The PeterJayson Priniciple

PeterJayson Stark thinks ARod is a self-centered, "small", egomaniac.  Why?  Because he chose not to compete in this year’s HRD.  If you are a professional writer and want to pillory ARod, rule #1: invoke Paul O’Neill in the first sentence of your story.

edit.. fixed author attribute which completely trashes the joke intro.  Brain fart

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  • Many players feel that playing in the HRD negatively affects their swing. If presented with the following choices
    1. ARod or Giambi skips the HRD
    2. ARod or Giambi compete in the HRD but there’s a chance their performance suffers for the remainder of the season (though the degree is unknown)
    I think it’s obvious which choice to make. It’s sad that no Yankees are competing in the HRD, but not competing in it may be one of the least selfish things ARod has done all year.

    Atheose July 14, 2008, 12:32 pm
  • Maybe he should rip on Ichiro Suzuki for bowing out of the HRD too (which is true). If the HRD was anything more than 15 wasted hours of our lives I’d care a little more.

    walein July 14, 2008, 1:10 pm
  • Wait, Ichiro was asked to participate in the HRD? Where’d you hear that?

    Atheose July 14, 2008, 1:12 pm
  • From PeteAbe –
    “Spoke to Kevin Youkilis, who admitted he was hoping that the fans in the bleachers would do a roll call tomorrow night.
    “That’s one of my favorite things at the Stadium,” he said. “It would be kind of cool if they did it.”
    Then Youkilis laughed.
    “I’m not sure they’ll do it for me, Dustin (Pedroia) or Manny. But I would love to wave at those guys.”
    Sounds like the Bearded Clam is measuring himself for pinstripes…

    A YF July 14, 2008, 2:17 pm
  • They’ve asked Ichiro to participate in the homerun contest since 2004 when they first started publishing quotes from other Mariners about how Ichiro can hit HRs at will during BP.
    Every year since he’s given some kind of excuse. This year it’s his hamstring.
    “Ichiro Suzuki has declined an invitation to participate in the Home Run Derby because of tightness in his hamstring.
    “Yes, I was asked,” Ichiro said Saturday. “But because of my hamstring, I decided not to participate.” Simple as that. He still plans to play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.”
    You can find that quote in the Seattle Times. The point is…people (especially media people) really dislike Alex Rodriguez.

    walein July 14, 2008, 3:58 pm
  • I’m kind of surprised that Jayson Stark is participating in the obligatory Rodriguez pile-on. I always figured he separated himself from that sort of sensationalism. Then again, I haven’t regularly read any of the columnists at’s in a while…

    FenSheaParkway July 14, 2008, 4:23 pm
  • If Alex Rodriguez didn’t exist, it would be necessary for the media to invent him.
    Apologies, Voltaire

    attackgerbil July 14, 2008, 4:24 pm
  • For whatever it’s worth, I agree that Stark’s faux-outrage over ARod skipping the Derby is silly, but I still think it’s interesting that they offered ARod the “Call Your Shot” promotion before they gave it to Papi (and again, after he was injured). That seemed notable to me, given the discussions that’ve been had on this site about the problems with having Ortiz take that role.

    stuck working July 14, 2008, 4:33 pm
  • And biggest ignorant ass of media day goes to….
    Jonathan Paplebon!
    From PeteAbe:
    Then we have Jonathan Papelbon, who thinks he should close tomorrow night.
    “If I was managing the team, I would close. … But I’m not managing the team,” he said today.
    Sam Borden and some of the other writers there asked Papelbon whether Mariano Rivera had earned the right to close.
    “I think we both earned that right.” he said
    After acknowledging Rivera’s status, he said he earned the right to close by winning the World Series last season.

    A YF July 14, 2008, 5:10 pm
  • It appears there may be more to it than what PA reported.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2008, 5:23 pm
  • I’m not normally one to encourage a new dad to do anything other than coo over the baby or wait hand and foot on the mommy but I was so hoping to see one of Paul’s epic analyses of the mid-season condition of the team. The impending HRD is just not interesting enough to get me through another day at the office.

    soxgirl July 14, 2008, 5:51 pm
  • Haha, Sorry, Soxgirl. Back to work for the first time today. Besides, I did the first-half analysis back when the Sox had actually, you know, completed the first half. ;-) This is just an artificial invention…
    Amazing that Pete Abe would use his space to take inaccurate pit shots at the Red Sox. He’s never done that before.

    Paul SF July 14, 2008, 6:13 pm
  • Or pot shots… Whatever. :-P

    Paul SF July 14, 2008, 6:13 pm
  • On Mo closing, I think any other year, I wouldn’t really mind, but Mo’s best year in awhile + Yanks Stadium = really should be automatic.

    Lar July 14, 2008, 6:47 pm
  • Hard to call those inaccurate pit (or pot) shots when Papsy waited until *after* the group interview to clarify himself and only to *one* reporter.
    Hmmm, you’d think another reporter would understand the difference. Unless they have another agenda.
    Amazing that Paul SF would use his space to take inaccurate pit shots at PeteAbe. He’s never done that before.

    A YF July 14, 2008, 6:53 pm
  • does anyone know where “Greatest Moment of Yankee Stadium” voting update is? it would be pretty cool if they brought Keith Foulke out to announce it. the ’04 comeback has to be hands down the greatest moment in yankee stadium (if not baseball). it’s a shame they’re probably not allowing that as a votable option.

    sf rod July 14, 2008, 7:14 pm
  • Ya, when Bucky Dent is up there in the voting for “greatest moment in Fenway Park history”, let me know.

    Lar July 14, 2008, 9:09 pm
  • Thanks for saving me the trouble Lar.
    And as far as a single “moment” (as opposed to a 4-game stretch) nothing happened in Yankee Stadium during the 2004 ALCS that compares to the drama and exultations of what happened at the end of game 7 of the previous year’s ALCS. Decisive game, enormous comeback etc.
    Oh yeah, and the good guys won too… :o)

    IronHorse (yf) July 15, 2008, 12:17 am
  • the “single moment” would be the ground ball back to foulke completing the comeback. as for game 7 of the previous year, 7th game walk off homeruns have happened in the history of baseball with some regularity. the comeback was something that had never happened in the history of history.

    sf rod July 15, 2008, 1:30 am
  • I could’ve sworn I’ve seen ground ball back to the pitchers before. But you know, I don’t watch many games..

    Lar July 15, 2008, 8:06 am

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