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A-Rod: Now dedicated to baseball

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 13, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There were about 15-20 members of the media at A-Rod’s workout and he spoke to the group when he was finished. The highlights:

• Today was the first day of real baseball activities. He had been swinging a broomstick in Colorado but not throwing or taking grounders. He said he felt good.

• He guessed that it would be 7-10 days before he was ready for a game.

• Pat Roessler, the team’s minor-league field coordinator, hit him soft grounders and Alex flipped the ball to a clubbie a few feet away. A-Rod took a bunch of swings off a tee but they were easy swings, all going the other way. Obviously he was just getting his feet wet on the first day. He was on the field for about 45 minutes,

Gene Monahan was there watching every move.

• Alex said that the time he spent in Colorado have him time to think that he has recommitted himself to baseball and the Yankees and plans to have “tunnel vision.” I’m sure the Yankees will be thrilled to hear the highest-paid player in baseball wasn’t fully committed to baseball before. But at least Alex is admitting his mistakes.

“Not only was I able to fix myself, I was able to rethink things and reorganize my thoughts, kind of put your arms around where you want to be and where you want to go,” Rodriguez said. “It’s all about our team, and everything else is on the back burner.”

• Alex said that his hip had been bothering him since last June and that he can tell something got fixed. He said the full surgery was scheduled before the they changed paths and chose the hybrid, two-surgery approach.

I need to get to St. Pete for the game. But I’ll have some A-Rod audio up later on.

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281 Responses to “A-Rod: Now dedicated to baseball”

  1. Melky Fan April 13th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Pete, you should ask Ale if he likes fishsticks.

  2. Melky Fan April 13th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I meant, you should ask Alex if he likes fishsticks. Excuse the typo.

  3. Lara08 April 13th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Interesting Pete

  4. CALIBER 09 April 13th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Now that’s he “recommitting himself to baseball” maybe he can deliver some hits for the team instead of providing more punchlines to the rest of the world who want to see him and the Yankees fail.

  5. tampayank April 13th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    RIP Harry Kalas, passed away in the Broadcast booth at Nationals Park in D.C.

    Great baseball voice, he was 73….a bit shocking

  6. tampayank April 13th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    RIP Harry Kalas, passed away in the broadcast booth at National Park this afternoon, shocking, 73 years old, great baseball booth

  7. Vader April 13th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I wonder if they will let him play in the Boston series (4/24) or the home series against the Angels (5/1)?

  8. BrettIsGod April 13th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    does arod refuse to give you interviews or even aknowlege your presence? i bet her doesnt after what all you said! im excited for the lineups and a melky free line up to be precise

  9. Steve B April 13th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    “I’m sure the Yankees will be thrilled to hear the highest-paid player in baseball wasn’t fully committed to baseball before.”

    His “de-commitment” must have been with the Rangers, you know, when he was young and stupid.

    At least he’s not young anymore.

  10. tampayank April 13th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    RIP Harry Kalas, died in the broadcast booth, 73 years old

  11. m April 13th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Great stuff, Pete. Thanks.

    Classic example of you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

    Now I expect Alex to drive home after each and every game and tuck in early. Alone. Save the shenanigans for the off-season. :)

    Hey, did you guys see that espn launched their first regional website? espnchicago.com

    New York, Los Angeles will probably got one, too.

  12. Lara08 April 13th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Harry Kalas passed away today after collapsing.

  13. tampayank April 13th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    RIP Harry Kalas, great baseball voice :(

  14. Hola April 13th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    CALIBER 09, as long as the hits are there – and they will be – why do you care about the punchlines?

    How / why does it affect you personally?

  15. Johnny D. April 13th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Does “broomstick” mean exactly what it is?

  16. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 13th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Alex said that the time he spent in Colorado have him time to think that he has recommitted himself to baseball and the Yankees and plans to have “tunnel vision.”

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

    Well that’s good to hear.

  17. pat April 13th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    If a distracted Alex can hit .300 with 35 HRs and 100+ RBI’s, I say the 24 other pinstripers need to find themselves a distraction. :wink:

    Alex’s work ethic and focus on the field has never been an issue.

  18. Steve B April 13th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Sad news from DC. Philles broadcaster Harry Kalas collapsed and died in the booth this afternoon, only hours ahead of a Philles/Nats game.

  19. tampayank April 13th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    RIP Harry Kalas :(

  20. Lara08 April 13th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Harry Kalas died today.

  21. Lara08 April 13th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Why does my comment about someone no longer being alive get caught in the filter? Its a true statement being reported.

  22. Joe April 13th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    “Alex said that the time he spent in Colorado have him time to think that he has recommitted himself to baseball and the Yankees and plans to have “tunnel vision.” I’m sure the Yankees will be thrilled to hear the highest-paid player in baseball wasn’t fully committed to baseball before. But at least Alex is admitting his mistakes.”

    Agree 100%

  23. m April 13th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Pete,

    Are you that dense? It’s not that he wasn’t fully committed to baseball. He was always there on the field, even when he had troubles. He still had a good year offensively even when going through a divorce. I’m sure that wasn’t easy.

    I think he’s just going to try to minimize the distractions. You won’t see him attending openings with starlets or singers. Focus on baseball to me means less time for the other stuff.

  24. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 13th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Lara08 April 13th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Why does my comment about someone no longer being alive get caught in the filter? Its a true statement being reported.

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

    It has happened to me too. My posts are missing.
    Sad news about Mr. Kalas

  25. tampayank April 13th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    RIP Harry Kalas

  26. Steve B April 13th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Philles broadcaster collapsed and died this afternoon in the radio booth in DC, just ahead of today’s Phils/Nats game. Very sad.

  27. William Buckner April 13th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Another loss for baseball.

    RIP Harry.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4064793

  28. E-gawa April 13th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    What’s with the Arod obsession? Is any of this really newsworthy?

  29. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    For those thay haven’t heard…Harry Kalas has passed away in the booth today.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  30. Lara08 April 13th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Maybe real stories are not allowed in an A-Rod post.

    And before tighty whities get in a bunch, that was a joke. This is the place where we use people as punch lines after all. ;)

  31. Jon H April 13th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    E-gawa:

    The best player on the team is taking his first on-field practice since hip surgery, I would say this is worth covering in a blog about the Yankees since A-Rod’s rehab has huge implications for the next few weeks and ultimately the season.

