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New York needs A-Rod this summer

Aug 14, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

The crowd takes photos as New York Yankees' Rodriguez warms up to bat for first time this season as he faces Detroit Tigers in MLB American League game in New York

I’m not sure why they let Andy Martino write for the Daily News. He seems to actually enjoy baseball and is able to take a step back and realize that, for whatever else it means, baseball is entertainment. His colleagues are all comparing Alex Rodriguez to mass murders and are blaming him for ruining absolutely everything and here he is, actually putting things in something close to a reasonable perspective.

Today’s perspective: New York baseball has totally sucked this year outside of watching Matt Harvey pitch, so thanks, A-Rod, for at least giving Gothamites something to do:

That’s why we need A-Rod, his crossover fame, his ability to compel sports talk radio and TMZ, columnists and casual debaters.  New York baseball has taken on an elevated feel for only two people this year, Harvey for his sneering dominance, and Rodriguez for the deep reserve of feelings that he arouses in the public, press, commissioners’ office, Yankees’ executive suites, and in clubhouses around major league baseball.

It’s baseball. Baseball is a game. He’s some celebrity. Just watch it. No one will get hurt. Honest.

All of that said: Andy, dude: make your next piece about how A-Rod threatens democracy. I know you don’t believe it, but you gotta get in line or else your editors are gonna fire you.

  1. southofheaven81 - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    He had another 2-RBI game last night. When was the last time another Yankees 3rd baseman hit 2 RBIs in a game? Has it even happened this season?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      ARod: Bad a public relations but, even at age 38, good at baseball.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Let’s check it out:

      Arod – 2 times
      Adams – once (3 times total, twice playing 2b)
      Youkilis – 3 times
      Nix – once

      Yikes, and Youkilis had 28 games to get his 3. Sadly, he only had RBIs in 5/28 games.

      • southofheaven81 - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        More importantly, he, Cano, Soriano and to a lesser degree Wells are all protecting each other in the lineup now, rather than just leaving Cano to get pitched around so Hafner can strike out.

  2. sdelmonte - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Just Harvey? I would argue that several players have made things interesting even when the teams aren’t that good. Zack Wheeler. David Wright. Bobby Parnell. Kuroda. Marlon Byrd. Mariano.

    • delsj - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      To avid NY baseball fans and maybe sports talk radio – yes, but to TMZ, columnists and casual debaters? No. In the absence of the swagger, NY needs controversy and/or drama – Arod & Harvey. I think he nailed it.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Kuroda

      leading MLB in ERA+, not even invited to the ASG

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        East coast bias?

      • paperlions - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        His near the bottom of the league in tWtW though

      • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        Doom.

    • clemente2 - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Yes, Kuroda, who has a good Cy Young argument, is having yet another great year, but is uninteresting to NYY baseball ‘fans’, because they (OK, gross generalization–many) really do celebrate the controversy and the rush of ‘winning’ and remain much less interested in baseball itself.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    After all these year, we finally know what happened to Amelia Earhart.

    Alex Rodriguez.

    • badintent - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      Did he do he too ?

      • badintent - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:46 AM

        her , bad key

  4. joerevs300 - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Hmm…gee Craig, I’m not sure why HBT allows you to be the lead writer for this site, but hey, to each their own. I’m sure if they backed up the Brinks truck to Tom Verducci or Jayson Stark, you’d be gone. Just a hunch…

    So…he’s allowed to have an opinion and you aren’t? How interesting. ;)

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      the point
      ——————
      your head

    • peymax1693 - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      I’m not sure what article you read. Craig was clearly complimenting Andy Martino for writing an article that rose above all the typical anti-ARod crap. If it’s the last paragraph you object to, then I suggest you might want to look up the definition of sarcasm in the dictionary.

  5. bigharold - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    How did this wee bit of sanity get passed the NYDN’s editors??

    I hope this Martino guy has his resume tuned up.

  6. multiplemiggs - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    A-Rod is comparable to a murderer. if you think otherwise, you are insane.

    • nategearhart - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Sarcasm?

    • heat256 - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Be careful, or Dr Lector will make you swallow your own tongue

  7. joestemme - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Yankee fans get your inevitable “thumbs down” ready:

    Craig Calcaterra is wrong. NY does not “need” A-Rod. He’s an embarassment not just to the city, but, to baseball itself. He shouldn’t be allowed near the playing field. If the Yankees organization still had an ounce of their old pride, they wouldn’t let him play now while appealing his suspension.

    Okay, Yankee fans show your “true stripes” – start hitting those thumbs down buttons!

    • ditto65 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Can you read? Did you read? Will you re-read?

