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The Yankees are "furious" with A-Rod, obviously

Jun 12, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez mound incident.jpgA source tells Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that some Yankees officials were “furious” with Alex Rodriguez for failing to tell manager Joe Girardi that his groin tightened up after batting practice on Thursday.

Rodriguez ended up being pulled from the game in the second inning, leaving the light-hitting Ramiro Pena in the cleanup spot for the remainder of the game. According to Feinsand, Rodriguez apparently gave Pena the “heads-up” to be ready just in case, though it doesn’t appear he gave the same warning to his manager.

“Would I have done anything different? I don’t know,” Girardi said. “I
would have had to have a talk with him and see what he told me. Maybe I
would have changed the lineup, but Alex thought he could go.”

Not sure about you, but I think New York reporters should be applauded for finding new and exciting ways to stick with this “Yankees are furious with A-Rod” theme. It’s so much juicier than hearing “The Yankees are content with A-Rod” or  “The Yankees take A-Rod out for ice cream.”

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jun 12, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Mark Feinsand, to me an able beat reporter, was on in the “Daily News Fifth” last night with John and Suszyn and seemed obsessed with doing something on the ARod story rather than talk about Pettitte’s impending accomplishments. It was a short half inning, a little more prodding and he would have spilled his beans a couple of hours before this article was dated.
    My take is that there’s “furious” and “FURIOUS”, and the Universe is the former. With the kind of lineup that’s been put up the last few days Posada and Tex have to perform better, and ARod is needed back ASAP. Cano can well do clean-up, but Swisher needs to be back in the 2 hole to get things going. Granderson’s fine, but better lower in the lineup cause with Gardner not back til at least today, it’s not well rounded.
    Thank God for Cervelli’s RBI ability when you don’t expect it.

  2. Mike D - Jun 12, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Johnson, Swisher and Teixeira have all gone into games this year and been pulled early when it was obvious they couldn’t play with an injury but the only fury that ever gets reported is for A-Rod?
    The NY media seems to be having trouble finding an equilibrium now that A-Rod helped the Yankees win a championship and fans are no longer booing him. Yankee fans appear to have his back when these kinds of stories pop up and it’s making controversy on the time that much harder to sell for a media that prefers it to baseball.

  3. YANKEES1996 - Jun 12, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    This is stupid, if I am these top level execs and Girardi if A-Rod thinks he can play that is good enough for me. He is one of the best players on the damn team and in case you have not noticed we are trying to catch the Rays and takeover first place. I don’t want my best players in the training room or on the bench, I want them on the field. Hey Mark, here is an idea for you go into the refuse business because with the type of articles you write and fact that you need to constantly stir the pot of discontentment it won’t be that big of a career change for you. The Yanks have been dealing with injuries since the start of the season I really can’t blame A-Rod for trying to stay on the field.

  4. JudyJ - Jun 12, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Another A-Rod story? Not worth commenting on. He will answer with his fielding and batting.

  5. JBerardi - Jun 12, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Furious? How are the Yankees going to express their overwhelming fury towards Rodriguez? My guess it that they’ll furiously work to get him back on the field, furiously play him in as many games as possible, and furiously continue to pay him the richest contract in baseball. But make no mistake, they’re furious!

  6. Dwight Evans Mustache - Jun 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Maybe he should give his groin a rest…

  7. A-Rod - Jun 12, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    And if I would have sat out he would have said they were furious becasue I was lazy. I just can’t win. Except, of course, when I go to the bank, the clubs, the supermarket, the Post Office…

  8. marnel stasiak - Jun 12, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    One of the first rules taught at the journalism school for sensationalism is to frequently use the words “FURY” and “FURIOUS”.
    In the 90’s these words started to get overused in headlines, so they scaled back on it a bit and used other words.
    I guess now they feel it’s time to bring it back out, as enough people have forgotten the 90’s and a new generatyion of gossip hungry readers have surfaced.

  9. Geek - Jun 12, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Yankees mad at A-Rod, makes good press but likely not true.

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  11. Charles Gates - Jun 13, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    Damn him for trying to be a ‘gamer’ and for trying to be ‘gritty’ by playing through pain. Obviously, he should have called out sick that day or found some other coy reason to get out of the lineup. What the bejeezus was he thinking? Hasn’t he learned an effin’ thing about playing in NY? The media respects you when you ask your manager to sit you for a day even when you think there’s a chance you might be able to play.

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