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Rodriguez: “I thought I hit a much bigger home run”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Podcast on Jul 01, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mariners Yankees BaseballIt was CC Sabathia who let the cat out of the bag: When Alex Rodriguez stepped to the plate in the eighth inning, he was convinced it was the ninth. When he hit a two-run home run, he was sure it was a walk off.

“I thought I hit a much bigger home run than I actually did,” Rodriguez said. “I hit it and I looked at A.J. and Pettitte, and they weren’t jumping over the railing. At that point I felt like we probably had one half inning to play. It was pretty embarrassing.”

Making the whole thing even funnier, when someone asked about the importance of bouncing back with a win, Rodriguez got his days of the week mixed up.

“We ran into a wave of great pitching on Friday and Saturday,” he said. Then he paused. “Friday and Saturday, right? The last two nights.”

There might have been a time when Rodriguez would have been tense in a situation like that. Instead, he was laughing with everyone else. I literally woke up on Friday morning and could not remember which city I was in. More often than not I have no idea what day of the week it is and today I forgot to list the first baseman in the Seattle lineup. When those moments happen, you have to laugh and move on. That’s what Rodriguez did.

Here’s his postgame audio.

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57 Responses to “Rodriguez: “I thought I hit a much bigger home run””

  1. Dela G July 1st, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Great win for the yanks

  2. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    You’re allowed to forget what day it is when you hit the game-winning dinger.

    Something I’m sure Mickey Mantle experienced in his day.

  3. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Posada is 38 years old. Do you think he can catch until he is 50? No one is staying he should retire but I think DHing would help him and the team the best. It’s unreal how some fans can’t face the fact that players get old.

    ————

    What if he hits .200 the rest of the season as the DH?

    He’s never had good numbers as the DH.

  4. HenryfromDC July 1st, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    What differences does it matter to players what day it is. It’s not like they look forward to weekends to get a rest from work. They still play on Sat and Sun. I’m glad Arod is more chill and humble now. Good win today.

  5. 86w183 July 1st, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I suspect Jorge will catch about half the games the remainder of his contract, maybe a few more. He better learn how to adapt to being a DH or he’ll be the most expensive platoon catcher in history next season.

    You never, EVER give four years to a catcher in his mid-thirties. He’s been a great Yankee, but his deal will be an albatross in 2011.

    Nice solid win to add a game to the Boston/Tampa loser. Very significant game for AJ tomorrow. Gotta put that butt-ugly June behind him.

  6. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I have never seen a team play so many 6 game road trips and 6 game road trips in less than a half of a season.

  7. LOL July 1st, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    The team doesn’t even know what inning it was or what day it was.

    No wonder the offense stinks.

    Look for the red sox to surge into first place soon. Very soon.

  8. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    The Rays are playing the Twins.

  9. Michelle July 1st, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    “What if he hits .200 the rest of the season as the DH? ”
    ————

    Well next season he definitely won’t be catching so they mind as well get him used to it. Let him catch 2 days a week and DH the rest. It will also help to keep him healthy. He also isn’t throwing runners out on the bases. So if he catches AJ and Vazquez guys are going to run like crazy. Most of that is the pitchers but his arm doesn’t help.

  10. George C. July 1st, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Arod going senile already at 36?

  11. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    LOL July 1st, 2010 at 4:55 pm
    The team doesn’t even know what inning it was or what day it was.

    No wonder the offense stinks.

    Look for the red sox to surge into first place soon. Very soon.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    You’ll still be crying the same BS on 3 October. “It won’t be long now.”

  12. vblade July 1st, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    # LOL July 1st, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    The team doesn’t even know what inning it was or what day it was.

    No wonder the offense stinks.

    Look for the red sox to surge into first place soon. Very soon.

    —————–

    Right, with their regular 2nd half swoons, and down half a roster. Sure…

  13. Joe from Long Island July 1st, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    You try living for 6 months like they do, with no set schedule, traveling thousands of miles overnight, and having your day-night cycles inverted from how Mother Nature intended and see how oriented you are.

    It’s not just ballplayers who get confused with the calendar.

  14. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    These two West Coast trips ten days apart are inexcusable. A day came in NY on sunday and a night game in Oakland on Monday.

  15. pat July 1st, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Just tell him everyday is Sunday and ever AB is the 9th inning if that works for him. :wink:

  16. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    David Phelps has now been promoted to Triple-A.

    I was just asking about this happening a few days back. It was just a matter of time. The kid needs a challenge.

    Good for him.

  17. Nick in SF July 1st, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    “I’m flying back the day before the final.grrrrrrr.”

    Flying back from where to where??? Very mysterious. I suspect you mean flying back to HK. Hopefully the Oranje are still in it for the final and you can celebrate at the Irish pub.

