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A-Rod may sit out the All-Star Game

Jul 7, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez was voted in as the starting third baseman for the All-Star Game, but he may sit it out in order to rest his ailing knee.

I expect to hear a number of injury-themed bag-jobs on the All-Star Game in the coming days. It always happens and people rarely raise an eyebrow about it.  I don’t expect that to necessarily be the case with A-Rod, though, because people go out of their way to hate on him.  Don’t believe me?  Check out this story, supposedly about Derek Jeter getting 3000 hits, but somehow finding a way to insert this paragraph:

A-Rod is the anti-Jeter, a petulant player with tremendous skills who seems to play the game only for himself. He conned the Yankees into taking him on after three steroid-fueled years in Texas during which he hit 156 home runs, then got a new $275 million deal before he was finally outed as a user of performance-enhancing drugs.

The hate is strong out there. I expect to see A-Rod rage in stories about budget talks and the Middle East pretty soon.

  1. rynev - Jul 7, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Jeter is the anti-A-Rod, a declining player no longer contributing to the value of the team. While A-Rod selflessly offered to move to 3B when he came to the Yankees, Jeter has yet to offer to move down in the lineup despite a .322 OBP and 77 OPS+ that is hurting the offense. Meanwhile A-Rod continues to perform as an All-Star, earning his big pay check. Jeter on the other hand recently obtained a 3 year, $51 million contract despite being a solidly below average player at this point in his career, knowing the Yankees had to pay him or be eviscerated by the media and fans.

  2. yankeesgameday - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Alex, if you skip the All Star game, just please don’t get caught in Cano with Jessica Simpson and Jason Written. I really don’t want to have to read any more about you than I already have to.

    • yankeesgameday - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM

      Cabo! not Cano! geez, that took on a whole angle I didn’t intend. Yeesh! Craig, you gotta find a way to let us edit our posts. lol. Damn smartphone auto correct.

      • Lukehart80 - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:26 AM

        No no, you were right the first time. It’d be a MUCH bigger story that way.

  3. isdtyrant - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    A-Rod is also responsible for the dot-com bust of the 90s, the Enron fiasco, global warming and political scandals the world over. If only there were more Derek Jeters!

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    I thought the same thing when I read that article. The dude seemed to go out of his way to take that shot at A-Rod. Oh well, I’m sure A-Rod doesn’t lose much sleep over it anymore. BTW, I wish Cano would take a pass on the All Star game. He’s already taken a step back this year by swinging at everything and now being in the HR contest is just going to make him pull happy.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      By all accounts that is how Cano takes batting practice on a daily basis. I’m not saying it is right or wrong, only that is no different from his norm.

  5. Jonny 5 - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Just to help a fellow citizen who may be busy at this time.

    Leave A-Rod Alone!

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 7, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      Len’s gotta get that bot fixed, this blame Alex crap is gettin’ outta hand.

    • bigharold - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      “Just to help a fellow citizen who may be busy at this time.

      Leave A-Rod Alone!”

      Really, .. this was going on for 40 minutes. Was Len sleeping in this morning?

      • yankeesfanlen - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:18 PM

        No, no I was involved in a high level shmooze of international intrigue with Old Gator. You will soon be apprised of the steps being taken to eliminate all the woes of the world.

        But, just to make it official:

        LEAVE AROD ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. royalsfaninfargo - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    While I am not a big fan of either player it almost sounds like this guy wrote the whole article just so he could insert that paragraph ripping on A-Rod. One more thing, dont Yankee fans get sick of reading all the hagiography and sanctimonious stuff that is written about Jeter?

    • Joe - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      It’s not just that paragraph, it’s the really central topic of the article. There’s some nice-nice about Jeter, then “let’s get to the real point here – ARod is a DBag.”

  7. ditto65 - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    “That he’s not nearly the player he once was is hardly his fault. Age cruelly chips away at greatness and at 37, Jeter is a shortstop with limited range. He’s a singles hitter who doesn’t hit enough singles. Once he passes 3,000, the debate will be renewed in New York about the wisdom of keeping him at the top of the lineup.”

    And that is A-Rod’s fault?

    Tim Dahlberg needs help.

  8. yournuts - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    As a Yankee fan I am delighted if Arod decides to sit out the All Star game and rest. As far as the Arod being the Anti-Jeter this crap is made up. People always go out of their way to hate. Look at the bad press that Jeter takes now! Lots of haters blogging here. So sad that they can’t look at what he’s done. Lifetime 300 hitter, 5 championships and 3000 hits coming soon.

    • djeter220 - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      Apparently now being a “poor team player” or having a big ego extends past players who don’t get along with other players/coaches, don’t hustle or give it their all, get in trouble with the law or cause off-the-field distractions. It’s fair if Girardi chooses to drop him in the lineup, but anyone who thinks Jeter should be expected to tell the coach to take away responsibility from him is crazy. THAT is the antithesis of a team player. He should continue to do the job he’s assigned to due until he’s told otherwise by his manager.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 7, 2011 at 1:53 PM

        Agreed. Time to see how much clout Girardi has with the organization.

  9. foreverchipper10 - Jul 7, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Here’s a question. I know that some players, if not all, receive a bonus of sorts for making the all-star squad. If they are voted in but take themselves out due to an injury situation such as this do they still receive said bonus? I don’t think they should.

  10. bjtmeyer - Jul 7, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    I say get rid of A-roid and bring in another Alex….Alex Gordon.

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