Called Out

Ignore the fact that this story is from the Globe website (it’s a Reuters piece), YFs.  And ignore the fact that it was written by one of the Three Stooges.  But don’t ignore those former professionals calling out a certain Third Baseman.  What is it with those obsessed Sox fans ex-Pinstripers, always taking the piss out of A-Rod? 

I think it’s time to start calling him A-Rodney.

Addendum: This analysis of situational hitting for several of our faves is worth a surf. (ht to waswatching for the link)

35 comments… add one
  • They’re not picking on him, SF. When he’s being honest with himself A-Rod would say the same thing.

    john January 25, 2007, 8:17 am
  • I don’t think he’ll ever call himself A-Fraud or Slappy McBlue Lips, though.

    john January 25, 2007, 8:22 am
  • Reading the comments by the players… they’re making simple statements of fact. “He needs to get over that hump & have a good post-season.”

    Rob (Middletown, CT) January 25, 2007, 8:47 am
  • If you’d go to, you’ll see that A-Rod already has three of the four best seasons ever for the Yankees at third base. Actually, as he points out, 2005 was one of the best seasons for a third baseman EVER.
    Just to give you a little perspective on A-Rod’s performance as a Yankee.

    Andrew January 25, 2007, 8:49 am
  • Yawn….Sorry I thought I saw a dead horse trot by.

    Triskaidekaphobia January 25, 2007, 8:50 am
  • What, you saw Murray Chass, Trisk?

    SF January 25, 2007, 8:53 am
  • Yes, A-Rod had a great season in 2005. And he beats himself up over the fact that he has hasn’t done the same thing in the playoffs. Most likely, HE puts too much pressure on himself.

    john January 25, 2007, 9:14 am
  • Of course there was a time when Pedro had to tip his hat and admit the Yanks were his daddy. One of the things I liked about Pedro was that he was very honest. (Past tense because I don’t know if he’s ever successfully coming back.)

    john January 25, 2007, 9:16 am
  • “I thought I saw a dead horse trot by.”
    No, Trisk, that horse was flying by, courtesy of SF’s best Vinatieri imitation…

    Andrews January 25, 2007, 9:56 am
  • Let me just say that the “situational analysis” presented in the addendum is ridiculous. The definition of clutch is so broad as to be useless.

    YF January 25, 2007, 10:18 am
  • The definition of clutch is so broad as to be useless
    This may be true, but the statistics are interesting, I thought. Sorry it doesn’t pass your Einsteinian muster, YF. I’ll be more careful who I link to in the future.

    SF January 25, 2007, 10:19 am
  • …sure all arod needs to do is get over the “hump”…how’s he going to do that when the hump looks like mt. everest to him?…
    …arod’s tenure with the yanks reminds me a little of dave winfield’s…both great players, stat machines, hof-ers, but over time, they give everyone the impression that they can’t get it done in the clutch, and are not post-season performers…winfield, nicknamed “mr. may” by the boss, was always being compared to yankee heroes who did have good post-seasons, like reggie and munson…the guy put up some good seasons for the yanks, but left with that albatross hanging around his neck…for some perspective, he was on some of the mattingly teams, a guy who is revered universally by yankee fans and some non-yankee fans, despite the fact that he was never on a winner…winfield couldn’t get a break in ny given the guys he followed and the guy he played with…
    …arod has had some fine seasons with the yanks…sure the yanks have had a fast fade in the post-season while he’s been here, but it’s a little unfair to blame him for his “unclutchiness” as the reason…it’s still a team game…when [if] he wins one finally, he’ll get the lifetime pass…just like no self-repecting yf can get down on mo because he blew the game 7 save against az a few years ago, a ws win will immunize arod from the venom of rabid sportwriters, impatient yf’s, and sf’s who just like to see ny guys fail…

    dc January 25, 2007, 10:29 am
  • I dunno. A-Rod had good postseasons in 2000 (against the Yankees for part of it) and 2004 (although not the last four games, when it really counted).
    Doesn’t anyone else think it unseemly that these players from 30 years ago are commenting in the press about a current player’s perceived struggles and how he should correct them? If they care so much, why not talk to him in private and stop increasing the pressure by calling him out publicly?
    All the bashing he’s taken from Yankee fans and ex-players have taken all the fun out of hating him as a Sox fan. I think I’m back to hating Jeter most of all.

    Paul SF January 25, 2007, 11:00 am
  • Nettles was a .248 lifetime hitter, with a .225 career postseason average. In 1977 he hit .190 in the World Series, in 1978 he hit .160. Maybe what he means to say is that A-Rod needs someone else to carry him to glory, hence deflecting attention away from his own supposed lack of performance and making us forget that he didn’t reach the levels that he established for himself. If only A-Rod had his own Reggie, then Nettles might have kept his trap shut.

    SF January 25, 2007, 11:07 am
  • The expectations on ARod are higher than they were on Nettles, I imagine (I was but a babe when Nettles was doing his thing). I don’t assert that those expectations are fair – they’re not. It’s driven by many things, all of which we’ve discussed here in the past.
    Speaking of career .225 hitters in the postseason getting on ARod… David Justice, anyone?
    I guess the thing is those guys, despite their overall mediocrity in the playoffs, each had one or more big moments that everyone remembered. Justice, for instance, had a huge HR that put the Yanks into the 2000 series (after playing well down the stretch post-trade). ARod, unfortunately, gets next to no credit for his ALDS vs. the Twins, and is unfairly set-upon for his struggles in games 4-5-6-7 of the ALCS against Boston (when he struggled terribly… just like everyone else).

