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Your overwrought anti-A-Rod prose of the day

Oct 22, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

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This from Peter Botte of the New York Daily News:

As Cashman gave a lukewarm welcome back to his tarnished star, Rodriguez was in sunny Miami for some undeserved R & R. Clad in black shades and a black baseball cap that did little to hide his crushed ego, vanity and pride, A-Rod came to visit the only objects of beauty he has produced recently — his two daughters.

There isn’t enough purple in the world for that prose.

Although I’m sure there are people who would read this and say something silly about how you’re not truly a big-time ballplayer unless you can hack it on the big stage of New York. Without ever really admitting that by “big stage” they mean “in the light of a silly, petty and juvenile media environment that has convinced itself that it matters.”

  1. historiophiliac - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Me-ow!

  2. Gobias Industries - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    I took the liberty of reading the comments to the Daily News article so you don’t have to:

    “I guess NY Yanklee fans are stuck with him.”

    “AROD hasn’t done anything on the field since he divorced his wife and played the singles game. Since then he hasn’t gotten to first base on the field or off.”

    “Trade him to the minors. He’ll either learn how to start hitting a ball again instead of having a long line of nubile gals play with his, or he’ll get so bored he’ll beg the NYY to trade him.”

    “Alex has not lost his ability to produce sperm. He can still get up to bat, and hit a high hard one. Unfortunatly, It dones not produce any RBI. It only produces unseen screems of joy.”

    “AROD bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down. Wave to everyone Ahole.”

    “A-roids is a scum…a horrible player and person. I have no faith in A-fraud”

    “$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$”

    “The only place AROD will accept is FL or LA why ton of money hunger chicks to fish from”

    “Cashman had done a grate job over the years and there is nobody I trust more with getting us a 95 win seeson and a trip to the playoffs next year”

    “Every morning when A-Rod wakes up, the first thing he says is, “Boy, did I sign a good contract! Well, drop my pants.”.”

    “The Mets will grab him.”

    • nategearhart - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      If any athlete ever deserved to tell a team/city to go f*** themselves, I think it’s A-Rod and New York. I hope he completely disowns the place when he retires/is traded. I hope he goes on record that if elected to the HOF, he doesn’t want to go in a Yankees hat.
      Basically, I just want to see him man up and drop the “they’re great fans” schtick, because to him the media and fans have been d-bags.
      I also just kinda want to see if New York at large would consider him an ingrate if he actually did that.
      (BTW I know not all Yankees fans are rotten buttholes; they’re typically just the most vocal. But when it comes to A-Rod, I think they might make up the majority, too.)

      • johnchesterny - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

        “I hope he goes on record that if elected to the HOF, he doesn’t want to go in a Yankees hat.”

        So what hat WOULD he wear? A Mariners hat? Mariner fans hate him even more than Yankee fans. A Rangers hat? He’s on record for cheating his three seasons there. The hat of his next team(s)? I don’t think he will put up any HOF type numbers with his next team(s). Whatever that team may be.

        It’s a moot point anyway. He’s not getting in because of what he admitted to doing while wearing a Rangers hat.

      • protius - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:05 PM

        Gearhart:

        You need to be able to distinguish between the fans and the press.

      • damnyankee13 - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:15 PM

        how come arod cant producein the clutch? in the playoffs? but he can find time to flirt.How come? How com Thurman Munson was able to produce in the clutch? in the playoffs? how come? and at a tenth the salary..If I produced like arod on my job, i would be fired.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        damnyankee; if you were the 10th or 12th best person in the world at your particular job, you would be fired? Tough market you are working in.

      • nategearhart - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        damnyankee13:

        http://mlb.sbnation.com/2012/10/19/3527812/the-most-despised-player-in-baseball-history

    • natstowngreg - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      Your sacrifies on our behalf are much appreciated. :)

      • natstowngreg - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        Not to mention your sacrifices.

    • protius - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      Gobias:

      After reading your comments I can only come to one conclusion. Neanderthals interbred with modern humans and their progeny have learned to type.

  3. nategearhart - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Eagerly awaiting Botte’s pieces about all the other loser Yankees who had a bad postseason.

