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A-Rod has a cyst on his leg, and perhaps an abscess in his head. Honestly. Really. Looks like he's out for the WBC. 

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  • What a gift this guy is.

    SF March 3, 2009, 9:03 pm
  • Yeah, part of me feels like he’s just doing this to draw attention away from his Reyes comments.

    Bronx Baseball Daily March 3, 2009, 10:26 pm
  • His quote was: “I wish (Reyes) was leading off on our team or playing on our team. That’s fun to watch.”
    Gotta love how the media takes a compliment towards a great young player and twists it.
    I hope we find out more about that cyst soon. Leukemia is the last thing ARod needs in his life… although it would certainly pull attention away from the whole “I cheated in baseball” thing.

    Atheose - SF March 4, 2009, 7:15 am
  • I beg the differ – If something is wrong with the cyst, most will point towards the sickness as a result of the steroids, have less sympathy for the man.
    But yes, what a gift indeed.

    Brad March 4, 2009, 8:39 am
  • He’s going to see Dr. Phillipon, so it’s a cyst on the bone, but still, one has to wonder about side effects of injecting one’s buttocks with pharma products.

    dw (sf) March 4, 2009, 8:56 am
  • one has to wonder about side effects of injecting one’s buttocks with pharma products.
    = not good. Unless of course, one is trying to lie his way into a half billion dollars. Then, the results reflect the plan in exact detail.:)

    Brad March 4, 2009, 9:02 am
  • I’m sick of the bashing…disecting everything the man says, all of it. Win a championship and it all goes away.

    krueg March 4, 2009, 10:09 am
  • Win a championship and it all goes away.
    I agree. Fans are a very fickle bunch.

    Brad March 4, 2009, 10:59 am
  • Win a championship and it all goes away.
    See, to me THIS is the cynical attitude. It implies that we fans have no moral filter or compass, that ALL we care about is the trophy. This is so reductive.
    Barry Bonds was an inning away from having won a championship. If he had that ring on his finger would he be beloved? Giants fans may still hold him dear, but is Bonds as a figure a revered one, a respected one, around the baseball universe and outside of San Francisco? Would that ring have exempted him from scrutiny beyond the Bay Area?
    I think if Rodriguez helps the Yankees win a title then Yankees fans should rightfully celebrate. But the idea that some hypothetical championship will wipe out all of his transgressions, that winning is the only road to salvation or forgiveness, well to me that is horribly cynical and also unfair to A-Rod, who should be allowed to “redeem” himself (if you are one who thinks redemption is necessary) even without the good luck of a title.
    Rodriguez should be judged not on whether or not his team wins, but rather on how he himself performs and acts. And I realize that this is an unrealistic expectation.

    SF March 4, 2009, 11:21 am
  • That’s what I meant as well, SF.
    When K mentioned that “it all goes away”, I was simply agreeing to the point that he’s correct in regards to Yankee fans. As we’ve seen before with fans of the team in question, a lot can be overlooked if the play is excellent.
    A-Rod could win 10 championships, and with the addition of each one, baseball people outside of NY will only raise the level of criticism towards the guy. A-Rod has put himself in a situation which is nearly impossible to get out of with most fans and baseball people.
    If he cured cancer tomorrow, people would say it’s because of steroids and ask what took him so long..or blame him for trying to one up the WBC.
    It’s sad at this point, but if lay down with dogs, you’re surely to get fleas.

    Brad March 4, 2009, 12:16 pm
  • If he cured cancer tomorrow, people would say it’s because of steroids and ask what took him so long..or blame him for trying to one up the WBC.
    HAH this made me laugh really hard Brad. Whether it was because it was funny, or because it’s plausible, I’m not sure.

    Atheose - SF March 4, 2009, 12:53 pm
  • hey now, let’s not go handing out sympathy for a-rod because he’s never gonna get a fair shake. he’s earned what he’s got. ask texas fans about him single handedly crippling their franchise for a decade. he’s the kind of man that slaps at gloves and calls for balls on the base paths. he’s made his bed, and it’s an uncomfortable one.
    i’m not wishing the man cancer, but he’ll never get an ounce of sympathy from me.

    sf rod March 4, 2009, 1:21 pm
  • You guys took my post WAY out of context…i forgot how you people are and that’s my fault.
    “…it all goes away.” is in regard to the NY media’s ridiculous need to destroy the guy. If he wins, the media backs off.
    “When K mentioned that “it all goes away”, I was simply agreeing to the point that he’s correct in regards to Yankee fans. As we’ve seen before with fans of the team in question, a lot can be overlooked if the play is excellent.”
    Yeah…only Yankee fans. Your comments are such a joke sometimes.

    krueg March 4, 2009, 1:21 pm
  • What the hell are you talking about? I wasn’t even getting on Yankee fans, hence the whole thing being centered around “team in Question”, not just NY.
    If I wanted it to be a joke, I would have said “As we’ve seen before with Yankee fans, they have no issue whatsoever with cheaters, wife beaters, aldulterers, currupt owners or bad pilots – as long as they can hit”, right?
    Internet tough guy.

