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Cashman: A-Rod is “doing well”

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 25, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This is hardly the big news that the breathless report on ESPN will make it out to be. But it’s worth passing on.

Brian Cashman actually spoke to Alex Rodriguez on Tuesday night. Oh, heavens. And — get this — A-Rod is “doing well” according to the GM.

“He’s doing a lot of work,” Cashman said. A-Rod also watched the game on television on Tuesday and through A.J Burnett looked good.

Rodriguez has been in Colorado since March 4, being treated for a torn hip labrum at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic. He had surgery on March 9.

The official target date to have Rodriguez back in pinstripes is May 16. He is expected back in Tampa around April 1. That’s when he’ll start baseball-specific workouts. Many around the team think he’ll be back earlier.

Meanwhile, the well-connected Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Yankees had “serious discussions” with A-Rod about his assorted stupid acts. That must have taken a week.

Which is fine, that is what they should have done. But unless there is a specific clause in his deal prohibiting clownish antics (and there is not, alas), it’s all just talk. If Rodriguez wants to be popular, he should get some hits in October instead of hiring Hollywood phonies and smooching mirrors. It’s really not all that complicated.

 
 

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173 Responses to “Cashman: A-Rod is “doing well””

  1. Fran March 25th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Glad to hear that about Alex. It does seem like he may be back earlier than expected.

  2. DA 2034 March 25th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    “If Rodriguez wants to be popular, he should get some hits in October instead of hiring Hollywood phonies and smooching mirrors. It’s really not all that complicated.”

    Bingo. A-Rod just isin’t very bright.

  3. Pinstriper March 25th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Exactly.

    This is like Hank making those empty threats all of last year that went in one ear and out the other.

    A-Rod does whatever he wants. He gets his $300 million and all that fraudulent HR chase money. He doesn’t have to listen to anyone.

  4. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    agree on arod, the real question will anybody else join arod and hit or pitch for that matter

  5. Uncle Ellsworth March 25th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I have tickets for May 18th – Maybe It will be the day of the Return of the Alex.

    from last post:
    Try craigslist for tickets
    and I also would throw out feelers here for people willing to sell their seats – NO LOHUD CONVIENIENCE FEE hopefully.

  6. jack March 25th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    So is A-Rod going to show up on opening day and be introduced with the team?

  7. Nick in SF in Suisun City March 25th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    If Arod can’t make opening day, maybe he’ll send his cousin?

  8. john_halfz March 25th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Is Derek Jeter exempted from the need to hit in the postseason because he doesn’t kiss mirrors?

    Because the .176/.176/.176 line last go around was somehow less remarked upon.

    That’s what you get, of course, when you expect to make bold pronouncements about 17 AB sample sets. And when your professional interest in A-Rod’s foibles becomes personal.

  9. ZMan March 25th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Or his madame?

  10. GG March 25th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    May 16th?????? That’s way more then 6 weeks, more then 9 too I think

    Opening day would 5.5 weeks after the surgery, I hope he makes it but I’m not counting on it obviously.

  11. KING FELIX March 25th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Jeter has 4 rings. He is exempt from any criticism, as is Posada, Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Bernie.

    A-Rod has not won a ring. This is New York. Not Kansas City.

  12. Jeter in LF March 25th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    So Boras told Heyman about the Yankees sitdown with A-Rod?

  13. Sean Serritella March 25th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    “If Rodriguez wants to be popular, he should get some hits in October instead of hiring Hollywood phonies and smooching mirrors. It’s really not all that complicated.”

    That says it all.

  14. Jay March 25th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you, Hank and Hal. Maybe you should have thought about that BEFORE you signed A-Rod to contract much longer than anyone else was willing to give him, through age 42(!!!), for about 30% more than anyone else would have been willing to pay him for 6 years, much less for 10! The only person you should be mad at, Hank and Hal, is YOURSELVES. YOU’RE the ones who screwed the pooch. But if it makes you feel better, rail at A-Rod. But we know YOU were at fault, not him.

  15. Uncle Ellsworth March 25th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    From Heyman Article:
    “And the concern has lessened somewhat, as A-Rod is now spending 18 hours a day rehabbing under the guidance of noted hip surgeon Marc Philippon and rehab specialist David Lindsay.”

    18 hours a day of rehab?

  16. Peter Abraham March 25th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    John Halfz:

    I’d say what exempts Jeter would be the four WS rings he has.

    Meanwhile, your hero is 8 of 59 with one RBI in the postseason since Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. He is 0 x 27 with runners on base with 11 Ks. In those 59 at-bats he has hit only 19 balls out of the infield.

  17. Nick in SF in Suisun City March 25th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Maybe Arod is a little at fault too?

  18. Jay March 25th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    john_halfz.

    You said:
    Is Derek Jeter exempted from the need to hit in the postseason because he doesn’t kiss mirrors?
    Because the .176/.176/.176 line last go around was somehow less remarked upon.

    John, didn’t you know that Jeter is exempt from reality altogether in Yankeeland. The reality only bites at times when he leaves the bubble — like it did when Jeter’s awful defense was so apparent to all. But our homer broadcasters can’t see the obvious. Pathetic job by them.

  19. V Torch March 25th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    “Meanwhile, your hero is 8 of 59 with one RBI in the postseason since Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. He is 0×27 with runners on base with 11 Ks. In those 59 at-bats he has hit only 19 balls out of the infield.”

    100% correct Pete. It’s amazing that the A-Rod apologists can’t see this.

  20. Giuseppe Franco March 25th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Let’s see here….

    A simple story about the Yanks’ best player doing well in rehab and Pete turns it into another A-Rod hate fest.

    Sigh. Just report the news and give it a rest.

  21. Nick in SF in Suisun City March 25th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Is this a “just the facts, ma’am” blog all of the sudden?

  22. howard March 25th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    I don’t see why the photo spread reflects poorly on him. it suggests he doesn’t have the greatest amount of pride or common sense in the world, but that sort of humility and openmindedness isn’t so unbecoming IMO.

  23. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 25th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    “Is this a “just the facts, ma’am” blog all of the sudden?”

    ma’am Or madame ?

  24. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    hey fellows the reason arod doesn’t have a ring, because the yankees blew 2 late leads in 04, or is that arod fault too. i forget jeter can hit into double play left and right, play shotty defense at short nd get a pass. does matsui have any rings

    btw mattingly has no rings either, memo to all, IT TAKES 25 GUYS TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP

  25. Kelsy March 25th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    A-Rod’s stupid? Socially awkward, yes. But not stupid. You don’t make that much money or get that good at anything by being stupid, even with all the natural talent in the world.

    And is he really spending 18hrs a day in rehab? If so, he should probably be ahead of the 6-9 week schedule, not behind. I don’t think they originally suggested 6-9 weeks thinking he’d work more than that during rehab.