  4. zzalapski - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Is Botte going to criticize A-Rod’s oldest daughter for not being the best 3rd-grader in the history of the world, since her dad can afford all the tutors she’d need?

    • historiophiliac - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      Or for not trading for a younger, better hitting dad?

  5. aceshigh11 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    This bullshit with A-Rod is really over-the-top.

    It’s almost impossible to feel any sympathy for this egomaniac, but he’s gotten a really bum rap in NY.

    He helped deliver them a WS in 2009.

    He’s given them 7 seasons of excellent production, 2 of which won him MVP awards.

    In the 2004 ALCS meltdown, he took the brunt of the blame even though he hit better than St. Jeter.

    He’s got a bum hip and got his hand broken this season.

    I’m certainly not glossing over his myriad faults, and as a Red Sox fan, I’d be all too happy to recite them…

    …but this whole thing is waaaay over-the-top. And DAMN the NY media and fans to hell for making me feel any sympathy for Alex friggin’ Rodriguez.

    • damnyankee13 - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      those 2 mvps were not in ny, and aceshigh, yall can have him.

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:28 PM

        My friend, he won MVPs with the New York Yankees in 2005 and 2007.

        His third MVP was with the Rangers in 2003.

        I made sure to check my facts before I posted.

        I’m not saying Yankees fans don’t have reason to be frustrated with the guy, but the piling on the last few days is absolutely absurd.

        Where are the condemnations of Granderson, Cano and Teixeira for their poor ALCS performances? Teixeira at least hit, but he had NO power, which is what he was signed for.

      • protius - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:18 AM

        Do you play a banjo?

  6. protectthishouse54 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Yes, it’s overboard. Yes, it’s stupid. No it doesn’t represent all Yankee fans or NY journalists. And unfortunately, this is what happens when you play in New York. Look at Stoudemire. Look at Sanchez. The list goes on and on, but if you choose to play in NY for the big bucks, you have to know that this is possible. It’s the way it is and it’s not going to change.

    • nategearhart - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Huh. I’d think New Yorkers would want to create an environment where their athletes could succeed for them, rather than taking some kind of weird satisfaction in pointing out all the guys that “can’t hack it”.

      • protius - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:51 PM

        gearhart:

        What color is the sun in your solar system?

        How do average New Yorkers “create an environment where their athletes could succeed for them?” Picnics? Tea and crumpets, perhaps? Wine tasting parties?

        What makes you think that New Yorker’s, or Yankee fans in the Tri-State area, have any kind of control over the press? By-and-large, Yankee fans aren’t bad mouthing the players, it’s the press that’s ripping them up.

        We don’t have any influence over the press, in fact, most Yankee fans tend to ignore the sports, print media in New York. The NY print media hacks, mostly write for gullible teenagers, and out of towners.

        I’m thinking; you’re 17 and live in Arkansas.

      • nategearhart - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:21 PM

        “Yankees fans aren’t bad mouthing the players.”

        HORSESHIT.

        “Most Yankee fans tend to ignore the sports, print media in New York.”

        HORSESHIT.

        Unless you’re telling me that “protectthishouse54″ and every other Yankees fan not named “churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged” or “sabathiawouldbegoodintheeighthtoo” that appear in the comments of this blog are actually members of the New York media, as are all the subscribers to the media companies that publish the shit, as are all the folks in the crowds at Yankee Stadium booing all the damn time. They’re all members of the media New York media, right?

        (I was planning to give you a friendlier and less abrasive retort, but I just see you all over this board insulting people, so I don’t figure you’ve earned it. C’mon man, making fun of a guy for rooting for the Pirates, because they’ve been bad lately? That tells me you would have been nowhere to be found when the Yankees were sucking shit in the 80’s and early 90’s. Take your sense of entitlement and go choke on it.)

      • protius - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:26 PM

        gearhart:

        You have a distorted sense of proportion, and no understanding of statistical values.

        Your generalizations are worthless. Who are all these other exceptions that you are referring to? Are they Yankee fans, or are they fans of other teams just bad mouthing A-Rod and other Yankee players? You don’t make yourself clear; you just babble.

