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Gammons: MLB’s Worst Nightmare

What does A-Rod see in the mirror?  I’ve always wondered.

If, indeed, the Yankees are still alive in their final weekend against traditional rival Houston, the story won’t be [Mariano] Rivera’s farewell or [Derek] Jeter’s future or [Robinson] Cano’s destination. It will be all about Alex Rodriguez…

This isn’t to say Alex [Rodriguez] is the worst 
anything
; he remains 
a 
prisoner of his insecurities, a man who must live with what could have, would have been yet for his insatiable need to be the best, a man constantly reminded not of what he did to get within hailing distance of Willie Mays’ home run totals, but what he said and didn’t say…

Those of us who genuinely like Alex Rodriguez long for a day when he can move on from the reflections of whatever he sees in the mirror. But he has earned the right to postpone that date with reality. And if somehow he takes off on a month-long tear and heroically carries the Yankees into a one game post-season date with the Rangers, of all teams, he will have done immeasurable harm to the game that he plays so well, a game that provided him the stage he so embraces.

A lifelong Yankee fan friend this weekend said, “I would love to see these Yankees make it to the post-season again, but deep down, the only scenario that would truly make me happy is if they do it with ARod sidelined with a pulled hamstring. The perfect Yankee wild card game would have him in the hearing room–and on the disabled list– while Mariano closes out the ninth inning and brings the Division Series back to Yankee Stadium.”

This isn’t “Pride of the Yankees.” That isn’t going to happen, not that way. Every important game the Yankees win as September rolls into October will end with a closeup of Alex Rodriguez, Bud Selig’s worst nightmare.

The District Attorney Posted: September 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM | 52 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alex rodriguez, ped, peter gammons, yankees

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   1. Bob Tufts Posted: September 12, 2013 at 04:19 PM (#4540019)
We got a hit, Bud, and steroid morality doesn't count any more. You were hoping ARod would fall on his face with this hip injury, but we didn't. He's a big, fat, big-titted hit, and we don't have to waffle around with the press and fans any more. If you want to take this up before the Fox and Turner board, go ahead.

And Bud, are you stupid enough to go to Fox and Turner and say: "I'm taking our hit show off the air?" And comes December fourteenth, we're going to be standing at the annual owner's meeting, and we're going to announce projected increase in ratings and media earnings for the World Series and playoffs for the first time in five years.

And, believe me, fellow owners ill be sitting there rocking back and forth in their little chairs, and they're going to say: "That's very good, keep it up."

So don't have any illusions about fan response to steroid usage from now on. If you moralize to the press, we will fire you like we fired Vincent. You will be out of your office by noon or we'll have you thrown out.
   2. Moe Greene Posted: September 12, 2013 at 04:24 PM (#4540024)
Every time Alex Rodriguez hits a homer now, I smile.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: September 12, 2013 at 04:30 PM (#4540033)
MLB's second-worst nightmare is being chased by Sammy Sosa while you're at school and also you have no clothes on.
   4. SG Posted: September 12, 2013 at 04:31 PM (#4540035)
Rodriguez's taunting of the Orioles fans after his HR yesterday was brilliant.
   5. bobm Posted: September 12, 2013 at 04:42 PM (#4540047)
Fake Peter Gammons
@FakePeteGammons

Wrote a piece about #Yankees & Arod making playoffs = #MLB worst nightmare. Objective & fair reporting. This is Peter Gammons
#NoseGrowing
12:46pm - 12 Sep 13
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 12, 2013 at 04:54 PM (#4540060)
Bud's worst nightmare is A-Rod hitting a game winning home run against the Rays in a packed Tropicana Field while Scott Boras is fornicating with his wife and daughter.
   7. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: September 12, 2013 at 04:57 PM (#4540066)
As horrible as this year has been, I can at least fantasize about the possibility of the Yankees knocking out the Red Sox in a lucky division series. That would be the best ever.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: September 12, 2013 at 04:58 PM (#4540071)
I have no idea what post #5 means.
   9. Bob Tufts Posted: September 12, 2013 at 04:59 PM (#4540073)
Bud, we live in a world that has outfield walls, and those walls have to be breached by men with bats. Who's going to do it? You? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep and you curse the steroids. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That while tragic, steroids probably saved baseball. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, helps promote the game.

You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me to clear that wall, you need me at the plate. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very financially rewarding entertainment that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a glove, get on the mound and stand opposed. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.
   10. Nasty Nate Posted: September 12, 2013 at 05:00 PM (#4540074)
As horrible as this year has been...