  26. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    did arod blow a 1 run in the 9th in 04 alcs and rivera my favorite player or a 2 run lead in the 8th inning in game 5?

  27. Peter Abraham March 25th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Giuseppe Franco:

    How is what I wrote a “hate fest?”

    I updated his rehab, linked to a legit story about the team talking to him and suggested his problems would go away if he plays well in the postseason. That is hate?

    Whatever. Enjoy your copy of Details.

  28. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 25th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    “How i what I wrote a “hate fest?”

    it wasn’t. Keep up the good work.

  29. Tom March 25th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Here comes the flood of A-rod defenders/detractors.

    Head for high water!!

  30. Nick in SF in Suisun City March 25th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Vinny: good point, there should be more arod/madame jokes. That whole cousin thing is washed out.

  31. Tom March 25th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I’m waiting for Arod to release a book of poetry.

  32. john_halfz March 25th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Man, my “hero”? Dude, my hero is Luis Sojo. I also like Robert Eenhorn. I don’t particularly care for Alex Rodriguez. I get annoyed, however, that he’s sort of a pinata for whatever other issues MLB has. Eight for 59 isn’t too hot, but it’s totally cherry-picked, and denies the reality that they’re not in the postseason in 2007 without him.

    I don’t know how else to express that there’s a middle ground between foaming at the mouth over him and making him a whipping boy.

    He’s a great player whom I’d never hope to meet or spend time with. The same, I’m sure, could be said for about 4/5 of the membership of the MLB players’ union. This, after all, isn’t exactly the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It’s just people who’ve been stroked their entire lives over their ability to play a game well.

    The four World Series thing is a total canard, too. I’m delighted they won them. But here’s a fun fact about the 2001 Rangers: Four men made half the team’s start. Neither Kenny Rogers, Darren Oliver, Rob Bell nor Aaron Myette had an ERA below 6.00. Ask Ernie Banks about the importance of team.

  33. Joe March 25th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Pete reports the news and gets bashed by the usual A-Rod defenders. Too funny.

  34. Rishi March 25th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    here here john_halfz

  35. john_halfz March 25th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    How about instead of conceiving of this issue in terms of “defenders” and “detractors,” we allow for the presence of a middle ground of people who don’t get exercised about anything but the excessive focus on one guy with embarrassing personal taste in clothing, women and everything else?

  36. Bronx Jeers March 25th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    The fellas over at It Is High ran a “transcript” of the Arod-Details photo shoot.

    If you guys haven’t seen it, it’s worth a laugh.

    http://tiny.cc/IoyNq

  37. Giuseppe Franco March 25th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Pete,

    That’s logical reasoning, Pete.

    I, like many others, would rather you simply report the news without all the jabs and you interpret that as me enjoying a copy of some stupid magazine that I’ve never read in my life.

    Nicely done. Pat yourself on the back for that one.

    Everyone here knows you take pot shots at the guy nearly every time you mention him in a post.

    Okay, we get it. You don’t like the guy. But be professional about it once in awhile.

  38. BK March 25th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    The Yankee bubble is the best. I really enjoy watching Yankee games and hearing the announcers just talk about accomplishments. I guess ignorance is bliss, but any negative comments just start up arguments.

  39. Boston Dave March 25th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Is it too late for ARod to completely turn things around and become a “true Yankee” ?

    With everything that has gone down particularly this offseason, and Alex no longer capable of perfection, maybe he will be better off. Very few people can handle the kind of pressure Alex created for himself.

  40. Peter Abraham March 25th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Giuseppe Franco:

    If all I did was blandly report the news, my blog would have died in 2007. And I interpret being professional by working hard to bring you guys as much information as I can. I think having some fun is part of this blog both for me and most of the commenters.

    And fess up. We know you have those Details photos taped up on the mirror. :-)

  41. Giuseppe Franco March 25th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Pete reports the news and gets bashed by the usual A-Rod defenders. Too funny.

    ————

    You don’t have any idea what you’re talking about. I’m not some “usual A-Rod defender.”

    What’s really not all that complicated is reporting the news without taking jabs at the guy every time he mentions his name.

  42. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 25th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    MLBTR: A related question: when you rank prospects, how big of a factor is makeup? What’s the highest number of positions you’ve moved a prospect on your top 100 (either up or down) due to makeup?

    Keith Law: It’s only a big factor for me if I think it’s really affecting or going to affect the player’s production. And even then I would be careful – Robinson Cano had major knocks on his makeup when he was in the minors, and even with his ups and downs he’s been a pretty productive big leaguer. If I’d been writing at the time and had given the makeup issues major consideration (he was considered a “dog” by many scouts because he showed little effort, especially in the field), I would have grossly underrated him.

  43. Boston Dave March 25th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    “Meanwhile, your hero is 8 of 59 with one RBI in the postseason since Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. He is 0×27 with runners on base with 11 Ks. In those 59 at-bats he has hit only 19 balls out of the infield.”

    Pete,

    This is true but what are the #’s of the Yankees as a whole. I can’t remember anybody on the team that really has hit well in the postseason. With their new staff, I think the intent is to win postseason games 3-2 and 2-1 because you just can’t count on tons of offense in these games against the better pitching. That said, of course Alex should be counted on for much better than he has provided in those games.

  44. YankeesLuv March 25th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Your tone has become so nasty lately Pete. What happened to that nice man we all grew to love. :(

  45. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 25th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    March 25th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Back to the ticket issue…I posted this previously. The A-Rod stuff is stale IMO.

    The new Yankess stadium will overtake the highest avg ticket price however this has not been the case the last several years. Here is 2008 as an example.

    1) Boston avg ticket price: 48.80 fan index: 320.71
    2) Chcago(NL) avg ticket price: 42.49 fan index: 251.96
    3) NY (NL) avg ticket price: 36.58 fan index: 259.84
    4) NY (AL) avg ticket price: 34.05 fan index: 251.19
    5) Chi(AL) avg ticket price: 30.28 fan index: 214.61

    In 2007 the Yanks ranked 6th in ticket prices.

    Fenway has been the most expensive the last 8 years with a fan index well above everyone else. 2009 is a new deal wth the new Yankee Stadium. The prices are stunning.

    I send this a season ticket holder of the rival that feels the same pain.

    -dennis

  46. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    well is pete blog, he can post whatever he wants. he puts the work in. hey we all can’t like everybody

  47. Giuseppe Franco March 25th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Pete,

    I don’t think bashing A-Rod all the time gains you any readers.

    He’s an easy target and the shtick just gets old.

    I respect what you do in the clubhouse and I certainly appreciate what you do for us Yankee fans.

    All I’m saying is the A-Rod bashing often gets way over the top.

  48. carl March 25th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I like A-Rod but I agree he does stupid stuff. I don’t believe one bit though that if he hits in October people will like him.

