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The Yankees call A-Rod’s behavior “bizarre”

Jun 28, 2013, 11:06 AM EST

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Bob Klapisch has the second-day reaction from the Yankees about all of the weirdness surrounding A-Rod.  While yesterday the New York media was being fed some nonsensical conspiracy theory about A-Rod wanting to rush back (or not rush back, depending on which tabloid you read) in order to take a disabled list retirement — which would gain him absolutely nothing —  today it’s just head-scratching:

Let’s face it, in terms of entertainment value, all the Yankees have is the Alex Rodriguez-front office war – a real doozy, at that. Club officials have nothing but contempt for A-Rod, a sentiment that goes both ways. But they’re also stumped by the slugger’s recent behavior and public comments, which one insider characterized as “bizarre.”

See, that makes more sense. Because, yes, A-Rod’s tweets are bizarre if he really hasn’t been cleared to play. And the Yankees are right to think that their third baseman is a weird dude. The evidence for that is ample. But this is too much:

Whether this is all a ploy by Rodriguez to position himself for retirement is anyone’s guess; there’s no shortage of theories as to whether A-Rod will be healthy enough to play again in 2013.

I still don’t see how this is a “ploy.” For it to be a ploy there has to be some advantage realized. And no one has, as of yet, explained to me what A-Rod would gain by “positioning himself for retirement” given that (a) actual retirement means he gets no money; and (b) a disabled list “retirement” would get him exactly the same money coming back to play would, whether he is suspended or not.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    I was worried we wouldn’t have an Alex Rodriguez story today. Thank goodness.

    Now I can go back to worrying about the sun continuing to shine and kittens continuing to be cute.

    • commonsenseisnotcmonman - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Oh, what sad times are these when passing ruffians can say “A-Rod” at will to old ladies.
      There is a pestilence upon this land! nothing is sacred. Even those who arrange and design baseball rosters are under considerable economic stress at this point in time.

      • specialkindofstupid - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        +1

        It’s my opinion any and all Monty Python references deserve a thumbs up.

        (I have the same opinion regarding Norm MacDonald and the TV show NewsRadio.)

      • byjiminy - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        Funny, that’s how I feel about the word “Yankees”!

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Kittens think of murder all day long.

      • gloccamorra - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        Only when something is moving. The rest of their time is devoted to thinking of what to eat, where to sleep and which shoe to crap in.

      • Old Gator - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        I have stated here often – though like Cassandra, my stockbroker, no one wants to believe me – that cats don’t like us. That includes kittens. When you consider how horrible human children are, and then consider the children of a species that doesn’t like us, you get some idea of just how atrocious kittens are. “Purring” is not a sign of contentment; it is the audial residue of their incipient malice – like a malfunctioning fuel injector.

        Now dogs are altogether different. They love and worship us. They have made sycophanty adorable. Take my odd Hemingway hound, Fido, for example. He shits only on the ceiling, and always wraps it neatly in silk and pastes it into the corner. Show me a cat that ever exhibited that kind of consideration.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        If you had said “sex kitten,” OG would’ve choked.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        My half bengal half tabby ( makes for a very long cat ) with no eyes is like the bling kung fu master stereotype from the old kung fu flicks: the flies are better off dealing with the spiders outside of the house.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        OMG, you’re a cat person.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        He was a rescue my ex brought home, he decided I was his guardian, and when she left, she knew he had to stay. Really, he’s kind of amazing to watch, having no sight, and you would never know it to see him move.

        And he does more housekeeping, taking care of pests and such, than she ever did. he’s useful to have around in that sense. But to be honest, my favorite pets thus far were the bearded dragons I had in my late teens. Litter trained, chilled out, awesome little critters.

  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I honestly don’t get Arod. What’s his deal? Who hasn’t had an employer openly discuss committing insurance fraud to get away from paying you your contractually obligated salary?

    Sheesh, kids these days…

    • stex52 - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      I wish had more than two thumbs. They would all go up for this comment.

