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A-Rod ripped in his hometown

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 20, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A-Rod is getting roasted on the south Florida airwaves and in some papers for not playing last night. Apparently there is some conspiracy afoot. One writer called it a “stunning” decision. It seems he owed it to the hometown crowd to play.

Either that or he’s hitting .145 in June with no power and the Yankees were tired of having a clean-up hitter who wasn’t able to clean anything up.

Because of his checkered past, no issue is ever black and white with Alex. There are myriad shades of gray. But in this case, he’s wrongly accused. He’s slumping, he’s worn down and the Yankees are giving him a rest. Period.

It’s too bad it’s here, but the Yankees have to be concerned about the Yankees, not entertaining south Floridians.





55 Responses to “A-Rod ripped in his hometown”

  1. Jones June 20th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I knew that was going to happen

  2. BBFan June 20th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    This blog entry does not deserve any attention.
    I will wait for the next one.

  3. nj23nut June 20th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    A-Rod could donate his entire salary to an orphanage, spend his spare time feeding the hungry, hit .400 with 60HR’s and 150 RBI’s and people would still find a reason to rip him. This is just another example of the media using A-Rod to start controversy.

  4. just the fax June 20th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    BBF, your public will find that a stunning decision.

  5. Betsy June 20th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Seriously, folks in Miami need to get a grip. Who cares what they have to say? They probably barely even pay attention to baseball, now they are up in arms? Alex and the Yankees don’t owe Floridians a darn thing – grow up.

  6. Erica - newly OPPC June 20th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Well, that was obviously inevitable.

    It’s all the giant conspiracy to sell as many tickets to Florida “fans”

  7. Jones June 20th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Theres quite a few people down here in Florida who are pretty upset about it, I guess because they were excited. But, what are you going to do? The guy needs rest big time.

  8. Cash is King June 20th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    The problem is you probably have as many Yankee fans in Miami that you do with the Marlins.;)

  9. Patrick June 20th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Man oh man A-rod can never win! Sure the guy is in great shape, plays a game for a living and is insanely rich but EVERYONE hates him.

  10. SJ44 June 20th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Last I checked, he plays for the NY Yankees and not the Florida Marlins.

    You have to excuse South Florida columnists.

    Since the Dolphins ended OTA’s this week, they don’t have anything to write about.

    A good ‘ol fashioned Arod “controversy” is something to do until they get back to writing 6 column inch stories on the Dolphins OL issues.

  11. Erik A June 20th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    God bless you, Pete.

  12. John June 20th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    So Pete has done a flip flop here. Yesterday, A-Rod was “fatigued” and today he’s worn down without the quotes. I think most of us are concerned with the Yankees, it’s the blogger who is more concerned with getting all of us to hate on A-Rod.

  13. Boston Dave - OPPC June 20th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    ““How did a Yankee fan like yourself wind up in Boston anyway? That must be maddening”



    if maddening means torture, then yes.

    I’ve lived in the Boston area for almost my entire life but my family is all from NY (mostly Brooklyn).

    My dad didn’t follow sports at all so I relied on my grandfather and other relatives to set me straight…. straight to Yankee Stadium that is.

    When I was in grade school I’d draw Yankee logos on my bookcovers and have stickers and all that. My teachers would tell me I was getting an F!!!

    When I brought home an occasional C, my parents didn’t believe my excuse. The teachers were out to get me!

  14. Fran (the original) and OPPC member June 20th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Why don’t the Floridians worry about their own team.

  15. Scorpio June 20th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    This is petty stuff. Alex has been slumping pretty bad, watching him strike out wouldn’t be to much fun…the South Floridians should quit their cryin’.

  16. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 20th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Even David “booooo” Wright in NY needed rest, so did Boooootran… certain fans are just horrible.

  17. Erica - newly OPPC June 20th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Haha Dave, that’s pretty funny. Did the teachers make you read “The Curse of the Bambino” in school?

  18. SJ44 June 20th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I was at the game last night and will be there the next 2 nights.

