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Mike Lupica is happy to have a new reason to rip A-Rod

May 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Alex Rodriguez homer.jpgFun times in the Daily News today, as Mike Lupica takes A-Rod to task over the Dr. Galea story, sarcastically asserting that, apparently now that Rodriguez is no longer a post-season choker and all of that, apparently he doesn’t feel the need to come clean. Many of you may agree with him.

But read the column closely, and it’s quite obvious that Lupica is not complaining about A-Rod’s reticence with law enforcement or Major League Baseball or the Yankees.  He’s angry because A-Rod won’t talk to the press.  Really, go look: his big beef is that A-Rod dodged a question about the Galea charges before yesterday’s game, and from that he launches into a thousand-word piece, at the end of which he actually lists the questions he wants A-Rod to answer.

Which is rather crazy.  I mean, I have no idea what the relationship was between Dr. Galea and A-Rod and I have no clue what Rodriguez was and wasn’t prescribed.  But I do know that federal charges are coming down against Galea, and in those charges athletes are being called out. Anonymously for now, but not for long.  Clearly, at some point, those athletes named will be required to testify about Dr. Galea, likely under some sort of immunity deal, but certainly under penalty of perjury.

In light of this, if A-Rod answered the questions Lupica had for him, he’d be putting himself at a significantly higher risk of legal jeopardy.  Any lawyer in the country would advise their client not to give press conferences about such topics given what’s happening right now.

A-Rod’s decision not to answer Lupica or any other reporter’s questions about the subject is a very wise one, borne of savvy legal advice, not, as Lupica believes, some arrogance resulting from Rodriguez’s newfound status as postseason hero and clutch god. But it’s Lupica, and even if he realizes this he’s going to ignore it

Why? Because that’s just what he does.

  1. Scott - May 20, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Unbelievable. Please find a new line of work, Calcaterra.

  2. Joey B - May 20, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    That’s one of way of thinking about it. OTOH, what is the role of the media in our society? If the mayor of Podunk was accused of a crime, shouldn’t the media continue to raise questions? Or should they recognize that the mayor might be guilty, so they won’t ask him questions?
    Obviously ARod needs to be careful, though the chances of him going to jail for using HGH is practically nil. But just because ARod is arguably guilty of using HGH, that shouldn’t give him a free ride from the press. When it gets to that point, the press will only allowed to question the innocent, and not the guilty.
    Sounds counter-intuitive to me. I want the press to raise questions, not to provide cover.

  3. Big Harold - May 20, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Only a fool would take anything the Mike Lupica has to say about the Yankees, the team, the Stadium, the players, coaches the fans or even the Bronx seriously. If the Yankees invented water and pizza, Lupica would tell you they aren’t wet or tasty. He’s a sawed off egomaniac that never passes up a chance to piss on anything related to the Yankees. To this day I wonder just what George Steinbrenner did decades ago that fractured his fragile psyche so much that he’s held a grudge this long. George probably mistook him for a busboy and told him to run off and get a pitcher to refill his water glass, (and I apologise to the busboys out there that feel insulted by the comparison to Lupica).
    Whatever it is the more he writes about it the more apparent that the only thing his column is good for is lining the bottom of the hamster cage. And that’s only because the hamsters can’t read otherwise they would put up with him either.

  4. Darryl - May 20, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Joey B, if the Mayor of Podunk was accused of a crime, of course the media would ask questions, but Mayor Podunk’s attorney would tell him the same thing ARod’s lawyer told him: say nothing to the press. We see that type of thing every day with politicians, actors, etc, but no one bats an eye. He did not get a free pass from the press – he declined to address the issue, which is certainly his right to do. If there’s anything to this, it will come out, don’t you worry. Don’t let your obvious dislike of Alex Rodriguez cloud your reason.

