How He Threw it All Away

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Paraphrasing the words of Paul Weller and the Style Council, we note that last night Alex Rodriguez followed our telekinetic instructions and extended the sixth inning for the Toronto Blue Jays, leading to a 4-run rally and a one run deficit for the hated Bombers.  But we’d be remiss not to note how the tabloids and, worse, the New York Times take the predictable road and pile on the poor guy today.  Sure, A-Rod made a bad play, an inadvisable and somewhat risky one.  But he made a bad play on a makeable and defensible one.  He most certainly did not blow the game for the Yankees.  That blame falls, in our eyes, to Mike Mussina, who crumbled in short order following A-Rod’s gaffe.  We expect more from Tyler Kepner (who we think is one of the better beat writers in the city), though we’re not surprised by the tabs’ reaction.  Still, it’s enough to make even a Sox fan frustrated, such are the misguided insults slung towards third base.  Enough already.

35 comments… add one
  • A-Rod might be wishing he WAS traded before last night’s game…

    Paul SF July 21, 2006, 9:27 am
  • I agree that it’s getting absurd how much people ride Arod, but can we not use “poor guy” when speaking of it. The things I would put up with for that money would make Arod weep.

    LocklandSF July 21, 2006, 9:38 am
  • How ironic that the Sox fans are the ones with the the most sensible attitude in all this?
    LocklandSF: If you had the national media hound your every move, rip you in the papers at every opportunity, and blame you for anything and everything short of famines and droughts, I doubt there’d be any amount of money that would make it OK for you.

    yankeemonkey July 21, 2006, 11:11 am
  • I would take $25,680,727, to be hounded and ripped for a year at work…and then I would retire. They don’t hound his every move, he does have a personal life, well, unless he takes his shirt off in Central Park.

    NeffSox July 21, 2006, 11:40 am
  • “Still, it’s enough to make even a Sox fan frustrated, such are the misguided insults slung towards third base”
    Really? You won’t be hearing any “Woe is A-Rod” from me. I say pile it on. A less effective Slappy can only mean good things for the Boston side. Agreed that his error was far from game-breaking, but if the NY media wants to bury this guy, I say “Can I get you a bigger shovel?”

    Mayday Malone July 21, 2006, 11:40 am
  • A question for SFs: why do you guys hate A-Rod so much? I mean, prior to the infamous slapping incident? I’m not being facetious, just genuinely curious….I was really following the soap opera before he was traded to New York, did he say something? Enlighten!

    yankeemonkey July 21, 2006, 11:46 am
  • YankeeMonkey… Put up with is for a few years of my life to ensure that I would never have to work again, travel every where by jet, sleep with beautiful women, golf the best courses in the world, drink the best wine, eat the best food, set up the rest of my family for life…
    Yeah, I would take it in a second and you could also shove a hot poker up my ass to boot.

    LocklandSF July 21, 2006, 11:46 am
  • *was not really following….
    Preview is your friend!

    yankeemonkey July 21, 2006, 11:47 am
  • I don’t hate Arod at all, he’s one of the best, but he’s a Yankee, so I like to see him fail.

    LocklandSF July 21, 2006, 11:47 am
  • Lockland, I guess you’re a stronger person than I am….If I was in that same situation, I’d probably just say say Fuck it, here’s your money, just leave me alone.

    yankeemonkey July 21, 2006, 11:49 am
  • I think that NY Times piece is awful. Then again, in so much these days, Times articles seem to be crappy. I gave up reading their sports writing months ago.
    I really, really wish that the next time A-Rod comes to bat at the Stadium he would get a standing O. Man, he and DJ are going to be with us for at least 5 years yet, so we may as well show the guy all the love and support he needs.
    And at the risk of offending everyone else on this site, this is something of an American flaw when it comes to sports. It is culturally acceptable (it seems to me) to be a fairweather fan here, and to be fickle in supporting or blasting your team. You also see that in attendance figures. In England, the support seems more constant and if, for example, a team’s player was being abused so much by the media and the rest of the country, that team’s fans would go out of their to show their support for him at every conceivable opportunity – if nothing else than to show their tribalism and spite everyone else. Here, it seems, the fans join in on piling on the abuse of the player.

