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Apparently ego and vanity are the only reasons A-Rod is appealing

Aug 7, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

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That’s if you believe Bob Klapisch, of course.  He takes a look at A-Rod’s return to the Yankees and — despite noting that the Yankees are awful and A-Rod is actually looking like he is capable of helping the team — he casts a cynical eye on Rodriguez’s presence on the Yankees. And it’s not even a money thing. Klapisch even admits that anyone would play if there was money at stake so it’s hard to fault Rodriguez for that. But:

Given the inevitable humiliation that awaits, A-Rod is using the last two months of the season to build up equity with the fans. Only a fool would believe that’s possible – that home runs in meaningless games will clear the stench of years of PEDs use. But that’s how Rodriguez rolls, swaddled by ego, a tone-deaf vanity and his PR staff that never let Rodriguez forget he is larger than life. So A-Rod on about rescuing the Yankees, but he has to know that’s beyond anyone’s grasp. Instead, it’s all about the stage – his stage, just the way baseball’s greatest narcissist likes it.

I forgot the part where A-Rod claimed he could “rescue the Yankees,” but hey, if you want to paint someone in the most negative light possible sometimes you have to take some liberties. After all, it’s boring to say that A-Rod is playing because (a) he’s a healthy baseball player under contract; who (b) is eligible to play because his suspension is under appeal. Much better to chalk it all up to vanity and ego and stuff.

But really, the efforts people are taking to make mounting a defense to a draconian punishment look like evidence of bad character on A-Rod’s part is amusing. I mean, it’s not like you need to find new avenues for attacking A-Rod’s character. But even if you do, this is an odd one, as I’m really curious to know whether Klapisch or any of his like-minded noble souls would simply roll over and accept four times (and then some) the workplace punishment they thought they were subject to beforehand.  Would they not fight that, even if they were as guilty as sin? Would they not continue coming to work if their union contract said they could?

Nah, of course they wouldn’t. They aren’t so vain, egocentric and narcissistic as all that, I’m sure. They’d just disappear.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Klapisch is just mad because he had to rip up the column about how A-Rod was the worst teammate/person in the world for failing to appeal so that he could come back to help his teammates during the Yankees’ most injury riddled season ever.

  2. perryt200 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I don’t really believe the tone of the article taken in it’s entirety is a vile as the snippet pulled out.

    • chadjones27 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      He used the phrase, “baseball’s greatest narcissist.”
      That makes the tone of the whole article pretty vile. Unless he was using it sarcastically. But, I doubt Klapisch is a hipster.

  3. cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    I’m getting a bit worried about Alex Rodriguez, frankly. My concern is for his physical health/safety and not to mention that his mental health HAS to be suffering under all of this.

    Klapisch is but one columnist but he’s pretty representative of goodly contingent of them. They just flat out hate the man. And, unlike the average person’s irrational hate, they have the means to move that hate into the public eye and spin it so that others come to dislike or even hate Rodriguez.

    That has to have an effect on their subject. It is not unknown for people put under such pressure to do foolish or irrational things. I’d hate for Alex Rodriguez to succumb like that. But, what’s even more worrying is the thought of some random nut reading all of this, being off their meds, under treated, and deciding to “do something”. This is not at all unknown to happen. Its rather common, really.

    Surely people like Klapisch have SOME understanding of these issues. Is it that they don’t care what the object of their vitriol might do in reaction to all of this? Do they desire some irrational act? Are they TRYING to incite some poor deluded person into action against their subject? I do realize that they have news to “make”, columns to fill, and interest to generate. But balanced against that should be an awareness of the larger implications of what might happen with all this sensationalistic crap.

    • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Klapisch is a whore. Even mentioning terms like “integrity” and “professionalism” in connection with him is a waste of time.

      Uh…so why am I bothering to write this? I will brew me another cup of shade-grown-in-rich-volcanic-soil Galapagos Islands coffee, finish off my mango-rum crepes, and think about this by the pool.

      • cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        You just a sucker for the A-Rage.

      • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        Yes, it is the teat upon which suckleth my Id.

      • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Pardon me – T’is the teat….

