good or bad. And don’t forget, he was married at the time of his hooker escapades.

    What Alex had going for him was the fact he is a great ballplayer. His cheating with steroids has now tainted that.

  468. bodhisattva March 22nd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Ron Guidry the pitching equivalent of Cody Ransom???

    Where do they find these people?

  469. jf March 22nd, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    “And I’m sorry, going from Mariah Carey and Miss Universe to no-name, common Minka Kelly and college seniors shows a steep decline in the quality of women he’s going to get. He won’t marry a random Playmate, but the woman he gets will only be one step up from that at best.”

    While it kills me to admit this because I love Derek, I think this is true. I think the real celebs – at least the A and B-list ones – won’t play by the “Jeter rules” anymore. Rules are basically stand behind me, don’t tell anyone we’re dating because I’ll deny it, and keep your mouth shut. So he has to resort to the Z-list celebs who will follow the rules. Like Minka K. She was known for nothing except dating other celebs before Jeter.

    I’m on one of the baseball fan boards (shut up!) and some of us have come to the conclusion that while we always thought he would end up with some smart, nice girlfriend who maybe isn’t famous, he’s not. We had him all built up our minds that he’s this great, noble guy who’s really normal, but he’s not. He’s a famous guy who knows it. He’s going to end up with a “hot” semi-celeb because that’s what all his male fans expect. And he’s insecure enough that he expects that of himself.

    Does anyone notice that the tabs don’t really seem to care who Derek dates anymore? They might mention it, but it’s not big news like it used to be. I don’t know if it’s because Alex is better for news or that Derek’s dates get less famous every year so they’re not impressed anymore. It’s only fans who try to build someone like Minka up as superfamous or hot. I guess for Derek’s sake.

    Oh well. Go USA tonight! Like I said, I still love the guy. Just maybe a little disappointed in him.

    I guess to stay on topic, I should add that Alex is crazy and I sincerely hope he is getting counseling while he is in Vail. He can do it privately there.

  470. Peter Abraham March 22nd, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I find it pathetic beyond belief that people would care about who Derek Jeter (or any other player) dates. You really need to get a life if that is something you spend time analyzing.

    Holy crap, go outside and take a breath of fresh air. That is scary.

  471. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 22nd, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    “Pete wants to talk baseball, but A-Rod doesn’t allow him to.”

    What???

    I hope there is a healthy dose of sarcasm there.

    Surreal.

  472. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 22nd, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I find it pathetic beyond belief that people would care about who Derek Jeter (or any other player) dates. You really need to get a life if that is something you spend time analyzing.

    Holy crap, go outside and take a breath of fresh air. That is scary.

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

    You sound surprised, Pete. :)

    What demographic of people do you think that US Weekly and People and all those $3 tabloid magazines that are found as you’re checking out at every supermarket cater to?

    The people who DO care. And there are apparently a lot of them too.

  473. Drew March 22nd, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    This A-Rod stuff is great. He is now a caricature of himself. One story is more ridiculous than the next until you reach a point where every story is the same. They all just blend together. It’s like the guy at work who tells you basically the same joke every other day. Have you heard this one before? Maybe. Maybe not. It doesn’t really matter because they are all the same. There’s constant noise and yet I can’t hear a thing. The only thing you can do with these stories is put them in the same container that you put the obligatory July 4th Fireworks articles and the Day After Thanksgiving Black Friday stories. They are already written before they happen and mean nothing.

    I suppose the only thing more amusing than the media’s fascination with these throwaway stories is the predictable and boring outrage of fans who read the story, whether they are defending A-Rod or offended by him. Oh Society of 2009 how strange you are.

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