    80% of the crowd were Yankee fans and nobody was complaining about Arod.

    This is a manufactured controversy and nothing more.

  19. RhapsodyInBlue June 20th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    This is a good example of Pete is writing about.

  20. m June 20th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Is sports media in Miami that stupid? This is on the Yankees, not Alex.

    Wait. Dan Le Batard and Israel Gutierrez. Never mind, answered my own question.

  21. Erica - newly OPPC June 20th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Maybe the good people of South Florida wanted their chance to boo A-Rod too. Every other city does

  22. Kevin (not that Kevin) Brown June 20th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Pete Abraham:

    “Otherwise that $258 million they owe him through 2017 is going to go down as the worst contract in sports history. Maybe it already is.”

    I actually like A-Rod and think that he has the potential to destroy some of baseball’s most hallowed hitting records. Those records will unfortunately now be tainted, and this is assuming that what we are seeing now post-surgery is a blip and not a harbinger.

    However, no matter what he accomplishes, Pete is right: that contract, which will be paying him $25-30M a year when he is over 40, will undoubtedly go down as the worst contract in the history of baseball. Thank you Little Stein.

  23. m June 20th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    John, to be fair, had it “fatigued” on their front page as well.

  24. Jones June 20th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    You guys have to undertsnad something.

    Florida is a football state. However, Alex Rodriguez is very well loved and popular in Miami especially. A lot of people were really looking forward to seeing him, something they don’t get to do that often.

    I’m not defending them, because he does need a day off. I’m just saying you have to see the disappointment they feel.

  25. Erica - newly OPPC June 20th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    SJ44- are you bringing a sign? or a mask? or wearing neon clothing…

    I like to try to spot people in the stands

  26. JT June 20th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Pete, You are disgusting! Was ANOTHER Arod entry needed? Do you have noting else to report?

  27. Ed H. June 20th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    And what south Florida fans think matters to the Yankees because …

    Now the Yanks should announce that they are skipping Burnett tonight and giving Girardi the night off too.

    And Tex should tell the press tonight that he wouldn’t have signed with the Marlins even if they had been interested in him.

  28. Mark in Tampa June 20th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    If the Marlins wanted him to play in Miami so bad, they had a chance to offer him a contract after the 2007 season. It isn’t the Yankees or Arod’s responsibility to make the Marlins fans and ownership happy.

  29. Nick in SF in Dallas June 20th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Arod sits one out
    Pete writes a fair blog entry
    but not on Twitter?

  30. bailey June 20th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    who cares what they think. He has had major surgery, is obviously tired and gassed. We will need him down the road, they should be concerned that they lost to the Yankees last night without Arod in the lineup.
    Arod was hurting the lineup anyway so let him rest up

  31. SJ44 June 20th, 2009 at 3:27 pm


    lol. Just showin’ up in a Yankee golf shirt and hopin’ fir a good night.

  32. Arod June 20th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    the way things are going with Arod- he would have tried too hard, and hes not hitting anyway and it would be a rough weekend for him. Let him sit, Yanks can get two of three without him

  33. Erica - newly OPPC June 20th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Ugh SJ44- judging by the Yankee cheers I was hearing last night, you will be a needle in a haystack :-)

  34. Boston Dave - OPPC June 20th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Here’s what Pete wrote about Twitter:

    “I personally think Twitter is sort of useless for a beat writer because it’s just giving away more content for free. What is the upside for a media company? I do think it’s helpful to make a “brand name” out of an individual writer, however.

    All I’m doing with it is linking to this blog. Whatever info I get will be here, always.”

    Now he’s using it to rip ARod unfairly? I don’t even mind most of Pete’s ARod criticism… but his latest on Twitter was piss poor.

  35. charleston2 June 20th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Cheers, Webite.

    I could not agree more. No offense, Pete, but I think your coverage of A-Rod needs to be less biased. Just because other journalists treat him unfairly doesn’t give you the license to do it, too.