  32. Steve B April 13th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    “It’s not that he wasn’t fully committed to baseball.”

    You know what recommitment implies, Mel. Sooner he realizes it only hurts when he speaks, the better off he’ll be.

  33. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 13th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Sad about Mr. Kalas.

  34. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 13th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    • Alex said that the time he spent in Colorado have him time to think that he has recommitted himself to baseball and the Yankees and plans to have “tunnel vision.” I’m sure the Yankees will be thrilled to hear the highest-paid player in baseball wasn’t fully committed to baseball before. But at least Alex is admitting his mistakes.

    Lets all ask ourselves this question?

    Was arod not committed in 05, 07 when he was the MVP in the AL? Especially in 07 when hit several homeruns in the 9th inning?

    I’m not going to drive myself crazy over-analyzing everything he says.

  35. Cliff April 13th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Sad day, Harry Kalas has died

  36. jay destro April 13th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    RIP Harry Kalas

  37. John in Ohio April 13th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Well…Ok. That was harmless.

    But, DON’T ASK HIM ANYTHING ELSE!

  38. MP the MC April 13th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Let me guess… someone is going to suggest that Pete should bring up Joba’s DUI to balance out the A-Rod coverage.,… right

  39. Lara08 April 13th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    “my advice would be to kiss the butt of a sports reporter bc they can bring you down!”

    Only difference between Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds as far as attitude, etc is one played nice to the media and the other didn’t.

  40. m April 13th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Steve B,

    Yes, I know what recommitment means, but apparently Pete doesn’t: “I’m sure the Yankees will be thrilled to hear the highest-paid player in baseball wasn’t fully committed to baseball before.”

    But I agreed, earbuds would be great. There’s only so many “Alex is anti-social” articles these guys can write. I’d rather have no A-rod news than the stuff they’ve been writing. I’m not a big Alex fan, and I wish they’d find other stuff to write about.

  41. Danny April 13th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I don’t think anyone likes Melky

    Even Cano’s locker isn’t near Melky’s this year… how the might have fallen LOL

  42. gayle April 13th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    All of mine got caught in the filter as well. I am so very sad today. He and Richie were me baseball voices growing up in Delaware. It was there voice that taught me a lot of what I know about this great game. It was there voices that I used to listen to WDEL Radio on and watch on Channel 17.

  43. E-gawa April 13th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Joh H,

    An update is fine.. 5 posts about him swinging, playing catch, walking etc is a little over the top. And Pete has recently shown that he doesn’t post about all things to do with the Yankees.

  44. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 13th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    April 13th, 2009 at 2:11 pm
    Pete,

    Are you that dense? It’s not that he wasn’t fully committed to baseball. He was always there on the field, even when he had troubles. He still had a good year offensively even when going through a divorce. I’m sure that wasn’t easy.

    I think he’s just going to try to minimize the distractions. You won’t see him attending openings with starlets or singers. Focus on baseball to me means less time for the other stuff.

    THANK YOU M! I was thinking the same thing.

    Divorce= Check
    kids are in good health =check

    What else does he have to focus on??

  45. tampayank April 13th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    for the most part, at least from what I’ve seen/heard A-Rod is always polite and cooperates with the media yet he still gets painted negatively; whatever, he’s a hard worker who made a few dumb mistakes

  46. Yanksgal07 April 13th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    When has Alex not been fully committed to baseball ? If what he has done so far wasn’t fully committed …God help the rest of baseball now…lol.

    Hopefully he means what he says …just focus on baseball and forget what is going on around him. Also ignore those who try to make a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to Alex and every little thing he says or does…granted he’s had quite a few “moments” but many things are just taken way out of context.

    Hurry back Alex …the Yankees NEED you and I’m sure MISS you too..contrary to popular belief.

    Go Yankees 2009 !!!

  47. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 13th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I am following the White Sox/Tigers game while working. Carlos Quentin had an RBI single in the first. I looked up to see what the White Sox gave up for him and it was inf Chris Carter. Has there been in the last few years a better trade for a club than this move by Kenny Williams? They gave up nothing for a guy that will more than likely be an MVP candidate again this year if he stays healthy. If anyone has other deals that have flown undedr the radar then please share. Thanks and hope everyone has a good start to the weeek.

    -dennis

  48. murphydog April 13th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    “Sooner he realizes it only hurts when he speaks, the better off he’ll be.”

    It’s the only part of his game that really needs work.

  49. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 13th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    As I typed that post Quentin hit a two run shot.

    -dennis

  50. tampa yankee from long island April 13th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Benny ( it’s Game time) Blanco ‘

    very good points.i have never seen alex not try his ego would never let him.i just think he is terrible with the media.There are only about 5 players “max” that are better than him now.we are not even close to as good without him.if we had this pitching all the other years we would of won a championship with him here.

  51. E-gawa April 13th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    “Let me guess… someone is going to suggest that Pete should bring up Joba’s DUI to balance out the A-Rod coverage”

    There’s no point anymore. The story is over with. Pete has shown the kind of a journalist he is.. the one who picks and chooses and reports some of the stories.. I’m guessing he’s trying to get a job with Fox News or maybe the Fox Nation blog.

  52. m April 13th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Benny,

    Maybe A-rod meant that he’s going to focus on being a ballplayer, as opposed to a celebrity. Maybe he looked around Aspen and thought, “Do I want to be like these guys, or do I want to be like that gritty, gutty Brett Gardner?”

    We’ll see if actions speak louder than words. See if Alex lets go some of the members of Team Alex.

  53. abcd April 13th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    the person running this blog knows what generates blog hits and responses – it’s arod talk. so the more he posts about arod and the more he makes definite comments about arod – either pro or against, it will cause a reaction. he’s no different than any other media outlet when it comes to talking about arod.

  54. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 13th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    “I think he’s just going to try to minimize the distractions. You won’t see him attending openings with starlets or singers. Focus on baseball to me means less time for the other stuff.”

    That’s probably exactly what he meant. But since Pete has absolutely zero objectivity when it comes to Alex, he tried to twist it around to mean something else. I mean, really. Does anyone think that when the season is going on that Alex is committed to anything else? Look at his numbers over his career. If that is how he produces when he’s not committed, the AL pitchers better run for the hills because they are screwed.