    • badintent - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      Arod and his team of lawyers, doctors and HR specialists are at war with the Yankees. Make no mistake about it. He ‘s got the big guns rolled out , wants to play a few games and then get the Medical disabilities discharge which NYState is famous for with all it’s unions. About 98% and counting. That’s $100+ million to Arod to win. But if he gets suspended Before he gets back on the field , then he loses. Which 90% of us hope.Yankees need that $$$$ to get some talent to hit. We’re tired of losing 3-1 games lately.

  3. coryfor3 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    This is a relationship becoming untenable. I am not sure he can ever come back and play for them and I doubt any other team wants him either.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      and they still don’t have the balls to eat the contract.
      but they all have so much to say over in the Bronx!
      the Yankees are quickly becoming a joke combine that with the losing
      and this is making out to be massive disaster.

    • apkyletexas - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      If anyone ever wondered why the Yankees, with all their money, occasionally suffer through 10-15 year slumps – now you know. And the next slump is about to hit them in the face, like a garden rake. They’ll be spitting out hundreds of millions of dollars like a boxer spitting out teeth for the next few years.

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Yeah, at least the Yankees don’t slump like the Pirates and when last did the
        Dodgers win. The Yankees have money, I don’t see why a Pirate fan is so
        worried about the Yankees.

      • badintent - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:00 AM

        Red Sox fan ? or Texas fan ? Beer and greasy chicken in the clubhouse or greasy chicken and Tacos in the clubhouse.? Sorry to burst your chewing gum bubble but Yankees have $500 million dollar deal with cable alone.And we have Wall Street $$$$$ a quick phone call away. The $$$$ you paid with your Federal tax income return.Love that $464 Billion dollar bailout. Thanks Obama , check’s in the mail

  4. fanofevilempire - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Hey Yankees front office idiots, keep making ridiculous comments
    and adding fuel to anything A-Rod, I await the article suspecting
    A-Rod of helping A-Hernandez commit multiple murders in Boston.
    If you want to get rid of A-Rod so bad eat the contract and move on!

    • ctony1216 - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Yanks have lost control of their P.R., and the N.Y. sports media gossip hounds are going to town. That’s what’s really weird here. Used to be this sort of stuff ended in a day, tops. Hal Steinbrenner needs to tell these anonymous “club officials” to STFU because it’s hurting Yankees brand, the source of all their riches.

      As for the N.Y. media, they shouldn’t be quoting anonymous sources anyway (it’s not like their protecting the I.D.’s of whistleblowers). But the N.Y. sports media is about as low class as you can get north of the Enquirer. And the Yankees’ anonymous club officials are just making it too easy for them.

  5. danrizzle - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    “Bizarre”? The Montauk Beach Monster was bizarre.

    A Rod tweeting about the progress of his recovery without team say-so is perhaps something he should know better than to do (or perhaps not, depending on whom you ask), and certainly galling to Brian Cashman and several anonymous team sources, but it isn’t bizarre.

    What is totally not bizarre is that team sources have not been able to shut up about this and are making the most of it to do all they can to smear A Rod in really cowardly ways.

    • pharmerbrown - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      There are no cowardly ways to smear A-rod. All ways to smear him are valid.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      A Rod tweeting about the progress of his recovery without team say-so is perhaps something he should know better than to do

      Why? Literally every member of the Yanks that’s either on the DL or has been this year, save Jeter, has tweeted about injury updates. In the last thread I posted a Nunez tweet that said almost the exact same thing.

      There is no way this is Arod’s fault.

  6. jwbiii - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Here’s the source of the outrage. Pretty darn dull.

    https://twitter.com/arod

    • jwbiii - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      There are really only two interesting things here. He likes his daughter and Wallace Matthews and Mike Silva think that he can get ESPN NY radio in Tampa (It’s CBS Sports St. Pete).

    • byjiminy - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      So on June 17 he tweets, “First time facing live pitching today in over 8 months. Felt good to put on my helmet and metal cleats.”

      On June 22 he tweets, “Simulated game yesterday – nice to see real game pitching action!”

      On June 25 he tweets, “Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again!”

      He’s been facing live pitching for a week already, and simulated games for half a week; how is this even news? Some sort of scrimmage-y game would be the inevitable next step, no?

      Note he did NOT say, in official games, or cleared to play, or anything like that.

