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Rodriguez happy — but not too happy — with fast start

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 04, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

First pitch. First swing. Alex Rodriguez sent his first spring training home run to right field this afternoon. It was a solo shot off Roy Halladay, either a good omen or a good result that means nothing.

“I don’t know,” Rodriguez said. “Look, last year I stood here and had a really good spring, felt really good and the results during the year weren’t what we all wanted. Definitely one day a time. A good start, hopefully the first of many more days to come.”

Rodriguez finished the day 3-for-3, a triple short of the cycle in a 7-4 Yankees win. He used the whole field, drove in two runs and scored twice. He said he felt good in the field though no ground balls were hit to him. As usual, Rodriguez stressed that his biggest need is to stay healthy, and Joe Girardi said he’s planning to treat Rodriguez more or less the same as everyone else. He’ll play every other day for a while, then start getting into some consecutive games later in the spring.

“You just take it slow,” Girardi said. “There’s no reservations about doing that, (no plan of) treating him any different than anyone else… I think a guy like that is just not going to get too carried away with at-bats and hits, but I look at how well he hit the ball. That’s what I like to see. He’s probably not going to hit 1.000 for the year.”

Fair enough, but a home run is better than a strikeout, right?

“Okay, I’ll give you that,” Rodriguez said.

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86 Responses to “Rodriguez happy — but not too happy — with fast start”

  1. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    GB7,
    Is Montero catching?

  2. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Tom, he’s DHing today

  3. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Get used to him doing that.

  4. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Seattle has three catchers with Montero, Olivo and John Jaso.

  5. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    GB7, (or Compass Rosy)
    Are they working him out at any other position?

  6. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Wife’s stirring up a big batch of venison chili. Smells great, and my attention span is flagging, stomach growling. Cool day here today, perfect supper.

  7. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Not that I’ve seen, Tom.

  8. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Venison anything is always welcome, Tom. Fried potatoes and venison gravy on homemade biscuits. The thought makes me lick my eyebrows off.

  9. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    GB7
    Biscuits make a prime bed for any kind of gravy, I’ll admit that venison sausage gravy is at the top of the list, and home fries complete it. March a long way after that meal.

  10. rb from LI March 4th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Apologies if this has been posted, but Klapish wrote a great piece on Cano. :)

    http://tinyurl.com/7pyk265

  11. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 5:30 pm
    GB7
    Biscuits make a prime bed for any kind of gravy, I’ll admit that venison sausage gravy is at the top of the list, and home fries complete it. March a long way after that meal.

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

    Unless you’re a pig for it like me and have 4 plates of everything

  12. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Tom, not sure when you got out of service, but all vehicles now have food heaters in them. Plug them into an outlet on hehicle, pour water into it and put in the MRE food pouch. A little better than heating it up on a manifold or starting a little fire with a chunk of C-4.

  13. RadioKev March 4th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    So how was the game? How’d the second stringers do?

  14. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    ***vehicle***

  15. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Pretty good game for the Yanks. DJ Mitchell and Zoilo Almonte were very good. Rodriguez was 3-3 with a double, homer and 2 RBI. Of course RBIs don’t mean anything.

  16. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Almonte will be nicknamed “Zorro”.

  17. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    GB7,
    How about C4 and Korean C-rats? In a steel pot?

  18. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Tough day for Brewers. Weeks out with an injury and Corey Hart tore up his knee…surgery scheduled.

  19. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I was in a while after, but didn’t have to do that anymore.

  20. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Never much for Korean or oriental food, Tom. Unless I’m desperate.

  21. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    GB7,
    We were.

  22. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Have a real fondness for C-Rats. Especially the chocolate chip cookies. Ham and eggs and boulders and wheels were great, too.

  23. RadioKev March 4th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I’m really rooting for Phelps/Warren/Mitchell. I hope those guys get their fair shake if they earn it. No point in rushing Banuelos/Betances past them.

  24. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    GB7,
    I always liked the Lucky Strikes.

  25. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I lost any desire for oriental food when I saw the ‘Yards skinning dogs and cats and putting them in a pot.

  26. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Pall Malls, Kents and Lucky Strikes almost always. On a good day, you got surprised with Marlboros.

  27. kd March 4th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    what could a phelps/warren/mitchell package get in return? you gotta think at least two will be decent ml starters, like noeisi hopefully.

    maybe a young, cost controlled bat?

  28. randy l. March 4th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    “Get used to him doing that.”

    Montero dh 3 0 1 1

    get used to him doing THAT :)

  29. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Only three young, cost controlled outfield bats that would interest me are Ryan Raburn of Detroit, David Murphy of Texas and John Mayberry of Philadelphia. Not sure I like the idea of helping those three teams, though.

  30. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    GB7,
    Whole live ducks, feathers and all, tossed into the fire is what I remember. We brought a very stale pallet of Ballantine Beer, just so we didn’t have to drink that rice stuff they brewed up.

