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Pregame notes: “Every day, expect a story like this, if not bigger”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 16, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez said there’s no truth to the 60 Minutes report that he leaked the names of other players involved in the Biogenesis scandal — including teammate Francisco Cervelli — and said that he called Cervelli just this morning to make sure Cervelli heard his side of the story.

“He understands completely that it’s not true,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve been a member of this union for 20 years. It’s important for all the guys to understand that my loyalty is to this union. That would never happen, it would never occur. And it didn’t happen. Let’s make one thing clear: For the next seven weeks, it’s going to be a very, very bumpy road. Every day, expect a story like this if not bigger. After arbitration, I’ll have an opportunity with a full platform and I can tell my full story.”

At least in their public statements, the Yankees seemed to dismiss the report.

“A teammate is a teammate, and I trust my teammates,” Curtis Granderson said.

But if the story were true?

“You hope that if you do do something, you take yourself down and that’s about it,” Vernon Wells said. “… The last thing you want to start doing is throwing other people under the bus.”

Wells called this the “tip of the iceberg,” and it seemed that Rodriguez agreed. It’s the same old story, just a different chapter. And the story isn’t nearly finished. It’s coming out little bits at a time.

“We’re all going to have to get ready for a bumpy road,” Rodriguez said. “It’s going to get bigger every day. I would expect bigger and bigger stories to come out every day. It’s frustrating for the game, because the game is doing so well. This is such a big series. The team is playing relatively well and we’re excited about playing one of the best teams in baseball in Boston. It’s frustrating that it’s coming out one drip at a time. You wish all of this could be done in a confidentiality manner like the collective bargaining agreement says it should, but that’s not the case. We’re going to have to deal with it. When I have the right platform at the right time and the time is appropriate — which is not now — I will tell my full story.”

Mark Reynolds• Obviously Mark Reynolds has arrived. Girardi said he expects to use Reynolds exactly as you would expect: As a first base platoon partner with Lyle Overbay. But that doesn’t mean Reynolds will be limited to play first against lefties. “I think that’s probably what we’ll do,” Girardi said. “But at-bats determine a lot of things too. We brought him in here to play some first, and maybe he can play some third a little bit.”

• Reynolds numbers weren’t good after a strong start with the Indians, but Girardi talked about seeing Reynolds a lot when he was previously with Baltimore. It’s that first-hand knowledge that makes the Yankees think Reynolds could have more impact here than he had with Cleveland. “We saw him play against us a lot last year,” Girardi said. “Can really swing the bat; hit the ball out of the ballpark; played an excellent first base, I thought, for Baltimore in the games that we saw him play there. He can change the game quickly.”

• Reynolds acknowledged that it feels a little odd to be playing for the Yankees after playing against them in the A.L. East the last two seasons. “That’s the weirdest part,” he said. “Playing against them and — I don’t want to say hating them — but wanting to beat them day in and day out, and now being on the team and pulling for us to win, it’s going to be a change. But like I said, I get another shot to come out and play with these guys, this organization, all the history on their side, I can’t wait.”

• Preston Claiborne was optioned and Luis Cruz DFA to open roster spots for Reynolds. Girardi said Claiborne was the one to go because the Yankees wanted to keep both Adam Warren and David Huff to provide distance and possibly start one of the doubleheader games on Tuesday. “I was (surprised), but I completely understand it,” Claiborne said.

• It’s worth noting that Girardi said he has not ruled out the idea of starting Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes on Tuesday, but that would only open the need for a spot starter a few days later. “We’re just kind of going to see where we are after this weekend and decide if we could start one of our long men,” Girardi said. “Nova will definitely pitch on Tuesday. Hughesy could pitch either Tuesday or Wednesday depending on how this weekend works out.”

• Derek Jeter is in Tampa, but Girardi said he didn’t have a detailed schedule of what Jeter was supposed to do today. Sounds like Tuesday is the earliest Jeter could be back, and even that might not be realistic. “It might be pushing it,” Girardi said. “We’ll go day-by-day. Today is already Friday. He has not necessarily played in a simulated game or anything of that nature, so we’ll just have to see. For me it’s as soon as we can get him.”

• Michael Pineda update: Girardi said he does not think Pineda has picked up a ball since having that shoulder issue a little more than a week ago. “The tests all came back good,” Girardi said. “His strength tested positive. He was strong. He’s been rehabbing a long time, so maybe it was just a point that he needed a little break.”

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39 Responses to “Pregame notes: “Every day, expect a story like this, if not bigger””

  1. bc August 16th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Howard Bryant why does Manny get such a free pass on roids? Because no one wants to ruin to glow of Boston’s 2004 run. As tainted as the rest

    Wow. Howard Bryant is gonna get in trouuuuuble.

