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Mariano Rivera never liked Francisco Rodriguez

Aug 13, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

As tends to happen when someone’s bad behavior is made public–just think back to all the Tiger Woods stuff for the most recent prominent example in sports–stories about Francisco Rodriguez being a bad guy are coming out of the woodwork now.
Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record passes along this gem about Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera:

Rodriguez’s reputation was damaged even before joining the Mets. On the eve of the 2008 All-Star Game at the Stadium, Mariano Rivera ordered clubhouse attendants to keep K-Rod’s locker as far away as possible. The Yankee closer, a deeply religious man, decided he couldn’t stand even one night of K-Rod’s excesses.

Klapisch goes on to chide the Mets for not reigning in Rodriguez earlier, suggesting that their lack of control over the closer “in part, is why Rodriguez went off on a family member on Wednesday, because somewhere in his consciousness he knew he could get away with it.”
That seems like one hell of a leap in logic to me, although certainly making the Mets responsible for his beating up a 53-year-old man is a great way to sell newspapers and given how dysfunctional the whole team has been few people are going to stick up for them no matter the claims.

  1. kyle s - Aug 13, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    as is usually the case, i find myself more disgusted with the media than with the dude breaking the law. vultures.

  2. Megary - Aug 13, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Um…Bob? He “went off on a family member” not becuase “somewhere in his consciousness he knew he could get away with it” but rather because he has no conscience.

  3. Old Gator - Aug 13, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    I don’t get it. What’s not to love about Francisco Rodriguez?

  4. birdmancometh - Aug 13, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    *Sighs, shakes head* “What would the Rally Monkey say?”

  5. Paper Lions - Aug 13, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Huh? Rivera couldn’t stand someone’s excesses because he is a devout Christian?
    Rivera makes $15M/year. While philanthropic, I doubt it would be difficult to identify a multitude of excesses in Rivera’s life as well. Not a knock on Rivera, just on Bob Klapisch.

  6. YankeesfanLen - Aug 13, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    As usual, Klapisch dramatizes half remembered events and second hand innuendo, then fills in out of whole cloth. I’m sure Mo doesn’t like KRod and wants him kept away, but there’s no further backround to go on, and I’m sure that if KRod was threatening to spray paint “666” on Mo’s locker, it would have been previously reported.
    However, the part about the Metropolitans whitewashing the event is probably going to prove correct.

  7. Old Gator - Aug 13, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    PL, I don’t think financial excesses were what Rivera had in mind. I suspect he was referring to things like, oh, drinking, whoring and beating up his family. Stuff like that gets around professional grapevines pretty easily, even if the parasites of the tabloid press don’t pick up on it right away.

  8. BC - Aug 13, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Klapisch is a chipwich. Bobby Bonilla should have taken him down when he had the chance.

  9. Gobias Industries - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    “As tends to happen when someone’s bad behavior is made public…stories about Francisco Rodriguez being a bad guy are coming out of the woodwork now.”
    Klapisch reported this exact same story on December 23, 2008. Check ESPN’s archives. This story doesn’t exactly qualify as “coming out of the woodwork now.”

  10. BigJohn - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:25 PM


  11. john j pileggi - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Isn’t Klapisch the guy who spent a year inside the Mets’ clubhouse as a beat reporter, and wrote “The Worst Team Money Could Buy”, which recounted some of the things he picked up inside the private quarters? And then is he not the guy who was surprised when the players (Booby Bonilla was out of line and threatened him) were unfriendly when he came back into the clubhouse like nothing happened? I tend to read what Klapisch writes and assume half of it is embellished or inaccurate.

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