And We’re Back to Hating Him

So many things to loathe about Alex Rodriguez, I don’t want you to get the impression that my focus in this post is exclusive of the others.  Moishe’s focus is the money: “leaving that much money on the table proves he just didn’t want to be in the Bronx.”  My focus isn’t so much about the money, because I can’t begrudge him trying to maximize his value.  Adam’s  focus is on the “piggishness of the timing” that A-Rod clearly wanted to upstate the World Series (and even the Yankees managerial announcement to a degree).  I definitely understand that.  But my focus is on the clear and unambiguous full-of-shitedness is his agent’s bogus, lie-filled statement about the whole thing.  Let’s break this down.  First, Scott Boras, uninterrupted:

“I got a call from Alex tonight, and he is going to opt out,” Scott Boras, Rodriguez’s agent, told The Post last night during Game 4 of the World Series. “He was just too unsure with new ownership talking about a transition where the organization is going right now. He is not sure what is going to happen with [free agents] Mariano [Rivera] and [Jorge] Posada, and if Andy Pettitte is coming back. He needs more time to assess where the Yankees are going in the future.”

I got a call from Alex tonight

More likely, you called Alex and told him what to do.

He was just too unsure with new ownership talking about a transition where the organization is going right now

What?  Are you kidding?  It’s not like there’s been a change in ownership.  You’ve still got Steinbrenner, just with a different first name.  And they are still going to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on payroll, and try to field the best team in baseball.  Nobody can honestly believe the Yankees would ever rebuild.  That’s not a legitimate opinion.

He is not sure what is going to happen with Mariano and Posada, and if Andy Pettitte is coming back.

Uh, sure.  Except, not being sure isn’t a reason to opt out.  It’s a reason to wait and see.  The implication of this statement is that if the Mo, Jorge and Andy all come back, he would want to.  Well, those guys haven’t made a decision, so what jump the gun.  See, that’s the best point that this is clearly all a lie:

He needs more time to assess where the Yankees are going in the future.

Interesting.  And a lie, because he had more time.  He wasn’t up against any sort of deadline.  He had 10 days after the World Series, which ended last night, to decide to opt out.  Entirely likely that within the span of those ten days, the Yankees would name their new manager, hear from Andy Pettitte (who has the same time frame to decide) and make offers to (and possibly sign) Rivera and Posada.  Needing more time is a red herring, because he had more time and it didn’t matter.  He’s clearly lying.  Why?  Because, like Hank Steinbrenner says:

“It’s clear he didn’t want to be a Yankee,” Hank Steinbrenner told the Daily News last night. “He doesn’t understand the privilege of being a Yankee on a team where the owners are willing to pay $200 million to put a winning product on the field.  “I don’t want anybody on my team that doesn’t want to be a Yankee.”

And another similar quote:

“It’s a shame,” Hank Steinbrenner, who is now running the Yankees, said late Sunday night. “But we are all in agreement: myself, my dad, my brother, all the baseball people. If you don’t want to be a Yankee and paid what you’re being paid, we don’t want you, that’s the bottom line. You’d be hard-pressed to argue that point. If you don’t understand the magnitude of being a Yankee and understand what that means, and being the highest-paid player in baseball, I think it’s pretty obvious.”

I agree, it’s pretty obvious.  A-Rod’s full of it.

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16 responses to “And We’re Back to Hating Him

  1. I actually like some of your points. Let’s nto forget how A-Rod was treated while on the Yankees. Can you blame him for not wanting to be a Yankee when he was booed incessantly at times. He’s the best player in baseball and you guys (Yankees fans collectively) booed him. And embarrass him by moving him down int he line-up. And when the team doesn’t perform as a whole in the playoffs, he was the one who was crucified year after year. Don’t blame him now for not being happy. and he moved to third base to accommodate Jeter. I’d bet that if Jeter got up and said you know what A-Rod is a better fielder than I am it’s time for me to move to second base let’s let A-Rod play third, then A-Rod would stay. I’m not saying it would be smart at this point b/c A-Rod’s a great third baseman already. But he ignored so much garbage in this Yankees ordeal – show a little appreciation.

  2. I don’t have to show appreciation for anything A-Rod did. Just by buying tickets and paying for the YES Network, I already have. He got paid an insane amount of money, the most in the sport, to do that. By paying his salary (through tickets sales and increased cable bills for YES Network) we’ve earned to right to show our displeasure with him. For that salary, he should shut up and deal with a little booing, or being dropped in the lineup when he’s struggling.

    Besides, nobody blamed him for not being happy. Except that’s not what he said.

    Every word that comes out of A-Rod’s mouth (or Boras’s on his behalf) is a calculated lie. It was just a month ago that he said this:

    “This feels like home,” Rodriguez said on Sept. 26, the date the Yankees clinched their 13th consecutive playoff berth. “It’s hard to believe that I played for another two organizations. So much has happened to me here — adversity, some success — that I feel like anything but New York feels kind of weird for me now.

    “One thing about New York — the tough times are tougher than anywhere. But the special times are as special as any. I love New York.”

    Now you want me to believe that he just wasn’t happy in New York? Sorry.

    This was a calculated strategy to maximize A-Rod’s exposure, and manipulate the media and fans into paying attention to him, all for the single end-game A-Rod and Boras have always had: more money.

    You can certainly argue that A-Rod may not get more money from another team and that this was an error. That doesn’t change the fact that this was a calculated move, and A-Rod has never had any interest other than maximizing the dollar value. Nothing else.

  3. I think Kenny overstates his point, but we (Yankee fans) do have to recognize that A-Rod switched positions to come to NY, even though he had a no trade clause and could have easily just kept collecting his paycheck in Texas, a far less pressure-filled environment. That was a sacrifice on his part and we should be grateful for it.