It must be torture rooting for a .540 team...
   11. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: September 12, 2013 at 05:01 PM (#4540076)
We got a hit, Bud, and steroid morality doesn't count any more...
A fine monologue in a film packed with them
   12. Publius Publicola Posted: September 12, 2013 at 05:07 PM (#4540083)
But he has earned the right to postpone that date with reality.


Really? How?
   13. Publius Publicola Posted: September 12, 2013 at 05:08 PM (#4540084)
I have no idea what post #5 means.


I'm assuming there's the assumption that Gammons is biased against the Yankees.
   14. Publius Publicola Posted: September 12, 2013 at 05:10 PM (#4540088)
Bob (#9), you tried the Few Good Men bit a couple weeks ago and it fell flat then so...
   15. Bob Tufts Posted: September 12, 2013 at 05:16 PM (#4540097)
Bob (#9), you tried the Few Good Men bit a couple weeks ago and it fell flat then so...


Just sitting at the computer letting the drugs wear off post-colonoscopy.....sorry for jamming our screen with some inanities......
   16. The District Attorney Posted: September 12, 2013 at 05:28 PM (#4540112)
Which goes to show that not all drugs are performance-enhancing! See? Relevance.

I was recently listening to Aaron Gleeman on Will Leitch's podcast, where Gleeman lamented that it was almost pointless to post articles about the Yankees or Red Sox, because for the last decade, he has been getting the same responses from the same people regardless of what the articles themselves say. The reaction in #5 seems to exemplify that. Gammons is reporting that Selig would prefer if Alex Rodriguez weren't playing right now. Is Gammons reporting this because he dislikes the Yankees? Or is it because Selig really obviously would prefer if Alex Rodriguez weren't playing right now?
   17. winnipegwhip Posted: September 12, 2013 at 05:29 PM (#4540114)
Bud's worst nightmare is A-Rod hitting a game winning home run against the Rays in a packed Tropicana Field while Scott Boras is fornicating with his wife and daughter.


Also make it HR number 661 in his career, passing Willie Mays.
   18. bfan Posted: September 12, 2013 at 05:41 PM (#4540122)
Bud's worst nightmare is A-Rod hitting a game winning home run against the Rays in a packed Tropicana Field while Scott Boras is fornicating with his wife and daughter.


Why would Bud Selig care if Scott Boras commits incest?
   19. TerpNats Posted: September 12, 2013 at 05:58 PM (#4540138)
Bud's worst nightmare is A-Rod hitting a game winning home run against the Rays in a packed Tropicana Field
A packed Tropicana Field? That in itself is a fantasy.
   20. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 12, 2013 at 06:36 PM (#4540161)
This isn’t to say Alex [Rodriguez] is the worst anything; he remains a prisoner of his insecurities,


Can people stop saying this, now that ARod is hated by his commissioner, by his ownership group, by the fans, and by various opposing players who are throwing baseballs at him at 90 mph -- but yet is performing anyway?
   21. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 12, 2013 at 06:39 PM (#4540164)
A lifelong Yankee fan friend this weekend said, “I would love to see these Yankees make it to the post-season again, but deep down, the only scenario that would truly make me happy is if they do it with ARod sidelined with a pulled hamstring. The perfect Yankee wild card game would have him in the hearing room–and on the disabled list– while Mariano closes out the ninth inning and brings the Division Series back to Yankee Stadium.”


This is exactly why I, as a lifelong Red Sox fan, am rooting for the Yankees to make the playoffs, with ARod leading the charge.

As I continue to root for him to hit another 6 home runs this year to get to the $5 million pinball bonus.

As I continue to root for the arbitrator to reduce his suspension to what I predict will be 50-100 games at most.

The player whose return the Yankees tried to delay despite being in a playoff race now has a 143 OPS+ and is the best hitter on the team, with Cano.

He is currently my favorite player in the majors.
   22. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 12, 2013 at 06:44 PM (#4540168)
Also make it HR number 661 in his career, passing Willie Mays.

#660 will suffice; if Brian Cashman times it right, he can parachute down to greet A-Rod at home plate with his $6 million bonus check.
   23. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 12, 2013 at 06:46 PM (#4540169)
A lifelong Yankee fan friend this weekend said,


Well, Gammo, this lifelong Yankee fan would like nothing more than to see The Purple Lipped One lead this team to the post-season, one hit, one smirk, one gesture, one home run at a time.

Four legs good, two legs bad!
   24. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 12, 2013 at 07:24 PM (#4540191)
As horrible as this year has been, I can at least fantasize about the possibility of the Yankees knocking out the Red Sox in a lucky division series. That would be the best ever.


Ah, the inane ramblings of the blurry eyed Yankee fan.

Seriously, most Sox fans I know are happy the team won more then 81 games. So far it's been an unreal season, beyond anyone's expectations and all games from now are house money games. If they lose to NY in the playoffs, I'd still consider it a very successful season.