        You offer some asinine comparison of a small sample size of blog crawlers, who may be biased for all I know, against tens of thousands of loyal Yankee fans, and you expect me to agree that the small sample size is a legitimate representation? For you, the term “dim witted” would be high praise.

        You claim that the Yankee fans, who subscribe to the media companies that publish negative stories about the Yankees, must do so because they subscribe to badmouthing the Yankees. Are you really this stupid? Did you ever actually read any of the rags that you’re referring to? They have other features that some people may find entertaining, or informative. Judging by your idiotic comments, I’d say you read the New York Post for the in-depth, international news articles. The Post is about your intellectual speed.

        What do you know about the booing at the stadium? Were you at the stadium during the 2012 play-offs? I was. Were you at Yankee Stadium for any play off games over the last 17 years? Then how do you that there isn’t any difference between 2012 and 1996? I haven’t missed a home play off series since 1996. There was always a smattering of boos for some players, and none for others. No one can tell who was doing the booing. Here’s something for you to contemplate Einstein, playoff tickets are also sold to the fans of the opposing team. Do you think some of them might boo Yankee players?

        Tell the readers, oh Great Swami, what portion of the crowd was booing Yankee players? What portion of the crowd was booing the other portion of the crowd that was booing the Yankee players? What portion of the crowd was booing a beer vendor? You don’t know, because you weren’t there. You only know what you see on TBS TV, and as everyone knows, TBS doesn’t manipulate anything, and Ted Turner doesn’t have an agenda. They have to show the viewers the truth; otherwise, it wouldn’t be on TV. Do you know why I insult some of the people on this message board? It’s because they are complete morons; just like you.

        You have no critical thinking skills. You need a total stranger to point out all the flaws in your arguments for you; it’s as if you’ve had half your brain removed, and had it replaced with an eggbeater.

        I’d try to argue with you that you were begging the question, and that you constructed straw man arguments, but I realized that it would be a waste of time, because you have no idea what those things are.

        Here’s a little insight for you, Clem: I don’t need to earn a friendly response, or respect or anything from you or anyone else. I’m secure with who I am; what I am, and where I am in life. I neither need, nor will I accept your approval. Why should I, you’re a moron.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      but if you choose to play in NY for the big bucks, you have to know that this is possible

      This crap was happening to him well before he resigned with the Yanks. When he was, by far, the best player on the team from ’04 to ’07, he was still getting this shit written about him. Also, just because the NY mediots write this crap, isn’t a justification for it. As another poster mentioned above, eventually his career will be over and lots of fans won’t realize just how lucky they were to see one of the best players ever play in their backyard. They were too busy booing him because two MVP seasons and at least one World Series victory wasn’t enough for them.

      • protius - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:54 PM

        Church:

        Remember Roger Maris? They didn’t love him until he was gone.

  7. eyeh8goodell - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Over the top or not, I’d rather shoot for losing season #21 in Pittsburgh than have A-rod wearing a Pirates uniform and that bloated contract.

    • zzalapski - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      I’m guessing you thought the Pirates were better off without Barry Bonds.

    • protius - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      You will have both. No A-Rod and another losing season, because you’re a losing loser.

      It is your heritage; your birth-right; it is what you are; it is the meat on your plate. You accept it as easy as you draw breath, because you are a losing loser. Good luck with that.

      BTW: Thanks again for Willie Randolph and Goose Gossage, and the two World Series Championships that they helped bring to New York City.

      • byjiminy - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:02 PM

        you seem like a very unhappy person

      • protius - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:26 AM

        byjiminy:

        You seem like a dim witted dolt.

  8. itsonlyaspeedbump - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    This A-Rod stuff is just another example of a larger sports media trend. Fans and media will decide that they dont like someone for reasons both understandable and idiotic. They will turn said dislike into an excuse to say that he sucks at whatever sport he plays. There was Lebron, Farve before him, Tiger Woods before him. If you dont like that type of “analysis”, its best to stick to blogs like this one.