  31. kd March 4th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    gb7,

    there’s a dh in seattle….

    ok, kidding. don’t mean to poke the bear.

    what about choo from cleveland?

  32. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Cost for Choo would be really high. higher than NY would pay.

  33. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 5:59 pm
    GB7,
    Whole live ducks, feathers and all, tossed into the fire is what I remember. We brought a very stale pallet of Ballantine Beer, just so we didn’t have to drink that rice stuff they brewed up.

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

    Roasted rat on a stick wasn’t the most appealing, either.

    I did find out that the nastier the bottle was, the better the rice wine was.

  34. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    also, the old village chiefs usually brewed the best stuff.

  35. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    GB7,
    Got the best women to chew up the rice.

  36. Joe from Long Island March 4th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    gb, tom – you guys are real gourmets….bless you, both.

    i won’t taunt you with what i’m making tonight….that would be too cruel.

    i’m going to keep an eye on almonte this season….

  37. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Not too many “best women” in the villages, though. It’s a wonder we didn’t go blind drinking bomiba, though.

  38. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Joe from Long Island March 4th, 2012 at 6:19 pm
    gb, tom – you guys are real gourmets….bless you, both.

    i won’t taunt you with what i’m making tonight….that would be too cruel.

    i’m going to keep an eye on almonte this season….

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

    Joe,

    As soon as I typed that, “Killer’s” ears stood up and he took off running.

  39. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    GB7,
    When I was in the city, it was “”33″, a fresh baguette from the market, a bowl of pho, and Skippy peanut butter for breakfast. Do you know that “33″ has an international quality rating now? Not bad, but I still like Tiger better.

    Joe, good stuff. I could have that breakfast tomorrow with relish (or a little pepper paste).

  40. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    33 is the same as Bomiba, right? Has 1/3 part formaldahyde?

    Tom, here’s a documentary for you to check out.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1788347/

  41. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Here’s something for you Tom

    http://www.mrfa.org/Beer.Soda.htm

  42. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    GB7,
    Bah mui bah is 33 in Vietnamese. Bet you remember what “lah de ko” means, though.

  43. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    here’s a tee shirt, tom

    http://www.zazzle.com/vietnam_.....4095214925

  44. UnKnown March 4th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Crawdaddy March 4th, 2012 at 8:50 am
    Yesterday, I bought my tickets for the Yankee games at Comerica Park in early June.

    ———

    I got tickets as well to Yankee games at Comerica Park. But I am going to the series in August. Hopefully they will play well there this time around.

  45. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    GB7,
    A fun link. You should know that along the roads in Vietnam, draft “biere” was about 15 cents a liter, and it was cold, too. I’m going to get that tee shirt.

  46. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Tom, I don’t. that was 40 years ago and I remember so little about the language. I do remember tu do street and the Majestic and Palace Hotels in Saigon, though.

  47. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I was always leery of buying anything that could be recapped and always checked the cans to make sure that it hadn’t been crimped.

  48. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    GB7,
    You would have used that phrase on Tu Do Street!

  49. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Ah…ok. I still have some habits left over. Used to drive my ex crazy when I’d turn my shoes upside down and put them on a stick at night.

  50. ac1 March 4th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Almonte is a switch hitting outfielder?
    If he progresses in AA/AAA this year i wonder if it makes putting $$ out for Swish in free agency less likely?

  51. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    GB7,
    Good move.

  52. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Took her about 3 years to break me of sleeping with my shoes on…just in case I had to run to the bunker.

  53. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    That venison chili is ready! See ya!

  54. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    You Rat. Bragging about your chili. Care packages are always welcome, Tom.

  55. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    GB7,
    Come up and get some. Doesn’t ship well.

  56. mick March 4th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    dogface March 4th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    knicks cannot beat the celts

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

    Beat ‘em at MSG on X-mas day, no?
    =========================
    without pierce the assassin.

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock March 4th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    rb from LI March 4th, 2012 at 5:31 pm
    Apologies if this has been posted, but Klapish wrote a great piece on Cano.

    http://tinyurl.com/7pyk265
    ////

    rb, thanks, great story. Cano-Montero back to back would have trumped Manny-Ortiz. The mind boggles, the blood boils, the heart aches, the liver roils. :(

  58. J. Alfred Prufrock March 4th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    ac1 March 4th, 2012 at 6:57 pm
    Almonte is a switch hitting outfielder?
    If he progresses in AA/AAA this year i wonder if it makes putting $$ out for Swish in free agency less likely?
    ///

    Yeah, power on both sides, too.

  59. mick March 4th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    seems like hal is intent on getting under 189m….too bad the budget precludes winning at all cost mentality we are used to.

  60. Triple Short of a Cycle March 4th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    without pierce the assassin.

    ———————————-

    They lost today because of their coach plain and simple. How does one not foul on the last play in regulation when up by 3?