  49. Shearl23 March 25th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Pete,

    This is a great blog, and I’ve read for close to a year everyday now. This is my first and likely last post, but i have two points to make:

    1) Your treatment of A-rod is awful. I think everyone gets that you hate the guy – I’ve seen you try to deny it, but it’s painfully obvious. Your opinion has been expressed and we all understand. The reason I only presume to say to stop, is just the comments are sligh, underhanded, and incessant.

    2) You’re treatment of Brett Gardener is somewhat bias relative to Melky. I remember you saying when Melky was 23: “at one point is a .240 hitter a .240 hitter?” Brett Gardener was just as miserable as melky last year AND he was older!!! I didn’t hear any of “he is what is he” directed at your “Little G.” All i’m saying is let’s see brett gardener do something in the major leagues before we annoint him daily with more excitement than CC, teix, and AJ burnett receive combined.

  50. E-gawa March 25th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Pete, If you report all of the “news”, how come no mention that Joba delayed his DUI hearing AGAIN 6 days ago.. It is unusual to have this many delays for a first offense dui case.

    Can you imagine if it was Arod instead?

  51. Giuseppe Franco March 25th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    The Yanks won four rings with Jeter because they had an outstanding rotation. No other team could match their depth.

    That drastically changed after the 2003 season and haven’t assembled a rotation that compares to those days until this season.

    At least the organization has finally opened it’s eyes and rectified the problem. Too bad it took 5 years to do it.

  52. Boston Dave March 25th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Congress investigating college football now:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/.....NHeadlines

    This may be necessary at some point… but right now?? What is wrong with these people???

  53. Rob NY March 25th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Pete’s articles are for the sterile reporting of facts. The blog? This place is a relaxed atmosphere where he can kick back and strap up his gold thong. Wouldn’t want it any other way.

    Flame on!

  54. E-gawa March 25th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    http://www.google.com/hostedne.....1xRgImwlow

  55. Teixeiramvp March 25th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Giuseppe Franco-Better late than never, right? I’m thinking of SERIOUS holes the Yankees have. Not many, when all is said and done. I’m feeling good about this season. And our rotation is fantastic.

  56. Teixeiramvp March 25th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    E-gawa-Who cares. Joba is never going to do that again (he knows his worth to the team), and anyway he’s so rich he could probably pay a million dollar fine w/o too much fuss.

  57. Bronx Jeers March 25th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    “Is it too late for ARod to completely turn things around and become a “true Yankee” ?”

    IMHO, Absolutely! That’s part of the beauty of baseball. You can redeem yourself from one day to the next. If Arod comes back and kills the ball and the Yanks are thriving? no one’s gonna care about all the BS he brought on himself. If he learns to relax and comes through with some October heroics and helps his team get a ring? He’ll never have to buy a beer again in this town. That’s the way it works.

  58. Observer283 March 25th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Pete, as long as we are enjoying the pleasures of small sample sizes, care to share what A-Rod’s post season was before the Bill Mueller groundball that robbed A-Rod of the ALCS MVP?

    In case you don’t want to, here they are:

    In 86 ABs: .363/.414/.648(!!!) for an OPS of 1.062. Yes, 1.062.

    Do I think that is an accurate measure of how good a hitter A-Rod is? Do I think it is a good measure of how good a hitter I think A-Rod is in the post season? OF COURSE NOT.

    It’s 86 at bats. Its an incredibly small sample size. Especially when measured against the thousands of at bats A-Rod has had in his career. So while A-Rod is one of the greatest hitters we have ever seen, he is not as good a hitter as his first 86 at bats in post season play would indicate.

    Conversely, he is not as bad a hitter as his admittedly dreadful last 59 at bats would indicate. Small sample size is as what small sample size does.

    Yogi Berra is remembered as one of the great post season hitters of all time. His first few World Series numbers were atrocious. He was blessed to play in enough world series games in his career that his numbers ended up looking similar to his overall numbers.

    If A-Rod finishes his career with 600 post season at bats, the overwhelming odds are that his numbers will be on par with what his numbers would be over the course of an average year in his career. (With a slight adjustment down to account for the fact that more of his at bats in the post-season will be against quality pitching than his at bats in the regular season).

  59. Teixeiramvp March 25th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    E-gawa-Hope that didn’t come out sounding too sharp. Nothing to do with you, just expressing an opinion.

  60. Teixeiramvp March 25th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Look up A-Rod’s postseason numbers, then compare them too Tino’s and Brosius’s. A-Rod’s are BETTER. The fact of the matter is, the 90′s teams had pitching. That is why Tino and Brosius won in the playoffs. They weren’t, as is the general thought, great clutch/playoff hitters.This is the reason I think A-Rod’ll have a good yr.-we have good pitching. Pitching is the alpha and omega of baseball, fellas.

  61. Doreen March 25th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Glad to hear ARod is doing well with his rehab.

  62. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 25th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    This notion that Jeter gets a free pass because he’s got 4 rings is ridiculous. So if Jeter got busted for DUI like Joba did, that would be okay?

    Alex is hated most by non fans and a close second by supposed Yankee fans. That is something that will never change, regardless of how many hits he gets in the postseason or rings he wins. People use the “he isn’t clutch” or “he’s socially awkward” excuse to explain away their hatred. The fact of the matter is that people hate the guy because of the money. Plain and simple.

  63. Teixeiramvp March 25th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Doreen-Me too! The quicker he rehabs, the better!

  64. Teixeiramvp March 25th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Laura-I don’t know. I don’t think Jeet gets a pass because of the rings, but if A-Rod got a ring, all is forgiven!

  65. Peter Abraham March 25th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Egawa:

    Regarding Joba’s DUI: I wrote a story about that in the newspaper that I linked to on the blog. What else would you have me do?

    Oh, and he got a continuance because his lawyer had another case being heard on the same day. Big scandal.

    Please stay tuned for my big expose on the Nebraska court system.

  66. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Observer283

    your posts puts these arod hatters into checkmate

    funy how jeter p.s numbers match his regular season numbers

  67. Teixeiramvp March 25th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Anyway, remember Jeter’s rich too. You see the size of that house he’s building?
    :-)

  68. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) March 25th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Grand Rapids, Mich.

    The West Michigan Whitecaps, a minor league baseball team, will be offering up major league cholesterol, carbohydrates and calories in an enormous hamburger being added to the menu this year at the Fifth Third Ballpark.

    The 4-pound, $20 burger features five beef patties, five slices of cheese, nearly a cup of chili and doses of salsa and corn chips, all on an 8-inch sesame-seed bun.

  69. Teixeiramvp March 25th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Peter-Joba’s DUI is the least of our worries. Are any of the Yanks playing in the minor leagues today? I notice they do that sometimes and don’t mention it on the site.

