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Yankees postgame: So Alex, your thoughts?

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Aug 10, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Tigers Yankees BaseballWe were all waiting around A-Rod’s locker for a comment about the reception he got here tonight during the 4-3 win in 10 over the Tigers. But we were finally told by media relations director Jason Zillo that Rodriguez had left.

Joe Girardi did speak about the boos and the cheers for his lightning rod at third.

“It was probably 50-50, maybe a little more cheers,” Girardi said. “It’s something he has to be able to put out of his mind and be a player for us.”

Rodriguez wasn’t a very effective player for them in this game. He went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. He’s now 3 for 15 since his return.

Mariano Rivera hasn’t been effective the last two games, blowing back-to-back saves for the first time since April 2011. Miguel Cabrera got him for a two-run homer to tie it at 3-3 in the ninth.

“You’re talking about one of the great hitters,” Rivera said.

The Yankees won it on Brett Gardner’s two-out walk-off single. That stopped their four-game losing streak and the Tigers’ 12-game winning streak. It also saved the Yankees from falling to .500. They’re up to 58-56.

“We haven’t been playing good baseball for a couple of months,” Gardner said. “Sometime you have to keep winning or you’ll be out of it.”

Robinson Cano had two RBI on a double. He had driven in two runs in his previous 15 games combined.

The pitching matchup later today will be Phil Hughes and Anibal Sanchez.

Associated Press photo.







34 Responses to “Yankees postgame: So Alex, your thoughts?”

  1. Against All Odds August 10th, 2013 at 1:01 am

    UnKnown August 9th, 2013 at 11:44 pm
    And the season comes down to freaking STEWIE. Kill Me Now!!


    Second time in the past couple of weeks Unknown :). We don’t need to add homicide to the list of crimes they have committed this season. We need you alive and them not to be brought up on charges.

  2. Against All Odds August 10th, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Alex should have talked to the media.

  3. cs in la August 10th, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Bench Stewart.

  4. Pat M. August 10th, 2013 at 1:10 am

    I think Alex needs a little time to decompress as it’s been one non-stop roller coaster of insanity. He was chasing tonight as it appears that he’s very hungry to prove himself and try to swing fans, the media and especially the Board Room…..For t hat reason I’m on board with # 13….

  5. RS August 10th, 2013 at 1:16 am

    well this ending really took away from how great Nova was once again. 1 run in 7 innings is pretty darn impressive against this lineup. he may be the best thing to look forward to for the future

  6. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 1:25 am

    ‘Aroid’ took a hike because quick fast and in a hurry because he got a letter hand delivered to him after the game explaining his disciplinary action / fine for seeking a second opinion on his quad injury without permission from the team.

    And the hits just keep on coming ……………..

  7. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 1:28 am

    RT @AndrewMarchand: Sources: Yanks hand-deliver A-Rod a letter prior to home debut

  8. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Typo …. post of 1:25am

    ‘Aroid’ took a hike because quick fast and in a hurry because he got a letter hand delivered to him before the game explaining his disciplinary action / fine for seeking a second opinion on his quad injury without permission from the team.

    And the hits just keep on coming ……………..

  9. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Longoria: Why is A-Rod playing ?

    NEW YORK — Evan Longoria isn’t glad to see Alex Rodriguez back in pinstripes.

    The Rays’ star third baseman questioned why Rodriguez seemingly is going to be able to play out the rest of the season while he appeals his 211-game suspension. A ruling on the suspension, which lasts through the 2014 campaign, isn’t expected to come until November or December at the earliest.

    “I don’t think it’s fair for the other teams, because I’m in the American League East. Whether he is 100 percent or not, whether his mind is where it needs to be or not, he can affect the game in a positive way. He can affect the game in a tremendous way, which is being in the lineup,” Longoria said on The Hot Clicks podcast on “In a pennant race, he’s a guy that you don’t want in the lineup. Looking at it from that perspective and that perspective only, I don’t think it’s fair that we can’t have an arbitrator hear the case sooner.”

    A-Rod’s Good, Bad & Ugly

    ESPN New takes a look back at A-Rod’s best — but mostly worst — moments as a Bronx Bummer Bomber.

    With arbitrator Fredric Horowitz likely taking until after the season ends before making his ruling, the Yankees will be able to use Rodriguez as they make their playoff push. Entering Friday, the Yankees are 11 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East and seven games behind Oakland and Texas for the second wild card. The Yankees have lost four in a row as they begin a three-game set with Detroit.

