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A-Rod? More like A-FRAUD!

Now, in my mind he’s not going to overtake Bill Simmons, but DJ Gallo is quickly becoming a favorite of mine on ESPN.com’s Page 2.

This article, “A-Fraud,” is one of the reasons (ESPN.com) Please read before continuing.

And I’m willing to bet he gets a TON of angry e-mails from people who only read the first couple paragraphs and/or really have THAT MUCH TROUBLE interpreting sarcasm.

Oh, and the Astros have announced that Roger Clemens has decided to sign a four-month contract and grace baseball with his Christ-like presence, after waiting the first two months of the season to see how the team does while pretending he’s mulling over a return because of his family. Seriously, he gets somewhat of a pass because he’s Clemens, but between him and Favre? Enough’s enough already with this bullshit.

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  1. May 31, 2006 at 6:23 pm

    Roger Clemens is an evil genius. I’m just looking forward to when he forces the Astros to call up Kody this September so that Roger can have some bonding moments with his son.

    As for A-Rod…he’s an excellent player, and I love him. I love him because betting against him in the playoffs is like betting against Peyton Manning, and I do love easy money.

    • May 31, 2006 at 6:31 pm

      They’re already doing that in his rehab assignment! His son is freaking CATCHING for him! The only way that could be any better is if in the first inning he yells out “Dad…wanna play catch?” And Roger, with a tear in his eye, says “sure, son.” Then they proceed to strike out a frustrated Delmon Young, who walks away and tosses the bat behind him in Koby’s direction, hitting him in the nuts.

      And yeah, A-Rod’s awful in the play-offs, but I also wish people would stop pretending that’s the ONLY REASON the Yankees have lost play-off games.

  2. May 31, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    A-Rod’s problem is twofold: 1. He is next to a guy who is perceived as the ultimate winner in Jeter. Jeter has a handful of rings, A-Rod has a handful of cash. Which ties into 2. When you make $25 million a year, people demand you carry your team on the biggest stage possible, regardless of whether it is a fair demand. Imagine if Michael Jordan, after getting his $25 and $30 million a year deals had choked against Utah. People would have been outraged.

    I hope Roger and Kody wander off into a cornfield together.

    • May 31, 2006 at 8:09 pm

      I don’t discount either of those problems, and agree with those assessments. However, last season and so far this season he’s become the scapegoat for all the troubles the Yankees have. And regardless of the problems of perception that you mentioned (him not having rings compounded with the amount of money he makes), that’s not an entirely accurate or fair practice.

      To say he’s choked twice in the playoffs against the Sox in the ’04 ALCS and the Angels in the ’05 ALDS is, respective to both series, sort of and definitely true. However, to beat him up during the regular season (especially this year) for all the Yankee woes is completely arbitrary. Especially when you have an overrated GM like Cashman, who signs on SPs like Wright and Pavano, who are more famous for stints on the DL than anything else they’ve done, and gives them lucrative contracts. People forget he’s only been with the Yankees for two full seasons (with this being his third), and they’re basing his offseason performance on two series.

      All things considered, should he have done better? Absolutely, but to place a permanent “choke” label on him is a totally defeatist attitude for a Yankee fan to carry. If fans want to say he chokes in the postseason as a Yankee, then fine, that’s one thing and it’s more or less accurate. But, as with everything, most sports fans take it too far and beat up on a guy because they can’t let go of a defeat. That’s what I find irritating.

      • May 31, 2006 at 8:26 pm

        Well, he has a history of either choking or not improving teams, long before the Yankees. He was with 3 Seattle teams that failed to make it to the WS, despite his playing well in all of them. And Texas never did anything with him. All of that just adds to the perception that he can’t carry his team over the hump. Only thing that would have been worse is if the Mariners had won the World Series right after he left.

        And really it’s the attitude I think that makes him a target. He leaves Seattle for the gigantic money that his agent is able to convince the Rangers to pay. Then a few years into the contract he suddenly now wants to play for a winner. That moment is when I think he lost the fans for good. You take the bloated contract from a team no one on earth thought would compete despite having many other huge deals available, and then after a few years of losing you suddenly decide you want to play for a winner? Fans know players are in it for the money, but when someone does it as crassly and obviously as Rodriguez it tends to get stuck in the collective craw of fans.

        And hey, its the Yankees. They don’t understand why a pitching staff with Carl Pavano, Jaret Wright, and 596 year old Randy Johnson isn’t dominating everyone.

        I wouldn’t say Cashman is overrated. During the period with no Steinbrenner he and Gene Michael built a hell of an organization. But after 2001 when Steinbrenner started to panic and demand moves be made he couldn’t stop them. This offseason showed that Cashman is starting to get control. Sure they had to buy Damon, but they avoided overspending elsewhere. Back in 2003 you just know they would have signed Jeff Weaver and Kevin Millwood for 4/40 each.

    • May 31, 2006 at 8:10 pm

      I hope Roger and Kody wander off into a cornfield together.

      *whispers* “If you hold out, Purpura will cum.”

      • May 31, 2006 at 8:26 pm

        Ewwwww. Just ewwwww.

  3. May 31, 2006 at 9:11 pm

    All I have to say – Fuck the Yankees.

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