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A-Rod’s 2009 never happened, people. Got me? IT NEVER HAPPENED

Oct 18, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT


While I take issue with the reporting of the role that the flirting business is playing in A-Rod’s benching, I don’t take issue with the chorus of voices speculating that A-Rod is on his way out of town.  I mean, if I’m the Yankees I try to give him a healthy spring to see what he has in the tank for 2013, but it would not shock me at all if he was shopped this offseason.

Others feel this way too. And in addition to talking about a Yankees future without Rodriguez, they’re doing a good job of scrubbing the past clean of him as well.

Take Mike Lupica, for instance, who is doing God’s work in correcting the record so that the Fail-Rod narrative can be applied without complication once he’s gone:

Alex Rodriguez is not Reggie Jackson no matter how many home runs he has hit, on or off steroids, and even though he was Mr. October 2009 once. You look back on it now, on that October, in light of what happened for him in the postseason before that and after, if he made some kind of “Damn Yankees” deal with the devil, even though he was playing for the Yankees at the time.

Now he has become the damned Yankee, and it is why he is gone when this season is over.

Got that? 2009 didn’t happen. It was Satan at work, and thus there is no need to think of Rodriguez as ever being a good player in pinstripes.  Now, where is my airbrush so that I can take him out of all of the photos …

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    the guy broke his hand and hasn’t hit since. let’s give him a few off-season months to heal before writing his obituary in permanent marker.

    • djpostl - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Exactly. As much as we always hear about how vital your hands are when it comes to the art of hitting it’s kind of amazing how little that aspect has been brought up.

  2. noahstradamus414 - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    A reporter making a non-literal joke? IT NEVER HAPPENED

  3. urdoingitwrongreds - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Satan’s work has won the Yankees a lot of WS can we take those away also?

  4. jaybracken - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Lupica hates Latinos. Any evidence to the contrary can be assumed to be editing by the devil.

    • skids003 - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      Maybe A-Rod will stuff Lupica in a locker like Kingman did in the ole days. He deserves it to happen again, little twerp.

      • Old Gator - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM

        Damn, how the hell did I miss that one? Must have been one of the periods when I was living overseas. When did it happen and what were the circumstances? I’m laughing my ass off already….

  5. number42is1 - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    2009 was all Kate Hudson.

    • kitshky - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      If Kate Hudson is the secret to success … I hope my parents don’t mind me moving back in.

  6. hammyofdoom - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Sports are full of this crap though. How often are “great” players still great way after their prime because of stuff they used to do? A great player is “great” far past his prime because people reflect on his best times, while a player who was once bad is always “bad” because of his past. Some people can’t move on, and Mike Lupica seems to be one of those.

  7. Gobias Industries - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    I never thought I’d type the following sentence.

    I kind of feel sorry for Alex Rodriguez.

    Holy crap, my keyboard just melted when I typed that.

  8. lumpyf - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    He made a deal with the PED dealer in 2009 not the devil.

    • zzalapski - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      We eagerly await your expose showing definitive proof that A-Rod took PEDs in 2009. Why, you can use it to secure employment at the Daily News! I’m sure Lupica would give you a recommendation.

  9. paperlions - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Yeah, he’s no Reggie Jackson.

    Number of post-season series played by Jackson: 17

    Number of post-season series in which Jackson had an OPS > .700: 8 (in other words, he completely sucked 1/2 the time, but was great the rest of the time).

    Number of post-season series played by Rodriguez: 16

    Number of post-season series in which Rodriguez had an OPS > .700: 8 (in other words, he completely sucked 1/2 the time, but was good or great the rest of the time).

    Yep, totally different guys in the postseason.

    • urdoingitwrongreds - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      I was going to say “What if we took out the 1977 WS” but this is just as good.

      • johnchesterny - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        “What if we took out the 1977 WS”? Reggie would still have a 1973 WS MVP. Which is still one more than Rodriguez.

      • bigleagues - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

        The thing is, we need only take one game out of the ’77 World Series and Reggie ain’t ‘Mr. October’. It’s not like he was ever a consistent producer in the playoffs for the Yankees.

        The thing is everyone conveniently forgets that Reggie .125 in the ’77 ALCS. and was benched once and pinch hit for once in that series. He was pinch hit for two more times in the first 3 games of the ’77 WS.

        In fact, ARod (2012) and Reggie (1977) both sported a .125 AVG and an OPS around .346 through their first 16 playoff AB’s of those respective years.

        And Reggie continued to suck through the first two games of the World series. He was 1-2 in Game 1 before Martin pinch hit Paul Blair for him and 0-4 with 2K’s in Game 2.

        In fact, in Game 3 he went 1-3 w/ 2 Runs, an RBI and 2 K’s and was pinch hit for AGAIN.

        So, through the first 8 Games of the 77 Playoffs, Jackson was 4-25 (.160) w/ ZERO HR’s. And then he got hot for THREE games and he was anointed “Mr. October” via a backhanded compliment by Thurman Munson.

        Bottom line, anyone can get hot at any time and in a short series if you get hot enough and make a big enough impact on a series no one remembers you started out .130 (3-23) through your first 23 AB’s.

        Then again Jackson was 6 years younger in 1977 than A-Rod is in 2012, and had a much bigger chip on his shoulder than A-Rod has ever had.

        Reggie played great pissed off, Rodriguez, on the other hand, crawls into a shell.