As for A-rod, he still hasn't failed a drug test right? I'm actually pulling for him. Sure he's an odd guy, but he's still a good player(baserunning gaffes aside) and without him NY would not be as close as they are at this point.

Or what Ray said in #21.
   25. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 12, 2013 at 07:29 PM (#4540198)
but he's still a good player(baserunning gaffes aside)


I am told he is a brilliant baserunner. This despite his twice-weekly adventure on the bases.

I guess we can ignore that even in a short season his baserunning WAR is the lowest of his career.
   26. Northpaw Posted: September 12, 2013 at 07:39 PM (#4540204)
I continue to root for him to hit another 6 home runs this year to get to the $5 million pinball bonus.


With the last three games at Houston's short porch in left, against the bottom of the Astros' pitching barrel. Randy Levine will be sweating like Newman under the hot lamp.
   27. gehrig97 Posted: September 12, 2013 at 07:48 PM (#4540209)
He is currently my favorite player in the majors.


I'm with you. And every time he embraces his role as a villain, I like him even more. I think Dempster did ARod a huge favor.
   28. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: September 12, 2013 at 08:36 PM (#4540238)
Rodriguez's taunting of the Orioles fans after his HR yesterday was brilliant.

Missed it - what happened?


Bob (#9), you tried the Few Good Men bit a couple weeks ago and it fell flat then so...

Didn't see it a few weeks ago, but I thought #9 was pretty clever.
   29. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 12, 2013 at 08:45 PM (#4540245)
Bob (#9), you tried the Few Good Men bit a couple weeks ago and it fell flat then so...


I enjoyed it. Especially since for some odd reason I have the Jack Nicholson speech committed to memory.
   30. Bob Tufts Posted: September 12, 2013 at 08:46 PM (#4540246)
he remains a prisoner of his insecurities


How is he different than any other sports star, politician or entertainer trying to be the best that usually have a large but fragile ego?

"Just need a little brain salad surgery, got to cure his insecurity...."

   31. eddieot Posted: September 12, 2013 at 09:59 PM (#4540310)
I mentioned this in another thread but the Yanks pulling off a miracle World Series win with the Captain out and A-Rod winning a Series MVP would explode a lot of heads in the tri-state area. Please, please, please make this happen.
   32. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 12, 2013 at 10:06 PM (#4540318)
Wow, "Megan's Law" really is utterly ####### incompetent at the plate ...
   33. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 12, 2013 at 10:09 PM (#4540322)
I mentioned this in another thread but the Yanks pulling off a miracle World Series win with the Captain out and A-Rod winning a Series MVP would explode a lot of heads in the tri-state area. Please, please, please make this happen.


Eh...no. I'm pulling for A-Rod to get the 6 homers, even make the playoffs. I'd love to see him hit 3 solo shots in wild card game, but as for NY winning the series; this would not please me.

I am told he is a brilliant baserunner. This despite his twice-weekly adventure on the bases.


Not just him though. Was it me or did NY just look dreadful on the base paths during that 4 game series against Boston?

Going back to Andy's idea of NY totally sucks and won't win 80 games meme; they do look just awful at times. Then they get a stretch where A-rod, Cano and Soriano all go long and they win game like 8-5. I must say, they are nothing if not exciting. Very unpredictable and the looming A-rod situation appears to have rallied them a bit. They are now the cherished underdog!
   34. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 12, 2013 at 10:23 PM (#4540339)
Not just him though. Was it me or did NY just look dreadful on the base paths during that 4 game series against Boston?


They were dreadful. They ran themselves into multiple outs.

So did the Red Sox, as I recall, but, then, they didn't manage to lose 3 of 4 games. And didn't need the games as much as the Yankees did.
   35. Sonic Youk Posted: September 12, 2013 at 10:45 PM (#4540358)
I'm out of the northeast these days, and pro-steroid sites like this one are where I get most of my baseball info.

What do rank and file Yankee fans taking to being lead to he playoffs by a guy who is currently "on steroids" or whatever? This is a pretty crazy situation.
   36. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 12, 2013 at 11:02 PM (#4540369)
I'm out of the northeast these days, and pro-steroid sites like this one


I'm not sure any of are pro-steroids. What we are is anti persecution. The league has rules about failing tests and subsequent punishments relating to those situations. A-rod has not failed a test, or he has and I missed it?