      What on Earth are the Yankees on about? They seem truly insane.

      I’m glad you posted this link. I’d seen the final tweet only; but in context it’s even more innocuous.

      The Yankees seem intent on pissing him off, for no apparent reason. If I were him, any inclination to take a buyout for less than 100% is now fully gone.

  7. Old Gator - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    There is nothing “bizarre” about A-Roid’s behavior. He’s just an egotistical putz. The Bizarro behavior is being exhibited by the jackals and vultures of the spawrts press and the stab-by-proxy pencilnecks in the Borg front orifice.

  8. thebadguyswon - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    The Yankees are mad about the Arod situation. A situation that they caused.

    The whole thing makes me yawn.

  9. historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Oh, yeah, it’s his tweets that are bizarre — not the fact that a centaur can operate a phone…without autocorrect errors. Hello, every human I know with an iPhone.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      There is a group of people who text me and always have my name come out as “month” instead of Mo.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        Back in the day when word processing software would give you word suggestions to replace your name, mine always came up “larva Nigeria.” I swore if I wrote fiction that would be my pen name.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        That’s amazing.

        So Larva, I nearly dislocated my shoulder patting myself on the back for the concluding double entendre in my Spuds McWiggles song.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        Am I Klinger?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        He was after a Section 8 discharge – which designation no longer exists in the army – as psychologically unfit for duty. Then there’s the modern usage.

  10. serbingood - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    If management has an employee that they no longer care for, but can’t fire, they have ways of making life hell for the employee.

    In this case, they could have A-Rod finish the year in AAA to gain strength and get back into playing shape. They can start him in AAA in 2014 for the same reasons. That might be enough for Alex to waive any no trade clauses and enough for the Yankees to eat a large part of the contract to move him on to another team.

    If he is in AAA and should Derek go down with another injury, they call Alex up to finish the year as the starting shortstop. Same scenario for next year.

    The NY Post and Daily News should be taken for what their rightful place in society should be, lining for a hamster cage.

    Or Alex could come back from all the injurys and drama of the year and be a great addition to a team that is basically a AAA+ team now. He might be talented enough and stubborn enough to have an “I’ll show you’ end of year and will himself to be amazing, on the field.

    All of this drama is taking time away from the really important event of the week, the George Zimmerman trial, and George Zimmer getting canned from The Men’s Warehouse. These are the important issues of the week. Not.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      they could have A-Rod finish the year in AAA to gain strength and get back into playing shape

      No they can’t. He doesn’t have any options left so once his 30 day rehab is done, they have to bring him up.

      They can start him in AAA in 2014 for the same reasons.

      No they can’t, see above

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        And two additional notes:

        This is different than what the Yanks will likely do with Pineda, because he still has an option left. If the Yanks want to keep him in AAA for a few additional weeks to buy off a year of arbitration, there’s really nothing that Pineda can do to stop it.

        Two, if the Yanks do try to keep Arod in AAA beyond his rehab clock, he can go to an arbiter and show his doctor’s notes that he’s been cleared to play. In this case the Yanks will likely lose and have to bring him up.

        Short of him not being healthy, he’s playing this year.

      • serbingood - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        Just to make certain, as I do not know the intricate details of the CBA. If he is on the 25 man roster, and part of the 40 man roster, he has to stay with the Yanks even if he sucks, or can’t play well? They do not have the option of leaving him on the 40 man roster and work out the suck factor at AAA? Can they DFA and eat the salary if there are no offers? How does this side of the equation work for a player with his years in the bigs?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        They do not have the option of leaving him on the 40 man roster and work out the suck factor at AAA? Can they DFA and eat the salary if there are no offers? How does this side of the equation work for a player with his years in the bigs?

        A couple of points. Since he’s already on the 40 man roster, he’d need an option to be sent to the minors. He’s out, and has been out for years. Essentially once you hit FA assuming 6 years of service in MLB, I believe you are completely out of options and can only go down to the minors with your consent. Many older/washed up players do this to try to make their way back. But Arod is still an above average player when he’s on the field.