  2. RayVT August 16th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    bc August 16th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    LOL! True! Same with Big Pappi!

  3. Giuseppe Franco August 16th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    mick August 16th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    So now you have nine years of a team built to showcase a cheater’s pursuit of an individual record. Fantastic.

    Given how the baseball economy is going, the Yankees could have taken the $30 million they’ll pay Alex on a yearly basis and dominated the draft, the international market and the free-agent market.

    Instead they’re trapped by him for nine more years. They’re paying for his decline. It was a stupid move then that gets worse every day.
    ================================
    Pete A also had this to say in that post of 2009.
    Seems prophetic now…

    ———

    You actually missed the part that reverberated throughout the NYY blogosphere:

    —-

    In the post of the year, Giuseppe Franco says that the Yankees cannot win the World Series without Alex Rodriguez.

    The Yankees have won 26 World Series without him. Somehow.

    Alex has never never played in one World Series game.

    I would suggest that if the Yankees did not have Alex, they would be far more likely to win over the long term. His 24 + 1 mentality is not conducive to championship play. I realize it’s spring training, but the Yankees have looked terrific. They’re a much better team when they aren’t sitting around waiting for him to hit a home run. Of course, he’s signed for nine years and he’s a terrific hitter and they need him back. No question. But that money they spent on him in 2007 could have been used elsewhere.

    ——

    Little did we know at the time, but my comment turned out to be TRUE.

    The Yanks could not have won the 2009 World Series without A-Rod. He was a monster that postseason.

  4. joeman August 16th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    jmills August 16th, 2013 at 6:25 pm
    Joe, how about , ” Just like Suicide “, by Soundgarden :)

    MTU August 16th, 2013 at 6:26 pm
    Joeman-

    Just keep making slow, steady progress
    —————————————————–
    lets have a Dos Equis on that

    ———————————————————–
    KoRn – Another Brick In The Wall (parts 1, 2, 3

  5. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I realize Pete was commenting a lot on Alex’s contract but the reality is it doesn’t take a lot of baseball acumen to know that paying a guy a bagillion dollars to hit a baseball is a bit ridiculous.

  6. mick August 16th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    why does lackey say alex should not be playing?
    whatever happened to due process?
    let it all come out then judge…air out the dirty laundry

  7. Yuriwuzframed August 16th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    You tell ‘em, A-Fredo. 60 Minutes knows a thing or two about lies, huh?

    https://www.google.com/search?q=A-Rod+lies+on+60+Minutes&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-beta

  8. mick August 16th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Let’s Unleash the Mahnsta Tonight in the Fens…
    Go Yanks!!!

  9. joeman August 16th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Hello?
    Is there anybody in there?
    Just nod if you can hear me
    Is there anyone at home?

    Come on, now
    I hear you’re feeling down
    Well I can ease your pain
    Get you on your feet again

  10. Warning Track Power August 16th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Michael Pineda update: Girardi said he does not think Pineda has picked up a ball since having that shoulder issue a little more than a week ago. “The tests all came back good,” Girardi said. “His strength tested positive. He was strong. He’s been rehabbing a long time, so maybe it was just a point that he needed a little break.”
    ——————————————————————————————————
    This news bugs me the most from the entire blog post.

    There were signs that Pineda would be on the team right now, pitching some innings
    and helping the team win.
    A few more weeks pass and the entire season will be lost.

  11. Giuseppe Franco August 16th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I realize Pete was commenting a lot on Alex’s contract but the reality is it doesn’t take a lot of baseball acumen to know that paying a guy a bagillion dollars to hit a baseball is a bit ridiculous.

    —–

    That is certainly true but the dynamics have changed since then. George wasn’t running the team back then but he was still around and still had input on decision-making. There certainly was no talk of $189M.

    The purse strings have since been tightened quite a bit and the front office has made a number of blunders (ie: not going after IFAs) to put themselves in their current position.

  12. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    @YankeeSource Best way for Reynolds to repair his season? Swing for the fences & stop worrying about the strikeouts.

    LOL!!! Thank god Source isn’t a hitting coach…

  13. joeman August 16th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Realized I can never win
    Sometimes feel like I have failed
    Inside where do I begin?
    My mind is laughing at me

    Tell me, why am I to blame?
    Aren’t we supposed to be the same?
    That’s why I will never tame
    This thing that’s burning in me

    I am the one who chose my path
    I am the one who couldn’t last
    I feel the life pulled from me
    I feel the anger changing me

  14. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    GF – Oh no doubt.. they Yankees have so many resources they can work around a contract like Arod’s but they didn’t approach it that way for a long time and got caught in a self created bind.

