What are the chances Rafael Nadal made A-Rod cry when he told Menudo to shut up? I’ll let the manpris slide today.
All-Star weekend can’t end fast enough. I only made it until the 14th inning last night until I decided that sleep was more important and I realized that I didn’t care who won. Nice to see Billy Wagner show consistency. Also good to see George Sherrill show up big for the O’s though. Too bad the Yankees couldn’t show up for A-Rod.
Page Six reports that none of A-Rod’s Yankee teammates showed up for the party he was hosting at 40/40 on Monday night. Instead he was surrounded by Madonna’s posse and a bunch of chickenhead groupies listening to Madonna songs. It turns out his teammates would rather hang out at home or with Mets than with him.
Sources tell the Post that A-Rod’s obsession with manly women is becoming a distraction for the team.
“He’s become a huge distraction with the Madonna fiasco,” a source told Page Six. “It’s always all about him.”
Those chickenhead groupies and manly women must have warmed up at STK on Sunday. They took over the place en masse. I assume they were there waiting for Captain Morgan or the Chicago Blackhawks’ Martin Havlat. Both were there in force. The former was also there in free liquid form.
The Deuce decided to make an appearance after an exhausting day at the free Breeders show in Brooklyn Sunday afternoon. The Breeders? Yes. Fat girls rocking hula hoops and string bikinis? No. Standing in the same place for five hours in the sun isn’t the move either. However standing in the same place in air conditioning with an open bar is never a bad move. Famous last words.
The party itself was rather blah despite the best efforts of Captain Morgan to get the crowd hype. I just didn’t believe he was that happy. I suspect he’s really empty inside because he misses the sea and now has to shuck and jive for douchebags at the club. I think I’m mocking the Captain because I want to be Captain Morgan. I wanted to ask if I could sign up for duty but he was more interested in raising the roof and doing the running man.
The party was made slightly better by the David Ortiz making his run to the VIP and the efforts of girls to get past the rope man including one who tried to squeeze herself through a hole in a glass wall in an unsuccessful yet hilarious effort to get to Havlat. The number of athletes was probably equal to the number of Menounoses and Kieblers in the house.
The All-Star parade didn’t get much better. Athletes waving from cars in 100 degree heat. I’d be more impressed if they rode on elephants and rhinos. Something to think about for next season.
Here are some parade shots taken of ex-players with mustaches by the Deuce’s partner in crime who showed up strong All-Star Weekend.
Makes you wish you were getting swamp ass while watching the players roll by. Those of you interested in innuendo should know that Big Papi was still working Maria Menounos during the parade. Make of that what you will. Unfortunately their ride was too fast so you’ll have to take our word for it.
It appears that A-Rod’s learned something before he’s done like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.
New York Daily News’ John Harper sat down with Rodriguez for a one-on-one interview in which they discussed his reasons for staying in New York as well as his recent split with agent Scott Boras and more interestingly, his regrets over picking the Texas Rangers over the New York Mets in 2000.
Rodriguez named his regrets over his move to the Rangers as being a factor among others in his decision to cut Boras loose to negotiate his return to the Yankees.
“I went for the contract when my true desire was to go play for the Mets,” Rodriguez said of his decision to ink his $252 million deal with Texas eight years ago.
As A-Rod looked back on the events of the past offseason, he seemed haunted by the idea that in breaking free of the Yankees he could have made another decision based strictly on money and wound up as .unhappy as he was in Texas for three years.
The three-time MVP says that at some point after his opt-out decision in October, he realized he could have been heading for a similar scenario, with Boras dictating his next destination.
“So to make the right decision just feels really good,” Rodriguez said, “versus being taken down a road where I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, where am I? Oh, $400 million to play in some place I hate? Great, I’ll blow my — head off.’
Let’s play gotcha for a second. Well done for saying what he thinks but wow. He hated Texas enough to give up $252 million to play for the Mets or end it? That’s rough. I mean the Rangers suck and Dallas ain’t that great but damn. That’s some cold, honest shit right there.
Rodriguez also indirectly acknowledged one of his biggest knocks.
“If people want to question why I did it, I don’t care because it made me happy. If I had gone to Team X, Y or Z, it wouldn’t have made me happy. It would have been because Scott wanted me to go – it would have been for the most money. And then I’m always going to be known as a guy who always wanted the most money.”
…If I had gone to Detroit or someplace and I don’t win, people are going to hammer me, because there’s no loyalty, and by moving again, I don’t represent anything. Instead, I’m planting my roots here and saying I want to win with one team and represent something as a Yankee the rest of my career. I think it’s the right way to do it.”
No one questions his ability … until October. He’s one of the greats in the game but he is known or thought of to be about the money to a large percentage of baseball fans. An opt-out would have sealed that impression and kept him from the one thing it seems he wants the most besides a ring which is the love of the fans.
There’s no reason to not take A-Rod at his word especially in light of his actions over the past months. He even says, “‘That was me – and now it’s not,’ he said. ‘That’s the difference between being 24 and 32. And that’s what I’m proud of.’”
Now A-Rod needs to come through in October otherwise he’ll never be considered a Yankee by New York fans. Incidentally, this is another reason why the majority of Yankee fans are donkeys. The Yankees wouldn’t even have made it to the postseason if A-Rod didn’t carry them on his back most of the season. It’s amazing how fast they turned on him (not entirely unwarranted at the risk of contradicting myself) and forgot that they could have been sitting around talking about how fuckin’ awesome Jeremy Shockey’s tattoos are because the baseball season was over. Ah they probably do that anyway when they’re not talking about how Chad Pennington really has a good arm.
Barry Bonds subscribes to the Cedric Benson School of Self-Motivation. Benson said, referring to Thomas Jones, that he’s “10 times the man and 10 times the player“. Bonds feels the same way when it comes to A-Rod.
“Is he as good as me? Hell, no,” Bonds told The Post when asked if Rodriguez was the best player of this generation. “He’s better than me now because he’s younger than me. But, hell no.”
Bonds was later asked if Rodriguez ranks right behind him. “He ain’t even second,” he said. Bonds said that honor goes to his close friend, Ken Griffey Jr., “but he got hurt.”
We’re surprised that Bonds didn’t put the Brown Hornet and Bookman from Good Times above A-Rod as well. They always came through in the clutch.
Say what you want about Rangers owner Tom Hicks but don’t call him a Sunday fool. He finally realized that A-Rod’s kinda good and he kinda wants him back. The Bergen Record reports that a major league source has claimed that Hicks is interested in reacquiring A-Rod and is even willing to put a 10-year contract on the table to make it happen.
Let’s not forget that the Rangers are still paying a good chunk of his salary and they’re “still on the hook for roughly $30 million of the $81 million remaining over the 2007 and 2008 seasons”. I can’t imagine what Hicks will offer this time. $750 million, Laredo and Harry Kewell as A-Rod’s cabana boy? Chan Ho Park is still available and he can drive from Round Rock so they wouldn’t have to buy him a plane ticket.