  55. vin April 13th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Dennis,

    I’m a big fan of the Eaton/Otsuka for Adrian Gonzalez, Termel Sledge and Chris Young deal. The Padres stole two excellent players.

  56. Peter Abraham April 13th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Mel:

    I was there. The question was in relation to his outside advisors and off-field projects, not his divorce.

    I love that I simply report what he says and I’m out to get him. There is no winning with some people.

  57. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 13th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Who wants to bet that if the yankees lose tonight arod will be on the back cover of the Daily News tomorrow?

  58. Al from BK April 13th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    If he plans on getting into a game in a week then how do the Yankees still think he’ll be out til mid May? I’m thinking May 1st at the latest.

  59. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 13th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Pete:

    Now you know how arod feels.

  60. m April 13th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    So cool…

    DETROIT — Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko reached personal milestones in the second inning of Monday’s series opener at Comerica Park, via back-to-back home runs off Detroit starter Zach Miner.
    The back-to-back part wasn’t historic, but the fact that both players reached 300 home runs for their career with the respective blasts represents a true baseball oddity.

  61. bubba April 13th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    only Alex would choose a broomstick

  62. pat April 13th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    m

    Reading some of what Pete writes is like working with statistics. There are facts there but some are spun to write his version of the “truth”.

    Tucking in early and alone for 6 months is beyond recommittment. :wink:

    Here’s the quote courtesy of the NY Post:

    “I went to Colorado and got myself fit and I did a lot of thinking,” Rodriguez said. “I used the time to rethink things. And what came out of it, I am going to have tunnel vision on baseball now. I am going to cut out some of the fat, and do what’s important and that’s baseball.

    “I am going to put everything else on the back burner and focus on baseball. I took the time to recommit myself to my team and my teammates and I am looking forward to an excellent year.”

  63. tampa yankee from long island April 13th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    m,

    do you really think GGBG is the next coming.I like him but he will only get a couple months to prove he can get on base.so far he has not.He lays down a good bunt and runs excellent but i am not convinced he is a great defensive cf.i hope i’m wrong because i am pulling for him.

  64. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 13th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Vin.

    Great trade for the Padres. You are spot in that they stole two ecellent players. Thanks for the response. Sometimes these deals fly under the radar when they are not in your division IMO.

    -dennis

  65. m April 13th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Pete,

    Sorry about that. But you may want to rewrite what you said. It sounds like he wasn’t 100% committed to baseball. When in reality, 100% of his time wasn’t committed to baseball. Those are two different things.

  66. vin April 13th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Al,

    What do the Yanks have to benefit by saying he’ll be in the lineup by May 1? If they say he will, and he isn’t ready, then there’s a negativity to it. Cash always exagerates return dates, and rightfully so.

  67. E-gawa April 13th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    “the person running this blog knows what generates blog hits and responses – it’s arod talk. so the more he posts about arod and the more he makes definite comments about arod – either pro or against, it will cause a reaction. he’s no different than any other media outlet when it comes to talking about arod.”

    Nah, it looks more like an axe to grind. Negative news generates hits.. the last negative story out of the yankees wasn’t reported on here because of who it involved.

  68. JohnC April 13th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I think Arod makes his return in that 2 game series against the Red Sox at the Stadium May 4-5. Seems appropriate. Just need to keep it under wraps so Selena Roberts doesn’t release here book the same day.

  69. m April 13th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    tampa yank fan,

    That was a joke. But the fact of the matter is Gardner’s rating on the Dirty Uniform scale is high.

    No, I don’t think GGBG is the next coming. But he brings something new to the team. Fresh face, hungry, and a headache for the defense. I like him enough to give him some rope, as he learns the ropes.

  70. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 13th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Could you all imagine the outcry if Arod said “i would love to finish my career in seattle where it started.” This is what manny ramirez said after the dodgers just gave him 25 million? HA!

  71. tampa yankee from long island April 13th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    pete,

    people are idiots,ignore them.Arod is strange you can only just report the foolish things he says.you are great at what you do.thanks for bringing us updates all the time.This is my number one go to place for the yankees for over 2 years now.

  72. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 13th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    “I love that I simply report what he says and I’m out to get him. There is no winning with some people.”

    Pete, your cries of innocence are falling on deaf ears. Yes, you reported that A-Rod said that he is going to commit himself to baseball. Instead of leaving it at that, you had to add some snarky comment implying that he is JUST NOW committing himself to baseball as if this is something new to him or that he wasn’t committed before. I’m not surprised or even disappointed anymore. This is how you are going to report on A-Rod. I got it. I just wish you’d drop the innocent act. We’ve all seen through it.

  73. MaineYankee April 13th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Dennis

    How about RS sending Sparky Lyle to Yankees for Danny Cater and player to be named(Mario Guerro). Talk about a steal!

  74. Lara08 April 13th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    “There is no winning with some people.”

    I agree with that statement 100%

  75. Pepe April 13th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Little midget got arrested

  76. pat April 13th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Pete

    “I’m sure the Yankees will be thrilled to hear the highest-paid player in baseball wasn’t fully committed to baseball before.”

    That’s not reporting, that’s projecting.

  77. tampa yankee from long island April 13th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    m,

    i knew you kidding.brett seems to me like the perfect 4th outfielder.

  78. vin April 13th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Dennis,

    Another Kenny Williams gem: Brandon McCarthy for Jon Danks.

  79. Anthony April 13th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Reporting what ARod says is one thing. Adding a snarky comment that twists his language in order to make a silly point is another. Doesn’t he do enough real stuff that we can take issue with that we don’t have to resort to this kind of stretching? If anybody else gave this same quote, it wouldn’t be even mentioned.

  80. m April 13th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Pedroia?

  81. E-gawa April 13th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    “I love that I simply report what he says and I’m out to get him. There is no winning with some people.”

    That’s because it’s amplified with Arod and brushed under the rug when it comes to some of his teammates.

  82. Pauly April 13th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I love that I simply report what he says and I’m out to get him. There is no winning with some people.

    It’s not that you report on what he says and you’re out to get him, it’s the abundance of sarcastic, negative, editorial commentary you make after each post, e.g. “I’m sure the Yankees will be thrilled to hear the highest-paid player in baseball wasn’t fully committed to baseball before. But at least Alex is admitting his mistakes.” Comments like those, my friend, is what makes you look like you revel in his shortcomings.