    Rodriguez’s return hasn’t sparked the Yankees, as they were swept by the White Sox in his first three games this season. Rodriguez went 3-for-11 with zero homers and zero RBIs, but he does have a .429 on-base percentage. He’s batting fifth and playing third in Friday’s game against Detroit.

    Longoria is puzzled by the length of the appeals process, asking why it’s not handled more swiftly like with suspensions that come after a brawl.

    “If you get in a bench-clearing brawl and a guy punches another guy and is ejected from the game and he gets a 10-game suspension, well you appeal that and it’s heard within the next three weeks,” Longoria said. “Then you either get 10 games or six or whatever. I don’t understand why that same process can’t happen with this.”

    The Yankees’ third baseman is the only one of the 13 players served suspensions this week for violating the drug policy to appeal, as the others, including teammate Francisco Cervelli, accepted their 50-game suspensions.

    “I’m wondering if that’s because maybe it’s a longer process because there’s more to be presented. It’s more like a court case than the other situations,” Longoria said in comparing these suspensions to brawl suspensions. “I just don’t think it’s fair. If the other guys are going to serve them, then why doesn’t he? Why wouldn’t all the other guys appeal and continue playing? But I don’t know. I don’t understand.”

    The Rays currently own the first wild-card spot and are two games behind Boston in the AL East. Tampa Bay has six games left with the Yankees, including three at Yankee Stadium in the final week of the season.

    Longoria said he doesn’t have a relationship with Rodriguez.

    “I think he just put himself in some bad situations. He just put himself behind the eight ball,” Longoria said. “It’s hard to look at him, and for as many times as he’s done what he’s done and admitted it, been caught obviously in what was it ’03 and ’07 or whatever, that interview when he said that this is what he did, it’s just tough to believe this didn’t occur now based off his history.”

    Rodriguez admitted in 2009 to using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-03 while playing with Texas.

    “One bad decision can ruin a career, especially in this game, and then it’s tough to regain the faith of the fans,” Longoria said. “It’s tough to regain the trust of the fans, and the same thing goes with your peers and your colleagues.”

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock August 10th, 2013 at 2:01 am

    longo stfu

  11. jacksquat August 10th, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Well, Eva, this isn’t a simple brawl.

  12. luis August 10th, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Just got back in….Nova did his thing once again, against a very tough lineup and without his good fastball… He may not be Harvey, but he sure looks like front line starter to me… He showed once again his tough makeup, he picked himself up several times tonight… Mo just had his typical back to back blown saves, that happens one time every season.

    As for the offense, I didn’t get to see much, but I am glad that the team picked up Mo this time around.

  13. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Apparently ‘Aroid’ has a multitude of friends everywhere ……

  14. yankinvegas August 10th, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Let’s just finish the season strong, get to around 88 wins, go home and reload.
    Nova is extremely encouraging. If they can get Pineda right, the two of them would be real nice along with Hiro and CC.
    We need to recalibrate the entire offense this winter.
    I am definitely a master of the obvious.
    I don’t have much hope for Hughes tomorrow

  15. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 3:01 am

    ‘Rodriguez did not take one good swing all night, and in addition to his three strikeouts, he flied out weakly to shallow right.

    And then, when it came time for what is usually his favorite part of the night, when he gets to stand in the middle of a media throng and play hero, or team leader, or self-critic — Rodriguez chose to disappear, either too angry to address his relations with the team, or too embarrassed to assess his own performance.

    If there was any slight bit of hope that he might ever be even a semi-productive player for the Yankees again, this night snuffed it out like a cigarette butt in an ashtray.

    “I still don’t understand the people wearing a Yankees shirt booing against one of their own guys,” Gardner said, perhaps not realizing that to everyone but a few of his teammates, Rodriguez is no longer one of the guys. If he ever really was.

    And now, his skills fading rapidly and facing a long, and potentially career-ending suspension, he has never seemed more alone.

    The fans can’t stand him. The GM can’t stand him. Even the manager, who professes to love everyone, reserves a particularly tough brand of love for A-Rod. The support system the Yankees have in place for their players no longer seems available to him. The team and A-Rod are now like a divorcing couple who communicate only though their lawyers.

    Listen, I don’t want to speak for him, but I think he’s been through so much the last several years I’m not sure what he’s affected by, to be honest,” Gardner said. “He’s got pretty thick skin and he’s able to block out a lot of outside noise and really focus on the task at hand. He works harder than anybody and I think it’s going to be a big boost the last two months.”

    The last two months ? How about the next four years ?