    Brad March 4, 2009, 1:28 pm
  • forgot how you people are and that’s my fault.
    yeah, it’s everyone else.

    Brad March 4, 2009, 1:29 pm
  • Okay, re-reading it, I can see how that was misunderstood. My intention was not to single out yankee fans, but by saying “team in question”, I meant to imply whatever team or group of fans the conversation is about.

    Brad March 4, 2009, 1:36 pm
  • “If I wanted it to be a joke, I would have said “As we’ve seen before with Yankee fans, they have no issue whatsoever with cheaters, wife beaters, aldulterers, currupt owners or bad pilots – as long as they can hit”, right?
    Internet tough guy.”
    This sounds more like you bro…I just had to call you on it so you could get out what you really meant. Awesome.

    krueg March 4, 2009, 2:15 pm
  • I said it was my fault, didn’t I?

    krueg March 4, 2009, 2:17 pm
  • okay, Krueg.. Whatever makes you feel better, man. I was simply stating that fans IN GENERAL overlook the shortcuts taken by the players on teams IN GENERAL when those players perform. Luckily, I haven’t been put in this position yet, so I’m not sure how I would look at it. Maybe I’ll change my tone if/when a Boston player is ever linked to a steriods scandal, but as I type this, most of the big[ger] names that have admitted to or been proven to have been on illegal substances share[d] the same uniform.
    Yes, that is awesome. What’s more awesome is that you think the NY press who are “trying to destroy” A-Rod are going to back off if he wins. In what world do you not think that his name wont be forever linked to the fact that he took steroids? If he hits 50HR, he took steroids, and if he has a handful of rings, he took steroids. If he has a cyst it’s because he took steroids. If he gets caught lying, well, that’s just because he’s a pathological liar, but it’s probably about all the steroids.

    Brad March 4, 2009, 2:39 pm
  • I get what you meant now bro, even if I still believe that your “joke” post sounds more like you but I digress…that was my original point, that you have to be very specific in your comments or else people jump down your throat on this board.
    I think most YF’s don’t want to read 10 stories a day on how ARod is the worst person ever. If the Yankees win #27, the pressure will be off. All the other stuff comes on the heals of “ARod can’t come through in the clutch.” Win a ring, and the story dries up mostly. His every move would no longer be scrutinized because YF’s wouldn’t care anymore…
    I even think the PED thing will die down as the season goes on, not for the haters but they will always find something to latch onto, but for realistic fans that realize he is one guy is a sea of garbage.

    krueg March 4, 2009, 2:56 pm
  • “If the Yankees win #27, the pressure will be off.”
    “I even think the PED thing will die down as the season goes on”
    You’re dreaming! There is nothing that could happen, ever, that will make those two statements come true.
    I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, but Arod will get steroid related chants and taunts in every at bat, in every away park, for the rest of his playing days.
    EVEN is the other 103 names come out and there are some more big names on it.
    He’s too much of a lightning rod, it’s just not going to ever go away.

    LocklandSF March 4, 2009, 3:42 pm
  • I agree with you both..
    All the rings/clutch/attention whore stuff will go away as soon as he wins that ring.
    The steroid stuff will never go away, because of the simple fact that the haters don’t need to find something they need to latch onto – he’s given them the permanent excuse to hate him. And I don’t even really believe that it’s YF’s that are watching his every move – most YF’s I know personally just want him to get into a closet and come out every time it’s time to hit.
    Regardless of A-Rod being one guy in a sea of many, until those other names come back, he is the standard, and he does nothing to quell that attention everyday.

    Brad March 4, 2009, 4:22 pm
  • If the hypercriticism all goes away with a championship, it won’t be gone for long if Rodriguez continues to be the same guy. It’ll come back eventually.
    There is a disdain for him that I’ve never seen before. It goes beyond him being a Yankee. Have Yankee fans, in general, ever hated a Yankee this much?
    He cares about three things: He, himself and him.
    As SFRod says, he signed a deal in Texas that crippled that franchise. He reeks of phoniness, makes dumb decisions (“I got it!”) and has become adept at Clemensian rationalizing.
    And he’s inexplicably isolated from reality that even when he TRIES to do the right thing is comes off wrong.
    He might well be the most talented baseball player on the planet, but all of that belies, or at least SEEMS to bely the man inside.
    It’s as if he’s spend so much time trying to be a good baseball player that he never learned how to be a good citizen, a good guy.
    Combine all of that and it’s easy to understand why he’s so easy to hate. He’a whole new kind of douchebag.
    Aa Texas Gov. Ann Richards said at the 1988 Democratic National Convention about George Bush (the elder), “He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”