  70. Observer283 March 25th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks, Teddy. Just trying to focus on the facts.

  71. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    pettitte numbers are similar as well. no problem. there a reason don’t go into the hof on p.s. numbers only

  72. Manny March 25th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    until this year and his insane .520/.667/1.080 (1.747!!!! OPS) in 25 at bats, A-rod had a higher October average than Manny Ramirez. It’s still .279 to Manny’s .286. The difference is that A-rod’s are all front-loaded and he’s been awful since 2004 while Manny is more or less the opposite. In 1997, the Indians went to Game 7 of the world series with Manny putting up .191/.305/.397 in 68 at bats over 18 games. Given a large enough sample size (he has about twice as many postseason at bats as A-rod), his numbers become closer to his career numbers.

  73. George March 25th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Enough already Peter. We all know A-Rod’s an ass. How many different ways are you going to say it? I realize this is a blog, and not journalism, but usually your blogging is only one or two standard deviations below your newspaper writing. Your nearly daily provision of observations to support the fact that Alex isn’t a role model is getting McCarveresque. If you really need to keep kicking him, at least make it humorous. Right now its just tiresome.

  74. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Other than they’re all HOFers, what do Ty Cobb, Willie Mays, Harmon Killabrew, Rod Carew and Frank Robinson have in common? I’ll leave out Ted williams due to lack of chances (He must have been a loser, too, flipping off the fans, spitting at them).

  75. E-gawa March 25th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Pete,

    You should follow up on the Joba story like you do with the Arod story. That’s my whole point.

    I did not know that Joba’s lawyer had another case that day because my mind-reading cap is in the shop. You also didn’t report that update to us.

  76. Al from BK March 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    A-Rod back the first week in May count on it.

  77. BJK March 25th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    It’s a blog, people. If you don’t like Pete’s style, don’t read it.

    Pete, you’re hilarious. I hope A-Rod soon gives you a reason or two to report positively about him, but until then at least you give us something to chuckle at through the sadness of the whole thing.

  78. Boston Dave March 25th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Egawa,

    did you see what Pete posted? He said he already wrote about it and posted a link of the blog.

    Here’s an excerpt:

    “Case continued: Joba Chamberlain’s arraignment on a drunk-driving charge was delayed for a third time.

    W. Randall Paragas, Chamberlain’s attorney, asked for a continuance, saying he had another case at the same time. Continuances were previously granted in December and January. Chamberlain is now scheduled to enter a plea on March 31.

    The 23-year-old right-hander was charged with driving under the influence and possession of an open alcohol container on Oct. 18.”

  79. Boston Dave March 25th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    from rotoworld.com – gotta love those cheapy Rays:

    “Rays optioned LHP David Price… to Triple-A Durham.

    The Rays will keep saying it’s a baseball move, but Price is going down so that they can save money in three years. It seems like a ridiculous choice when the AL East seems likely to be so closely contended again. They can’t even make the case that he was outpitched this spring… it might mean the difference between a playoff spot and spending October at home.”

  80. Joe March 25th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    So people want Pete to drag Joba or Jeter through the mud just to make A-Rod the cheater look better?

    some great fans here tonight… bash their own players to make another player look good.

  81. Zodiac March 25th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Dave,

    Thanks for posting that. Just proves that people are paranoid. Pete has done nothing wrong.

  82. ZMAN7777 March 25th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    “Alex is hated most by non fans and a close second by supposed Yankee fans. That is something that will never change, regardless of how many hits he gets in the postseason or rings he wins.”

    Umm, we’ll take a fair amount of hits and one ring at this point.

  83. Betsy March 25th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I’m glad other people have commented on Pete’s daily snipe at Alex. Are you kidding me? Pete can’t even report on Alex’ health without resorting to snarky comments. Every reporting of the facts on Alex turns into an opinion piece…….unbelievable. Gee, too bad Alex is doing well; maybe the next time Cash speaks, we can get a negative report. That will spice things up!

    I’m just reading the thread now, but thanks to all for the info on Johnny Blanchard. Thanks to MLB network, I feel like I’m getting to know some of these older players and I have a real sense of loss when they pass (RIP Whitey Lockman).

    On the UTL debate: I say go with Berroa for now. If he hits and his defense stinks, then you can dump him and recall Pena. If he doesn’t hit and his D stinks, you can dump him and recall Pena. Go with what may be the hot hand now and ride it out……Also, I think Pena needs to play everyday.

  84. TJ March 25th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Pete,
    Great post….funny as hell.
    LMAO!

  85. Bronx Jeers March 25th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    They’ve got Jeter hawking 300$ tickets on Yankees.com. Great seats but who can afford them. It’s just crazy what they want to see a baseball game. Imagine the poor slobs who are going to break their budget for a chance to go and the Yanks get blownout? Good times! Jeez there’s games I’ve been to that I’d have paid not to go to.
    Overall these tickets are not priced very competitively within the grand scheme of entertainment. 2 tickets at 2,500$ each ?

    “Honey what would you rather do? Go see some overpaid millionaires chase a little white ball OR spend a week in Paris?”

  86. CENTRAL CT YANKEE March 25th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    “Can’t We all Just Get along”

  87. Wow. March 25th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with Joe.

  88. Boston Dave March 25th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    ““Honey what would you rather do? Go see some overpaid millionaires chase a little white ball OR spend a week in Paris?” ”

    The people that are sitting in those seats are doing both.

  89. ZMAN7777 March 25th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Good to see Betsy is back with her ever-cogent, erudite comments.

  90. D-Train March 25th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Until A-Rod gives the media a reason to lay off him… why should they?

    A-Rod is abnormal and a clown, and it should be pointed out. By his actions, he wants people to know it. His own PR reps sent Pete the pictures of him kissing a mirror (so that Pete could post it here and show the world. What, did they think Pete wanted to post them on his wall?)

  91. E-gawa March 25th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Ok, I found it.. This is the headline for the update on that story that Pete did:

    “This notebook also has updates on Joba Chamberlain, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Chien-Ming Wang, Melky Cabrera, Phil Coke and Hideki Matsui.”

    I rarely ever read those because most stories (I thought) were posted on here.

    Had it been Arod though, it would have gotten it’s own headline.

  92. Carter March 25th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Zman – LOL

  93. ZMAN7777 March 25th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    D-Train — well put. It’s all self-inflicted.

  94. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 25th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    “Umm, we’ll take a fair amount of hits and one ring at this point.”

    I doubt it. If he wins one, then people will complain that he doesn’t have multiple ones like Jeter. Alex should have never come to NY. His personality and need for attention craved it, but he should have used his head and went somewhere else.

  95. Distd March 25th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Maybe because A-Rod is bigger than Joba and more people care and A-Rod has a history of doing idiotic things like this…?

