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Rodriguez: “I’ve learned to stay in my lane”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 29, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez was just on the Michael Kay show, and he stuck with his new tactic of less is more when it comes to interviews.

“I’ve learned to stay in my lane,” he said.

Rodriguez wouldn’t take the bait about Jason Varitek keeping his mask on during their brawl, wouldn’t comment on the Ryan Braun situation and wouldn’t say much about Bobby Valentine’s comments. He said the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry has nothing to do with random interviews from spring training.

“It’s because they have great players, great managers, great management,” Rodriguez said. “That’s why (the fans) care. It’s not for anything anyone says off the field.”

Rodriguez did comment on a few things. Nothing Earth shattering, but here you go:

On Michael Pineda
“All the potential in the world. When Cashman makes a move like this, and our front office makes a move like this, it makes you feel like a little kid again.”

On Raul Ibanez
“One of the classiest human beings you’ve ever met, right in there in the lineup with Mariano Rivera.”

On A.J. Burnett
“He is a great competitor. He has great stuff. Not only me, but all our teammates, we wish him the best in Pittsburgh.”

On Jorge Posada
“He belongs up there with the Yankee greats, and that’s a tough group to crack.”

On Robinson Cano
“He can get in a groove there where he can do some very, very special things.”
Rodriguez said more than one MVP is “very doable” for Cano.

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67 Responses to “Rodriguez: “I’ve learned to stay in my lane””

  1. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Kay got a lot of laughs out of Alex. Maybe the biggest one when Kay asked if he’s ever had chicken and beer in the clubhouse.

  2. Nick in SF February 29th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Savvy baseball mind, Arod. He seems very excited about the Pineda acquisition.

  3. Cashmoney February 29th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_.....d-playoffs

  4. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS

    Been trying to decide this afternoon whether I like the arbys sauce or the horsey sauce better. Been going back and forth on it.

    I cannot wait until he tweets for someone to come help him as he has been sitting in an arbies alone for the entire afternoon, his treat of course

  5. Shame Spencer February 29th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I wish more people would lighten up on Arod.. I sort of thought after 09 they had, but I’m always pretty surprised to hear how much people (especially Yankee fans) are willing to go out of their way to hate the guy. Like I’ve said before, he’ll never be my favorite player, but the guy really has made a lot of changes to improve himself and his relationship with his teammates and the fans. How many other players can you think of that have done that? Usually, guys in Arod’s position come out sounding more like Lebron after the Heat lost in the playoffs last year. He really doesn’t get enough credit sometimes.

  6. Tom in N.J. February 29th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Horsey sauce?

  7. Nick in SF February 29th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    There was no Arod hate in this thread. Only love.

  8. ron February 29th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Burnett got hit in the face with a ball.
    Flying to pittsburgh for tests.

  9. ron February 29th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    In case nobody heard yet???

  10. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Horsey sauce?

    How immature people refer to horseradish

  11. Shame Spencer February 29th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I know Nick, I meant in general.

    The other day I was telling a friend I’m pretty sure Alex will play 100 games at 3B this season and it turned into this whole diatribe about how he’s a phony and his body is made of popsicle sticks. I was so confused lol, it felt like 2008.

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    On Michael Pineda
    “All the potential in the world. When Cashman makes a move like this, and our front office makes a move like this, it makes you feel like a little kid again.”

    I’m withya, Arod!

  13. Shame Spencer February 29th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Why does he have to fly back to Pittsburgh again? No doctors in FLA?

  14. ADam February 29th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Sounds like someone took the Derek Jeter taught “How to give an interview without saying anything 101″ this winter session… Atta go Al

  15. Cashmoney February 29th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Not a rod fan. but if he produces for the Yanks that’s all it matters to me.

  16. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    JF, ID,

    I was not suggesting the WC format is perfect. I was merely responding to a notion that the team with the second best record in the league could get knocked out in 1 games.

    My response, in context was, prior to 1995, a team with the second best record in the league could miss playing in the postseason entirely.

    I was comparing the new system to the systems of the past, not endorsing it as the ideal system.

    Not sure I agree with your proposals, but I don’t disagree enough to want to pursue it.

    I just wanted the context of my comments understood.

  17. Nick in SF February 29th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I’m picturing Heyman sitting in his booth lining up a horsey sauce army to fight an arby sauce army.

  18. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I was not suggesting the WC format is perfect. I was merely responding to a notion that the team with the second best record in the league could get knocked out in 1 games.

    My response, in context was, prior to 1995, a team with the second best record in the league could miss playing in the postseason entirely.

    Which is the issue of the divisional format and unbalanced schedule. Balanced schedule top 4 teams get in is much better. The original WC atleast remedied a problem created by multiple unbalanced divisions. The new WC doesnt do anything! (Except make more money for bud)

  19. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I’m picturing Heyman sitting in his booth lining up a horsey sauce army to fight an arby sauce army.