    I'mBillMcNeal March 4, 2009, 4:34 pm
  • Brad, could there possibly be a name among the 103 that could have the ripple effect anywhere near what we’ve seen with Rodriguez?
    We’ve already had Clemens and Bonds. Who’s left?
    I don’t think Manny has the same impact. He’s already so aloof. Even Ortiz. I just don’t see it.
    With A-Rod’s revelation came the revelation that everyone is now open for suspicion. And to me, the only names that would be a surprise are guys like Mark Loretta and Greg Zaun.

    I'mBillMcNeal March 4, 2009, 4:47 pm
  • because they took steroids and still sucked?
    I agree, IBM. Ortiz would sting, especially with all that he’s said in retalliation of the issue, but I don’t think that is as big as ManRam. The only names that I think would dwarf A-Rod wear the same uniform as him:
    Jeter and Mo. That’a about it as far as surprise factor and taking ARod off the top of that list.
    A boy can dream.

    Brad March 4, 2009, 4:55 pm
  • Olderdude would surprise me.
    That’s the point, even if Ortiz ended up on that list, it wouldn’t matter nearly as much. The country wouldn’t react the same way they are reacting to Arod, it’s just different.

    LocklandSF March 4, 2009, 4:57 pm
  • Someone else said this first but it’s true for me too. The only new name coming out I can think of that would really shock me – as in: send me into a cognitive limbo – would be Greg Maddux. Any other name, be it Boston Red Sox or Washington Senator, I could handle. Maddux would be tough to reconcile though.
    But it isn’t Bonds, Clemens or Rodriguez who are responsible for this. It’s all the little guys, the Mitchell report journeymen who got outed that paved that landscape. If it was just the big names, THEN it’d be scandalous.

    FenSheaParkway March 4, 2009, 5:45 pm
  • krueg:
    I didn’t mean to comment at you, personally. I am more thinking of the A-Rod microscope in general, and how he relates to baseball and not just Yankee fans, I thought I addressed that in my post.
    I wasn’t picking any kind of fight, I think there’s a good discussion to be had about what a title might mean for the game, for A-Rod himself, for his reputation, and for Yankees fans and baseball fans at large.

    SF March 4, 2009, 5:47 pm
  • he signed a deal in Texas that crippled that franchise
    This is off-topic. But it’s also utter BS. A-Rod was offered that contract by Tom Hicks, a billionaire (at the time, is he still?). Who was he to contemplate “am I crippling the franchise?”? How was he to know if Hicks was putting all his eggs in one basket: isn’t opening up the wallet a sign that you are opening up your wallet, and therefore how would Rodriguez know that the franchise was being crippled? And it wasn’t, at least not by him. He was the smartest signing they made. In 2002 the Rangers signed Chan Ho Park to a $65M deal – why isn’t he blamed for crippling the franchise? In 2002 they traded Travis Hafner for Einar Diaz. And it’s A-Rod’s f*cking fault? Give me a break.
    It’s pure crap to blame A-Rod for the travails of the Texas Rangers.

    SF March 4, 2009, 5:53 pm
  • IBM: I agree that Richard’s sharp turn of phrase was a great snick when stuck on the former CIC, and though there’s some common ground because of the Rangers connection it doesn’t hold water. ARod may have bought him some purty silver boots that happen to fit his mouth, but he certainly wasn’t born with silver feet. Not that that matters anymore.
    Brad’s point about media portrayal: “if he has a cyst, it’s because he did steroids” is a zinger and the one that makes me cringe for its truth.

    attackgerbil March 4, 2009, 6:29 pm
  • “But it’s also utter BS.”
    maybe your forgetting things (or missremembering). it wasn’t only the $ that crippled the rangers, it was also that a-rod started playing GM the second he got there. the chan ho park incident stands out the most to me. but you’re entitled to your opinion.

    sf rod March 4, 2009, 6:40 pm
  • jeez. half my post disappeared.
    it was a-rod who demanded they bring in chan ho park. go back and read up on what transpired.

    sf rod March 4, 2009, 6:43 pm
  • sf rod March 4, 2009, 6:59 pm
  • > “They came to me and asked if I had any flexibility, and I said I’m a gymnast if that’s what it takes to get pitchers,”
    (bold mine)
    sf rod, I fail to see how that link makes your point.

    attackgerbil March 4, 2009, 7:25 pm
  • A-Rod literally put a gun to Brian Cashman’s head a couple of off-seasons ago and made him sign Kei Igawa.