    If Terrell Owens did something newsworthy and a backup LB did something even worse… which will get more headlines? If Kobe Bryant did something or a 3rd string PG committed a worse act, which will ESPN report?

    That;s what being the biggest star in the game gets you. And judging by his continual head-scratching decisions… he likes the attention.

  96. darkmoonfire March 25th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    “I’m glad other people have commented on Pete’s daily snipe at Alex.”

    Yeah, but it is the same old people every time. The same old people who appear not to like what Pete posts, and yet still come here every day to whine about it. Seriously, what is wrong with you people? Go write your own, “no matter how ridiculous A-Rod gets we will still love him” blog.

    You will be happier, and so will the majority of the readers here. You just look foolish continually sniping at Pete — IN HIS OWN HOUSE.

    You don’t like what he writes? THEN DO NOT READ IT. And stop whining! No one cares, except for the handful of you who won’t shut up.

  97. E-gawa March 25th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Please.. Joba’s a Yankee and any Yankee is a newstory.

  98. Giuseppe Franco March 25th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    some great fans here tonight… bash their own players to make another player look good.

    ————-

    What exactly does “bash their own players” mean?

    These guys are ALL Yankees.

    One guy is no more a Yankee than anyone else regardless of the moronic “true Yankee” label that might be the stupidest debate in the history of stupid debates.

  99. AZTeck March 25th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Pete linked Heyman’s piece, and commented on it. You guys are acting like he went out of his way to take shots at A-Rod.

    And he is 100% right. you want acceptance from the fans and to be liked? Hit in October. Nothing else you do matters.

    People complaining for the sake of complaining. Nothing in his post warranted a negative reaction.

  100. Bronx Jeers March 25th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    “The people that are sitting in those seats are doing both.”

    Very true although I’m certain there are some people who are sacrificing something to buy tickets they probably can’t afford.

    I got 15 tickets for 700$. 2nd row of the terrace in RF. Not too bad but I’ll probably sell a few to bring that price down.

  101. Pinstriper March 25th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    darkmoonfire,

    Excellent post. And it’s the same cast of characters everyday who rag on Pete for reporting the NEWS about our narcissistic 3B.

    They complain all the time, yet they read the post and react to every comment thereafter. Ex-Boyfriend/girlfriend syndrome…

  102. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 25th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Can we go back to talking about Tabata’s wacky older wife?

  103. Buddy Biancalana March 25th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I actually enjoy when knuckleheads take shots at Pete, cuz Pete gets to rip ‘em new ones & make me laugh even more.

  104. Observer283 March 25th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    AZteck, he has hit in October. Granted, he has been abysmal in his last 59 AB’s in October. But he had 86 AB’s before them, and his numbers from those 86 AB’s are pretty frickin’ awesome. Way more awesome than his career numbers, even. See my earlier post for a more complete breakdown.

    But to be fair, the point still holds that A-Rod needs to hit well in future Octobers (provided the Yanks are lucky enough to get there). Given that he is much more likely to hit in accordance with his career numbers than his last 59 post-season at bats, I think there is a good chance he will.

  105. ZMAN7777 March 25th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    “Alex should have never come to NY. His personality and need for attention craved it, but he should have used his head and went somewhere else.”

    Laura — I agree, but unfortunately we’re stuck with him for 9 more long years. As to part about him using his head, as we’ve found out, he does . . . but it’s not the one that performs cognitive thought.

  106. Giuseppe Franco March 25th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    A-Rod is abnormal and a clown, and it should be pointed out. By his actions, he wants people to know it. His own PR reps sent Pete the pictures of him kissing a mirror (so that Pete could post it here and show the world. What, did they think Pete wanted to post them on his wall?)

    ————

    Perhaps you’ve noticed that, for better or worse, A-Rod is going to be a Yankee for the next nine years.

    The Yanks cannot win a World Series without him. Doesn’t really seem all that productive to try and destroy the guy.

  107. JohnBlacksox (24 + 1) March 25th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Um, let’s see…ARod has 56 month long streak of bizarre, scandalous, and downright weird news headlines…

    But yeah, I’m sure we’ve seen the last of him embarrassing the Yankees.

    At least until tomorrow, when we find out that ARod is moving in with Ruth Madoff.

  108. ZMAN7777 March 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    JohnBlacksox — LOL. Does he choose Ruth Madoff because he feels Madonna is too immature, or does he like her name since it reminds him of the Babe?

  109. S.A.-Also known as "Secret Rappa" (gansta name) March 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    When does that Selena Roberts book come out again? That should be a “fun” time period. :|

    Here, find out what your gangsta name is. http://gangstaname.com/

  110. Boston Dave March 25th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I believe the book comes out April 14th

  111. Bronx Jeers March 25th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    The strikeout against Carmona in the bug game? That one hurt.

    He just “goes for it” more than he should. I pray that with the big HR chase sort of twisting in the wind, he focuses on doing some of the small things more often. He’s got the talent to do a lot of damage in this game without necessarily hitting bombs every few games. It’s just that he’s so short sighted that makes it doubtful he’ll change his approach.

  112. JohnBlacksox (24 + 1) March 25th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Boston Dave
    March 25th, 2009 at 7:46 pm
    from rotoworld.com – gotta love those cheapy Rays:
    ===

    Boston Dave, the guy who write the Rotoworld blurbs is a bigger Red Sox fan than Gammons is. He always has snide remarks about Yankees, and gushes about every RS player.

    (Although he’s probably right about the Rays being cheap, even though they don’t have a $100+M payroll like his beloved Red Sux.)

  113. Boston Dave March 25th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Carmona pitched brilliantly in that game. Of course he unraveled and the Sox found a way to hit him in the next series.

  114. Boston Dave March 25th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    “He just “goes for it” more than he should. I pray that with the big HR chase sort of twisting in the wind, he focuses on doing some of the small things more often.”

    Well, the Yankees management decided to put HR clauses in his contract. Genius… ugh.

  115. Tom March 25th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    S.A. thanks my gansta name is Janky Hung Daddy.

  116. Boston Dave March 25th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    He should say right now that if he does in fact break the HR record, the bonus money he gets will all go to charity.

  117. Boston Dave March 25th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    My gangsta name is

    Bum Ho Lee

  118. ZMAN7777 March 25th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    “He should say right now that if he does in fact break the HR record, the bonus money he gets will all go to charity.”

    I totally agree, but the likelihood of this happening is about the same as Jose Molina being asked to model men’s underwear.

  119. Pinstriper March 25th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I cringe to think about the contents of the Roberts’ book.

  120. Mario & Luigi March 25th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Pete,

    Dont you know that Giuseppe Franco is actually Alex Rodriguez cousin. The – “One guy is no more a Yankee than anyone else regardless of the moronic “true Yankee” label that might be the stupidest debate in the history of stupid debates.”- QUOTE IS THE STUPID. Say that to Paul Oneal, Berra, pick a living legend.

