ARod To Skip The HRD

If you want to see ARod try to hit long balls at the All Star Game events, you’ll have to watch the actual All Star Game as Alex is declining to participate in the home run derby. Keeping in mind that this is the last ASG to ever be held at Yankee Stadium II, and that the Yankees’ post-season hopes are currently being derailed by the league’s finest pitching staff, please consider the following questions:

1) Does Alex owe it to New York fans to participate in the HRD?

2) Does anyone actually care about the 27-hour long HRD except for the people at the event?

3) Since HRD homers are the pure distilled essence of “meaningless home runs”, if ARod changed his mind, participated (and maybe even did well for once), and happened to suffer a post-ASG slump resulting in a significant fall-off in his regular season meaningless home runs, would the same pundits that clamored for his participation cut him slack in future articles?

sorry, that’s rhetorical

4) What’s the better piece of fiction, ASG or BSG*?

*nerd alert

22 comments… add one
  • This will end up being much ado about nothing (as was the Ortiz doing the “called shot” thing). A-Rod is under no obligation to risk his swing as far as I am concerned.
    It would be nice and symbolically appropriate to have Rodriguez participate, and it would be something for the fans (and the game), but his not participating isn’t that big a deal. Let’s watch as everyone makes a big deal out of it, though. Remember, Matt Holliday, someone not known by a lot of people, burst on the scene to an extent at last year’s HRD. Without A-Rod, someone else will likely do the same, and that too is good for baseball.
    This is just not a big deal.

    SF July 2, 2008, 11:18 am
  • Hard to blame him for backing out.
    Without Papi there, why bother?
    Seriously, the Home Run Derby is a meaningless spectacle. We’ve seen it allegedly screw up the swings of several players in the past, including Bobby Abreau. It’s a wise decision.

    I'm Bill McNeal July 2, 2008, 11:20 am
  • If we were up 10 games, and everyone’s having fun, I say we should prod him.
    As it is, it’s just a huge eh. Even if it affects ARod for one game, it’s one game too much..

    Lar July 2, 2008, 11:27 am
  • The BSG half-season finale ending was beautiful by the way.

    Lar July 2, 2008, 11:27 am
  • Alexis Rios and Bobby Abreu are two players who SEEMED hurt by their participation in the HRD, and I wonder if there have been any studies that support the idea that a HRD hurts future performance.
    Answering questions
    1) He doesn’t owe it to the fans, but he owes it to me and his fellow Chosen people. As far as I know, no Jew has won the HRD. This means a lot to us.
    2) Fans of ennui care.
    3)My name is Luca, I live on the second floor (my stock response in order to fill the silence after a rhetorical question)
    4)The line between fiction and non-fiction has blurred so much over the last 40 years that I fear there is no answer.

    Nick-YF July 2, 2008, 11:28 am
  • wow, YFs and SFs agree: who cares!!
    Next topic?

    SF July 2, 2008, 11:30 am
  • Proofs and precedence are unimportant in my view. If a player believes it can screw up his swing, it will. And A-Rod has proved himself to be mentally, shall we say, susceptible, in the past.

    IronHorse (yf) July 2, 2008, 11:53 am
  • I know this isn’t the right thread for this, but it’ll have to do …
    This was posted this morning on BostonSportsMediaWatch.com:
    One of my favorite baseball collections is the When It Was a Game series that HBO broadcast in the 1990’s. This series consisted of color movies of baseball’s yesteryear.
    A new series which follows in the footsteps of that collection is the Flagstaff Films production Baseball’s Golden Age, which will be aired nationally on FSN outlets across the country, and here locally on Comcast SportsNet starting this Sunday, July 6th at 8:00pm.
    Steve Stern is the show’s creator and producer, and he was a partner in Black Canyon Productions, which produced the above mentioned When It Was a Game trilogy. Baseball’s Golden Age is made up completely of color footage from the 1920’s through the 1960’s, some of which looks like it could’ve been shot yesterday.
    A review DVD recently showed up on my desk, and the first episode happens to have a pretty big Boston angle, exploring the Ted Williams/Joe DiMaggio rivalry – all with original color footage from the 1940’s and 1950’s. There are plenty of shots of Fenway Park in the footage, and you can see the advertising on and above the Green Monster.
    This episode also goes into the New York rivalry between the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers, and features familiar Boston faces such as Bud Collins and Alan Dershowitz, who grew up in that environment.
    The show closes with never seen before color footage of Babe Ruth, and commentary from Leigh Montville, author of The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth.
    As mentioned, the first episode, with the above content is scheduled to be show on Comcast Sportsnet on Sunday, July 6th at 8:00pm.

