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A-Rod: not hitting, but still trying to score

Oct 16, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP

This may be the most New York Post story ever:

After being replaced in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, the highest-paid Yankee openly flirted with a pair of pretty women two rows behind the dugout — even sending them a ball bearing a note asking for their phone numbers, a witness told The Post.

“I watched him flirt with two admittedly very cute young women nearby,’’ the witness said.

But see, that part of it is actually fun. Here’s the part that makes it New York Posty:

Instead of rooting on his teammates as they struggled to stay alive during the tense game at Yankee Stadium, A-Rod, 37, had a ball boy toss the young women a baseball inscribed with a message asking for their numbers … Fans sitting behind the dugout at Saturday’s game said they were disgusted after witnessing A-Rod’s shenanigans, which were more befitting a sixth-grader than a serious ballplayer.

There is a fabulously indignant quote about it from some anonymous fan too, which sounds so spot-on perfect in its flabbergasted outrage that I’d be shocked if the person who gave it wasn’t clutching his or her pearls at the time.  RIP to all of those people who died as a result of these tragic shenanigans.  If only A-Rod had been as dour and serious as they were, this atrocity would never have occurred.

By the way, this is a good time to look back to that thing about narratives we discussed yesterday, because a story like this is the kind of thing where narrative silliness is almost certain to occur.

It’s one thing to look at this as a fluffy, silly amusing story which allows us to crack wise. That can be a lot of fun if we let it be and if we don’t take everything so damn seriously. For example: if one of the “admittedly very cute young women near by” call A-Rod back, we can all take great joy in the fact that he has finally stopped striking out.

It’s another thing altogether, however — another idiotic thing — to turn this inconsequential little tabloid story into some metaphor for Rodriguez’s and the Yankees’ postseason struggles or something. If we pretend that This Means Something, either in a baseball sense or a moral sense or a work-ethic sense that has Serious Consequences for the New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez‘s legacy.

I say we should feel free to have all the fun with this kind of story we want, and to let our references to it be only limited by our senses of humor (note: almost all of the jokes will be bad and beaten into the ground by noon, but it’s not like that has stopped us before) .  However, to the extent you’re reading something from a baseball writer or talking to some other fan and they want to turn this into Chicken and Beer South, be assured that you are dealing with some weapons-grade stupid.

  1. mookie311 - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    last season i was in my gym in seattle when the yankees were in town, and in strolls a-rod with some flunky. after the flunky got on a bike, a-rod walked right over to a treadmill and started flirting with a lovely young woman. she SHUT. HIM. DOWN. didn’t even look him in the eye. a-rod looked totally confused and wandered away. i laughed out loud. i think he heard me. it was one of the greatest things i’ve ever seen with my own two eyes.

  2. sharkcity408 - Oct 16, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    A-rod is a piece of shit to begin with. Who cares if he was trying to get some ass??!? He is a cheater period. That’s y he is a piece of shit. Jus waitin for his retirement party.

  3. buffalo65 - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Nobody even mentions Prince Fielder opening flirting with the hotdog guy…not fair

  4. onermedboxer - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    I asked a girl to prom this way

  5. razydog - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    We all know the Post is WAY off on this story as it should have read, A-Rod attempted to throw a ball to a good looking guy behind the dug-out but once again his throw was off target and ended up in the lap of an unsuspecting hot chick! Please retire and go play Poker with some professionals who will clean you out after a couple of years and then we can have the pleasure of listening to you whine that you’re broke and all alone….Go Tigers!!

    • seattlej - Oct 17, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      Ha ha! Your subtle bigotry is so witty and humorous!

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