When real news is sparse — say, the week of opening day, when there’s no further news about roster construction, yet no valid signs yet of who’s performing above or below expectations — beat writers often fall back on a favorite genre piece: “Player X Disappoints Me and Hey Look How Much He’s Getting Paid Whaaa?!” I figure I’ll save us some reading time, and save beat writers their modest effort of writing “new” columns, by pre-writing all future pieces in this genre, just by pasting together text from past pieces in this genre. Following is a 500-word article I “wrote” just by cobbling together quotes from ten different articles about various Yankee free agent signings who made a beat writer really sad. That is, each below paragraph is an exact quote from the hyperlinked article. Each quote expresses disbelief, anger, and other stages of grief about one of the last half-dozen major free agent Yankee signings, all of whom at some point struck a beat writer as either disappointing from the start (McCann, Beltran, Ellsbury) or disappointing at the end of a long-term deal after providing several years of strong performance (A-Rod, Sabathia, Teixeira).…
My goodness. From the way some New York sports media columnists are reacting today you would have thought that the Yankees had never previously lost a game on opening day. How quickly people forget the 2009 debacle when the newly minted, high-priced ace CC Sabathia laid a big ‘ol egg against a pretty bad Baltimore Oriole squad in Camden Yards. Or even better that year’s home opener when Sabathia, again, had a disastrous start at the grand unveiling of the new stadium. Now, before you even ask, “How can you compare this team to 2009’s squad?” I am not doing that at all. I am just saying that the Yankees losing on opening day is not a new thing. Remember last year against the Astros?
Maybe it’s because Alex Rodriguez was cheered during the player intros, didn’t look lost at the plate and ultimately didn’t give them anything negative to write about so all of the doom and gloom transferred onto poor Masahiro Tanaka, who while not having a great Opening Day, didn’t exactly give up 11 runs in two innings.…
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, welcome to the “it’s not-a-media-circus” media circus starring Alex Rodriguez!
There's Alex playing catch! It's blanket coverage folks pic.twitter.com/e7eiCiFJKi
— Anthony McCarron (@AnthonyMcCarron) February 25, 2015
A-Rod being stretched out by a trainer pic.twitter.com/4NMqXIrxhu
— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) February 25, 2015
Are we even sure that’s actually Alex? And what’s more, can we be sure he isn’t being assaulted by an angry teammate?
— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) February 25, 2015
Oh, okay, thanks Brendan!
— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) February 25, 2015
Check out ESPN NY’s Wally Matthews and his red kicks. Mike Vaccaro is being pretty lazy by looking through the mesh fence. Tsk, Tsk. Oh wait, he’s balancing the table so Wally and Buster don’t fall down. My bad.
Arod leaving GMS after his physical. Said he's headed to minor league complex to work out pic.twitter.com/BOdkOwoQuV
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) February 25, 2015
Hey, it’s the Miami pullover again!…
A-Rod has asked and been granted a meeting with the Yankees, GM Brian Cashman confirmed.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) February 6, 2015
Well well well. I guess some of those earlier reports about the Yankees turning down A-Rod’s request to meet and clear the air were nothing more than shoddy reporting/typical anti-A-Rod rumor mongering. According to this report by Nick Cafardo earlier this morning, the Yankees and Alex have agreed to meet and talk before the start of the upcoming season. Cash went further to say that those previous reports were untrue, and that this was the first time A-Rod asked to have a sit down with the team.
Between Cash shooting down that earlier report, him saying the Yanks are “more than happy to meet with him [A-Rod]” and Alex seemingly trying to do everything the right way, it appears as though all the A-Rod haters might not get the drama and shame they were looking for this season. I shudder to think at what’s going to become of the Daily News I-Team when that happens. …
Baseball is inching closer and closer to being back, and that can mean only one thing. It’s time for the A-Rod Hate Train to come back into town! It’s been a while since that line ran through, but if you mind the gap on your way in and keep your tickets out, we’ll be on our way.
With the start of Spring Training a month and change away, the topic has naturally shifted from A-Rod’s legal issues to his on-field activities. Everybody knows he’s been working out for a while in preparation for his return, but all the offseason moves have essentially limited him to semi-regular DH/backup third base duties. According to the New York Post, he’s fine with that:
“’Alex is looking at this season as a fresh start,’ one friend said. ‘He’s prepared to do the best he can in his role as a DH, but he is also preparing to play third base, knowing there will be times that Headley needs a break.…
Has everybody had a chance to check around the Yankosphere and baseball blog circuit yet today? If you have, you were no doubt bombared with stories about the Yankees and Max Scherzer kinda, sorta, maybe, possibly being linked. Via Jon Heyman:
“So far this offseason, there hasn’t been much that’s new and interesting tied to the Yankees– baseball’s most storied franchise and usually among its most active winter players.
And there has been very little, if anything, that’s been linked to right-hander Max Scherzer — baseball’s top free-agent pitcher.
So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that there’s a chance that the Yankees and Scherzer may start becoming tied together, at least in terms of talk. It’s a match that might make sense.”
At face value, no. That wouldn’t be a surprise. Big money players are always linked to the Yankees during hot stove season, and they have a very apparent and widely-known need for starting pitching. …
Feinsand keeps playing chess while everybody else is playing “I hate A-Rod” checkers. He filed a report late last night that was chock full of useful, timely, relevant information on Alex Rodriguez. Stuff like updates on what he’s been doing lately to prepare for next season:
“A source close to Rodriguez told The News Wednesday that the former AL MVP has been working out ‘like a fiend,’ hitting several days a week at the University of Miami among other places.”
What he’s been doing for months to stay in shape and get ready for his return:
“Rodriguez has been hitting, taking grounders and going through an all-around conditioning program for months, the source said, doing everything within his power to be ready for spring training.”
And a direct quote from one of his teammates on how he feels about A-Rod rejoining the team and the locker room next year:
“Guys in the clubhouse, we’re there for one reason; we’re trying to play baseball and trying to do the best we can as a team, make it into October and win a World Series,” Gardner said.…
Alex Rodriguez‘s suspension has been lifted, he’s back on the 40-man roster, and he’s working out in preparation for his return to the field in 2015. You know what that means, right? Time for the New York media to get their collective A-Rod smear games back in action! Yeah!! Because a guy who’s already been outed as a steroid user for the better part of the last 15 years, targeted and treated by MLB and the media as the biggest PED offender in the history of organized sports, and had his reputation and credibility completely destroyed in the process obviously needs to be the focus of more steroid-related stories, right?
For instance, did you guys know that A-Rod paid off his cousin who was his drug handler back in the day to keep him from going to media and telling his story of Alex’s PED use?
“In court documents filed last week in Miami, federal prosecutors say Rodriguez paid $900,000 last year to settle a threatened lawsuit by Yuri Sucart, who had worked as Rodriguez’s personal assistant.
Ivan Nova shut out Nick Markakis and the Orioles a little over a week ago, and the right-hander will again face the Orioles tonight. In the spirit of Nova-day, enjoy this GIF of Markakis’ at bat in the fifth inning. There’s a sinker, four-seam, and curveball in there, see if you can spot the difference.