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If you’re so sick of A-Rod, why are you writing about him, Mike Lupica?

Aug 12, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT


It’s one thing to be a sports fan who is sick of Alex Rodriguez to lament how much coverage he’s getting. I mean, yes, you can avoid that coverage if you want, but I do appreciate that that can be difficult at times and it can seem like such things are impossible to escape. For reasons I gave on Saturday I think people overstate the severity of “A-Rod fatigue,” but I do sympathize to some degree.

It’s another thing altogether if you’re Mike Lupica and you lament how much coverage A-Rod is getting. Like he does in his latest column:

[Mariano Rivera] will bounce back because he always does and always has. But what was just as striking over the past week wasn’t the single that Adam Dunn got off him in Chicago or the ball that Cabrera tried to hit out of sight late Friday night.

It was this:

His last baseball summer has been hijacked by Rodriguez.

If the Yankees don’t make the playoffs, and Rodriguez doesn’t get hurt again before game No. 162, it means that so much of the precious little time that Mo has left — and even with all the ways teams around baseball have found ways to honor him — will involve the drama and controversy and the under-the-big-top circus that that might be the end of Rodriguez’s career as well.

If you’re Mike Lupica you have the biggest column in one of America’s largest circulation newspapers, you host a prestige show on ESPN each week and you have, presumably, free reign to talk about whatever you want to talk about in sports. Yet, here you are, choosing to talk about Alex Rodriguez in a column that is ostensibly about Mariano Rivera. You don’t have to do it. You can write a thousand words on Mariano Rivera if you want to. You really can.

That aside, he’s dead wrong too. Mariano Rivera’s summer has not been hijacked by Rodriguez. Neither has the Pittsburgh Pirates’ great season, Miguel Cabrera‘s drive for a second straight MVP, Clayton Kershaw‘s crazy-good pitching, the Phillies’ time at the crossroads, the races in the AL East and AL West, the Braves gigantic division lead and any number of other fantastic stories about the quite enjoyable 2013 baseball season. 

It may be hard for people to find as much coverage of that stuff as they’d like because of A-Rod news, but Mike friggin’ Lupica has no excuse. He is — or at least was — an agenda-setter in the sports writing world. For him to to sit back now and cynically milk A-Rod outrage to fill column inches while simultaneously lamenting the column inches such outrage fills is both a joke and an abdication of his responsibilities.

Want people talking about Mariano Rivera? Write about Mariano Rivera. It’s not that hard.

  1. dumbassgreg - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    he just like most sports reporters who did not have the guts or brains to write about mcggwire and sosa. he is one of the reporters who attacked steve wilstein the guy with the guts to write about mcgwire and andro. they attacked wilstein for wrecking their fun. now they attack players. notice very few writers ever mention about banning owners,managers general managers they knew players were doping just enjoyed $$$$$. lupica also was a guy for years attacked bonds but marvelled in clemens accomplishments. most sports reporters are taking steriods thing personally because they did not do or say anything. also any who is offended by steriods. how can you watch football. it is wall to wall players on something. you really think people can that fast at those sizes natural. maybe one in million.

  2. banger60 - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    if your bit*hin, don’t read his column, I don’t, case closed.

  3. meatloaflewis - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Nope fraudguy . . . reign as used in this case is the correct word, not rein.

  4. banger60 - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    thumper001, impressive, not the comment, you didn’t make a mistake! lol!

  5. stevem7 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Mike Lupica stopped knowing what he was talking about 20 years ago. This man is a total fool and it amazes me that anyone bothers paying him for the drivel that he writes. I haven’t read one of his columns since back in the Claudell Washington days with the Yankees.

  6. jdillydawg - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Ok, this is just silly. Is this sports reporter smack down? You actually wrote an article about a sportswriter. MSNBC needs another tab up top, call it “The Beat” or something where writers can just talk about what other writers are covering and how bad or well they are doing it.

    Honestly, Craig, you’ve done nothing but give Lupica more attention, which, as a writer, is a good thing.

    Lupica 1, Calcaterra 0.

    Who’s this A-Rod fella anyway?

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