    Sam July 21, 2006, 11:50 am
  • I also honestly don’t think the fans and media affect Arod as much as a lot of us think they do. I think it has some affect, but I don’t think it’s the big reason he’s slumping, players slump, even the best players, it happens.

    LocklandSF July 21, 2006, 11:51 am
  • Can you imagine if baseball worked like European soccer? If a team does bad enough the entire team can be sent down a level. Imagine if after the season the Royals entire club could be sent to AAA and a good AAA team sent up.
    European fandom is an interesting animal, read Fever Pitch or Among the Thugs, both great books on the subject.

    LocklandSF July 21, 2006, 11:57 am
  • “why do you guys hate A-Rod so much”
    Gotta hate somebody…
    Seriously though, he makes himself very easy to hate. It’s not just the fight, it’s the fact that he prompted it with his repeated “F*#k you!”. It’s not just the slap, it’s his “What, me?” face and gestures and postgame quotes. It’s the purple lipstick. It’s the bat shining. Add all of that to the fact that he makes $25 mil a season, and plays for the most hated baseball team in the history of the universe, and there you go. Jeter I don’t like, but I respect. Giambi is just a cheater. Sheffield is just a notorious ass. Posada is a little bitch. The rest of the crew, I could care less about.
    My question to you, yankeemonkey- why question the hate? Isn’t it obvious?

    Mayday Malone July 21, 2006, 12:18 pm
  • Malone, Posada is a little bitch? Why, because he blasts people behind the anonymity of the internet? Oh no, wait! That’s you!

    tom yf July 21, 2006, 12:28 pm
  • Looks like Mayday is auditioning for the Boston papers. I think A Rod’s biggest issues this year have been in the field, not at the plate. However, I find it a bit overwhelming that even with the MVP win last year, the best right-handed performance (since Joe Dimaggio) at Yankee stadium, and the the continuing strong numbers, he’s taking it so bad.
    Giambi makes as much if not more than ARod with the backload of his contract and his batting average has dropped 60-70 points from what was advertised. He also had that whole “I was a big fucking cheater” thing with that whole BALCo investigation story and grand jury testimony.
    I like both of them, and I understand Rodriguez IS the highest paid player, I just think there’s a very bizarre double standard involved.

    walein July 21, 2006, 12:35 pm
  • well I would rather have our catcher be a “little bitch” than a gigantic pussy. I doubt that he would throw a punch and keep his mask on. I mean I could see if Varitek’s face was as goodlooking as Jeters but come on he was hit by the ugly forest. Take of the mask you little pussy.

    Jeterluva July 21, 2006, 12:37 pm
  • Malone put together some good points. We hate Arod becuase we almost had him. He wouldn’t play 3rd base for us. He has this look to him all the time. Jeter used to have it but after years we got used to it and started to respect it. We want Arod to fail, with being a fan there is always someone on the Yankees you have to ‘hate.’ Do I hate him as a person, No. Do I hate him as a ball player, No. Do I hate him as a Yankee, Yes. Would I like to have him on our team, at the right price, most definitely. We need someone to hate, and he is your best all around player, and he has this look that is just easy to hate.
    As Malone said, we used to hate Jeter, Giambi and Sheff cheated (plus Sheff is an ass) Damon left us (yet we still have some emotional ties). We respect Mussina & Rivera. And for some reason we just overlook Posada (or some people think hes a little bitch).
    Are we hiding behind the internet, no, we are talking about our love for our team and our hate for another, through blogs. If Posada wants to come on here and blast Malone, feel free.

    Anonymous July 21, 2006, 12:41 pm
  • Jeterluva if you are a guy there is a 100% chance you have a man crush on Jeter.

    NeffSox July 21, 2006, 12:58 pm
  • Well- that got quite a reaction.
    Tom- I was referring to the T-Shirt that says “Posada is a Little Bitch”. And your comment about anonymously blasting people? Pot, meet kettle.
    Jeterluva- Incredibly eloquent post. If this thread is about misplaced hatred, I think the whole “Tek is a big pussy who wouldn’t take off his mask” is right up there. Did you want that Tek should’ve taken off his chest protector, shinguards, and cup, too? Let it go YFs. It’s known as “heat of the moment”.
    “Are we hiding behind the internet, no, we are talking about our love for our team and our hate for another, through blogs. If Posada wants to come on here and blast Malone, feel free.”