    I really think we should consider a book club for the off season because this place could end up being brutal. Maybe a movie of the week club? Or an album of the week for the music lovers (I bet ya’ll can guess what my pick might be)?

  15. mick August 16th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Next Saturday in Tampa is when we need a starter.
    So its Warren or Huff?
    Seems so far away and what if they are used before then, I see a trade before that.
    Beware Hughes and Joba.
    Talk about an overabundance of pitching, where are Phelps and Nuno when you need them.

  16. joeman August 16th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    his K rate is staggering

  17. mick August 16th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    If Reynols K’s 3x tonite but hits one out, it might be worth it.

  18. joeman August 16th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    how many times in a row do you think N Ryan could K …..M Reynolds

  19. mick August 16th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Little did we know at the time, but my comment turned out to be TRUE.

    The Yanks could not have won the 2009 World Series without A-Rod. He was a monster that postseason.
    ===============
    I once got banned by him for calling him a closet Red Sox fan and maybe something else.
    You can look it up…

  20. bc August 16th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Reynolds walks at a 10% rate during his career, so if he was patient with Nolan Ryan, he may also walk every time at the plate.

  21. jmills August 16th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Mick, thanks again for all those links! Joe, Floyd in my amplified hall, Mel.

  22. mick August 16th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    how many times in a row do you think N Ryan could K
    ========
    Is he pitching tonight?

  23. bc August 16th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Pete isn’t a closet Red Sox fan. He is a Red Sox fan. He acknowledged such in an interview while he covered the Mets. He is also a Patriots fan.

  24. mick August 16th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    mills, don’t quite remember what they were but no problem…you’re welcome my friend.

  25. Giuseppe Franco August 16th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Shame,

    Perhaps my brain isn’t functioning too well today (which wouldn’t be the first time) but I’m drawing a blank on your album of the week.

    I’m an old school headbanger at heart – AC/DC, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Slayer, etc, etc….

  26. mick August 16th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Pete isn’t a closet Red Sox fan. He is a Red Sox fan. He acknowledged such in an interview while he covered the Mets. He is also a Patriots fan.
    ================
    which made the banning all the more confusing.

  27. RayVT August 16th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Yuriwuzframed August 16th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I have seen two separate filmings of 60-minute shows. The one where they filmed everything & the show’s version.

    They were hilariously different & sadly so as well. Sheer mockery of the truth. Safer & Wallace didn’t even look at the people during interviews but were cut in to look tough & attentive.

  28. mick August 16th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I say we BANG Doubront around tonight….Go all RH Bangers, Sori, Alex, Reynolds, Nuney.

  29. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    May the spirits of all the Yankee greats be out there with you tonight.

    ;)

  30. Jeff in Canada August 16th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Is it just me, or when Alex says, “when I have the right platform, I’ll be able to tell my full story” do you get the sense that you will never hear that story because that story will never have a platform because there is no story?

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I hear it as, “let’s see how much proof of what has been going on since I’ve been a pro goes public before I start addressing what has been going on to the public.”

  31. jmills August 16th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Mick, look up, Gomez, ” How we Operate “. On top of that, include, Birdy, ” Skinny Love “. Add,The Headstones, ” Long Way to Neverland “. – Enjoy in your bathtub! :)

  32. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Mine would have to be Backstreet Boys related but oh man would it be hard for me to pick which one…. I assume it would be a similar dilemma for Nick in SF with Yo La Tengo…

  33. jmills August 16th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Jeff in Canada, I trust you’re an absolute Jays fan :D

  34. Yuriwuzframed August 16th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    “I have seen two separate filmings of 60-minute shows. The one where they filmed everything & the show’s version.

    They were hilariously different & sadly so as well. Sheer mockery of the truth. Safer & Wallace didn’t even look at the people during interviews but were cut in to look tough & attentive.”

    ….and that has what exactly to do with the recorded fact that Alex Rodriguez is a lying liar with pants afire whose default setting is “lie”?

  35. jmills August 16th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    MTU, I’ll take any greats that can be out there with me tonight.

  36. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    GAME TIME!!

  37. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    :arrow:

  38. Yuriwuzframed August 16th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    “Is it just me, or when Alex says, “when I have the right platform, I’ll be able to tell my full story” do you get the sense that you will never hear that story because that story will never have a platform because there is no story?”

    No, it is not. I’m probably pretty sure (TM A-Fredo) that The Fraud’s “full story” will be told right around the same time that David Ortiz makes that statement he promised back when Jeter had hair and O.J. was still looking for the real killers…

  39. joedep August 17th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Increditable…some of U still believe in Crap Rat Roids innocence! Your total ignorance to what is real is a joke! He is a lying piece of garbage. The whole world is telling a lie except Crap Rat Roid! Oh Yea of small minds!


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