Tagged: Alex Rodriguez

The Dumb and the Restless

arod-4.jpgAfter taking a day off from making headlines, ALEX RODRIGUEZ has finally done something smart. Opting to undergo a minor surgery now, with a promise for a more invasive surgery after the season, Rodriguez is expected to miss only six to nine weeks.

Not only was choosing to have the surgery done now, earlier on in the season, a smart move, Rodriguez also did not publicly comment on the surgery. Dr. Marc Phillipon, the hip specialist responsible for fast-tracking the procedure, did all the talking in an article written MLB.com beat reporter Bryan Hoch.

“The goal here is to allow Alex to rehab rapidly in a safe manner,”
Philippon said. “The approach we’re using is much safer than letting
Alex play the way he is now.”

Rodriguez is expected to spend the first few week in Vail, Colo. to
undergo rehabilitation that is a “hybrid” experiment.

“Because of all the tests, findings, analysis and function of Alex, I
feel it’s in his best interest to have his labrum repaired, remove part
of his impingement at the same time and, therefore, stabilize his
labrum,” Philippon said. “[The procedure will] remove a little bit of
the impingement, and by doing this, we will contain the cyst. The goal
here is to stabilize Alex’s labrum, remove a little bit of the
impingement and allow him to have more freedom of movement in his hip.”

Philippon has performed similar procedures on and treated such
sports stars as golfer Greg Norman and figure skater Tara Lipinski.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said, during a press conference call, that Philippon’s expertise gave Rodriguez comfort “that
this was not only a legitimate option, but the best one.”

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With Rodriguez out of action for only a brief period of time, expect to see more of CODY RANSOM, the man chosen to fill Rodriguez’s big, expensive, shoes. Ransom, 33, is a journeyman infielder who has been hitting exceptionally well as a Yankee between his time spent as a back up last year and his Spring Training showing.

Ransom hit .302 with four home runs and eight RBIs in 33 games for the
Yankees last season as a utility man, including three starts at third
base. He has logged just 183 big league at-bats with three organizations.

In 20 at bats of spring training baseball, Ransom is currently batting .300 with six hits, five runs, and a stolen base. Teammate Johnny Damon has been a vocal supporter of Ransom, even claiming him to be the “best athlete on the team.”

In other news, MANNY RAMIREZ has written a book.

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REALLY?

Seriously now ….

REALLY?

He’s a great athlete hitter and all, but I didn’t even know he could read, let along write.

At first I thought it was a hoax. Then I thought maybe it was a Manny themed coloring book.

But this is a real-deal, I-wanna-be-a-bitter-clown-like-Joe-Torre expose’ of his former team.

In a report by MLB.com associate reporter Alden Gonzalez, excerpts from “Becoming Manny” have been released to the press.

In typical fashion, Manny, with the help of a few journalists, chronicle Manny’s Beantown adventures and his eventual forray into Dodgertown USA, and his eventual settling into Mannywood.

One note I really found thought provoking is how Manny claimed to have lost his best buddy Pedro Martinez, who is currently auditioning for a Major League role with an outstanding performance in the World Baseball Classic.

Perhaps we could see Manny and Pedro reunite … under Joe Torre.

I’m sure Torre could lead another all star team to the playoffs and find a way to blow it for them, too.

What a bunch of clowns.

SOURCE CREDITS:

MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090308&content_id=3942546
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090308&content_id=3945254
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090305&content_id=3921752
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090308&content_id=3942784

PHOTOS CREDITS:

http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/images/2009/03/08/XzWmb6zb.jpg – Getty/Uncredited
http://img.fannation.com/upload/si_blog_post_images/25021/arod.jpg – AP/Uncredited
http://www.preschoolcoloringbook.com – Christa Koch (alterations by me)

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Filling in an unexpected hole? Maybe? Maybe not?

arod-1.jpgThis guy just cannot seem to find himself off of the headlines. If he’s not causing controversy over past actions, he’s having his words dissected by a blood thirsty media.

For a guy who takes everything said about him so personally, I would suppose Alex Rodriguez would have wanted to disappear for a few weeks until the media feeding frenzy moves on to some other victim.

But I doubt he’d want it to have happened this way.

After reporting a stiffness in his right hip, Rodriguez has found himself in a dangerous, potentially life threatening situation involving a, thankfully, benign cyst.

However, after consulting with specialist Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, Colo., Rodriguez had the cyst aspirated on Thursday.

While having the cyst examined, it was revealed that Rodriguez was also suffering from a torn labrum.

According to the Mayo Clinic website, “The socket of your hip joint (acetabulum) is lined by cartilage
called your labrum. This cartilage provides stability and cushioning
for your hip joint, allowing the ball of your thighbone (femur) to move
smoothly and painlessly in the socket.