    Mayday Malone July 21, 2006, 1:18 pm
  • Neffsox-I’m not a man so there is no man crush on Jeter.
    Malone- Heat of what moment veritek wasn’t hit by a pitch. So Arod cannot say F U to verotek in the heat of the moment but Varitek can throw a punch. I don’t know about you but I’m thinking I would be more mad about getting hit then I would about someone saying F U to me. I don’t know it’s called being an adult.

    Jeterluva July 21, 2006, 1:37 pm
  • One other thing Malone did you see the post you wrote about Arod and you have the nerve to tell YFs to get over it there is your pot to kettle right there.

    Jeterluva July 21, 2006, 1:40 pm
  • JLuva no one ever said ARod can’t say FU, it just makes us hate him. You have ever right to hate Varitek for ‘not being an adult’ and protecting his pitcher.
    and for some reason my typepad isn’t working today but I wrote that long message after JLuv’s

    NeffSox July 21, 2006, 1:42 pm
  • Neffsox-I know it looked like Bronson was in so much trouble right. Did I miss the point when he charged the mound. As for the slap would it have made you feel better if he treated ran through Bronson at first base. You would have complained about that as well. What ever I’m not going to argue Arod’s case with redsox fans I have been doing enough of that lately with YF.

    Jeterluva July 21, 2006, 1:50 pm
  • Jeterluva- are you typing in your posts from a blackberry or are you fatfingering your keyboard? Grammar/ spelling/ punctuation much. Not that I care, but you come across as a five year old.
    “One other thing Malone did you see the post you wrote about Arod and you have the nerve to tell YFs to get over it there is your pot to kettle right there.
    See it? I hope so- I wrote it. Reading is fundamental, jl. yankeemonkey posed a specific question, which I replied to. There’s nothing for me to “get over”. You, however, seem to be holding onto the Tek/mask/slappy thing for dear life…

    Mayday Malone July 21, 2006, 1:53 pm
  • JLuva, where am I complaining about the slap, where am I complaining about the Tek/Bronson thing. This is just, as Malone put it, an answer to ymonkey’s question. Why we hate ARod. We answered the question on giving specific examples of why we don’t like him. Let him run through Bronson I would still hate him, but that wouldn’t have been illegal, such as the slap was. Maybe you should stop trying to make us not hate ARod and like you said work on the people that should actually be rooting for him.

    NeffSox July 21, 2006, 2:10 pm
  • It seems a little misplaced to ask Sox fans why they hate ARod so much when the topic is the NY media blasting him everyday. Ill feelings towards Slappy seem to encompass NY as well as Boston. Simply put, for Sox fans, ARod is FUN to hate. Jeter and Mo are not fun; they maintain class and are winners. When ARod elevates his play in crucial games, it won’t be as much fun.
    As for comparing American fans to European…are you serious? The drunkeness and riots that are prevalant at Soccer matches are way beyond the worst incidents here. We also have a lot more sports to root for, I think it dilutes the passion for one specific team (Red Sox being the exception). Look at how Zidane’s head butt was excused by many in France (including Chirac). Is that a good thing? I don’t think so.
    Most of this stuff is media generated, anyway. Just compare how baseball was covered up until the last 25 years ago to now. Sports writers in particular tend to try to create controversy to promote themselves.

    Tom sf July 21, 2006, 2:14 pm
  • Wow, this got quite a reaction. Thanks for the replies, MM et al. I had been wondering whether this is a case of he’s a player you love to hate, or whether there was a precedent.

    yankeemonkey July 21, 2006, 3:35 pm
  • YMonkey, to further answer your speculation, I love to hate him. I love watching the games when hes up, wishing hoping he will fail. I love how he gets booed at Yankee Stadium, even though he is one of the best players to walk this planet. I love when we have huge threads about one measly error, that may or may not have lost the game.
    I used to love ARod, had him on my fantasy team for years, and was uber giddy with just the thought of him going to the Sox. But low and behold he became a Yankee and we won our first World Series.
    He has done alot since he joined the Yanks to make us hate him, but we also all suffer from that ‘love to hate’ feeling.