    Dont know what the hell is wrong with these people.

    What Gets me PETE is how is it that
    -Chad Jennings is down here in Tampa, so check out his blog for news and views from the minor-league camp.-

    When he copies word for word what you blog and then he puts it down in his web site… Whats the deal with that?

  121. Bronx Jeers March 25th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Melky took him deep didn’t he? Man that was a great game. Pettite working his way out of trouble every inning almost. The Sizemore triple with no outs? In Torre’s book I read that some Cleveland bug expert said that the bug spray was the absolute worst thing to do.

    ARod’s gangsta name is Janky Jungle Robba

  122. S.A.-Also known as "Secret Rappa" (gansta name) March 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Janky Hung Daddy.

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

    That’s some name! :lol:

  123. gayle March 25th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Sorry wanted to bring this up in the latest thread but really concerns tickets from previous thread….

    Drive 4-5

    the games/seats in our plan that are now $5 are they in your same location. If they are and they are now selling your same seat location for now $5 you should call the Yankees and call them on it I dont think that is legal.

    Also anyone notice that on the ticketmaster site they finally changed the pull down menu to reflect multiple pricing. Funny how they did it after the fact rather than while all the pre sales and regular on sales were going on.

    I have said this before but this whole process has been bad from start to finish, handled in a totally unprofessional way. Those of us partial plan holders who felt the pressure to take what we were offered based on what I have read might have been better off going into the pool process as people who went into the pool and had later seniority date than me got the weekend plans while those of us who thought we would get locked out got the weekday plans. Here is hoping upgrading next year wont be as bad as a process.

  124. Pinstriper March 25th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    A-Rod is too selfish to give back the HR money

    In his mind, the HR record is probably clean LOL

  125. jennifer March 25th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Jorge’s is Jimbo da Crack Smoka
    Mussina’s Threepac Cracka Fool

    This is so stupid!!! :lol:

  126. Peter Abraham March 25th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    In the post of the year, Giuseppe Franco says that the Yankees cannot win the World Series without Alex Rodriguez.

    The Yankees have won 26 World Series without him. Somehow.

    Alex has never never played in one World Series game.

    I would suggest that if the Yankees did not have Alex, they would be far more likely to win over the long term. His 24 + 1 mentality is not conducive to championship play. I realize it’s spring training, but the Yankees have looked terrific. They’re a much better team when they aren’t sitting around waiting for him to hit a home run. Of course, he’s signed for nine years and he’s a terrific hitter and they need him back. No question. But that money they spent on him in 2007 could have been used elsewhere.

  127. ZMAN7777 March 25th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Pete — good points. However, it’s sad and a shame if the Yankees’ mindset is to wait for A-Rod to hit a home run. That’s as much a condemnation of the entire team as it is the Narcissistic One.

  128. PAT M. March 25th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    To think George always spoke about the cab drivers and all the other hard working NY’er’s and how he always was concerned about them…If he only knew what the new guardians of his beloved Yankees are doing to the very same people who made it possible to build this baseball palace….I live in Southern California and the cost of living is quite high, and no team including the LA Lakers are anywhere close to this ticket pricing schedule….Sad and disgraceful happenings in the Bronx………

  129. Joe March 25th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Pete –

    Excellent post, as usual. Too bad the A-Rod apologists will able it as “Pete hating on Alex”. 24+1 is exactly right.

  130. GVR March 25th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    If they’re waiting around for him to hit the homerun, then isn’t it also their fault for relying on him so much and putting the pressure on him?
    I’m not A-Rod’s biggest fan, but I do think we’re a better team with him than without him. And yes, I wish he were more normal and less “look-at-me”, but his weirdness and craving for attention are probably what made him work so hard and become such a great player in the first place, so I guess it’s a trade-off

  131. Bronx Jeers March 25th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Oddly enough, Peter Abramham’s gangsta name is….. Giuseppe Franco!

  132. DT March 25th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Face it. Life without Arod would be dull.

  133. Joe from Long Island March 25th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Pete – I’m not an ARod apologist. However, I think we can both agree that the Yanks’ recent failures in October were team efforts, from lack of shutdown pitching to lack of any hitting. It seemed at times as if the whole team just seized-up, for lack of a better description. And, as a fan, I would hope that none of them are waiting for an “A-bomb”.

    Gayle – Like you, I’m bothered that I got shifted to a weekday plan from my beloved Saturday plan, and led into thinking it was that or nothing. While I’ve cooled down quite a bit, I’m still bothered by it all. Maybe it was just too many agendas in the Ticket Office – and we know which agenda always wins out – $$$. Here’s to hoping that they straighten this mess out so those who need a weekend plan can go back to them next season.

  134. pat March 25th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    “I would suggest that if the Yankees did not have Alex, they would be far more likely to win. His 24 + 1 mentality is not conducive to championship play. I realize it’s spring training, but the Yankees have looked terrific.”

    Suggesting and believing are 2 different things. Which is it?

    If you believe that, you are indicting the other 24 guys of not giving 100%. There’s a good Q and A for you. Ask everyone else on the team about them not playing hard because they are waiting for Alex to hit a HR and let us know what they have to say.

  135. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    you can certainly tell which posters spent their grade school and junior high years sucking up to the teachers just to be room monitors.

  136. raymagnetic aka Cold Baller March 25th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Another day another cry fest about Pete taking shots at A-Rod. What’s new?

  137. Harold March 25th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    By saying the Yankees cannot win a World Series without A-rod, I think Mr. Franco was continuing the thought from his previous sentence that A-rod is going to be a Yankee for the next 9 years.

    He was saying that if the Yankees win, its gonna be with Mr. Rod b/c hes going to be on the team, not that hes the absolute difference maker. Take things in context

  138. YankeeDiva March 25th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    It’s a blog, people. If you don’t like Pete’s style, don’t read it.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    And if Pete doesn’t want to read the feedback then he shouldn’t give fans the option to post their opinions. Pete has had some great moments but the constant snide remarks (which 99% involve Arod) are childish…if I want to see that I can just go to the local park and see 5 year olds in actions. I expect more from adults, especially those that are suppose to be professionals.

    So people want Pete to drag Joba or Jeter through the mud just to make A-Rod the cheater look better?
    _ _ _ _ _

    Umm which is worse on society? Someone injection themselves with a steroid that will make them ‘stronger’ or a guy driving around on the streets half drunk? That’s what I have with the issue….DUIs are way way worse.

  139. Observer283 March 25th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Pete, they would be far more likely to win without A-Rod if they replaced him with a 3rd baseman with the best numbers in the history of the position. Failing that, no, they are not more likely to win without him.

    I understand the team chemistry argument much more in the context of basketball, football, or hockey. In those sports each play is deeply affected by how the players work together. And in the contact sports (football and hockey); emotion plays a large role because you have to have a particular mental state to put your body in harms way to make a play. Where emotion plays such a large role, team chemistry will have a large impact.