    Where is it, exactly? Central? Kowloon? New Territories? I need to get back to HK, it’s been way too long.

  18. NYY 2010 July 1st, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    so what’s the sox up to this weekend?

    Let me go out on a limb here, they will be at home (as usual) playing some crappy team (as usual)? This entire season has been a vacation for them hasn’t it. Sigh.

  19. Michelle July 1st, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    The person who makes the schedule must of been drunk. 2 west coast trips a week apart is unreal.

  20. Jim July 1st, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Yankees hit .245 as an offense in the month of June

    They hit. 297 in May

    Considering they played most of May with 1\2 a team, that is a shock.

  21. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Some fools may not realize it even now, but Alex is at his best in the clutch.

  22. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    GF, I don’t know if Phelps will cruise through AAA lineups like he has through AA lineups, but he won’t embarras s himself. He’s got the guys of a burgler.

  23. Ace July 1st, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Have the red sox left Fenway for even one game so far this season?

  24. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    # GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    GF, I don’t know if Phelps will cruise through AAA lineups like he has through AA lineups, but he won’t embarras s himself. He’s got the guys of a burgler.

    ————

    I know you’ve always admired the kid and have certainly seen him as much as anyone on this board.

    He’s not a hard thrower but he’s a strike thrower. Who would you compare his style to if you could?

  25. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    With Baltimore calling 3rd baseman Josh Bell up the the big leagues, looks like Wigginton, or, probably Tejada will be moving on down the road.

  26. m July 1st, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    This is seriously one of the funniest stories I’ve read. He wanted pie. :)

  27. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Going far back, probably Palmer after all of his early injuries (not quite as over the top). More recently, maybe Marcum.

  28. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan)Final 8!! July 1st, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Back to Hongkong.I’m in Holland right now.The pub is in Kowloon

    Really falling in love with Hongkong.Didn’t liked it at first but it’s a great place to live(for a couple of years)

    But I’d rather be in the Netherlands if we would get to the finals.People are geting crazy when Holland plays.The whole country is orange

  29. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    # GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Going far back, probably Palmer after all of his early injuries (not quite as over the top). More recently, maybe Marcum.

    ———

    Nothing wrong with that. Just hope he stays away from the knife.

  30. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Phelps has a pretty liquid motion. Nothing funky at all. He was well schooled at Notre Dame.

  31. Joe from Long Island July 1st, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    GB – I’ve always thought that a more straightforward delivery, as you implied for Phelps, above, leads to better results. Just fewer moving parts, you know.

    Leaving the office now, going home. I’ll check in later for signs of intelligent life.

    The Yankees Win! Bring on Toronto….

  32. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    As a diehard Michigan Football fan, I won’t hold the whole Notre Dame thing against him. LOL.

  33. Phil Columbus July 1st, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 5:41 pm
    As a diehard Michigan Football fan, I won’t hold the whole Notre Dame thing against him. LOL

    Must be holding your head high with Richie Rich at the helm:) Gotta love Swish!!!!!!!

  34. SJ44 July 1st, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    You all missed the sarcasm in LGY’s post.

    We need a sarcasm icon! lol

  35. LGY July 1st, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    “He’s been a great Yankee, but his deal will be an albatross in 2011.”

    ——————————

    This is ridiculous.

    He will be on the final year of his contract making $13 million.

    Not only is that one of the furthest definitions from albatross, he will be well worth it next year even as a part time catcher.

    His contract next year will not stop the Yankees from doing anything towards the goal of winning a WS. It will only help.

    It is amazing how much Yankee fans overestimate Jorge’s defensive decencies and underestimate the value he brings to the team when he is behind the plate.

    And his backup Cervelli has not exactly been good defensively lately, yet not a peep on this blog about that.

  36. LGY July 1st, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    “He also isn’t throwing runners out on the bases. So if he catches AJ and Vazquez guys are going to run like crazy. Most of that is the pitchers but his arm doesn’t help.”

    ————————–

    Posada is throwing out 19% of baserunners this year.

    Cervelli?

    15%

  37. vblade July 1st, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    LGY with some stat-ownage.

  38. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    # Phil Columbus July 1st, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Must be holding your head high with Richie Rich at the helm:) Gotta love Swish!!!!!!!

    ———–

    They’ve got to improve someday. I sure hope it’s this year or Rich Rod is going to be looking for another job.

    The really bad part is now they’ve recruited and developed their team for three years to run the spread so any potential replacement for Rich Rod has to be a spread guy too or they risk setting the program back another few years.

  39. Pot-Head July 1st, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Expiring contracts have value

    Posada’s $13 million expiring is a big trade chip next year, at the deadline

  40. SJ44 July 1st, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Come on now LGY, don’t fill this blog with facts.

    It will upset the crybabies and whiners who lived in the game thread today.