    ——-

    LMAO.

  20. blake February 29th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I prefer the new system to the previous one…..its not a perfect solution but to me its better than the playoffs they have been doing where the WCs are at no disadvantage and the best teams don’t actually have to play the worst teams in the first found.

  21. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    And of course you did ask the question, “whats wrong with that?” We understood your context and what you were saying, but you asked a question and got an answer as to why the new WC is dumb.

  22. mick February 29th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    new format makes finishing 1st more important-no tanking allowed.

  23. Cashmoney February 29th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Jerk, thx for the lowdown on IFA signing which I did not read til this morning. couple thoughts on that … 1. this prolly will encourage even more shady dealing in the IFA market. 2 somebody somewhere is gonna file an antitrust lawsuit against MLB.

  24. blake February 29th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    JF,

    If you do the mlb app on PS3….can you dvr the games?

  25. CompassRosy February 29th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Shame Spencer February 29th, 2012 at 4:35 pm
    “I haven’t talked to my mom yet, but I’m pretty sure I’m gonna go home to find a 50 something year old woman in her pj’s eating Ben & Jerry’s and watching Monkee reruns while crying tie-dyed tears into her shirt.

    Poor baby boomers.”

    ~

    Yep.
    Lost a very happy part of my childhood today.

    R.I.P. Daydream Believer

  26. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    If you do the mlb app on PS3….can you dvr the games?

    What do you mean DVR? Anything that uses mlb.tv lets you pull up archive games and mlb.tv already has pause/forward/reverse/slowmo/etc. If you mean record it to an actual DVR… probably nott.

  27. blake February 29th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    So you can pause it but not like set it to record etc….I might do that this year so I can watch it on the tv instead of the comp.

  28. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    “And of course you did ask the question, “whats wrong with that?” We understood your context and what you were saying, but you asked a question and got an answer as to why the new WC is dumb.”

    I asked a contextual/conditional question, which as I mentioned yesterday is apparently this forum’s blindspot.

    Again, I have no interest in debating the ideal PS system, so unless you’re interested in debating how a league’s second best team NOT making the postseason in any form is superior to the 2nd best team in the league making the postseason in some form, there’s nothing to see here.

  29. Tom in N.J. February 29th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    With the new playoff format, MLB should do away with the waiver deadline and make the trade deadline August 31st.

  30. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    “2 somebody somewhere is gonna file an antitrust lawsuit against MLB.”

    Congress might have something to say about that.

  31. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Again, I have no interest in debating the ideal PS system, so unless you’re interested in debating how a league’s second best team NOT making the postseason in any form is superior to the 2nd best team in the league making the postseason in some form, there’s nothing to see here.

    You said 4 teams make the playoffs, whats wrong with that? Whats wrong with it is that 4 teams already make the playoffs, and now a worse team gets a shot. Its unnecessary. Its a cash grab.

    There now I gave you the same answer but contextually/conditionally.

  32. dogface February 29th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    So you can pause it but not like set it to record etc….I might do that this year so I can watch it on the tv instead of the comp

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

    What’s the cost? I apparently have this app in the new blue-ray player I bought. I’ve always just bought Extra Innings in the past, but might go this way this year.

  33. Tom in N.J. February 29th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Interesting, from MLBTR:

    Prospective free agents traded midseason will no longer be eligible for draft pick compensation

  34. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    So you can pause it but not like set it to record etc….I might do that this year so I can watch it on the tv instead of the comp.

    What do you mean record?? You can always just watch any game you want on mlb.tv(outside of future games!) whenever you want. I can watch any game from the last 4 years if I wanted too right now.

    You don’t have to record. To record from your PS3 output you’d have to have something that records your TV screen, DVRs work by taking the data from the cable/satellite feed so its not just like… storing what gets watched on your tv (Its how you can dvr stuff and watch a different channel).

  35. blake February 29th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    DF,

    It was 4 bucks on PS3…..but im assuming you still have to purchase the MLB.TV stuff in addition to that.

  36. dogface February 29th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Prospective free agents traded midseason will no longer be eligible for draft pick compensation

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

    Seem to remember this being built into the new CBA.

  37. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    MLb.TV is 125 bucks a year, though past subscribers generally get a cheaper price. I think mine was ~100.

  38. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    This year you get free MLB AT BAT for your phone, so you can watch games on your phone. The APPS for PS3 and Xbox should be free, I didnt pay for mine there. You need an account to use it.

  39. dogface February 29th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    It was 4 bucks on PS3…..but im assuming you still have to purchase the MLB.TV stuff in addition to that.