    Anyway. Who really cares what’s on the radio in south Florida. Nobody listens to them. Not to mention that the people who do listen likely don’t attend baseball games too often.

  36. Peter Abraham June 20th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Boston Dave:

    My friend, you have way too much time on your hands. I suggest you go outside and breathe some fresh air.

    There was no “info” on Twitter. I just wondered something aloud that a lot of people were wondering.

    If one line on Twitter makes you that upset, I suggest you not read it. Just relax, this is not worth getting worked up over.

    It’s funny how personally invested some people are in defending the honor of somebody they have never met. I can’t imagine getting that worked up over an athlete.

  37. Donnie June 20th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    So Girardi benched A-Rod to get back at Loria?


    These guys make the NY writers seem tame.

  38. WEBITE June 20th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    And just for fun, if you guys think that the turn out for this series is pro Yankee, go check out how it was for the 2003 World Series. The local news was running stories about how many Yankee fans were taking over the Stadium. It wasn’t as bad as this obviously but for a World Series, it was definitely at least 60-50% Yankee fans.

  39. Peter Abraham June 20th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I love that some people think this post is ripping A-Rod.

    Have somebody read it to you more slowly the next time. I’m defending him.

  40. Boston Dave - OPPC June 20th, 2009 at 3:40 pm


    for me, it’s your supposed Twitter post, not this one.

    1st, you said you would use Twitter just to link to the blog

    2nd, you know what you (supposedly) said in your tweet was wrong.

    if you want to criticize ARod for PEDs thats fine… but now you’re making wild assumptions/suggestions

  41. Joe from Long Island June 20th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Pete, you have the advantage of knowing the athletes as flesh – and – blood human beings; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Us fans know only our fantasies of how we want those representing our favorite teams to be.

    As Roger Angell once wrote, there is nothing more naive than rooting for a professional sports team. I would add to that rooting for an athlete that one has never met.

    I suppose there are worse things in the world than that naivete.

  42. 86w183 June 20th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I was at game five in 2003… by the way thanx David Wells for not telling anyone you were hurting until Pettite was out of town… there were a lot of Yankees fans there, but no way on earth was it even close to 50 percent.

    The ARod stuff here is so predictable most of us are numb to it. I don’t try to defend his honor, but I am frequently correcting posts by Pete and others that are deceptive or downright disonest…. but I do it on other topics too.

    Speculating on a connection between an injury and steroid use with no scientific basis is irresponsible no matter who does it. Repeated hamstring and quad injuries would be a reasonable cause for speculation. A torn hip labrum isn’t and five minutes worth of research would have shown that.

  43. talltenor June 20th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    The funniest part of this post is the notion that anyone down in South Florida gives a rip about the Marlins. In my experiences down there, it’s the ‘Fins, the U, the Gators, the ‘Noles, and the Heat, in that order.

  44. *Denise* June 20th, 2009 at 6:37 pm


    You are not ripping him just saying FLA media is…yeap, some people do have too much time on their hands. I totally emulate exactly what you wrote:) and saw and never see anything on Twitter from you except the link and name of your blog poats..

  45. *Denise* June 20th, 2009 at 6:38 pm


  46. haiku-man June 20th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    *Yawn* who cares!

  47. Georgia June 20th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    A-Rod could donate his entire salary to an orphanage, spend his spare time feeding the hungry, hit .400 with 60HR’s and 150 RBI’s and people would still find a reason to rip him. This is just another example of the media using A-Rod to start controversy.

    I totally agree with this statement posted above.

  48. Drew June 20th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    THey should be more concerned that they can’t get anyone to show up for a game.

  49. Maureen June 21st, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    These comments about A-Rod are not worth the time it took to write this garbage.No matter what he does or does do,it won’t be good enough..He’s tabloid fodder with innuendo,assumptions,sources say,and talking heads down in Miami running their mouth to fill air space..Layoff A-Rod..

    By the way fans of the Marlins, take those cowbells and stick ‘em..

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