    I'm Bill McNeal July 2, 2008, 12:16 pm
  • I am far more excited about this Golden Age series then the HRD.
    Oh, and one more reason to discourage ARod, or anyone, for that matter from the Derby: It’s one fewer opportunity to be forced to listen to the idiotic Chris Berman.

    I'm Bill McNeal July 2, 2008, 12:19 pm
  • “It’s one fewer opportunity to be forced to listen to the idiotic Chris Berman”
    Amen to that…”Back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back…a looooooong home run for (fill in the blank)!”

    IronHorse (yf) July 2, 2008, 12:38 pm
  • For the record, judging by the Nielsen ratings, people seem to care more about the HRD than the ASG. I doubt that will happen this year, with the big media push over the Stadium, but as our friends at MLB are wont to remind us, chicks dig the long ball. Even, apparently, Madonna,

    YF July 2, 2008, 12:42 pm
  • “chicks dig the long ball. Even, apparently, Madonna”
    well played YF…I know I watch the HRD every year – though dvr’ed so as to all ff viewing.

    IronHorse (yf) July 2, 2008, 12:51 pm
  • For the record, judging by the Nielsen ratings, people seem to care more about the HRD than the ASG.
    That’s because people who don’t appreciate baseball the way we do only care about the homeruns. The HRD gives them a chance to bask in this, and cut out all the boring crap.
    I despise Nascar, but for the record if there was a “15-car-pileup Derby” I’d watch it!

    Atheose July 2, 2008, 1:03 pm
  • Amen, Ath. Did you see the video of Scott Kalitta’s fatal crash a couple of weeks ago. Holy crap.

    I'm Bill McNeal July 2, 2008, 1:38 pm
  • “For the record, judging by the Nielsen ratings, people seem to care more about the HRD than the ASG.”
    True enough. But to me it’s just one more piece of trash to appease the pink hats.
    (However, that old B&W TV show Home Run Derby filmed at LA’s old Wrigley Field, now I could watch that practically all day.)

    I'm Bill McNeal July 2, 2008, 1:40 pm
  • Seriously, what is wrong with the HRD? It’s fun, it’s entertainment, it’s on an off-day, and it’s a show. Who cares who it caters to?
    Man, you guys are so grumpy. Smile a little. Just turn the sound off so you don’t have to hear Chris Berman.

    SF July 2, 2008, 9:24 pm
  • although he won’t be participating in the HRD he will be participating in the half your assets derby.

    sf rod July 3, 2008, 2:19 pm
  • I always wonder, doesn’t the prenub covers stuff like that? Don’t people ask for a prenub? I mean, by 2002, he was already getting paid a truckload..

    Lar July 3, 2008, 2:53 pm
  • So I went to ESPN.com to find the A-Rod article and I couldn’t. But I did find this headline:
    “Penguins agree to contract with Satan”
    Talk about making a deal with the devil.
    (sorry, late on a pre-vacation day…)

    IronHorse (yf) July 3, 2008, 2:59 pm
  • “Penguins agree to contract with Satan”
    I always knew that penguins were Satan’s minions. No animal should be that cute and harmless looking, and then so swift and deadly in the water.

    Atheose July 3, 2008, 3:04 pm
  • Atheose July 3, 2008, 3:14 pm
  • Thanks Atheose. Wow…sounds real. Every once in a while the Daily News happens upon something true first – looks like they may have here.
    That photo of A-Rod and Cynthia is ridiculous by the way.

    IronHorse (yf) July 3, 2008, 3:21 pm

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