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

    Yeah, I’d assume that too. If it’s $15-$20 a month or something, it’s still probably a better deal than Extra Innings. Little less expensive, and as I understand it, I can pick the broadcast team I prefer for games #nohawkharrelson

  40. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Seem to remember this being built into the new CBA.

    You have to play with a team for the entire season to be eligible for draft pick compensation. And its no longer based off arbitration, they have to offer a 1 year contract based on the avg of the top 125 contracts, so its ~12 mil this year.

  41. dogface February 29th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    MLb.TV is 125 bucks a year, though past subscribers generally get a cheaper price. I think mine was ~100.

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

    Ah! Not bad.

  42. Bronx Jeers February 29th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Horsey sauce is not horseradish. It’s horseradish flavored sauce.

    And I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t contain any actual horseradish.

    But it’s good stuff.

  43. hardwired7 February 29th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    “#nohawkharrelson”

    he gone.

  44. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    “You said 4 teams make the playoffs, whats wrong with that?”

    What’s wrong with it is I mistyped. The immediately preceding sentence was about 4 division winners being the postseason qualifiers, so I should have typed “6 more” because that was the comparison I was making.

    Again, it was a conditional comparison made in context of someone making the point the team with the 2nd best record could be knocked out in one game.

    I don’t know this person’s feelings on the ideal WC format, because they didn’t express it, only one specific objection, which I responded to, specifically.

    So you may (and knowing you, will) continue to try to convince me I didn’t know what I meant, or that I REALLY want to debate what the best WC format is, but you’ll be swimming upstream.

    “Its a cash grab.”

    MLB is a commercial enterprise. Its sole purpose is to grab cash.

    Unless you’re arguing the cash crag will result in less cash to grab, I think the merits of that criticism fail on principle.

    If your point is the system Jerkface prefers to see – that he enjoys most, I offerno retort to that. I can’t win that arguement, nor would presume to try.

  45. dogface February 29th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    You have to play with a team for the entire season to be eligible for draft pick compensation. And its no longer based off arbitration, they have to offer a 1 year contract based on the avg of the top 125 contracts, so its ~12 mil this year

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

    So the prospective free agent either agrees to accept that one year deal or refuse it and become a free agent? That’s not a huge departure from arbitration, though knowing what the salary is going to be eliminates that step. The truly outstanding players will obviously still pass, but it’ll give some teams pause on the more fringey types.

  46. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    MLB is a commercial enterprise. Its sole purpose is to grab cash.

    Unless you’re arguing the cash crag will result in less cash to grab, I think the merits of that criticism fail on principle.

    They can grab cash without undermining the sport aspect. The WC2, as they implemented it which like most things MLB does is half assed, further dilutes the overall competitive aspect of the playoffs and continues to give advantage to crappy teams in crappy divisions.

  47. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    So the prospective free agent either agrees to accept that one year deal or refuse it and become a free agent? That’s not a huge departure from arbitration, though knowing what the salary is going to be eliminates that step. The truly outstanding players will obviously still pass, but it’ll give some teams pause on the more fringey types.

    Yes they either agree to the 1 year aggregate salary or become a free agent, and this happens in the first week. If they don’t agree, then they have draft pick stipulations for the team that signs them.

    Its designed to stop teams from offering it to relievers and such.

  48. Tom in N.J. February 29th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Teams can no longer offer major league contracts to drafted players.

  49. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Even with your newly explained condition and context, you still asked the question, and the answer is still the same. We aren’t going back to 1995 or 1969. We are dealing with what is currently in place and what MLB decided to do.

    Right now the 2nd best team in the game can make the playoffs. Starting tomorrow the 2nd best team in the game could be knocked out by a crappy 85 win team. MLB semi-fixed an issue of divisional baseball with the wild card, now they are breaking their own fix.

    Thats why it sucks.

  50. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    TAMPA, Fla. — Catcher Austin Romine has suffered a “little bit of a setback” due to back inflammation, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday.

    Romine has been out of workouts since Friday, and Girardi said he is doing rehab work and will take his time recovering until he is fully healthy and able to get back on the field.

  51. Nick in SF February 29th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    So under this new rule, Milwaukee wouldn be much less likely to trade their top prospect(s) for CC unless they thought he was likely to sign with them after the season because now they would get no draft pick compensation when he bolted for the west coast the Yankees. Right?

  52. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    So under this new rule, Milwaukee wouldn be much less likely to trade their top prospect(s) for CC unless they thought he was likely to sign with them after the season because now they would get no draft pick compensation when he bolted for the west coast the Yankees. Right?

    But with the new WC rules the brewers would have been more likely to make the playoffs with CC, so maybe they make the trade anyways.

  53. Nick in SF February 29th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    The Brewers did make the playoffs with CC but they lost in the first round.