        Sorry about the Elizabethanspeak. I’ve been reading Anthony (A Clockwork Orange) Burgess’ wonderful novel Nothing Like the Sun, about the love life of that horny little devil we know as William Shakespeare. An entire modern novel written in thoroughly natural, polished-like-a-jewel Elizabethan English. Glorious.

        And I’ve been reading it poolside, occasionally joining the walking catfish, cane toad tadpoles, northern snakeheads and water moccasins for a dip to cool off. Too fine, too fine.

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        Hey, I know plenty of whores with integrity and professionalism! Not all of them do it solely for the money- it’s about the love of the job!

    • nbjays - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      “Is it that they don’t care what the object of their vitriol might do in reaction to all of this?”

      Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winnah…

  4. chadjones27 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Are there any non-biased articles writen about A-Rod? Seriously, there has to be someone out there, nationally or otherwise, who’s written an article about him or his situation in which he doesn’t play the arrogant/ self centered/ vane card.
    I personally think the guy is arrogant, but, I wouldn’t go as far as saying he’s only playing for his own vanity. The dude gets paid to play baseball. The doctors have cleared to play baseball. So, he’s playing baseball. It’s that simple.

    • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      A-rod is. Here merely, irreducibly, phenomenologically, existentially is. That’s all.

      How’s that?

    • Joe - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      There’s even the outside chance that ARod enjoys playing baseball. Imagine!

  5. pisano - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Ego and vanity? horsesh*t, there’s a matter of 100mil. he’s concerned about, don’t kid yourself.

    • badintent - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Hell ya. The dude sold his Miami flop house to raise a war chest for his super high priced lawyers.All about the $$$$$ for Arodless

  6. amuccigr - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    How come no one EVER gives the teams a problem for rolling these guys out there every night to sell tickets. Couldn’t they just not play ARod?

    • dcarroll73 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      If a player is a team’s best option at a position, why would that team not use him? If you are so outraged, don’t go to any frigging games. Personally I want my team to play to win the game, but if your team wants a moral victory, please feel free. I’m sure we will be so ashamed of those wins.

      • amuccigr - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Exactly. But people seem to be suggesting he shouldn’t play, retire (and leave millions on the table) out of some sort of honor code. But he’s not the only one making that call. The team and fans are involved too.

  7. hojo20 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    A-Rod is a big upgrade at 3B and with two wild cards, it’s possible NYY could make the playoffs. Why wouldn’t A-Rod want to be a part of that?

    • pisano - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      No chance, this group will be under .500 in no time, make book on it. It’s one of the most pathetic Yankee teams in years, the bubble has burst.

  8. dcarroll73 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    “meaningless games”???? If this clown can’t even read the standings, who the blank pays him to write about this sport? The Yanks are not far from the wildcard, and even the division is not out of the question (the Bosox have fallen apart before.) This position has been despite losing a majority of their starting line-up. Several guys besides A-rod are returning. If they started hitting and CC returned to being CC, I think those “meaningless games” would look pretty important. I am SO SICK of this pile on A-rod garbage. Is it any wonder that we are such easy marks for any corporate game or political blowhard? Media and a public who will follow this line can be manipulated to far worse.

  9. stlouis1baseball - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    CC: Sooo…I take it you don’t agree with Klapisch?

  10. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    What else is ARod gonna do? Is anyone going to hire him for endorsements? Open a baseball academy in the DR? The guy has known nothing but baseball since high school (and likely earlier). He is really good at baseball. He makes a ton of money playing baseball, and does not really have much in the way of other options.

    Just look at Jose Canseco if you need help envisioning ARod’s life without baseball. Look at Manny still hanging on in AAA. OF COURSE he is going to play until they drag him off the field. Maybe if someone like Lou Pinella is a GM for an MLB team ARod might be hired as a coach or manager, but more likely his association with baseball is done once he can’t play the game. While his comments that he is “fighting for [his] life” sounded melodramatic, he is certainly fighting for his life as he knows it.

  11. stlouis1baseball - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I have never been a huge Alex Rodriquez fan. I highly respect his baseball talents…but that’s it.
    This in mind…
    I am not gonna’ throw stones at Rodriquez for appealing. Sure…it might put his teammates under more pressure. But what choice does the Man really have? If he didn’t appeal…he sits the rest of the year and all of next. Effectively…his career would be over. From where I sit…he is trading that possibility for playing a couple of Months this year (allowing him to sort of go out on his own terms).