    I’m no A-Rod fan, no one would love to see him gone more than me. But watching the way that you and the media handle this guy, who clearly has issues and will NEVER learn how to express himself on a satisfactory level, is like watching a mob beat a 3 legged dog.

  83. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 13th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I am going to cut out some of the fat, and do what’s important and that’s baseball.
    ——————————————————

    1) hopefully this means PR, ANGEL PRESINAL, and other hanger-ons that are in his life.

    “I am going to put everything else on the back burner and focus on baseball. I took the time to recommit myself to my team and my teammates and I am looking forward to an excellent year.”
    ——————————————————–

    2) Hopefully this means not dating huge stars and if so, can you please be discreet.

  84. gayle April 13th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Laura-

    Maybe you read Arod’s exact quotes before you start condeming Pete.As you can see he reported exactly what Alex said and it was Alex himself who said he needed to “trim some of the fat”

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....-in-tampa/

  85. Hokiehill April 13th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    GGBG may not be the next coming, but he is certainly exciting to watch and way up there on the list of players whose jersey I’m considering picking up sometime soon. The only reason I haven’t grabbed one yet is because I’m scared I’ll jinx him. I had to quit wearing my new Yankee hat after it caused us to open the season 0-2…the old hat with the white paint stain (looks like bird crap) is 3-1.

  86. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 13th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Maine Yankee- Agreed, that was a steal. I was talking about the last few years. Do you go to any Sea Dog games in the summer? Hadlock is a great place to watch a game.

    Vin- KW can be abbrasive at times therefore he may not get his props but he has pulled off some decent moves the last few years. FA signing of A. Ramirez was excellent as well. However, early in the season the Swisher deal looks lopsised.

    -dennis

  87. Lara08 April 13th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    gayle I’m thinking Laura took issue with something that Alex didn’t say but Pete’s commentary. But I’m sure she’ll speak for herself.

    People should be used to Pete and Pete should be used to the response.

  88. jldraw April 13th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Pete you are a great journalist and a very entertaining read most of the time but stop taking potshots at the guy. Its getting really old…its like the man who went to the top of the mountain and said his piece on Monday, does he really need to go back and give the same speech again on Tuesday?

  89. m April 13th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Hey, I only had issue with Pete implying that Alex wasn’t 100% commmitted to baseball. From where I sit, he looked committed to me.

    Did he overextend himself? Try to be a celebrity? Yes. But did it affect what he did on the field? Doesn’t seem like it. Unless his off-the-field stuff made his hip worse.

    Being 100% committed to baseball and committing 100% of your time to baseball is two different stories.

  90. tampa yankee from long island April 13th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    pete is doing his job.we are posting about it right.Pete knows we know a-rods says something stupid “not on purpose” every time he talks.he’s just pointing it out.We need a-rod but he is so “loosie goosie” with the things he says.

  91. CALIBER 09 April 13th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Hola, “How / why does it affect you personally?”

    I care if it becomes a distraction to the team.

    Other than that, incessantly hearing about any a-rod shenanigan is just annoying. But I still go on with my day just like anyone else would.

  92. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 13th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    “Maybe you read Arod’s exact quotes before you start condeming Pete.As you can see he reported exactly what Alex said and it was Alex himself who said he needed to “trim some of the fat”

    In my earlier post, I made it clear what my issue is with Pete’s post. His claim of innocence and his unnecessary snarky comments are unbecoming of someone who claims to be an objective journalist.

  93. Boston Dave April 13th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    are there still people on the blog claiming the Yankees are a better team without ARod since Ransom can take his place?

    that was pretty funny stuff.

  94. tampa yankee from long island April 13th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Hokiehill’

    wait a while and you’ll be able to pick one up at st vincents or the salvation army.I AM JUST KIDDING.he need to keep the ball on the ground.He looks very overmatched at times.i hope he proves me wrong.He is not lenny dykstra though.

  95. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 13th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    PHIL HUGHES: Last night.

    6.0 6 3 3 2 6 2 4.50

    96-63

  96. pat April 13th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    No one commits 100% of their time to their job and remains sane. Not even Pete!

    Committing 100% to your job while working is all that’s reasonable to expect says the women posting on a blog while working.

  97. tampayank April 13th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    so what’s the lineup for tonight?

  98. CB April 13th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Dennis,

    Quentin is terrific. Tremendous bat speed. People often scratch their heads when Kenny Williams makes a move but he does have a way of making things work in unusual ways.

    That said – wait until the Sox play the O’s and you get a look at Adam Jones.

    He looked wonderful against the Yanks. Almost an entirely different player both physically and at the plate. Put on a ton of muscle and really matured in his approach at the plate. You can just see it coming.

    That Bedard trade is going to haunt the mariners for years to come. An utter disaster already it will only get worse with Jones developing and Chris Tillman coming up.

  99. Jeter in LF April 13th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Similar to the way Lincoln wanted all his generals to get the same whiskey Grant was drinking, if A-Rod hasn’t been fully committed yet produced as much has he has, I want all the Yankees to adopt the same approach.

  100. abcd April 13th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    this is *simply* reporting it:

    • Alex said that the time he spent in Colorado have him time to think that he has recommitted himself to baseball and the Yankees and plans to have tunnel vision.

    this is adding editorial spin to convey your opinion to elicit respones:

    • Alex said that the time he spent in Colorado have him time to think that he has recommitted himself to baseball and the Yankees and plans to have “tunnel vision.” I’M SURE THE YANKEES WILL BE THRILLED TO HEAR THE HIGHEST-PAID PLAYER IN BASEBALL WASN’T FULLY COMMITTED TO BASEBALL BEFORE. BUT AT LEAST ALEX IS ADMITTING HIS MISTAKES.

  101. Julian April 13th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    It’s really too bad that there isn’t much in the way of competition for this blog. I need it for the news but Pete is an atrocious journalist.

  102. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 13th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    “Committing 100% to your job while working is all that’s reasonable to expect says the women posting on a blog while working.”

    You are not alone there, pat. I’m at work too. Suffice it to say, I’m not committing 100% of myself to the job.