  61. Triple Short of a Cycle March 4th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    seems like hal is intent on getting under 189m….too bad the budget precludes winning at all cost mentality we are used to.

    ———————————————————

    Especially when he doesn’t let his GM do his job. The reason why we might have to make a decision between Granderson and Cano is because of people not named Cashman blowing the payroll up like Arod,Jeter’s 4th year and Soriano

  62. mick March 4th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    They lost today because of their coach plain and simple. How does one not foul on the last play in regulation when up by 3?
    ==============================================
    perhaps the Zen Master can change the culture.

  63. m March 4th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Valentine not too gracious with his comments on Nishioka:

    “I came to Fort Myers last year to have dinner with him to tell him they’re going to try to break his legs and tried to show him how to get out of the way because he didn’t do that in Japan. He played second base for me the first year. We were doing the show. I actually got up to show him where he had to be on that double play because in Japan you don’t have to worry about the inside slide, only the outside slide. When a guy comes inside and rolls, he had to be out of the way. He gave me the old ‘Ya, ya,ya work harder, work harder. I understand I understand’ and he often did when he played for me,” Valentine recalled..

    “He broke his leg,” Valentine said.

    “I saw him I had him as a baby in Japan. I had him when he was one of the worst players on the field and I had him when he was one of the best players on the field. And sometimes it was within the same season,” Valentine recalled.

    Nishioka was today’s starting shortstop for the Twins.

    http://mobile.boston.com/sport.....ne_talks_1

  64. mick March 4th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    They lost today because of their coach plain and simple. How does one not foul on the last play in regulation when up by 3?
    ===================
    pierce would make all 3, they still don’t realize how clutch he is.

  65. m March 4th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    The zen master didn’t like fouling when up by 3. He thought there were too many ways to score, including missing the second free throw on purpose and making a 3-pointer.

  66. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Those cheap SOBs. How dare they not wanting to spend $200 mil every year and then get taxed another $50 or so mil. You don’t know who they are keeping or getting rid of.

  67. mick March 4th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Hank has been under lock and key since the Arod deal.
    Hal feels he has spent enough to win every year, just needs cheaper newer parts.
    If they lose Cano the fanbase will revolt.
    He is looking to drive the salary base down and profits up.

  68. J. Alfred Prufrock March 4th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Being cheap isn’t the problem, being stupid is.

  69. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Valentine needs to keep up running his mouth about other teams players. He’s going to get one of his own players hurt or get fined and suspended. I’ll settle for fine and suspension. You can bet that it’s not being well received by the other teams…and Christ…it’s still the first week of ST games.

  70. J. Alfred Prufrock March 4th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    For those interested: The Son and his new team vs. Anaheim on MLB network Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET.

  71. dogface March 4th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Valentine needs to keep up running his mouth about other teams players. He’s going to get one of his own players hurt or get fined and suspended

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

    What did he say now?

  72. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Valentine runs his mouth about other teams player more than Showalter does and that’s plenty.

  73. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Read the 7:46 pm post

  74. mick March 4th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    the more bobby chirps, the more he diverts their media from dwelling on the collapse.

  75. J. Alfred Prufrock March 4th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Valentine isn’t ingratiating himself with his own players, either. A guy like Pedroia is not going to respect him for that.

  76. tomingeorgia March 4th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    GB7,
    Urp, better than ever.

  77. J. Alfred Prufrock March 4th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    If they let Cano walk, I’m giving up baseball.

  78. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Thanks, Tom. Sounds like you got plenty of Chili in you.

  79. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    They aren’t letting Cano go.

  80. mick March 4th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    the yanks driving salaries down does baseball a favor , they will always be the top payroll.

  81. Rich in NJ March 4th, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    “the yanks driving salaries down does baseball a favor , they will always be the top payroll.”

    There have been very few periods in recent MLB history when the Yankees were salary drivers.

  82. mick March 4th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    yanks set the limits on salaries

  83. Rich in NJ March 4th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    No, they follow other teams, by and large. They don’t set limits or set new standards.

  84. mick March 4th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Hal would like nothing more than to have a 150m payroll and win it all.
    If they got it down that low, they would still be the top payroll.

  85. Rich in NJ March 4th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Maybe we are talking about two different things. I am referring to x dollars as the standard for a 1B or an elite pitchers or whatever. They usually let other teams set those standards. You’re talking about aggregate payroll? If so, my bad.

    As for the latter, point, if they want a $150m payroll, they can’t do it all at once with so many bloated contracts, and they need to draft and develop at a higher level. It’s possible, over time, but they probably can’t develop that kind of talent unless they are willing to risk taking a step back now and then, and they don’t seem willing to do that.

  86. mick March 4th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    They have set the standard with their HOF IF which is 1/2 their payroll.
    In the future you may be right, if they don’t develop their own, but mediocrity could be the price they pay.

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