    Nick-YF March 4, 2009, 7:31 pm
  • A-Rod sunk my battleship.

    SF March 4, 2009, 7:43 pm
  • Yeah sf rod, I would love to defend you here, but it’s impossible. Your position might be a felling held by Texas fans, but it’s pretty absurd to blame ARod for that, no player can have that much power and if he does, it’s the ownership and GMs fault for allowing it to happen.

    LocklandSF March 4, 2009, 7:43 pm
  • I hope NoMaas does another series of “It’s A-Rod’s fault”.

    AndrewYF March 4, 2009, 8:24 pm
    “If Alex can’t go, we have Cody Ransom, who is probably the best athlete on the team.”
    OH, MY GOD!!!
    How can he possibly suggest that Jeter is not the best player on the Yankees?
    You know, even when I try to do that in jest it feels slimey and moronic.

    I'mBillMcNeal March 4, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • And I take exception to the suggestion that Mark Loretta sucks. Dude has been a solid, although unspectacular, ball player, and he was an All-Star in 2006.
    Plus, he and my brother-in-law are good friends.
    So … just sayin’.

    I'mBillMcNeal March 4, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • Calling Ransom the best athlete on the team is obviously a jab at Mo, who currently holds that title.

    AndrewYF March 4, 2009, 10:40 pm
  • SF: My fault…I need to be more specific on my posts. You’re post would be right on if that’s what I meant.

    krueg March 4, 2009, 11:25 pm
  • Some network programming exec. needs to start an “A-Rod television channel” in order to handle all the information that is generated about him.
    The baseball season hasn’t even started, and I am starting to get A-Rod fatigue already.

    SoxFan March 5, 2009, 3:17 am
  • Perfect example here why A-Rod gets all the headlines. Seriously, 50 comments on this thread alone? Then go check out LoHud. NoMaas pwns Abraham in their most recent. The photoshopping alone is worth a look.
    Ransom has a 60″ vertical.

    Rob March 5, 2009, 8:02 am
  • Crap – my formatting got screwed up. Ransom has a 60 inch vertical.

    Rob March 5, 2009, 8:04 am
  • someone needs to help me understand…i can’t remember if i’m supposed to like all the players on my team or hate certain ones…and, does it matter if i root for all of them during the actual playing of a game, even those i may dislike?…if a good player helps my team win am i supposed to be less happy because he is a bad person with poor social skills?…if i find out after the fact that one of the players i liked in the past, and rooted for with vigor, was a “cheater” [of any kind], how do i recoup all that spent emotion to redistribute it to more deserving types?…and, should that cause me to determine which championships were more enjoyable by sorting the clean ones from the dirty ones?…sometimes we confuse the game of life with the game of baseball…a lot of life’s biggest losers have been winners on a baseball field…baseball endured, you might even go so far as to say encouraged, a culture of cheating for years, and not just the steroid era…arod was universally disliked before he was outed…nothing’s changed…and, as someone hinted at earlier, don’t underestimate the role the media has in helping to shape his image…no doubt, he is the creator of his own PR nightmares, but a rabid press treats every fart [see reyes comment for the latest] like a criminal act…

    dc March 5, 2009, 8:36 am
  • WFAN and ESPN are reporting that A-Rod is out until at LEAST mid to late May. ESPN being more conservative and saying the first 90 days of the season.

    Brad March 5, 2009, 11:09 am
  • I’m also hearing that this surgery comes as a surprise to Cash.
    Guess that puts the Best Athlete on the Team on the field for a few weeks.

    I'mBillMcNeal March 5, 2009, 11:22 am
  • even if it’s a scope, it’s a fairly long recovery time for the hip area. Phillipon has pioneered some ‘scope techniques (even developed tooling IIRC), but it’s still an invasive procedure!

    dw (sf) March 5, 2009, 12:05 pm
  • Gerb, I wasn’t implying that he comes from wealth. I was going for the angle that he’s prbably been somewhat sheltered because he has been so focused, and so capable, at baseball since childhood.

    I'mBillMcNeal March 5, 2009, 2:24 pm
  • well i guess i’m missremembering. chan ho and alex were both rep-ed by boras. after the alex signing, rumor had it alex approached john hart and pleaded with him to sign chan ho and went as far as restructuring his deal to make that happen.
    maybe it was all a dream.

    sf rod March 5, 2009, 2:38 pm
    Now if he has surgery he’s out for four months…but maybe he isn’t??? This is crazy.

    krueg March 5, 2009, 4:32 pm

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