  103. m April 13th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Nah. I think some of us said that Alex missing some extended time would mean less distractions for the team.

    I think they’e in a good place. Everyone knows their job, their roles, they’ve got routines. When Alex comes back, they’ll be happy to have his bat and glove back. Now it’s up to Alex to fit in or not. That may be the recommittment that Alex is speaking of. Just be one of the guys.

    Let’s hope the Yankees have a great season, so the media focus can be on the team.

  104. tampa yankee from long island April 13th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Jeter in LF,

    we would win the next five championships.

  105. Wave Your Hat April 13th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Hey Laura-

    If someone says they are going to recommit themselves to the team, it’s not snarky to point out that comment implies a lack of full commitment prior to the re-commitment. I’d say if you have a blog, it’s close to an irresistible rejoinder.

    Or maybe it is snarky after all, but it’s still irresistible.

  106. vin April 13th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised with the Swisher deal – we’ll see if Marquez proves to be a ML pitcher. Also, Ramirez has the best nickname in baseball – the Cuban Missle. Love that.

    Another favorite was AJ Peirzynski for Liriano, Nathan and Bonser. Yikes!

    What else is interesting, are trades that seem to work out evenly with big-time players – like Josh Hamilton for Edinson Volquez.

    To me, this is so much more interesting than discussing what ARod is doing at this exact moment.

  107. JOJO April 13th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I just hope stupid fans don’t spend the year booing the man at Yankee Stadium. He’s going to hear enough “A-Roid” and “A-Fraud” chants on the road. Like him or not, he’s a Yankee and he deserves our support on the field. I will now get down off my soap box.

  108. Boston Dave April 13th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    “Hey, did you guys see that espn launched their first regional website? espnchicago.com

    New York, Los Angeles will probably got one, too.”

    ugh. the less ESPN the better.

  109. MaineYankee April 13th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Dennis

    Yes I try to go at least when Trenton comes to Portland. It is a nice park to watch a game in.

    Okay, a more recent trade. How about Matt Garza for Delmong Young. I believe I heard Minn. was trying to trade Young during the season because he wasn’t playing as good as they had hoped.

  110. Rick April 13th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Longtime Phillie broadcaster Harry Kalas died. His son Todd is an anaylyst for the Rays.

  111. Boston Dave April 13th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe for Heathcliff Slocumb is an oldie but still up there…

  112. gayle April 13th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Laura-

    All I am saying is what do you think Alex meant when he said he wanted to get back his focus like it was in 2007, that he wanted to have tunnel vision that needed to worry about what happened starting at 7:05 and not before that, that he needed to trim some of the fat.

    To me that means exactly what Pete surmised that Alex feels he lost some of his focus last year and he needed to re-focus.

    Believe me I am no one’s apologist but just not sure how you can read exactly what Alex said and not surmise the same thing that he lost some of his focus last year and needs to re-committ

  113. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 13th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    April 13th, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    No one commits 100% of their time to their job and remains sane. Not even Pete!

    Committing 100% to your job while working is all that’s reasonable to expect says the women posting on a blog while working
    ——————————————————–
    I couldnt agree more. We as a nation are masters of the minimums.

    If some one paid me more to work less I would sign up for it.

  114. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 13th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    “Or maybe it is snarky after all, but it’s still irresistible.”

    Perhaps. If it were the first time, it probably wouldn’t have been a problem. However, I’ve gone on record as having a problem with how Pete reports A-Rod news so this was bound to rub me the wrong way.

  115. Stop. April 13th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    The same people say the same things.

    Have a new thought? A little bit of wisdom? Something mildly amusing? Please share. But I beg — please stop saying the same thing over and over again. It’s Game 7, people. This place is my favorite distraction. Please save me from giving up my happy place.

    Thank you.

  116. m April 13th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Boston Dave,

    Seriously? You wouldn’t check out an espnbahston.com?

    Speaking of the 4 letter website. Here are the power rankings. Damn Red Sox bringing down the AL East.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....038;week=2

  117. Hokiehill April 13th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    ESPN went against the grain with their week 2 MLB power rankings…the Red Sox are ranked *gasp* the lowest of all teams in the AL East. Order goes, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles, Red Sux

  118. GRGOYLDEF2 April 13th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    For any of you readers who are familiar with the Phillies, announcer Harry Kalas passed away this afternoon. RIP Harry.

  119. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 13th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    CB.

    I got a chance to see Jones against the Yankees as I purchesd MLBtv until we get to Maine in early May as I will have nesn on regular cable. They have a one month package this year. The kid looks fantastic. I look forward to seeing him live at Fenway this summer. Bedard is an absolute mystery. Great arm but has a lousy attitude.

    You must be very excited about the Yankee depth. They seem better suited for a 162 game schedule than just about anyone in MLB. On another note, I do think think the AL East is the best division in baseball however the NL East is very close IMO. Hope you had a good weekend.

    -dennis

  120. Pauly April 13th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Okay, a more recent trade. How about Matt Garza for Delmong Young. I believe I heard Minn. was trying to trade Young during the season because he wasn’t playing as good as they had hoped.

    The D-Rays definitely got the better end of the deal there, though you couldn’t fault the Twins for making it at the time. Prior to his rookie year, Delmon Young was ranked as the #1 prospect in the country and was supposed to be the next great 5-tool star, but so far that obviously hasn’t happened.

  121. AD April 13th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I’ll Believe A-Rod is fully committed to baseball when he fires his talent agency and his team of advisers, and whoever else he employs except for Boras of course…

  122. Lara08 April 13th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Julian April 13th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    It’s really too bad that there isn’t much in the way of competition for this blog.
    —————————————–

    Julius you can use this like the AP wire service. Get the news and then go to your favorite columnist for analysis. There are a few Yankees sites that focus strictly on analysis. And the fans sites, honestly do a better job at the analysis than the paid baseball writers.

  123. pat April 13th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Laura

    I work from home a few days a week and spend much of it on the phone so I’m often actually doing laundry, starting dinner in addition to checking the blog while I’m working.

    I’m a multi-tasker! :smile:

  124. GRGOYLDEF2 April 13th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    For all the readers familiar with the Phillies, longtime announcer Harry Kalas passed away this afternoon. RIP Harry.