    • dan1111 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Maybe people give you a thumbs down because you gratuitously insult them.

      • joestemme - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        I am only “insulting” those who insult the sport.

        As I have previously noted (as have others), there is precedent in the Giants not playing Melky Cabrera last year in the playoffs even though he was eligible to do so (not to mention stories that some other current suspendees won’t be welcomed back this playoff season).

        BUT, whenever these things are mentioned on this site by just about ANYBODY (not just me) a barrage of Yankees fans always give the posting person automatic “thumbs down”.

        This is not a “Yankee” issue. It’s a baseball integrity one.

      • dan1111 - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        @joe, you started and ended your comment by bashing everybody ahead of time before they even had a chance to give you a thumbs down. I call that an insult.

        It also is based on the idea that if anyone disagrees with your comment, it must be a problem with them. It couldn’t possibly be that you are wrong, or that reasonable people can disagree–it must be because of flaws in their character (showing their “true stripes”).

        And for good measure, rather than just stating it as your opinion, you had to be unnecessarily forceful and claim it was a statement of fact (“Craig Calcaterra is wrong”).

        In my experience, yes, all comments like this get voted down.

      • joestemme - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        I just knew it was inevitable, so I just stated it from the outset. Very predictable.

        It’s Yankee fans who have to look themselves in the mirror. Are a few hits, homers and RBI’s worth the stain that A-Rod is daily soiling the uniform with? (again, not just the Yankees, MLB in general. I would say the same thing if A-
        Rod were playing for the Brewers, Rangers or Rays)

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        This is not a “Yankee” issue. It’s a baseball integrity one.

        When did the Yankees become some beacon of white light team? The Yankees I grew up watching had an owner twice banned/suspended from baseball. The team I grew up rooting for had an owner threaten to move to NJ if the city didn’t give him a new stadium. The team I grew up cheering for had an owner who threatened to cancel his employees dental and health insurance because it was getting too expensive.

        Never mind the Bronx Zoo years, the constant PED issues (Giambi, Pettitte, Sheffield, Clemens, and that’s not even bringing up Arod), George going off on Jeter for staying out late and not focusing on playoff baseball, the awful Raul Mondesi trade, George playing hardball with Jeter and Williams during FA, the Joe Torre/Steinbrenner fights, the Torre/Arod stuff.

        This organization has been surrounded by controversy. But now because Arod is exercising his rights under the CBA, he’s suddenly a bad guy?

        The thumbs down are because you have no clue wtf you are talking about. As evidenced by:

        He’s an embarassment not just to the city

        HAHAHAHHA, NYC, which before Giuliana used some goons to clean up the city, was a wasteland. Times Square was filled with porn shops and strip clubs, where as Jon Stewart said, the only good food available was a street vendor hot dog or some edible panties. NYC was awful 30 years ago!

  8. hojo20 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Yeah Bill Madden from the NY Daily News was on WFAN yesterday just killing A-Rod, as if A-Rod committed murder. Lighten up a bit, Bill.

  9. chiadam - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    All the Rodriguez pieces on this site just sort of run together now. It’s all white noise. Actually, elevators and dentist offices should replace Muzak with someone reading Calcaterra PED columns. We get it now, OK? He never killed anyone. He is not a mass murdered. How many different ways do we need to hear it? Again, we got it. We’re good now. Find something else.

    • clemente2 - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Craig is commenting on media from all over the country on this issue. They bring it up, he comments. Its a blog; that is one thing they are good for, among others. If you are uninterested, skip that piece.

      I see alot of people critisizing Craig for saying the same thing in many posts–maybe Craig is not just saying what he thinks will generate controversy, but instead has thought about this long and hard, and has a consistent view that he is expressing in various contexts. Think of that–someone who does not just pop off and say anything because in an hour they may say something else. For those de-sensitized by popular media commentators and politicians, I know this seems remarkable, and boring.

  10. mathieug79 - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    They can blame him for SUCKING!!

  11. millmannj - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Also in today’s NYDN: An article about how A-Rod’s offer to MLB was to take an 80-100 game suspension and then voluntarily retire.

    Why would he have done that? Any idiot knew that MLB was never going to go thru with a lifetime suspension (at the time, if they had the goods on Alex, why would you negotiate?) and as it stands now, the 211 games will be probably be reduced by an arbitrator. This is a guy whose whole life has revolved around the sport since he was a kid, but he was just willing to walk away?

    You have to wonder if these so-called “sources” the NYDN have used in their Rodriguez stories over the past six months are actual people or the wishful thoughts of Madden & Lupica.

  12. theskinsman - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    Arod, some yankee fans (harry) and Craig all deserve each other. Carry on.

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