    Also I don’t see how it could be about money. What team is capable of offering more than the rumored 8 year $231 million that was reportedly offered by the Yankees as a starting point? A-Rod easily could have made 30 million a season for 8 years in NY. What team could possibly match that? Maybe Boras knows another Tom Hicks, but I doubt it.

    The problem with A-Rod is that he’s probably giving up more money to play for a worse team, simply because he doesn’t want to deal with NY, comments he made a few weeks ago notwithstanding. And that’s fine because that’s his choice. But Yankee fans are really going to dislike him because of the dishonest reasons he gave, and the disingenuous way he pretended to love it here.

  4. Lawyer-Wearing-Yarmulka

    The guy simply doesn’t want to play in NY. That’s fine with me. But he’s got to stop lying through his teeth. What a phony. Good riddance.

  5. “Even Belichick thinks this was a dick move.”

    — some commenter on Deadspin

  6. Now that he’s gone…

    Eff him. He sucks. He is not half the champion Jeter is.

    He will go down as the best player to never win anything.

    [Sigh]
    I wish he was still a Yankee.

  7. I hope he goes to Boston and wins the ALCS for the next ten years and one World Series in between all those Met Dynasty Championships.

    Let’s Go Mets!!

    [Sigh]

    I wish the Mets could sign him to play second but that’s never going to happen for too many reasons.

  8. For the record, I always hated him.

  9. I’ve hated him ever since he (through Boras) made all of those ridiculous demands to the Mets before the Texas deal was signed.

    Coincidentally, the Daily News has a piece on that same topic on October 14th, in which they quote Steve Phillips:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/mets/2007/10/arod_moving_to_flushing_i_dont.html

    “He gave me this book they had put together for everbody. He went through his rundown. And I had my yellow notepad with me. I listened to his presentation. He does the presentation. I had heard rumblings of it because he had already talked to a number of members of the media, and told them what he was looking for. I believe he had went on Mike & the Mad Dog about what he was looking for in addition to the money. He said, ‘All these things have to be part of the deal or there’s not a deal,’ including an office at the stadium for his marketing person, a luxury box where he could host people, and after the game people come down to the clubhouse and get things signed. That he had become so big he can’t fly commercially, so he’s going to need charter airfare. That he wanted to meet with ownership and go through the scouting reports in the organization, since he’s making a long-term commitment, of who is coming up in the farm system to know there’s a bright future to play with around him. He wanted to have a tent in spring training to sell A-Rod apparel. He wanted to know what the team marketing plan was going to be around him as he joined the team. I think that’s about everything. I just wrote everything down and digested it all and told ownership about it, got their reaction to it and told them what I thought – that there are things I’m not willing to create when we already have Mike Piazza, who was the lowest maintenance, or one of the lowest-maintenance stars to play; I think his dad and brother came around once in a while. It’s been another way for everybody else forever. After hearing their knee-jerk reaction, they said, ‘Okay, just tell them were out.’ We told him we were out. In addition to the money, which was discussed at $25 million a year for 10 years, there were opt outs after three, five and seven years of the deal. It wasn’t any sort of a setup that the Mets had interest in before. So they instructed me to do as indicated, that we were out. I will say this, and I think Fred Wilpon has said this: There’s no way the Mets would pay $25 million a year at the time. There was certainly interest, but it never got to money to where that ultimate threshold was determined. He said multiple times, ‘There’s no way the Mets would pay $25 million a year.’ The dollars were never negotiated. It’s structure was beyond what was appropriate at the time.”

  10. The heck with A-Rod, I hope the Mets go after Posada just to piss off Yankee fans.

    Also, what does everyone think about Hank Steinbrenner’s rant about A-Rod not understanding the “privilege of being a Yankee”

    What exactly is the great privilege, dealing with the scrutinizing media, ownership and “what have you done for me lately” fans? Or is it the the great thrill of playing in the House that Ruth Built which is being torn down in a couple of years?

  11. I agree w/ Jeremy. I thought Hank’s comments were ridiculous. I don’t blame A-Rod for not wanting to put up with all that crap. I also don’t blame him for the less than forthright comments – that’s what players and their agents are supposed to do i.e. sugarcoat everything. I do think the timing of the announcement (during game 4) showed A-Rod’s selfishness which is obvious to all. I’m no fan of A-Rod and I certainly don’t see how these teams are paying him so much money (his next contract will likely total more than the value of some franchises!), but the guy is one heck of a baseball player. NY Sun article today argues that soon players like A-Rod may be paid with equity in the franchise’s network (YES etc.) which would circumvent the League’s policy of forbidding players to own franchises-interesting idea.

  12. Rob – The league needs to plug that loophole quickly.

  13. May be a hot topic when the elite players want more and more money and the only way to pay them (and remain solvent) will be with equity. I think it’s a bad idea but may be where we’re headed.

  14. Elias rates A-Rod as the 5th most valuable SS/3B/2B in the league, behind Young, Cano, Tejada, Jeter, and Lowell.

    Huh!?!?

  15. Now that A-rod is coming back to the Yankees on his hands and knees begging for his job back, I think another post is in order. Specifically, are all the Yankee fans who said “good riddance” the day after the World Series ended going to now welcome this guy back with open arms? Are they going to soften their stance and say, “well, if we can get him at way below the asking price, how can we not pull the trigger?” Are they going to say “Look at that! Apparently it was all Boras’s fault and A-Rod wasn’t who we thought he was!”

    Or are they going to stick to their guns and continue to call him out on his BS….

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