  54. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    “They can grab cash without undermining the sport aspect. The WC2, as they implemented it which like most things MLB does is half assed, further dilutes the overall competitive aspect of the playoffs and continues to give advantage to crappy teams in crappy divisions.”

    The nature of longstanding entertainment enterprises is to try to evolve with the times/changing markets. Like all things this sometimes leads to success and sometimes leads to failure.

    Bob Costas I believe was an opponent of the WC and probably still is. I’m not sure history, however, has proved him right from an affect to the game standing, other than not reflecting his personal preference, which he is entitled to then, now and forever and that he’ll never be wrong about.

    The new WC format may well change the game for the worse, and in the long-term fail at its intended objective which is to increase interest and revenue in the game.

    I don’t have much of an opinion (as I keep trying to tell you) whether this format will succeed or not, mostly because I want to see it in action before making a comparison and committing to an opinion.

    So in other words, you may be right. It may be a bad cash grab. Time will tell.

    But EVERYTHING having to do with MLB IS a cash grab. Your unqualified use of the term was superfluous. That what it is and is supposed to be.

  55. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    “Even with your newly explained condition and context, you still asked the question, and the answer is still the same. We aren’t going back to 1995 or 1969. We are dealing with what is currently in place and what MLB decided to do.

    “Right now the 2nd best team in the game can make the playoffs. Starting tomorrow the 2nd best team in the game could be knocked out by a crappy 85 win team. MLB semi-fixed an issue of divisional baseball with the wild card, now they are breaking their own fix.

    “Thats why it sucks.”

    What part of I’m not disagreeing with you about the ideal WC format isn’t quite sinking in?

  56. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    ok stuckey, but what is the point of you using some logic trap on Boston Dave about his opinion on the WC2 then?

  57. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    What part of I’m not disagreeing with you about the ideal WC format isn’t quite sinking in?

    That you asked a stupid question to Boston Dave in the first place.

  58. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Same as it always is, I was interested in hearing Boston Dave’s response to my question, so unless and until you’re Boston Dave, your dogged interest on his behalf is getting a little weird.

  59. Yankee Trader February 29th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Sounds like Romine might need a steroid injection.

    Burnett flying back to Pittsburgh to have his right eye examined.Orbit Fracture?

    Jerkface-
    I believe my renewal for the premium MLB package was around $119.

    Tom-
    Totally agree that the trading deadline should be extended thru August.

  60. dogface February 29th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    So under this new rule, Milwaukee wouldn be much less likely to trade their top prospect(s) for CC unless they thought he was likely to sign with them after the season because now they would get no draft pick compensation when he bolted for the west coast the Yankees. Right?

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

    Depends on the team’s motivation. I think the Brewers were hellbent on making the playoffs for the first time since Robin Yount. Not sure whether not getting the 30th and 45th picks would have made them less motivated.

  61. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Same as it always is, I was interested in hearing Boston Dave’s response to my question

    Perhaps you should travel back to 1994 and ask it, because as it stands it looks like his original post is the response to the question.

  62. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    “That you asked a stupid question to Boston Dave in the first place.”

    What does that have to do with you re-explaining your objection to the new format for the 4th time, three times after I’ve clearly explained I have no strong opinion on the new format?

  63. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    What does that have to do with you re-explaining your objection to the new format for the 4th time, three times after I’ve clearly explained I have no strong opinion on the new format?

    Because its the answer to your question! Which you don’t seem to get.

  64. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    “Perhaps you should travel back to 1994 and ask it, because as it stands it looks like his original post is the response to the question.”

    Okay, stupid question. I’m sure Dave is quite grateful for the indignation you’re latched onto on his behalf.

  65. Nick in SF February 29th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Right, Milwaukee’s motivation was to make the playoffs, but under the new rules the price for making that trade would be higher because there would be no draft compensation on the back end. If they’re hell bent on just making the playoffs, they can still make the trade, but if the price becomes higher, won’t that make it less likely that they’ll do it?

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Listening to EEI – my two favorite hosts – and they were really critical of the new wild card setup. And Michael Holley lamanted that Selig will probably be in forever and noted that the NFL would never allow something like that wild card situation. Both he and Ordway see Selig as a useless relic.

    Ordway and Holley – men after my own heart. They don’t prostitute themselves nor do they ever sell out. They tell it like it is and don’t play the half-way game.

    Wish they were Yankee sportscasters. (And FYI, Ordway has picked the Yanks to win the division most seasons, much to the consternation of the Sux fan callers.)

  67. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Right, Milwaukee’s motivation was to make the playoffs, but under the new rules the price for making that trade would be higher because there would be no draft compensation on the back end. If they’re hell bent on just making the playoffs, they can still make the trade, but if the price becomes higher, won’t that make it less likely that they’ll do it?

    Maybe? Depends on if they think the price is actually going higher, and if its something they wouldn’t want to do.

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