  125. murphydog April 13th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....n_arr.html

    Apparently a man was arrested for threatening the Pedroia family. Pedroia was not arrested.

    Reason not given for threat. Maybe it’s about something Dustin’s bad brother did, although the threat was allegedly to shoot and kill the men of the Pedroia family.

  126. Boston Dave April 13th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    CB/Dennis,

    That’s all we need in the AL East… the Orioles building a nice young core of players. Wieters, Adam Jones, Tillman, Matusz, Arrieta …

    The Blue Jays may be basement dwellers for quite a while.

  127. Lara08 April 13th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    “If some one paid me more to work less I would sign up for it.”

    Then you’re going to let me know where this job is right Benny?

  128. Trevor April 13th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Heyman said that there is talk in the Yankee clubhouse about LeBron James coming to the Knicks.
    Yankee players wouldn’t say how they know this.
    But it’s obvious Sabathia is telling them.

  129. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 13th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    “Believe me I am no one’s apologist but just not sure how you can read exactly what Alex said and not surmise the same thing that he lost some of his focus last year and needs to re-committ”

    Gayle, how could a guy that puts up the numbers that Alex does not be committed to baseball? How is that even possible? All we ever hear is how hard Alex works and how he watches what he eats and how he’s always out there taking grounders or taking extra BP. That’s commitment to me. Anyone that works that hard at their craft or job is 100% committed to it.

    In re-reading his comments, I think that Alex used the wrong words. What he probably meant to say is that he’s ready to be done with the extracurricular activities (i.e. Madonna, taking stupid pictures of himself looking into the mirror, etc) that have been the fodder for the media. If I was able to see that, Pete most certainly should have and could have done away with the snarky comment. That’s all I’m saying.

  130. Boston Dave April 13th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    “If some one paid me more to work less I would sign up for it.”

    ———————

    unless of course, you actually enjoyed your current job.

  131. Boston Dave April 13th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Trevor,

    do you happen to have a link for that?

  132. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 13th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Vin. Agreed. That is why I tried to change directions. The AJP deal is laughable.

    Maine Yankee. Garza has great stuff. The Tampa staff is tremendous given the fact they have two MLB starter quality in AAA.

    Boston Dave. I bet the “fellowship of the miserable” are in panic mode. I would not want to hear the whiner line today. Fact is the Sox have had two tough series against likely playoff teams and have not hit. Way too early panic. I will at least give it until Wednesday of this week…:)

    -dennis

  133. murphydog April 13th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Alex who? Next…

  134. E April 13th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Is Tex playing today?

  135. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 13th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    “Laura I work from home a few days a week and spend much of it on the phone so I’m often actually doing laundry, starting dinner in addition to checking the blog while I’m working. I’m a multi-tasker”

    I used to be able to work from home, but not anymore. It really is the way to go. I’m surprised more companies don’t support it. My current organization is against it. They like to be able to see you sitting at your desk blogging about the Yankees….um I mean doing your work. :)

  136. DT April 13th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Arod should have just looked at all the beat writers and calmly said –

    “I surrender the yogurt”

  137. Wave Your Hat April 13th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    In a couple of years the Orioles could have a pitching staff to go with their lineup. Not good news generally for the other AL East teams.

  138. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 13th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    “Is Tex playing today?”

    My guess is no. He does need to get himself healthy so though. I can’t imagine that he doesn’t want to start the home opener on Thursday.

  139. Countryclub April 13th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Why dont some of you understand that this is Pete’s blog. This isnt a newspaper. He doesnt have an editor breathing now his neck. He can write about whatever he wants to write about. And, unlike in the paper, he can give his opinion. If you dont like his blog or his opinions, go somewhere else. There are numerous good Yankees blogs. People take this stuff so seriously. If he wants to write about a movie or Springsteen or the fact that Arod is a clown (his opinion), then this is the place he does it.

  140. MaineYankee April 13th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Pauly

    The question I have about Minn. and Young is that they have a history of being good at evaluating talent. Remember Young was the one that got suspended 50 games in the minors for throwing a bat at an ump. I think he is a little light on one of his tools. :lol:

  141. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 13th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    “In a couple of years the Orioles could have a pitching staff to go with their lineup. Not good news generally for the other AL East teams.”

    Yes and then the only weak link would be TOR (if everyone else stays good).

  142. Boston Dave April 13th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    murphydog,

    that is horrible

    Pedroia apparently said he “can’t stand his hometown” in a Boston Magazine article. Not sure if that has anything to do with it, since his hometown fans may have taken offense, but obviously that doesn’t warrant those types of threats.

    http://www.bostonmagazine.com/.....roia/page1

  143. #9 April 13th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Phils announcer Kalas dead at 73

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....3?MSNHPHMA

    Longtime Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, who punctuated innumerable home runs with his “Outta here!” call, died Monday after being found passed out in the broadcast booth before a game against the Washington Nationals. He was 73.

  144. tampayank April 13th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    “Trevor April 13th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Heyman said that there is talk in the Yankee clubhouse about LeBron James coming to the Knicks.
    Yankee players wouldn’t say how they know this.
    But it’s obvious Sabathia is telling them.”

    ha, I heard CC and Lebron are good friends so wouldn’t be surprised if CC said something but I think it would be hard for Lebron to leave if he wins a title which he has a chance this year

  145. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 13th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Wave Your Hat.

    Baltimore appears to have built a nice youg club that will give teams fits this year. They have a good lineup and are bringing some pitchers along. The AL East could have 4 90 win teams next year..When is the last time that has happenned??

    -dennis

  146. #9 April 13th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    RIP Harry Kalas…

  147. 86w183 April 13th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    It’s awfully early to consider Garza/Young a lopsided deal. Garza was 11-9 3.70 last year… Young hit .290 10 69

    Garza was better but it’s not lopsided

    Pete will always insert a snide comment towards Alex so why is anyone surprised. It’s like Archie Bunker reacting to anything said/done by Michael Stivik.

    Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio, George Herman Ruth for $ 125 K and some theater tickets… now THOSE were lopsided deals… as were Willie McGee for Bob Sikes, Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps and Al Leiter for Jesse Barfield

  148. CB April 13th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Dennis,

    I am pleased with the pitching depth both in the rotation and in the pen. Barring injuries I don’t think there’s a high likelihood of a long losing streak. It has the chance to be a special staff but we’ll see.