    NeffSox July 21, 2006, 3:49 pm
  • I get home from work and start reading this post. Somewhere between FU!, Slappy and hider behind the mask I think a lost Jerry Springer episode broke out.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 4:37 pm
  • Well, I did throw a chair…

    Mayday Malone July 21, 2006, 4:58 pm
  • Tom – I didn’t say that the soccer fan model was perfect, but in this case it’s preferable to A-Rod. The Zidane thing is a perfect example of this, in fact: yes, what he did was a bad example, but the French weren’t willing to throw him under a bus because of one mistake. They chose to continue to celebrate the fact that he’s the greatest European footballer ever.
    And riots? Dude, when was the last time you went to a football game? Drunkenness, yes. Bad (bad) language, yes. The odd fist fight, yes. But riots, no. No more than rampaging college kids and Detroit fans here.

    Sam (yf) July 21, 2006, 5:20 pm
  • “preferable to how A-Rod is being treated by YFs,” is how my first sentence should have ended.

    Sam (yf) July 21, 2006, 5:21 pm
  • Why I hate A-Rod:
    He plays for the Yankees. I hate all players that play for the Yankees. Thus I hate A-Rod.
    Now, why do I hate A-Rod with the heat of a thousand fiery suns?
    The trade fiasco: He was “willing” to lower his salary, but when the union raised a stink, he backed off…
    The fight: He got all pissed off when he got hit by a pitch from Bronson Arroyo, then tried to fight Jason Varitek when Tek informed him that his batting average, um, wasn’t high enough to warrant being thrown at.
    The slap: Classless, period.
    To me, the slap really put it over the top. Curt Schilling may want to retract his statements about that incident, but I don’t. I agree with what Curt said 100 percent.
    Plus, he’s good. And I hate the Yankees’ good players more than their bad ones. (I’m not going to spend a whole lot of time making fun of Shawn Chacon. Just ain’t gonna happen)…
    All that said, as much as I hate A-Rod, I’m a RED SOX FAN, I’m SUPPOSED to hate him. I dunno what the crap is wrong with a lot of these Yankee fans…

    Paul SF July 22, 2006, 2:01 pm
  • Lots of fun fodder here.
    Me, I could care less about the slap. You had to try something there. It’s the playoffs. What’s the worst that could happen?
    My beef: The contract and the trade. Not the trade itself, but the circumstances.
    He’s the one who signed that ridiculous contract with the Rangers, and then when they stunk because Tom Hicks had no money left for the other 24 players, he and Scott Boras begged out of town.
    When the Sox knocked on his door, he made it clear how much he wanted to play in Boston, how he loved the tradition there and how important it would be for him to play a role in ending the championship drought. Don’t forget the Harvard tour he requested and was granted.
    He wooed us, too. And we were smitten.
    Then Big Mouth Hicks talked too much, and Rodriquez wouldn’t pressure the MLBPA to let him restructure the contract. Deal dead.
    And then the Yankees call and, oh, boy, it was the same song and dance he gave the Red Sox.
    There are some subtle similarities to Damon. Both failed to respect and understand the depth of the rivalry. (And, yes, I do believe it goes both ways.) And both got played by Boras.
    When the deal was done Pay-Rod threw a few bombs at Boston to boot. Pay-Rod really said the wrong things after the trade. (And he continues to show bad judgement whenever he opens his mouth. “It’s just a game. It doesn’t matter.” Oh? You signed the $250 million contract that transcends the game, dude.) Well, you reap what you sow.
    That said, the crap being flung on Pay-Rod this year is ridiculous. The same people who sang his praises last year during the MVP chase with Papi, and who falsely rationalized that because Papi was primarily a DH he was less deserving of the MVP now are using the same rationalization that he is to blame for the 6-year title drought. (Oh, boo-hoo.)
    You want to boo a guy? Boo Giambi. At least Pay-Rod doesn’t cheat. (HGH: How Giambi Homers.)

    I'm Bill McNeal July 23, 2006, 12:26 am

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