    Jorge has a bad game. It happens, deal with it.

    Since his backup is hitting .180 the last 5 weeks and hasn’t exactly been Johnny Bench defensively himself, the Yankees don’t have a myriad of options right now.

  41. vblade July 1st, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    # Pot-Head July 1st, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Expiring contracts have value

    Posada’s $13 million expiring is a big trade chip next year, at the deadline

    ————-

    What is this, the Knicks? lol.

  42. Joe July 1st, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    “Expiring contracts have value

    Posada’s $13 million expiring is a big trade chip next year, at the deadline”

    Huh? Is this the NBA?

  43. Nick in SF July 1st, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    What is it about Jorge Posada that inspires so many dumb comments?

    Or is it just the nature of the catcher position, which is the only one with a backup that gets so much steady playing time?

    They should have someone in Vienna monitoring this blog. Sheesh.

  44. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    That HR by A-Rod was eerily similar to the one he hit last year against Brad Lidge to tie the game.

    Late on the high fastball that had just enough to clear the short porch.

  45. Phil Columbus July 1st, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    GF

    For the Michigan faithful, I think him leaving would be best. He just doesn’t seem to be able to handle the Big Ten. Looked good on paper.

  46. Carl July 1st, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Greg34 (Cedar Falls, Iowa): KG – Gary ‘too hot’ Sanchez already 2-2 w/ bb today against Zeke Spruill. Seems like he can already hit more advanced pitching. Is he in your Yankees top 5?

    Kevin Goldstein: Well, overall, it’s been a very, very good year down on the Yankee farm, will guys like Brackman, Betances, Laird, Noesi, Phelps, Stoneburner and more all enhancing their reputation. I’m not going to commit to a ranking yet, but I look forward to delving in during the off-season. That said, Sanchez has been GREAT.

  47. SJ44 July 1st, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Nick,

    It’s because some fans are just dumb.

    Let’s face it, a segment of this fan base is as dumb as can be.

    No other explanation is necessary.

  48. Posada Truther July 1st, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Without A-Rod, we lose the game because of Posada

    He led to 2 runs!!! He has been doing that for the past 5 years! He is well-past his prime as a catcher. He can still call a game and hit, but cannot play defense. It is like playing Thames in LF everyday. He might make the routine plays more often than not, but it always at risk for costing you a game. Thames cost us that game vs. the Sox with MO because of his error, Jorge did that today but was bailed out.

  49. vblade July 1st, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    # Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    That HR by A-Rod was eerily similar to the one he hit last year against Brad Lidge to tie the game.

    Late on the high fastball that had just enough to clear the short porch.

    ——————-

    It actually reminded me of the Fuentes HR. A-Rod hits a lot of these “I was late and I just got enough on the high fastball” HR’s.

  50. SMK July 1st, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Does anybody really know what time it is
    Does anybody really care
    If so I can’t imagine why
    We’ve all got time enough to cry

  51. SJ44 July 1st, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Can you document how he has done that for the last five years?

    If not, stop speaking gibberish. It’s not impressive.

  52. Nick in SF July 1st, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    True, dumb comments are made about every player (and every other subject at times) but Jorge gets a disproportionate amount made about him.

    He hurts the team the most when he’s absent from it.

  53. PaulyPizza July 1st, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Posada’s def has never been great. however, he is still a good hitter an above averge hitter amongst catchers for sure. so i will take Posada at catcher for one more year and hope romine or jesus is ready.

  54. Carl July 1st, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    # Nick in SF July 1st, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    True, dumb comments are made about every player (and every other subject at times) but Jorge gets a disproportionate amount made about him.

    He hurts the team the most when he’s absent from it.

    I’ll say Curtis Granderson has taken the throne.

  55. PaulyPizza July 1st, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    it’s 4:20! :) i am really curious about the length of contact that yanks will give it to the Captain.
    i can’t pic Jeter manning SS at 40 but i guess we will see. it’s a sticky negotiation for sure.

  56. Jon C July 1st, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Except Granderson’s play has warranted the commentary he gets. Not even a die hard fan can say that he has played up to what was expected from him so far this season.

    Posada is a HOF catcher, team captain, and his record (and our offense’s numbers) speaks for itself when he is absent for an extended period of time. People cite our futile stretch in May… that occurred when Posada was out of the lineup.

    Posada doesn’t deserve any criticism.

  57. PaulyPizza July 1st, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    it’s kinda of simple really- would i like to see Cervelli catch every day or Posada. I will take Posada , a potential HOF in his waning years than a second year backup catcher after a hot start who has regressed to his career norm which is , a backup catcher in MLB at best.

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