    Baseball is an entirely different animal. It’s a team game comprised of almost entirely individual efforts. If Derek Jeter’s at bat is in anyway affected by something Alex Rodriguez said, or did, or DJ’s feelings towards Alex; he would not be a true professional. And I bet Jeter himself would say as much.

    As many have pointed out, the Yankees post season pitching has been subpar. Fix that, fix the post season problems. Chemistry is not the issue.

    Put Scott Brosius on the teams from the aughts, and they still won’t win.

    Baseball:

    Pitching: Throw the ball where you want to.
    Hitting: See the ball, hit the ball.
    Fielding: See the ball, get to the ball, throw it accurately.

    The team that achieves more of those objectives will most likely win the game (barring the vagueries of luck).

    It’s a simple game and chemistry plays a very minute role (except maybe between pitcher and catcher).

    Where chemistry is largely irrelavant, give me one of the all time great hitters who provides average to slightly above average defense any day.

  140. pat March 25th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    “I realize it’s spring training, but the Yankees have looked terrific.”

    So using that logic, the Yankees are better off without Derek because he wasn’t there when they were looking so terrific either.

  141. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    don mattinglty never been to a world series, never played in one, the year after the he retired, the yanks won the world series next year go fiqure. arod not just a homerun hitter

  142. Shred Em March 25th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Pete- You are honestly insulting your own intelligence by saying that the Yankees are a better team and more likely to win without A-Rod. That goes against all conventional wisdom, common sense, and any type of baseball knowledge. Your personal vendetta against A-Rod has really, really clowded your judgment and ability to report the news without bias.

    Oh, and by your train of thinking, the Yankees didn’t need Yogi Berra because they won 16 world series without him, or DJ because they won 22 times without him. And how could the Yankees possibly be a better team by losing a guy who averages .300/40/125??? Please tell me how. And if your answer is chemistry, that’s all well and good, but baseball is not a sport like basketball or football where players need to work together on each and every play for success. I’m a big proponent of solid team chemistry, but everyone knows that baseball is an individual game played within the team concept.

  143. Frank & Beans March 25th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    ITS HIS BLOG! If he wants to write about how A-roid is a DIVA, mirror KISSING fancy pants, that has never won anything, or knock the Captain without people acting a fool, then let him.

    GET YOUR OWN BLOG IF YOU HATE IT! He is a writer first! Not A-holes publicist.

    NOW LETS TALK SOME BASEBALL!

  144. DT March 25th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Hey Pete is what he is. The ragging on Arod isn’t going away. He’s consistent….lol

    My only problem with the Yankees talking with Arod – some of this stuff is old. And… it’s going to get worse with Robert’s book coming out.

    I agree the Mag photo stuff was recent. And it was dumb.

    When the book hits – we’ll hear more and more off the field crap. He can’t change the past. It’s his bed and he has to lie in it – but he can only control today and tomorrow – not yesterday.

  145. Shred Em March 25th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Ragging on A-Rod is fine given what he has done of late. But saying that the Yanks are a BETTER TEAM without him is just complete idiocy. It really is. It blows my mind how someone who is “in the game” could really make a statement like that.

  146. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    what do you talk about jeter 24 double play he into last year , his 787 ops last year or his pathetic defense at short. gyi arod change position for the team, jeter well hasn’t though arod was the superior shortstop

  147. zack March 25th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Wow, Pete, did you really write that? You can’t honestly, seriously, believe that the Yankees are a better team without ARod because they have played better in Spring Training, haven’t yet won with him on the team, and he is a distraction? The Yankees played great without Jeter too, ergo, they are better without him. Ditto Mo. The Yankees have won championships without Don Mattingly and Mel Stottlmeyer, ergo they were better off without them.

    Pete, if you are going to argue that the Yankees are better off without A-Rod, and you can argue that without stats all you want, at least provide a non fallacious argument. You are, I think at least, better than that. Your worst post ever.

  148. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    arod ops last year 965, jeter 771. sorry you jeter followers. arod the superior player, yanks need arod alot more than jeter

  149. Giuseppe Franco March 25th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    In the post of the year, Giuseppe Franco says that the Yankees cannot win the World Series without Alex Rodriguez.

    The Yankees have won 26 World Series without him. Somehow.

    ———————-

    Pete,

    Are you high or something? That’s a giant leap.

    You completely misinterpreted what I said and sound like an ass in doing so.

    They’ve got A-Rod for the next nine seasons whether you or Yankee fans like it or not.

    If the Yanks didn’t think they needed him – they would have let him have the full surgery and let him sit out for half the season. No big deal, right?

    Are you telling me that this is a better team without A-Rod in the middle of that lineup?

    He’s their best player and one of the best players of our generation. They need him to produce if they want to win a World Series this season.

    I don’t see that as such off the wall commentary.

    Maybe if you weren’t so blinded by your hatred of the guy or so outraged that I had the audacity to call you on your repeated nonsense attacking the guy on a daily basis – perhaps you would have seen my comment that the Yanks can’t win a ring without their best player as little more than stating the obvious.

  150. Giuseppe Franco March 25th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    I would suggest that if the Yankees did not have Alex, they would be far more likely to win. His 24 + 1 mentality is not conducive to championship play. I realize it’s spring training, but the Yankees have looked terrific.

    ————-

    Manny Ramirez and his two rings say hello.

  151. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    there nobody in any sport with a bigger ego than reggie jackson and he has 5 rings.

  152. yankee21 March 25th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    G. Franco

    Very well said remarks.

  153. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    btw yanks were 9 and 15 without arod last year. granted they had no pitching

  154. Shred Em March 25th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    A-Rod’s biggest problem is that he seems to get caught when he does stupid things, which is why he has this insane double standard.

    So let’s go through it.

    1. A-Rod took steroids. Yes, that makes him a cheater to himself and baseball’s great records. But so did at least another 103 players, and probably many, many more…Who gets blamed? A-Rod.
    2. A-Rod cheated on his wife(numerous times). Yes, it’s totally inexcusable, pathetic, and disgusting for a married man with kids to cheat on his wife. But guess what? It’s no secret that a large number of rich people, pro athletes, and average Joe’s cheat. Why should Alex’s classlessness affect the way the media treats him and the way he plays on the field.
    3. A-Rod lied to Katie Couric. Big freaking deal. What Pete, were you supposed to expect A-Rod to tell the world that he took steroids when at the time he believed there was no way he’d ever be caught? That’s like expecting someone on trial for murder to admit to the crime without any evidence…Ain’t gonna happen.
    4. A-Rod took strange pictures for a photoshoot. Again, what does this have to do with how he plays ON THE FIELD??? It doesn’t, but people continue to use this as a reason to say the Yanks are better off without him.