    Rob (Middletown, CT) January 25, 2007, 11:37 am
  • I wonder what people would say if Arod put up an MVP caliber season in 2007 along with stellar defensive play; the Yankees go to the postseason and he hits .300+ w/some key homers and RBI’s throughout; and then the Yanks still get knocked out of the ALCS or lose the Serious. What would the peanut gallery say about Arod then?

    bloodyank78 January 25, 2007, 12:02 pm
  • …more peanuts please?…

    dc January 25, 2007, 12:05 pm
  • Did Peyton Manning only become a great QB when he beat the Patriots and Bellichek and his redunkulous wizard sleeve sweatshirt?

    Triskaidekaphobia January 25, 2007, 12:17 pm
  • I imagine Peyton’s great accomplishment this past weekend will slip in the pantheon if he performs poorly this weekend. And I don’t know if that’s fair: his performance Sunday was inarguably great. But it will become background to the “never won the big one” if the Colts lose and he flounders. Even though he’s now shown that he can be a great player under pressure in the playoffs and not just in the regular season.

    SF January 25, 2007, 12:22 pm
  • But my point is he didn’t become great because he finally slayed his dragon. Is David Eckstein great because he’s a WS MVP? Would you trade A-Rod for Eckstein?

    Triskaidekaphobia January 25, 2007, 12:26 pm
  • Depends on the situation. If I was looking for someone to be able to squeeze under my house to get a ball I accidentally kicked, I might go for Eckstein.

    SF January 25, 2007, 12:27 pm
  • Sounds like we’re all in agreement that A-Rod is put upon unfairly. I used to enjoy it, but really I do feel bad for him now. I’ve never seen so many types of observers — media, fans, ex-freaking-players — openly analyze a guy’s alleged failures.
    I still hope he strikes out all 75 or so times he faces Red Sox pitching this year, but geez. It’s kinda ridiculous.

    Paul SF January 25, 2007, 12:30 pm
  • I imagine Peyton’s great accomplishment this past weekend will slip in the pantheon if he performs poorly this weekend.
    I predict that Peyton passes for 0 yards this weekend with 0 TDs.
    Your point overall is well-taken, and I agree, but I also enjoy being a nit-picking jackass.

    QuoSF January 25, 2007, 1:10 pm
  • “…I also enjoy being a nit-picking jackass…..”
    damn quo, we do have something in common…are you talking about manning’s performance or grossman’s?…if his defense and/or special teams don’t score 14 points, the bears are in trouble…

    dc January 25, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • Manning’s, since it’s not this weekend. That’s the nit I was picking.
    The Bears ARE in trouble. When the Super Bowl is played, in two weeks, Peyton will probably pass for 200+ yards if not 300, with 2-5 TDs.
    OTOH, since their DT won’t have to stay behind in house arrest, the Bears D could be the perfect foil.

    QuoSF January 25, 2007, 1:54 pm
  • Cute, Quo – no game THIS weekend…

    Anonymous January 25, 2007, 1:55 pm
  • Hey, I’ll poke fun at YFs and SFs equally on minor mistakes like that.

    QuoSF January 25, 2007, 1:59 pm
  • Be careful out there on that limb Quo!

    Triskaidekaphobia January 25, 2007, 2:16 pm
  • …i fell for the “this weekend” nit too…i’m getting [make that i am] old…

    dc January 25, 2007, 2:58 pm
  • The pro- and anti-Jeter comments aside, I think we can agree that this doesn’t seem right:
    Woman who has a new man every couple months, is assumed to be sleeping with them: “Slut, whore, easy.”
    Man who has a new woman every couple months, is assumed to be sleeping with them: “Respected, admired, awesome.”

    Paul SF January 25, 2007, 3:56 pm
  • Ha! Posted on the wrong thread :-P

    Paul SF January 25, 2007, 3:57 pm
  • Ha! Posted on the wrong thread :-P
    C’mon Paul. You know we’re all willing to debate the pros and cons of Derek Jeter and Paris Hilton anywhere.

    QuoSF January 25, 2007, 4:14 pm
  • …not to mention that wasn’t the point…i think that’s why yf surrendered…

    dc January 25, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • Once the Pats lose, I don’t pay attention to the NFL schedule.
    And Tom Brady’s a total slut. So there.

    SF January 25, 2007, 4:54 pm
  • Steven Goldman sums it up pretty well in the most recent Pinstriped Blog:
    “…maybe it would have been better had I written that Tony Womack should motivate himself to hit more home runs, take more walks, and bat for a higher average. I could have criticized his lack of production as a failure of spirit or maturity. I should have said, “The Yankees signed him expecting him to do better, so he’s obligated to do better.” That would have been met by deserved derision, but somehow in A-Rod’s case it’s acceptable to have that same expectation.”

    Rob (Middletown, CT) January 26, 2007, 10:16 am

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