“A tear in your labrum, known as a hip labral tear or acetabular
labral tear, can result from injury, repetitive movements that cause
wear-and-tear on your hip joint, or degeneration, such as from
osteoarthritis.”

arod-2.jpgFor an active ballplayer, this looks to be a routinely plausible in jury. The Mayo Clinic also says, “When treatment for a hip labral tear is necessary, it may consist of
physical therapy, medications or a combination. Less frequently,
surgery is necessary to treat a hip labral tear.”

If Rodriguez needs the surgery, it would have to be a pretty serious tear.

He has subsequently been yanked from the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic, which should further to raise the ire of his former Dominican fans who felt snubbed when Rodriguez opted to play for the United States in the ’06 Classic.

arod-3.jpgThis injury, though, raises an important question.

Should Rodriguez choose to undergo the surgery, who will the Yankees use in his stead? Obviously there is no player who could completely fill the void that would be created by the absence of the former 3-time MVP.

This brings me to a bit of a hypothetical situation.

Let’s play a game I like to call EXTREME GEE EMM.

It works like this: I feed you a few hypothetical guidelines. You make the moves necessary to build the best team. You post your thoughts in a response. We bicker about it. We hope it never happens.

If Rodriguez requires surgery and opted to undergo the procedure now, he would, hypothetically, be ready for a return near the time of the all star break. In the meantime, there would be a vacancy at third base.

Since we are playing with hypothetical situations, let’s also suppose that trading for an outside player is not an option. This is a big hypothetical, because this is rarely ever the case. But if we want to play EXTREME GEE EMM, we have to be able to play with the highest stakes possible.

So if the Yankees have to replace possibly the best baseball player in history (that should churn some fires in of itself!) with a prospect or current position player already in the organization.

Do you move Xavier Nady to third and put Swisher in right field?

Do you put your chips on a daredevil stunt of putting a natural outfielder like Shelly Duncan in the corner?

Do you move Tiexeira from first to third and pull Swisher to the front?

Do you put your hope in former rookie of the year, Angel Berroa?

Do you give the reigns to, as Johnny Damon claims, the “best athlete on the team” in Cody Ransom?

Do you try shifting Juan Miranda across the field?

Do you bypass juggling players and just slot Nick Swisher in the corner and hope for the best?

What would YOU do? How would YOU solve this puzzle?

Web Credits:
Mayo Clinic – http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hip-labral-tear/DS00920

MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090305&content_id=3921752
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090303&content_id=3914670
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090304&content_id=3915572

Bomber’s Beat – http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/arod_has_a_torn_labrum.html
Bomber’s Beat – http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/arod_could_be_out_until_may.html

AP News – http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gZOgF3HN4qxuVL3K7JQPEmQyHwtgD96O2NCG1

Photo Credits:
http://www.arod.com – AP Photo/Uncredited
http://www.yankees.com – AP Photo/Uncredited
http://www.ap.org – AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

A Sad Day in Journalism

I will not buy anything written by or produced by Sports Illustrated. I will not go to their website and read articles there either. They will not receive ad revenue from this one reader.  I will not buy the books of their reporters. SI is the supermarket tabloid of sports. I am done with them.

Their irresponsible journalism not only defames individuals and puts black eyes on professional sports, but also protects the names of those breaking the law. Their hiring of controversial “journalists” further gives me reason to stay away.

They have no respect for the field of journalism. The swimsuit issue is a prime example of that. Sports Illustrated is only interested in making money at the exploitation of other people.

Yes, Alex Rodriguez made a colossal mistake. He took a substance with the hope that it would enhance his performance. He made a health mistake by injecting himself with a narcotic, and one purchased on the street in a foreign country. Further more, he did not even know how to use the substance properly. He consulted no team physician. He consulted no union representatives. He then lied about it in an interview. For all of those reasons, he is stupid.

As a voluntary participant of the 2003 drug testing that was used to determine the depth of the drug problem in Major League Baseball Alex agreed to anonymously play his part. He may or may not have been one of the names on that list. We still do not know for certain.

There is also a matter of Gene Orza’s alleged tipping of players coming up for tests. Who has the evidence that he tipped off players? Has a player come forward with that information? Has someone from the Player’s Union stepped forward with it? Who was it? Until names are made public and statements are able to be investigated we are left with pure speculation. Until evidence is made public we only have a man being brought out to slaughter.

Wild accusations from unnamed sources, if unproven, is libel. With no names to back up these claims, Sports Illustrated is not only being defamatory, but libelous as well. That is against the law. For all we know, those four anonymous sources of theirs who claim Alex’s name is on the list do not exist. Without the names of the sources behind Orza’s accusations, it can not be proved to have happened.

This article is nothing short of sensationalism.

For all we know, Selena Roberts and David Epstein took a pot shot at Alex and it stuck. They got lucky. Alex came clean. He didn’t have to. He opened up and got it out there. He got the monkey off of his back. Now there is another monkey that is floating around.

There are still too many holes in this story. There is zero credibility in the news reporting.

The problem with journalism in this country is how the balance between honesty and marketing has become uneven. This debacle is precise proof of just that.