    All that said – the division is going to be painfully brutal. The Rays are a terrific team as is Boston of course. It’s amazing but it’s largely a toss up and will likely come down to who is injured least.

    I really think that what it’ll be – injuries. The teams are so close.

    I also think the Orioles will be a pain.

    How do you feel about the sox. Haven’t seen them yet. Sounds like outside of Youkilis the bats are cold? That will undoubtedly change.

    Saito and Penny/Smoltz seem to me the biggest variables.

  149. Boston Dave April 13th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    dennis,

    the Sox offense, aside from Youk who is on fire, looks horrible.

    but then, as you said, you realize they’ve faced some pretty good pitching so far.

    I’m most interested in seeing if Lester can duplicate his 2008, if Daisuke’s walks catch up to him this year, if Wakefield has anything left, etc.

  150. Betsy April 13th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    M, I agree…Seriously, there was never a question in my mind that Alex was 100% committed to baseball and to his team. His comments are going to be picked upon for no reason other than that he is Alex, but it’s plain old common sense to realize that he simply means to intend to minimize those distractions. No one has ever questioned his work ethic and questions shouldn’t arise now.

  151. Trevor April 13th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....cio/1.html

  152. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 13th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    “If he wants to write about a movie or Springsteen or the fact that Arod is a clown (his opinion), then this is the place he does it.”

    Yes, except that he posts these items claiming that he is simply reporting the news and being objective about it. I’ve exchanged emails with Pete on this very thing and he swears up and down that he doesn’t have anything against A-Rod. Yet, when you read the posts, it’s clear that Alex is not on Pete’s favorite person list. And that’s fine. I have absolutely no problem with him not liking Alex. I just want him to be honest about it and stop hiding behind the “I’m a journalist reporting the news objectively” mantra. His words just don’t back him up on that.

  153. mm bacon April 13th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    rabble rabble rabble Pete why you hatin’ on a-rod. rabble rabble rabble. now that that is out of the way. Hey if A-rod wasn’t fully committed to beisbol and still hit .300 and drove in 100+ runs then jeez what will he do now?

  154. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 13th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    86w183

    One of the greates Seinfield lines/deliveries was Frank Costanza to the boss, “How could you trade Jay Buhner?”. This was in the wake of George’s supposed death. Classic. Great post. Those were steals.

    -dennis

  155. Free Booze April 13th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Come on Wanger.

  156. Boston Dave April 13th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    dennis,

    Quentin just hit another HR

    though I’m not sure stats against the Tigers 3-5 starters should even count :)

  157. murphydog April 13th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Boston Dave:

    Could be the “I hate my hometown” thing. But my guess is that it is related to the case against the brother because the threat was said to be against “the men” of the Pedroia family.

  158. 86w183 April 13th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Four 90-win teams in one division… never.

    I don’t think the Orioles are very close to that level, but they are making much better decisions as an organization.

  159. murphydog April 13th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Here’s a question: would Yankee fans that don’t appreciate A-Rod (perhaps because he’s a “dork,” to quote Pedroia) rather have him or would they rather have Pedroia?

    Even up, one irritating SOB for another…who do you choose?

  160. Betsy April 13th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I might be very unhappy at the end of the year depending on whether the Yankees make the playoffs, but for fans of high-quality baseball, it doesn’t get better than the AL East. I’m sort of proud to be in this division – I would take no particular pleasure in being the best team of a bad lot, only to get swept aside in the playoffs anyway.

    On a squealy happy note, I’m going to Opening Day at YS – have seats behind home plate. Is anyone else going?

  161. Betsy April 13th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Pete, any news on Tex? Did he get examined by Yankee doctors today?

  162. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 13th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    That CWS-DET game has got some horrible pitching. CWS are up 10-6, but DET has the bases loaded with one out.

  163. tampayank April 13th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    oops sorry about the repeat posts in the beginning of the thread, didn’t go through initially and tried to repost, apologies

  164. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 13th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    CB.

    I flip flop on this team quite a bit in how I feel about them. I think they are decent on paper however in this divison the bar is set so high that it is too early to get a read. I think we will know more by the first week of May or so. Penny was Ok, not great by any means. He hit 95 several time on Sat which is encouraging but one start is almost meaningless. I have no feel at all on Smoltz. I do like the bullpen depth and I think the bats will come around. I do however think the organization thinks much higher of Jed Lowrie than they should. Below average SS and a slow bat. He is not a starter in the AL IMO.

    -dennis

  165. Hokiehill April 13th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I think if Lebron wins a title in Cleveland it makes it easier to leave as he can say he accomplished what he hoped to in Cleveland and chose to move on. Plus, if Cleveland wins a championship no one from that town could ever bad mouth Lebron since he is the only reason they’re any good.

  166. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 13th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    “On a squealy happy note, I’m going to Opening Day at YS – have seats behind home plate. Is anyone else going?”

    Behind home plate? Wow, did you sell one of your kidneys to get those seats? :P

  167. Countryclub April 13th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Laura:

    I dont have anything against Arod and I also have no problem admitting that he does and says a lot of questionable things. If I had a blog I’d definitely call him out on them. I just dont see a problem with pete doing the same thing. My initial post didnt really have you in mind. There are others on here that get real angry with pete and I just dont see the logic.

  168. YankeesLuv April 13th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Besides Pete’s little jab at Arod, great news. I can’t wait to see this lineup complete with Arod and Tex back to back. :)

  169. Hokiehill April 13th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I’ll take A-Rod over Pedroia

  170. Wave Your Hat April 13th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    dennis-

    I don’t really see the Orioles as a threat for a year or two, because I doubt their pitching will come together before 2011. As CB says, for the moment they are more in the “pain” category.

    But like the Rays, the Birds will emerge as a serious contender eventually, which is why (to be more controversial) easy talk about moving Jeter to LF in 2011 is wrong-headed.

    By 2011, the AL East will be a no-holds-barred steel death cage match.

  171. pat April 13th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Is Tex playing today?

    No. He’s going to take tonight off to get fit and re-commit himself to his team and teammates. I’ve been told the Yankees are thrilled to hear about it. :wink:

  172. Hola April 13th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I absolutely do not get people who write cr*p like “this is a blog, it’s Pete’s opinion and if you don’t like it, don’t read it…blah blah blah.”