        The other question you asked, re: DFA, there’s nothing stopping the Yanks from doing this. However, his contract is fully guaranteed. So if they did decide to DFA him, he’d obvious pass through waives after 10 days because no one would want that contract, and he’d be a FA. However, the Yanks would still owe him the full amount of his deal (Not sure how the HR bonuses would work, but that’s the cherry on top of the sundae) even when he signed on with a new team.

    • serbingood - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Just found this on the Google Machine:

      Players actually get three option years. That is, three years in which they are on the 40 man roster, but not on the 25 man roster for some or all of the season.
      If a player has fewer than five years of professional experience, he can be sent to the minors in a fourth season without being subject to waivers.
      Once the player is out option years, if he gets “optioned” to the minors, he must clear irrevocable waivers. When a player is put on irrevocable waivers, any team can claim him. If no team claims him, the player is assigned to the minor leagues. However, if the player has five years or more of major league service, he can refuse the option to the minors and become a free agent.

      So if NY wants to leave him in AAA, he would have to be DFA, clear waivers. If not team elects to take him, he either reports to AAA or becomes a FA. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CONTRACT IF HE GOES FA AND DOESN’T REPORT TO AAA?

    • jwbiii - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      The Yankees would have to give him his unconditional release and he would have to pass through waivers. If unclaimed, the Yankees would owe the balance of his contract.

      http://wiki.soxprospects.com/Rule+8

      And it counts against the salary cap.

      This has happened recently with Gary Matthews, Jr., Aaron Rowand, and Jason Bay, although Bay agreed to defer $3M of his salary until 2014.

  11. turdfurgerson68 - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    “Club officials have nothing but contempt for A-Rod…”

    If they have so much contempt for him why did resign him for $300 mil??

    And please, don’t say ‘the Stienbrenner bros made them do it’….thats bullsh*t.

    Other than completely wiffing on Kei Igawa, A-Roid’s new contract is Cashman’s greatest folly.

    Cashman! Cashman!

    • basedrum777 - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      Its known publicly that Cashman told the yankees owners to let him walk. You can not like Cashman for some things he’s done/not done but AROD is not his.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        If it’s a Yankee article, Burt Reynolds will be in here trashing Cashman. It’s like flies to shit for him.

    • byjiminy - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      Why can’t anyone say the Steinbrenners made him do it? Of course they did.

  12. yankeeparrothead - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Does anybody out there really think A-ROd is doing his own tweets? Like many celebrities I am sure it is one of his publicists

  13. jayscarpa - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Pot/Kettle

  14. sophiethegreatdane - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I don’t like Arod, but I at least understand him. He’s a dbag, and when he does something douchey, I’m not surprised.

    I don’t understand the Yankees, however. They act like they woke up one morning and this Arod dude was somehow in the roster. They walk around scratching their heads trying to figure out what happened, as if they we leaving the house one day and walked out the door to discover a giant sinkhole had swallowed the front yard.

    Note to the Yanks: you fellas actively sought out this butt-…er, sinkhole. Twice!

    • byjiminy - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      How is being happy that a doctor says you’re healthy enough to start playing practice games douchey? He’d been facing live pitching for a week, and simulated games for three days. Was that douchey? Where does it suddenly become douchey? When he bats with live fielders? Why?

      I’m not saying he’s not a douche. I’m just missing what he did here.

  15. yousuxxors - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    the Yankees are the retards that gave him that contract so I don’t understand why they are so mad. could the Yankees just buy him out? pay the entire contract this year and have it on the books like what the mets did with bay.

  16. losangelesfan - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Mr. Cashman? There’s a Mr. Coletti on line one.

  17. rcali - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Wait till everybody sees the contract they are going to give Cano.

  18. unclemosesgreen - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    In the last 2 years Brian Cashman has gotten blackmailed by his mistress, broken his ankle jumping out of a perfectly functioning plane and rappeled down the side of a 22-story building. Pot – meet kettle.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      How’s his Twitter?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        I’m going to go out on a limb and guess … bizarre.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      Holy fucking crap – did Brian Cashman just make me defend ARod? Did I seriously just fucking defend ARod?!

      / stares horrified at mirror

      I don’t even know me anymore.

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