In an editorial written for The Gaurdian about the Duke Lacrosse Team, Esptein wrote, “This story is about a country that has been bursting at the seams to
talk about sports, sex, violence, race, and elitism in all their
various combinations and permutations.

He later writes about how the court of public opinion then plays a bigger part in the results of such headlines. It strikes me odd, then, that a journalist who can identify such a problem would later sell out those beliefs to break a story with such little journalistic integrity.

Ironically enough, the same topic gained Selena Roberts some attention with her less than complimentary editorials (one could hardly call them news reports).  Roberts repeatedly slams the accused athletes for their race, their class, and even their level of education.

Jefferson Anders, an author at BloggerNews.net, stated in an April 13, 2007 entry, “What the coverage of the Duke lacrosse case says about American
journalism isn’t particularly appetizing. For the most part, the
mainstream media joined in a ratings-driven rush to judgment, presuming
guilt on the part of the Duke Three.

The same trend is mirrored here in the verbal assaults of Alex Rodriguez and Gene Orza.

David Esptein, Selena Roberts, and Sports Illustrated need to apologize to Alex, baseball, fans, and the field of journalism for their irresponsible reporting. Roberts needs to include that apology in her defamatory book that has been so conveniently pushed for release sooner.

The American people have to stop allowing themselves to be fed such garbage.

Pay it Forward

I, for one, really enjoy reading what the players are doing, in a philanthropic sense, with their big pay checks. For me, it eases my ire that some lucky jerks get to make multi-million dollars each year to play baseball.

I understand the hard work that goes in to making a career out of a sport, but nonetheless, it is nice to see some “paying it forward” going on.

The Yankees take a lot of flak from people across the country for their big pay days, but a good number of current, and former, Yankees are quick to share.

Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixiera both gave back to their alma maters in the forms of cold hard cash.

Teixiera signed a girthy 8-year $180M contract with the Yankees two days before Christmas. This past week, Tex made an appearance in conjunction with a $500K donation to Georgia Tech University.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Teixeira has donated to Georgia
Tech every year since he was the Rangers’ first-round selection in
2001, but the $500,000 pledge marked his largest offering yet.

Rodriguez, on the other hand, dropped a weighty $3.9M donation to Miamu University for their baseball facilities back in 2002, during the time period he admittedly used performance enhancing substances.

Well known as the highest paid baseball player in history, Rodriguez was honored for his contribution by the school at the annual “Dinner on the Diamond” event at the university. The UM facility now bears the name “Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field” and will be home to the Hurricanes baseball team.

A-Rod and Tex aren’t the only cheerful givers. Yankees captain Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation has raised over $8M from its various events to help disadvantaged children in New York, Western Michigan, and Tampa, Florida.

Long time catcher, Jorge Posada, also has charitible work. The Jorge Posada Foundation, named after his son, is an endowment to help families with children diagnosed with Craniosynotosis in affording necessary surgeries, as well as help fund research for hospitals in this particular field. The Posadas have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to various hospitals and individuals to help others in need.

Nick Swisher is another individual with a generous heart now covered in pinstripes. Swish is involved in more organizations than I could count. He spends time hanging out with kids, gives money to medical and educational organizations, supports the troops overseas. and even once dyed his goatee pink for Breast Cancer Awareness on Mother’s Day. Although, he won’t be doing that with the Yankees and their “high and tight” folicle policies.

Bobby Abreu was another frequent contributor through his Abreu’s Amigos and Abreu’s Finest Charity Wines. In 2001, during his stint with the Philadelphia Phillies, Bobby was awarded the Honorary Chairman of the American Red Cross Blood Drive. He was honored as the Phillies recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award in 2004.

Another big giver is lead-off hitter Johnny Damon, who in 2008 was the Yankees recipient of the Roberto Clemente award with proceeds going to the Children’s Health Fund. He has also worked with Wounded Warrior Project in bringing relief to wounded veterans. Damon, like his new teammate Nick Swisher, has also donated his long hair (from days with the Red Sox) to charitable causes.

But the Evil Empire needs an Emporer and George M Steinbrenner III is there to lead the charge. The multi-billionaire has donated so much money to various charities and civic programs that Legends Field was renamed Steinbrenner Field by the Town and County Councils. They are also opening a Tampa area school that is named after “The Boss.”

There may be a lot of money floating around the Bronx, but there is a lot of money going even further toward making this world a better place to be.

Thanks Yanks!

Information courtesy of:

A-Rod speaks at University of Miami
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090213&content_id=3827450

A-Rod has Teixeira’s Support
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090211&content_id=3818368

Turn 2 Foundation
http://www.turn2foundation.org

Jorge Posada Foundation
http://www.jorgeposada.com/foundation/

Swish’s Wishes
http://nickswisher.net/charities.html

Damon Yankees’ Clemente Nominee
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080902&content_id=3406832

This Purist Bleeds Pinstripes: There’s Some Good in the World
http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com/2008/03/theres-some-good-in-world.html
* found this article after I wrote out everything here. Tons more info in here too. Get away from the steroid crap and read about some heroes!