  5. Craig Calcaterra - May 20, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Of course they should raise questions. But when those questions aren’t answered for very sensible reasons, the reporter has a choice: he could dig more on his own, write something using alternative sources, or he could write an opinion piece about the controversy. The tack that Lupica chose, however, was to basically whine that A-Rod wouldn’t talk to the press.
    People will rip him to the contrary, but Lupica is not a dumb guy. He knows A-Rod can’t answer the questions he wants answered right now, and rather than come at the story a different way, he’s just grousing.

  6. largebill - May 20, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    I was in complete agreement with you right up until you said: “Lupica is not a dumb guy.” Do you have any basis for that position? Any statistical analysis to back up that outlandish claim? :-)

  7. Mike - May 20, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    My favorite question is who introduced A-Rod to Galea? Unless Lupica has been living under a rock, A-Rod’s Yankee approved physical therapist is Galea’s partner so a big DUH! to that question.

  8. Mike - May 20, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Lupica isn’t dumb. He does like to play dumb and he thinks his audience is dumb because he expecs them to buy his drivel.

  9. Mike G. - May 20, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Spot on, Craig. Beyond the legal ramifications, talking about steroids is a no win proposition for any player, regardless of what he has to say. Of course, not saying anything is a losing proposition too. Several in the media have drawn their own conclusions regardless of the facts may say – or not say.

  10. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - May 20, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Lupica is a Mets fan, that should answer your question :)

    My favorite question is who introduced A-Rod to Galea? Unless Lupica has been living under a rock, A-Rod’s Yankee approved physical therapist is Galea’s partner so a big DUH! to that question.

    You’d be surprised how many don’t realize this connection. Friend of the blog Moshe Mandel made this revelation way back when the question was first asked, but none of the reporters bother to research this. It’s no wonder why newspapers are dieing.

  11. Donald B McGee - May 20, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    To borrow a phrase from from Spiro Agnew that can be applied to Lupica….He is a “Nattering Nabob of Nepitism.” Truely the bottom
    of the pile…Lower than a used car salesman.Co

  12. jwb - May 20, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    “To this day I wonder just what George Steinbrenner did decades ago that fractured his fragile psyche so much that he’s held a grudge this long.”
    Steinbrenner had Lupica’s Diet Coke spiked with Human Shrinkage Hormone.

  13. Big Harold - May 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Actually, I think he’s a closet Red Sox fan. He grew up in New Hampshire and went to BU. But, that can’t explain it all. George must of told him to get water or asked him where is shoe shine box was or something like that.
    At the end of the day does anybody really care? He’s a sawed off little runt that has a bone to pick and apparently he isn’t done nor is it likely he ever will be. Once upon a time what he wrote used to bother me, .. but then again when I was even younger I thought professional wrestling was real too. In the normal course of time I got out of the 10th grade and realized both were BS. The difference is that on some level, pro wrestling is at least entertaining and Lupica is just a jackass.

  14. JWD - May 20, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    A Yankees approved physical therapist allegedly supplied A-rod with his HGH? If true, is it logical that this, or any Yankees approved therapist would only supply A-rod with PED’s? Maybe the elephant in the room is how pervasive was/is the PED culture inside the Yankees?
    Is there a bigger story? Who knows, but good Cops & Reporters always follow the money.

  15. Wanda - May 21, 2010 at 4:18 AM

    Just as the media has a right to ask a question and expect an answer, the person being questioned has an equal right to refuse to answer said question. This is still a democratic society and just because enquiring minds (better known as nosey people) want to know does not guarantee them a right to know. Just because Galea was charged with illegally transporting HGH into the US, does not mean that A-Rod was getting that service from Galea. And if it comes down to a legal matter, where my answering a reporter’s question can be misconstrued and scrutinized to death, I would probably refuse to answer as well.

  16. Evan - May 21, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Agree with you 100% Craig. (Glances at the thermometer in Hell).
    I don’t blame athletes for lawyering up when stuff like this happens. Right now we don’t know anything.
    Its obviously much different when the athlete is exposed and (almost) forced to address the issue. That’s where I think lawyering up actually harms the athlete. I think of Tiger Woods, Arod etc and I think about how insincere they sounded. If they just shot from the hip and acted a little more natural, they’d come across much better.

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