The body which makes the rules appears to be circumventing it's own rules to get the result they want, it doesn't seem right.
   37. The District Attorney Posted: September 12, 2013 at 11:20 PM (#4540383)
But to answer #35's question, Gammons gives a Yankee fan opinion in TFE, and I'm not sure it's an atypical one. I don't think Joe Bagofbagels would rather lose with A-Rod than win with A-Rod, but I think he'd rather win without A-Rod than win with A-Rod. Since the rank and file fans also think A-Rod is no good as a player anymore, I suspect they also overestimate how likely it would be for the team to win without him.
   38. John Northey Posted: September 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM (#4540398)
A-Rod leading the Yankees to a WS and earning the MVP is the only way I could enjoy a Yankee WS win. For icing on the cake have Jeter return, boot a ball to cause the Yankees to fall behind (blowing a Rivera save), then A-Rod hits a game winner the next inning. Boy it would be fun to read the columns the next day.
   39. Sunday silence Posted: September 12, 2013 at 11:43 PM (#4540419)
It's not as simple as all that. He hasnt failed a test, but he's been accused of other things that are equally egregious. It's not like just caused he didnt fail a test means he couldnt have possibly done anything else against the rules...
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   40. SoSH U at work Posted: September 13, 2013 at 12:08 AM (#4540431)
Unless you're a Yankee fan, there is no way any other fan should be able to enjoy a Yankee WS win (or just getting to the playoffs). Ever. This madness must stop.

And if you need a refresher, remember that Brian Cashman, Randy Levine and the rest of the cast in pinstripes worked harder than anyone to #### over Arod. They too reap the spoils of any of these tragic Yankee victories.

I have no problem if Arod goes crazy over these last few weeks. But it needs to happen in just enough losses to miss out on the postseason.

   41. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 13, 2013 at 12:14 AM (#4540432)
Unless you're a Yankee fan, there is no way any other fan should be able to enjoy a Yankee WS win (or just getting to the playoffs). Ever.
I would never celebrate a Yankee WS win, but if they knock the Red Sox out of the playoffs, there's juicy schadenfreude to be had.
   42. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: September 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM (#4540433)
I think Selig's worst nightmare, at this moment, is a potential 6-way tie for the two A wild card spots.
   43. Brian C Posted: September 13, 2013 at 04:23 AM (#4540462)
I think Bud Selig's worst nightmare is Zombie Doug Pappas.
   44. Dr. Vaux Posted: September 13, 2013 at 05:54 AM (#4540467)
I think Selig's worst nightmare, at this moment, is a potential 6-way tie for the two A wild card spots.


Wouldn't he like that? He already changed the rules to ensure a fake tie every year.
   45. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 13, 2013 at 08:28 AM (#4540491)
ARod has a 1.026 OPS vs. RHP this year.
   46. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: September 13, 2013 at 08:54 AM (#4540503)
MLB's second-worst nightmare is being chased by Sammy Sosa while you're at school and also you have no clothes on.


And then Sosa catches you an pulls down his pants, but instead of a penis, it's a little tiny Pete Rose standing there. Pete looks right at you and opens his mouth, and a stream of ants shoots out, and all the ants are on fire.
   47. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 13, 2013 at 09:02 AM (#4540509)
and a stream of ants shoots out, and all the ants have the face of Barry Bonds.

FTFY
   48. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: September 13, 2013 at 09:10 AM (#4540517)
I love how all that stuff published unquestionably in the papers about A-Rod being physically unable to play and just wanting his money and being willing to take a big, long suspension if he could be sure he'd get some of his money turned out to be complete and utter fabrications.

Nice job, lapdog media.

   49. bob gee Posted: September 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM (#4540608)
with the amount of extra time selig has stayed on as commissioner, doug pappas' countdown clock would have broken a couple times by now.
   50. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM (#4540651)
I love how all that stuff published unquestionably in the papers about A-Rod being physically unable to play and just wanting his money and being willing to take a big, long suspension if he could be sure he'd get some of his money turned out to be complete and utter fabrications.


Your 2010 Spink Award winner.
   51. SG Posted: September 13, 2013 at 11:53 AM (#4540659)
Missed it - what happened?


He did a zip your lips gesture after touching home plate on the homer.
   52. Chip Posted: September 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM (#4540671)
Knowing Madden, I'm sure he's claiming to his editors the same thing Ben Bradlee did in All The President's Men when he told his anecdote about reporting on LBJ's plans to force J. Edgar Hoover into retirement:


Once when I was reporting, Lyndon Johnson's top guy gave me the word they were looking for a successor to J. Edgar Hoover. I wrote it and the day it appeared Johnson called a press conference and appointed Hoover head of the FBI for life... And when he was done, he turned to his top guy and the President said, "Call Ben Bradlee and tell him #### you." I took a lot of static for that--everyone said, "You did it, Bradlee, you screwed up--you stuck us with Hoover forever." I screwed up but I wasn't wrong.


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