71-91, Last Place. Isn’t THAT Special?

From the “Overvalued Opinion of Oneself” category:

NY Times print edition today:

“Rodriguez had pointed out beforehand the the Rangers asked to trade him, and he did not think he deserved to be booed.

‘No, I wouldn’t boo, without a doubt’, Rodriguez said. ‘Simply because I came here and I played the best baseball I could play. I won the MVP, two Gold Gloves and three player of the year awards. The way I played between the lines was special'”.

Yeah, no sh-t, Alex. We know you’re a good player. But these kind of comments are the stuff that draw the boos – self-promoting, supremely confident blather that decontextualizes your effort, makes everything about YOU. We know you’re good, but you don’t have to tell us. BOOOOOOO.

6 comments… add one
  • What a dick. I mean, okay–I’m a YF and I can’t deny that having ARod’s production on the team helps. A LOT. (Especially when compared with Aaron Bleeping Boone.) But as the season ended last year, my hope was that Cashman would go out and get Mike Lowell, be able to keep Sori, and be set with their infield. The Marlins resigned Lowell quickly, so that settled that. But it is interesting what the cumulative ARod effect is turning out to be. Neyer’s column recently noted that the difference b/w Sori and ARod when you factor in the Stadium v. the Ballpark is there, but *not *as huge as it might seem at first glance (also that Sori’s D is steadily improving).
    And then there’s the intangible effect that ARod is having on Jeter. A Mets fan buddy and I were talking the other day about it, and we both agreed that you have to attribute some of Jeet’s batting woes to the presence of the best player in the game hovering like a vulture a couple of yards to his right every day. The quote that SF posted above is further proof that ARod’s concerns are limited to himself and his position in the record books, and if anyone thinks that he’s 100% happy playing 3B, that he isn’t secretly gunning for Jeter’s job, they’re in serious denial. Jeter knows it, and it’s a different sort of pressure than any he’s had to face previously. Olney can cite Jeter’s aggressiveness at the plate all he wants, but the truth is that Jeter has always been a super aggressive hitter and his K rate has always been high. But he always got his hits, and his OBP was always VG. Until this year. Maybe Derek will turn things around–and I truly hope he finds a way to do so, for him and for us–but it’s been bleak so far. MF, of course, loves the fact that despite his gaudy numbers, ARod might turn out to be a poison pill of sorts.
    Anyway, I know it might seem disingenous to lament that fact that ARod plays for your team. But how can you like a guy that says what he says above? I miss the days of Tino/Paulie/Brosius/Conie (and Pettitte!), when the Yanks fielded a squad that the fans could really LOVE. These days, I find myself rooting more and more for specific guys on the team, and they’re the guys who’ve been the mainstays of the Torre era. It’s a different sort of fan cheer.

    Spidey May 23, 2004, 11:59 am
  • Well as SF knows Pedro and Manny are the poster boys for humility.

    JCL (YF) May 23, 2004, 6:41 pm
  • Who said ANYTHING ABOUT THE RED SOX?!?!?!?!
    As for Manny and Pedro, well, Pedro’s certainly plenty full of himself. But Manny? I don’t know that Manny is full of anything – he’s never been accused of anything but being mercurial – it’s not fair to put him in Pedro’s (or A-Rod’s) league in this way.

    SF May 23, 2004, 8:27 pm
  • I DID!!! WHY – I can’t mention the Red Sox unless you do??? If you’re going to continually bend the truth regarding the personality of Yankee players then I am going to defend them. You tried the same thing with Bernie a couple of weeks ago. A-Rod wanted to play for a winner and Texas didn’t want to pay him – what’s wrong with that? Weren’t Schilling’s motives for moving to Boston the same? I can’t wait until next year when Manny and Pedro leave the Sox – let’s see if they even talk to the media when they return to Boston. You continually villify the Yankee players by taking things out of context and distorting the truth – who are you, Rush Limbaugh?

    JCL (YF) May 24, 2004, 12:45 pm
  • Who said ANYTHING ABOUT A-ROD ?!?!?!

    JCL (YF) May 24, 2004, 12:49 pm
  • Bravo JCL, the James Carville of YFSF.

    YF May 24, 2004, 1:00 pm

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