    All in all, A-Rod hating should only be tolerated when it pertains to his performance ON THE FIELD. I don’t care how many hookers, over-the-hill celebs, masculine strippers, and groupies he hooks up with. I don’t care what kind of pictures he takes for magazines. I just don’t. Is it disappointing, classless, inexcusable, pathetic, and conduct unbecoming of a Yankee? Most definitely. However, it should not warrant people saying that the Yankees are better off without him. That is sheer idiocy and anyone who knows a lick about baseball would agree.

  155. E-Boli-the13th March 25th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Is “Giuseppe Franco” in fact ARod?

  156. Peter Abraham March 25th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I love when people defend A-Rod by saying, “Well everybody does it.”

    Meanwhile, I’m not suggesting Alex isn’t a good player. He is. But it’s counter productive to winning to have one player command 15 percent of the payroll. It never works.

    The Yankees should have let him go when they had the chance and reinvested the money in two or three other players. That’s what Brian Cashman wanted to do and he was overruled by the Steinbrenners.

    So now you have nine years of a team built to showcase a cheater’s pursuit of an individual record. Fantastic.

    Given how the baseball economy is going, the Yankees could have taken the $30 million they’ll pay Alex on a yearly basis and dominated the draft, the international market and the free-agent market.

    Instead they’re trapped by him for nine more years. They’re paying for his decline. It was a stupid move then that gets worse every day.

  157. Benny ( A-POLOGIST) Blanco March 25th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Wont be a stupid move if they win a WS.

  158. Bret the Hitman March 25th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    “So now you have nine years of a team built to showcase a cheater’s pursuit of an individual record.”

    Makes my blood boil.

  159. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    “Meanwhile, I’m not suggesting Alex isn’t a good player. He is. But it’s counter productive to winning to have one player command 15 percent of the payroll. It never works.

    The Yankees should have let him go when they had the chance and reinvested the money in two or three other players. That’s what Brian Cashman wanted to do and he was overruled by the Steinbrenners.”

    this is a true statement, no way does arod deserve 30 million and the contract is absurd.

    so pete speaking of cheaters, how do you feel about the patriots, the biggest cheaters in nfl history. only team in nfl historythat got a draft pick awaying. arod is a disgrace for cheating

  160. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    even if the yanks win the ws with arod, is a stupid contract

  161. Peter Abraham March 25th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Teddy:

    Excellent, excellent point. I think the fact that an team in another sport used a camera to record hand signals is exactly the same as a baseball player smuggling steroids into the country and using them for a three-year period.

    The fact that coaches of (at least) 12 other teams admitted to doing the same exact thing, or that the practice was once legal within the league is irrelevant. I believe it is exactly the same as A-Rod using steroids and violating several laws in two countries.

    Excellent post and thanks for making such a salient point. I don’t know how I was unable to see that before.

  162. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    I love when people defend A-Rod by saying, “Well everybody does it.”

    “The fact that coaches of (at least) 12 other teams admitted to doing the same exact thing, or that the practice was once legal within the league is irrelevant.”

    You can’t have both ways. is ok for the pats to tape because other teams did then you go say this

    “I love when people defend A-Rod by saying, “Well everybody does it.””

    which is Pete.

    i know arod broke federal law is wrong and a digrace

  163. teddy March 25th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    i think i just said something real stupid

  164. Chris Russo March 25th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    I think we need a bromance face-off.

    Pete and Coach B. vs. Francesa and Coach P. – Live on my radio show. (I’ll do anything for ratings)

  165. whateva March 26th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    But it’s counter productive to winning to have one player command 15 percent of the payroll. It never works.

    Good point. If the Yankees didn’t have all that money tied up in A-Rod they’d have been able to sign Sabathia, Teixeira and Burnett.

  166. El Maestro March 26th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Is not a “hate fest”, but the sarcasm in the posts about Alex are a little tiring now.

    I would like a post about Rodriguez with no sarcasm, and no Hank references… Just MHO.

  167. Yankee2123 March 26th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    There’s no room for the word bro-mance, or guys kissing themselves in mirrors in sports. Just my opinion.

  168. Hokiehill March 26th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I don’t think the Yanks need A-Rod to win another WS as Pete suggested. But I also think that he could very well help us win at least one WS over the span of his contract.

    That said, he’s going to need to stop being a major distraction in order to really help the team. You can say that kind of off the field stuff doesn’t effect the other players on the team but I would disagree. Look at how much more iritated Jeters gets (and some other players as well) every time he has to answer a question about A-Rod. I bet the team would enjoy the locker room atmosphere more and be a lot more comfortable without those questions all the time. I think that would lend a hand to at least a little more success as a team on the field. I also think the more questions A-Rod puts on himself, the more pressure he will feel to produce, which has not been a good thing for him before. First move IMO has to be getting rid of the majority of the PR staff he has put together and start acting like a normal person. Rebuild some bridges with team mates and lean on them for support in place of the PR staff…

  169. Hokiehill March 26th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Also, I know Pete injects the A-Rod comments pretty frequently, but be honest, they are very deserved. I imagine 90% of the players on the team would say the same things. Just look at how they reacted to the Details spread!

    If this whole steriods mess (and now hooker mess) had never cropped up and A-Rod had spent spring training doing something respectable (or even just working hard in camp) then I imagine he would get his due props…but the way things have gone, he just hasn’t deserved those props lately. one thing I’ll give him credit on is his apparent desire to work through his rehab and get back to the team!

  170. GGTM March 26th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I read through the comment section and I find it very interesting.

    I supported A-Rod up until I heard about the steroids … then he lost a lot of my support … however, and this is a big however, he’s still in pinstripes … so for another 9 years he still has my support … maybe not the same diehard kind, but my support nonetheless.

    I think what a lot of people have an issue with is that although this is Pete’s blog and he has the authority and right to say whatever he pleases … it’s also a blog where Yankee fans like to hang out and read about their team … and Pete does an excellent job on reporting all the news about the Yankees faster than anyone else on the internet … but what Pete needs to understand is that sometimes Yankee fans get tired of listening to the same commentary about a player over and over again … it’s going to be 9 more years … that’s a long time … it takes a whole lot of energy to dislike a person for 9 more years.

  171. zack March 26th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    “Meanwhile, I’m not suggesting Alex isn’t a good player. He is. But it’s counter productive to winning to have one player command 15 percent of the payroll. It never works.”

    Yeah, Babe Ruth waves hello Pete. Please, please try and think through what your post before you actually do it, that way you will bed saved looking like a clown. Have you really lost that much baseball sense being around the players?

  172. saucY March 27th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    just got (replacement) tix for 5/15

    maybe he’ll make his debut 1 day ahead of schedule :D

  173. Alex November 8th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    You can suck my dick now.


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