  9. mrklutch1011 - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    At this point in his carreer he deserves everything he gets besides his contract or a cooperstown induction. A guaranteed 1st ballot HOF only 6 years ago joining a history rich organization with multiple numbers beyond center field that were giants in a TEAM game. NY gave him a huge contract on fake numbers only to keep the red sox from letting him hit his pops flys up against or over the green monster against them for a decade. Not to mention the boss wanted the all time HR king back in pinstripes. If any fan of the game knows anything its that egos are the only thing purchased with big money and chemistry comes with strong leadership and hard work. 2 things Arod is completely incapable of commiting to. Causing more cancer in clubhouses than skoal or coppenhagen combined! Eat the contact and let him fizzle into the nothingness he deserves

    • protius - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:49 AM

      mrklutch:

      Your foray into amateur psychology is amusing, stupid, but amusing.

      You wrote: “If any fan of the game knows anything its that egos are the only thing purchased with big money and chemistry comes with strong leadership and hard work.” Your understanding of the Id, the ego and the psychic apparatus is so deep and encompassing that even Freud would be envious.

      Your thoughts are so impressive even without the comma to separate an independent clause from a dependent clause; it was easy to grasp the change of ideas between big money and team chemistry. Unfortunately, when it comes to recognizing A-Rods leadership and work ethic, you are clueless.

      Al has a reputation for working harder than any one in the Yankee clubhouse, including Jeter, and it has been said dozens of times that he has mentored many Latino players, including: Manny Machado of the O’s, Ivan Nova, Eddie Nunez, a young Robinson Cano and Rafael Soriano. Furthermore, if you have any verifiable stories of Al Rodriguez being divisive in the Yankee clubhouse, then please share them with the readers; otherwise, shut up; you don’t know what you’re talking about. Al has never allowed players to take sides with him, against others for any reason.

  10. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    It is lucky for.the New York sports media that their own performance is not covered by the NY sports media. Frankly, the number or errors, typos, hyperbole and otherwise asinine reporting that passes for “sports news” in this city makes me want to ship them all off to the minors or worse.

    • protius - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      Sab:

      Did you understand half of what he replied to me? It was almost incoherent. He could probably write for the Post.

  11. damnyankee13 - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    nategearheart, you not only talk horseshit but eat it also..You want the big bucks you take the bad./ Ny is a bigger stage then a lotta places, including that rock you live under, so if one cant stand the light, stay home

  12. damnyankee13 - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    I used to like arod, but he shoulda retired a while ago. He helped us to 1 WS win, thats it. While the other losses werent all his fault, He did forget how to hit..Nobody expects any hitter to be perfest but arods performance in the playoffs are laughable FOR WHAT HE IS GETTING PAID.
    He was always crappy in the playoffs except that one year and then forgot what it was he did.Neither the yankee fans or the media was as harsh as they were this year.
    The yankees are paying for him to produce as he could in his prime and he cant. well, if he was a team player he’d accept a trade but he wont so he is a greedy self serving jerk.

    • lazlosother - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      Gee, thanks for coming out to represent the “idiot Yankee fan” contingency. Nice use of the caps lock feature, it certainly bolsters your argument. Do us all a favor and root for someone else.

      • protius - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        Laz:

        He’s a kid. He’s a Yankee fan. He’s giving it his best shot. Cut him a little slack, OK.

    • protius - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      damnyankee:

      Try to keep in mind that he broke his hand not too long ago, and although he said it was fine, maybe it wasn’t so fine, and he came back early to see if his presence in the line would make a difference. Also, remember that he did have many rehab at-bats, so he didn’t exactly have his timing down.

      There is no correlation between paycheck and production in baseball. If there was, all the highest paid players would be doing great, and Delmon Young wouldn’t be the ALCS MVP.

      Being a team player, and accepting a trade to benefit the team can be viewed as a subjective approach to evaluating self-worth. You’re asking him to accept your evaluation of his ability to play baseball, and then leave, because you think he’s in decline. But what if he and other professional evaluators don’t agree with your non-professional opinion?

      This is why we’re fans, and they’re the pros. Our opinions are emo driven, and their opinions are medically, statistically and experience driven.

  13. jeteribarelyknowher - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Alex, I appreciate you. Not like the rest of these asshats.

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