    There’s a comment section here. If Pete – a Yankee beat writer – offers an opinion that someone doesn’t like, that person has the ability to post his/her dislike. Same if someone likes what Pete has to say.

    It doesn’t seem to me that Pete wants an echo chamber, and I’m guessing neither do a lot of people who do post here.

  173. m April 13th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Speaking of fit, Alex looks very slim. And love, love the white NYY tee.

  174. Yankssss April 13th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    ahh I live in Tampa and can’t stand any of these fans, lets get a sweep pleeeasse

  175. gayle April 13th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Gotta love Daniel Cabrerra about to walk the pitcher with bases loaded

  176. m April 13th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I love people echoing what I say. And if they don’t, I just echo myself. ;)

  177. Nigel April 13th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Based on Alex’s practice attire in the pictures on the site today it looks like the Yanks are going to make him earn his (pin)stripes……

  178. m April 13th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Never mind. I think that’s a black long-sleeve undergarment under a plain white tee. Very cool effect, though.

  179. Pel April 13th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    >And love, love the white NYY tee.

    It’s simply a white tee with some sort of NYY under armour showing through it.

  180. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 13th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    “The time in Colorado was good for me,” Rodriguez said. “I took that opportunity to re-think things, re-commit myself and really understand my responsibilities to my teammates and my team. I’m looking forward to an excellent year.”

    Another quote from mlb.com

  181. Pel April 13th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    JINX!

  182. MaineYankee April 13th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Dennis

    The advantage Boston has is the fact they didn’t spend much money on FA. There is a good posibility that some teams will have to cut payroll and trade some good players. I have a feeling Boston is waiting for that to happen.

  183. CB April 13th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    dennis,

    I’m surprised to hear your take on Lowerie. You’ve obviously seen him much more than I have but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by his play.

    Perhaps it’s expectations. Most of what I’d heard about him in the minors was that he might not have the glove to be a SS. I was surprised a bit that his range in the a majors. Could just be a small sample issue.

    SS is such a difficult position. A lot yankees fans now love to kill Jeter but if you combine his offense and defense even last year when he didn’t hit very well he was far above average at SS. He’s declining but the bar is so low for SS he’s still very productive (not $19M productive but that’s another story…)

    It must have been fun to go to opening day. 14th in a row wasn’t it for you?

  184. Nick in SF April 13th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Lost in all the parsing of and reaction to Pete’s parsing of and reaction to Arod’s statement is this question:

    Have Alex and baseball had a recommitment ceremony yet and, if so, was Alex’s cousin his best man?

  185. Free Booze April 13th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    as a Knicks fan I would absolutely love for LeBron to revive this awful team. and yet, somewhere inside me feels guilty for me wanting this. since his arrival I’ve been fascinated by LeBron and wouldn’t mind seeing him stay in cleveland his entire career and win a number of titles just like jordan did.

  186. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 13th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Oh yeah, whats up with TEX?

  187. Lara08 April 13th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    “Speaking of fit, Alex looks very slim. And love, love the white NYY tee.”

    Not saying you’re wrong but its interesting because NY Post’s Kernan said he looks bigger.

    Pete is a bigger, smaller, same?

  188. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 13th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    “Have Alex and baseball had a recommitment ceremony yet and, if so, was Alex’s cousin his best man?”

    Cute, Nick. Really cute!

  189. m April 13th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    That’s right. His responsiblities to his team is to stay out of the news. His responsibilites to his teammates is to not be disruptive.

    When you’ve got the team telling you who you can and cannot associate with, that’s got to prompt some deep self-reflection.

    How lucky Alex is that his hip thingy came right on the heels of the steroids thingy. After the rehab thingy, maybe there will be the baseball thingy.

  190. MaineYankee April 13th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

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    It’s nice to see Cabrerra in the NL. He seemed to hit one of the Yankees almost every time they played. I believe he is the one that hit Jeter in the hand last year.

  191. Countryclub April 13th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

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    I can care less if people agree or disagree with Pete. That’s obviously what this blog is for. But it does get tiresome to see people tell Pete what he can and can’t write about. They actually tell him what he should and shouldnt be writing about. Those are people that just dont grasp the concept of a blog. I usually dont get caught up in these types of conversations – so this will be my last post on the matter.

    Lets go Yanks!

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  193. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 13th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Maine Yankee- I hope that is the case. They need another bat to contend IMO.

    CB. Thanks for asking. This was my 14th in a row. I complain for two months about spending 30k on my seats every season and when I fly home I tell Amy it is worth every penny. I catch up with guys I went to BC with and other friends that we only see a few times a year. Great baseball chatter and time goes lightly. The funniest line of the the trip was a one of my buddies asked a friend who has put on some pounds…”how the hell did you convince Warren Sapp to let you borrow his jeans”…

    -dennis

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    he’s betting on catcher,shortstop,centerfield, the 5th starter, and that there will be some good players available in a buyer’s market come the trading deadline to spend some of that cash he’s holding.

    he’s also hoping that the yankees rotation doesn’t stay healthy because if they do he’ll be forced to make some changes before he’d like to.

  195. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 13th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

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    I agree. I think they want to tread water for a while and possibly make some moves. Hope your business is going well.

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  196. Drive 4-5 April 13th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    It could have been worse. Alex could have said “I looked in the mirror and had a good talk with myself. Afterwards,we kissed and made up.”

  197. Jeff in LA April 13th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    If Jeter made a statement about recommitting himself we’d read about what a great blah blah improving himself while hurt blah blah practically invented baseball blah blah.

    But let A-Rod try to take a page from Jeter’s book platitudes and the Petes of the world will make snide comments.

    Pete is right, there is no winning with some people. A-Rod could cure cancer but he would just point out all the people who died because he didn’t cure it last year.

  198. Vince Black April 13th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Personally I don’t give a hoot what #13 does off the field, in his car, in his plane, in Miami, with Madonna, with a stripper, with Britney freakin’ Spears for all i care…

    If he drives in 120 runs a year and plays solid defense while scoring 100+ runs and hitting around .300….he could be naked on the bottom of a pile of cheerleaders, wouldn’t bother me a bit.

    Male or female.

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    Its not rocket science. Really it’s not.

    Perhaps its just too obvious.

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