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Thank you Buster Olney

Oct 18, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP

Finally, a columnist who isn’t buying into conspiracy theories.

Buster Olney details A-Rod’s struggles — his baseball struggles — notes the exceedingly poor matchups in play between the zombie A-Rod and the Tigers’ power righties, and puts lie to the notion that the reason Rodriguez is on the bench is because of silly tabloid nonsense:

Does anyone think that the Yankees decision-makers, from Girardi to general manager Brian Cashman, love every player they’ve inserted into their lineup through the years?  No. Have they used productive players they couldn’t stand personally (like the way Joe Torre kept giving the David Wells the ball)? Absolutely.

Hell, if the Yankees thought the 86-year-old Fidel Castro could throw 120 mph and help the Yankees win the 2012 title, they’d pitch him.

Perhaps this can be explained by the fact that Olney is a national writer so he doesn’t spend all fall and winter filling column inches with “A-Rod is history’s greatest monster” stories. But the fact that it happens to be the most logical and straightforward explanation for all of this is an added benefit.

  1. bennyandthemets - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    “Hell, if the Yankees thought the 86-year-old Fidel Castro could throw 120 mph and help the Yankees win the 2012 title, they’d pitch him.”

    Are the Yankees going to hire Ozzie Guillen as manager? Because that would be AWESOME.

    • bennyandthemets - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      one person has no sense of humor apparently…

    • Cris E - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      No no no, this is totally about George Steinbrenner tweaking Peter Angelos! Angelos hates Cuba! And Fidel Castro is FROM Cuba!!1!1! OMG it’s even better than hitting on those 40 years old under-age girls!

  2. bsbiz - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Well what the hell is the fun in that?

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    David Wells was difficult to like. Cito Gaston did not like him either.

    • cur68 - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      You sir are a diplomat. I think the one word for how Gaston felt about Wells is something like “loathe”. Or perhaps the phrase “would like to kick his fat ass” is more appropriate. But following in you footsteps, I shall rise above these petty and emotive words and say “David Wells and Cito Gaston did not get along very well”.

      • sabatimus - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        A couple years back I heard Dan Patrick recount his part of an exchange with Wells (after Wells had insulted one of Dan’s children by saying “Lose the green fly.”): “Listen, fatass, since when did you write the book about how a major league baseball player is supposed to conduct himself?”

      • cur68 - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        So, David Wells and NO ONE got along well, eh? Boy, am I surprised.

      • dirtfrompeedysuniform - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        As many people will attest i am an idiot but what does “lose the green fly” mean?

    • bigleagues - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      We liked having him.


      Boston, MA

  4. number42is1 - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    “Hell, if the Yankees thought the 86-year-old Fidel Castro could throw 120 mph and help the Yankees win the 2012 title, they’d pitch him.”

    Ozzie Gullen just signed up on this blog JUST to like these comments

  5. bigleagues - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Yankees fans have to look at the positives . . .

    1) Team can be at Jeter’s bedside for his surgery.

    Sorry, I was completely stumped after #1.

    • bigleagues - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM


      That should just be an 8.)

      • illegalblues - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        works better with that sweet emoticon.

  6. randygnyc - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Still, there’s a bigger picture yet. How can the Yankees be so petty as to bench Arod over the flirtation incident, with the penant on the line? The picture is bigger than this years post season. It’s a $130 million contract and an athlete ho can uphold his end of it. It’s about humiliating Arod into waiving his no trade clause.

  7. tmohr - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I won’t consider this matter closed until Handsome Dick Manitoba weighs in.

  8. sandwiches4ever - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    When Buster Olney is the voice of reason, something has gone terribly, horribly wrong.

    • sabatimus - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Beat me to it by about an hour.

  9. deathmonkey41 - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Olney’s article would have been so much better had he ended it, “LEAVE A-ROD ALONE!!!”

  10. vincecully - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Fan 1: Who’s pitching tonight?

    Fan 2: The David Wells

    Fan 1: We got this in the bag!

  11. sportsdrenched - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    How awesome is it that a National Columnist starts a sentence with: “Hell”

  12. scatterbrian - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    “zombie A-Rod”

    Hahaha, me like. Me like lot.

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