    • ireportyoudecide - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      But….but….but. Excellent work.

    • bigleagues - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM


      Even Reggie Jackson wasn’t “Reggie Jackson”.

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again . . . the true Mr. October is a guy named Jeter.

      • bravojawja - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        I thought Jeter was Mr. November.

      • bigleagues - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:54 PM

        Deploying ‘Mr. November’ is Yankees diplomacy. They wouldn’t want to get Reggie all ornery and have him spouting off nonsense about being disrespected and such. So, the Yankees simply took advantage of MLB having had lost their minds in scheduling World Series games into November.

  10. Innocent Bystander - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    How about this for an opposite take…
    Since his arrival, the Yanks can’t win the WS *unless* Arod rakes. Who else has stepped up in the last 9 years? Nobody. Not Jeter, not Posada, etc. So if you can’t win without him playing well, how can you bench him now?

    • urdoingitwrongreds - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      “He’s paid to step up, the other guys arent”

      I’m sure this is the awesome trolling rebuttal to that.

    • nategearhart - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      I like this.
      Postseason series lost:
      Jeter: 10
      ARod: 8

      • bigleagues - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM

        When you’re in more, you’re bound to lose more.

        Of course the only tally that really matter in that dynamic is:

        World Series Won:
        Jeter: 5

  11. nategearhart - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Lupica essentially says in his piece that he’s surprised Reggie Jackson didn’t beat the shit out of his own manager for benching him. Yeah, that’s not embarrassing for the organization or anything. A-Rod is no Reggie Jackson? Are we talking talent or “upright-wholesomeness-osity”? Gotta say, A-Rod ties or wins on both counts. Reggie Jackson was/is a royal prick.
    Championships are so cheap to the Yankees that they are willing to write one of them off for the sake of disgracing their own damn player. I guess since championships are expected, the goal is becomes to win them while also living up to some kind of ridiculous standard on a personal level. Perhaps Yankees media and fans should STOP EXPECTING championships, and learn to enjoy and cherish them just like every other team.

    • natslady - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Well said. /still grieving Nats fan

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      Perhaps Yankees media and fans should STOP EXPECTING championships

      Lupica has been doing this year for years. Search and mike lupica to see some insane columns he’s written. Also don’t forget, Lupica is a Mets fan.

  12. e5again - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I don’t see how the yankees are going to convince anyone to take this guy. They are obviously going to have give up a ton (be it money or more players) just to get rid of him. He’s signed until he’s 42 and he’s average at best now. Who would take this mess on?

    • Old Gator - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      Dare I say it….? I repeat: the Feesh need a third baseman and he isn’t one.

      • bigleagues - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        A-Rod is an overpaid Firstbaseman at this point.

  13. fuddpucker - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    It’s funny when all these guys like A-Rod, Jeff Franceour, Giambi, etc. get off the juice and everybody thinks they’re just going downhill.

    No, these guys got their contracts and they get off the juice to save the embarrassment of getting caught and then suspended.

    The “Juice” is the “Spice of Life” for the baseball cheating culture. Just ask Melky.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      so ’07 never happened, and neither did ’09? Did you bother reading the article, at all?

      • fuddpucker - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        “The JUICE” is the Spice of Life!!!!

        Baseball Cheating Culture

      • zzalapski - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

        Repeating something and adding exclamation marks does not make it worthier of serious consideration.

    • Old Gator - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      The Spice is the Juice of Life.

      – Frank Herbert

  14. mybrunoblog - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    I usually support most baseball writers for various reasons but not so with Lupica. He has devolved into an annoying antagonist who rarely brings much to the table news or opinion wise. I doubt he even spends much time in the clubhouse anymore. Ignore him but Unforttunatly he won’t go away.

  15. sdelmonte - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Unless A-Rod somehow ignites a miracle turnaround, he needs to leave this town. It’s bad for him and for the team for him to be a sideshow attraction. It’s a crying shame that so many players are driven out of NYC for every reason imaginable.

    If only we could keep the players and trade the reporters.

  16. lazlosother - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    “You look back on it now, on that October, in light of what happened for him in the postseason before that and after, if he made some kind of “Damn Yankees” deal with the devil, even though he was playing for the Yankees at the time.”

    Lupica is obviously on some mind altering drug, suffering from alzheimer’s disease or both. The sentence makes no sense. This is approprate as his entire point makes no sense.

    What has he got against the devil anyway? Someone had to put the evil in the empire.

  17. yournuts - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Nobody cares about Mike Lupica! He is just another old man who has become Mr non revelent.

  18. ningenito78 - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Mike Lupica is, and always has been the biggest blowhard, knee jerk idiot in all of sports journalism. Taking anything he says at face value is silly if not irresponsible.

  19. Gardenhire's Cat - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Where is that picture from? I’m drawing a blank.

    • seeinred87 - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      “This image taken by the Moscow Canal was taken when Nikolai Yezhov was water commissar. After he fell from power, he was arrested, shot, and his image removed by the censors.”

  20. drewsylvania - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    What’s really funny is that A-Rod’s and Jeter’s postseason OPS numbers are EXACTLY THE SAME.


  21. DelawarePhilliesFan - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    2009 was Satans work, I have said that for years. Glad the rest of the world has caught on

  22. snowbirdgothic - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Pedro Gomez has never denied making a deal with the devil on behalf of A-Rod.

  23. dizoakiusmaximus - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Craig, great picture for this article. Good inside joke.

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