“Mr. A-Rod, What’s a “Player’s Option”?

The Post has a description of A-Rod’s book signing:

Alex Rodriguez’s appearance at a signing for his children’s book was
mishandled by his publicist and bookstore staff members, turning the
ballyhooed event into a media circus that included a paparazzi member
tossing A-Rod a ball to sign. At one point, a New York policeman
grabbed a reporter for the crime of trying to interview the beleaguered
superstar.

I wish I was there because it sounds sort of ridiculous. I imagine the following scenario: Approximately thirty children, ages 6 to 8, and a gaggle of New York beat writers sat cross-legged on a rug as A-Rod read to them from his new children’s book. And the following question and answer session took place when A-Rod opened the floor to questions.

A-Rod: Okay, I hope you enjoyed the story. I enjoyed writing it. If anyone has any questions, I can answer them for the next few minutes. Oh wow! A lot of you do! Let’s see. How about you, with the Yankees hat on.
8 year old Joey from Manhattan: Hi, A-Rod. I like the book because of the pictures.
A-Rod: I didn’t draw the pictures but, yes, they are something aren’t they? I think learning to draw is a goal I have set for this season. I’m going to go about it a day at a time. Next question. Ok, you seem eager, kid.
7 year old Jamie from Queens: I like it when you said "bam!"
A-Rod: Yes! Me, too. I thought about that word choice a lot. It was a really difficult process but I think I’m stronger for it. Um, ok, I see so many of your hands up–
George King from the New York Post:  Hey kids, nice soft ball questions there! George King from the Post here; so, A-Rod, any truth to the rumor that you and Derek Jeter hate each other?
A-Rod: I rather not add fuel to the fire, George, because it’s been well-established that I am Derek Jeter’s teammate.
Tyler Kepner from the New York Times: A two parter here: 1. Are you a phony and 2. if you are a phony, how are we supposed to believe you when you say that you plan on waiving your player’s option at the end of this season? And by the way, you have not waived your player’s option, so are you a phony?
A-Rod: I plan on taking it a day at a time this season. I will answer all questions this season in a vague manner. I am A-Rod! You are the press. This is our understanding.
Michael Morrissey from the Post: A-Rod, I have a follow-up to Tyler’s question. Why are you a pho–
Sweeney Murti from WFAN: If I could interrupt for a second. I’m running on a deadline right now and I just have one question: I kind of found it unrealistic in the end when the kid’s team won and the kid did well. But I liked the story in general. It was nice. I liked the colors a lot, too.
A-Rod: Any question there, Sweeney?
Murti: um…I guess not…I forgot it.
6 year old Mary from Manhattan: Mr. Baseball Player, why is the cop beating that guy with a small bat over there?

There truly is no news in Yankeeland right now.

13 comments… add one
  • Another A-Rod story, sweet.

    Triskaidekaphobia February 7, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Coverage of A-Rod RE: Opt-out clause = Coverage of “Manny being Manny”.
    I.E. Overblown situations to be exploited by reporters who don’t like to do their own writing.

    QuoSF February 7, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Wow. That came out a bit wrong. I meant the media-at-large, not you Nick.

    QuoSF February 7, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Quo, no worries. Like most people at this site, I find the whole A-Rod coverage tiresome. I guess this post only feeds it, but it’s a an attempt at making fun of it.

    Nick-YF February 7, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Nick, I was not attacking you or your story. I am just soooooooo sick of hearing about A-Rod.

    Triskaidekaphobia February 7, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Very funny, Nick. :-) I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m tired of the following conversations, in no particular order:
    A-Rod
    Manny
    Papelbon
    Matsuzaka
    Let’s play some freakin’ baseball!

    Paul SF February 7, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Amen Paul!

    Triskaidekaphobia February 7, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Paul, with the possible exception of the order of your list, we’re in complete agreement – spot on!!!
    I’m bored out of my mind – these last few days are excruciating…

    Andrews February 7, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Add Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling to that list.

    Russell February 8, 2007, 8:37 am
  • Yankee Fan In Boston February 8, 2007, 10:26 am
  • Paul, too much wine last night – didn’t see “in no particular order” :)

    Andrews February 8, 2007, 10:35 am
  • Malik February 8, 2007, 10:48 am
  • @Malik – wow, that’s such a change.
    I think the first thing I remember about Igawa was that he plays a lot of video games, goofy, and plays with remote helicopters. And then he got serious, and now even married. Not odd, in itself, but a change in perception for me indeed…

    Lar February 8, 2007, 5:25 pm

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