    The contractual association goes on, but the marriage between Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees is over, and neither side needs a registered letter to prove it’

    By Wallace Matthews |

  16. jacksquat August 10th, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Did they really deliver a letter to him just before his first home game?

    Do they care about this team winning or what?

  17. the vaunted chris August 10th, 2013 at 3:25 am

    luis says:
    August 10, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Mo just had his typical back to back blown saves, that happens one time every season.

    third time since 05, but hey, who needs facts.

  18. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 3:28 am

    jacksquat August 10th, 2013 at 3:24 am

    They sure did, handed it directly to him.

  19. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 3:32 am

    ‘Aroid’ looked the same way tonight that he looked in the playoffs last year, lost.

    Pitchers are pitching him ‘in’ and will continue to do so until such time as he shows he can adjust, rotating his surgically repaired hip through in his swing.

    Until then ……………… well you know …………………..

  20. NYY_Girl_Penny August 10th, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Arod is done, his skills are mediocre or average at best.. if anyone brlieves he is .300 30hr 100rbi guy LOL at u.. hes not there to play , the guy is physically done . what really ticks me off is he is trying to get sympathy from the fans like it was an oops mistake, it was 15+ years of oops that he cheated and lied his way to hundreds of millions of dollars.. yet he says “im only human” total bs man and ic any of you fall for it you are pathetic and dumb … this guy needs to atop being a selfish cry baby and retire .. hiw people are cheering him and falling for this is beyond me..

    shame on the yankees for allowing to play he should be benched on principle alone!

  21. 4TrainNorth August 10th, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Mo does seem to go through a mid-summer malaise every year, whether he’s blowing saves back to back or just in a clump. Usually I think, Oh well, he straighten it out in time for October, at the very least. This year is different, of course, since October ain’t happening. That aside, it never gets easier to watch Mo go through this period, and this year it’s especially difficult.

  22. NYY_Girl_Penny August 10th, 2013 at 4:01 am

    why was Arod on the field before the game without a single player ?? he also hit alone.

  23. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 4:10 am

    NYY_Girl_Penny August 10th, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Perhaps the majority of his teammates want to keep their distance from the ring leader of the circus ?

  24. pulchritudinous August 10th, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Arod is back and 2 blown saves for Mariano in 2 appearances. Hopefully, just a coincidence.

  25. joeman August 10th, 2013 at 5:37 am

    We haven’t been playing good baseball for a couple of months,” Gardner said. “Sometime you have to keep winning or you’ll be out of it.”

  26. joeman August 10th, 2013 at 5:37 am

    NYY_Girl_Penny August 10th, 2013 at 4:01 am
    why was Arod on the field before the game without a single player ?? he also hit alone.

    Not well liked

  27. RadioKev August 10th, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Albert Pujols takes the high road, like any successful millionaire innocent would, by suing someone for being mean to him.

    We’ve seen this before…

  28. Tar August 10th, 2013 at 6:58 am

    “Did they really deliver a letter to him just before his first home game?”

    Didn’t you get the Posada memo….”Thats the way Cashman rolls now”.

    WHat a joke of a GM we have.

  29. pat August 10th, 2013 at 7:23 am

    “….. former MLB All-Star Jack Clark and his co-host Kevin Slaten have been fired from their radio show on WGNU 920 after accusing former Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols of of PED use on their brand new show.”

  30. bruceb August 10th, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Morning gang. Gardy sure spared a few team-mates’ blushes last night, not to mention his manager.

    Seems like the Yanks want to make it clear to A-Rod that even though he’s back, he’s far from welcome. I hope they keep running him out at third each and every day without a day off or a DH stint. I know it’s cruel but he’s the one who insisted on playing.

  31. 86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Good morning all —-

    If the team really handed him a disciplinary letter before the game that’s really classless and stupid. They had yesterday off and could have given him the letter on the flight back Chicago.

    That said, Alex looks as bad up there as he did late last year.

  32. 86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Another thing that drives me crazy about Girardi is his lack of in game strategy. He lets bad hitters swing away in bunt situations and last night after the Miggy HR they don’t bunt on a guy who can’t move???

    He has yet to embrace that this team MUST manufacture runs with small ball.

  33. Benny Blanco August 10th, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Very happy about the way nova is pitching.

  34. joedep August 10th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Joe, why not be honest and state how you really feel about a-Roid. He is a washed up druggie. What ever he obtained in the pass was due to taken juice. He is dragging down a fine ball club. They can use his ill gotten gains to sign a few players that can put the Yankees back on top again!

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