  12. yahmule - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    What is so appealing about ego and vanity?

  13. vanmorrissey - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Don’t agree with that. Think he just came off another hip surgery and rehab, spent all that time and effort trying to get back on the field and now MLB comes along and tries stopping him, valid reason of course, but just think he wants back on the field. That’s the only place he’s really comfortable and at peace, playing a game, hanging with the boys in the clubhouse, something he’s missed out on. This gives him the opportunity after the rehab and given the inevitability of the pending punishment it would be anyone’s guess if he does get back on the field. This could be his last time since don’t be surprised next year while he’s sitting out the Yankees try to buy out the remainder of the contract.

  14. 0fahrvergnugen - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM


  15. mplsjoe - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    But…but…yesterday we were told by Denny McLean and other columnists that players (like Jhonny Peralta) who don’t appeal their suspensions are selfish because they don’t want to help their teams win. Now A-Rod is selfish becuase he’s appealing his suspension and, while doing so, can help his team win.

    My head hurts.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Baseball writer logic:

      Things that happened = bad
      Things they imagined could have happened = good

      To some extent, this perspective makes sense when you consider these guys earn a meager living sniffing other guys jocks and telling about it (no offense intended toward the excellent reporting on this fine site).

  16. paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    This is a crazy suggestion, I know….but maybe, just maybe, ARod actually likes playing baseball and feels more comfortable doing that than doing anything else.

  17. kevinbnyc - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    How about all the “fans” who have mobbed him for autographs before each game since his return, then proceeded to boo him.

    People are jackasses.

  18. louhudson23 - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Whatever his motivations for playing,he would have been well served to keep them in mind before willfully choosing to put himself in this position…..again….

  19. michaelc1112 - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Has any player who had signed a 9 figure contact panned out? You would think that Baseball would start figuring that out

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      ARod (the first one)

    • paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      Pujols (the first one), Jeter, Cliff Lee (so far), Holliday (so far), Manny, Cabrera (that has actually been a steal so far), Beltran (that worked out OK, 30 WAR for $119M is good value)…some work out…the problem is that too many of them are given to guys that are already past their prime, which ends much sooner than people realize (at about 30).

    • Kevin S. - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      There’s also a huge difference based on how old the player is in the first year of his nine-figure deal. Looking back at the 46 $100 million deals in MLB history, it’s pretty clear that deals to guys 28 and younger have mostly worked out, deals for anybody in their 30s are incredibly dicey, and deals for 29 year olds seem to be where things could go either way.

      Age = 30
      Alex Rodriguez, $275,000,000 (2008-17) – 32
      Albert Pujols, $240,000,000 (2012-21) – 32
      Joey Votto, $225,000,000 (2014-23) – 30
      Justin Verlander, $180,000,000 (2013-19) – 30
      Adrian Gonzalez, $154,000,000 (2012-18) – 30
      David Wright, $138,000,000 (2013-20) – 30
      Alfonso Soriano, $136,000,000 (2007-14) – 31
      Jayson Werth, $126,000,000 (2011-17) – 32
      Ryan Howard, $125,000,000 (2012-16) – 32
      Josh Hamilton, $125,000,000 (2013-17) – 32
      CC Sabathia, $122,000,000 (2012-16) – 31
      Jason Giambi, $120,000,000 (2002-08) – 31
      Matt Holliday, $120,000,000 (2010-16) – 30
      Cliff Lee, $120,000,000 (2011-15) – 32
      Ken Griffey Jr., $116,500,000 (2000-08) – 30
      Dustin Pedroia, $110,000,000 (2014-21) – 30
      Kevin Brown, $105,000,000 (1999-2005) – 34
      Ryan Braun, $105,000,000 (2016-20) – 32
      Evan Longoria, $100,000,000 (2017-22) – 31
      Carlos Lee, $100,000,000 (2007-12) – 31

      • Kevin S. - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        Well damn, that deleted much of my list. Ugh.

  20. cornbreadbbqred - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Would any of you consider he is doing it primarily for the love of the game he won’t be able to play for the next few years during the waning of competitive years he has left in his career?

    Shame, though that without the juice, or clear, or whatever was the latest delivery system, he looks like he’s sprouted teats at 38.

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