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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Klapisch: K-Rod’s histrionics will wear thin in East

Tis a troublesome Unruh-ian line between New York and Philadelphia that one must dance…

Enter Rodriguez, whose demeanor, body language — and, yes, his excellence — are all highly flammable. The right-hander is as flamboyant as he is talented, which is why he made so few friends last year while leading the majors with 62 saves.

There’s a story that Yankee insiders have been telling since the All-Star Game last July. As the Stadium clubhouse was being prepared for the influx of American Leaguers, Mariano Rivera pulled aside Yankees clubhouse manager Rob Cucuzza and made an emphatic request.

Keep K-Rod’s locker on the other side of the room.

The indictment couldn’t have been any more damning; the Yankee closer is as self-contained as a Hemingway hero, non-judgmental like a minister. Yet the idea of sharing air-space with K-Rod was more than he was willing to accept.

...Given that deep reservoir of professional respect, why does K-Rod squander it with his in-your-face theatrics? The self-congratulation isn’t just immature, it’s utterly tone-deaf in the New York-Philadelphia Tong Wars.

He just might ignite a brawl — that’s how tense relations are between the two clubs.

Repoz Posted: March 21, 2009 at 05:19 PM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The District Attorney Posted: March 21, 2009 at 05:49 PM (#3109972)
the Yankee closer is... non-judgmental like a minister.
Putting aside any potential problems with the analogy itself, apparently Mo isn't non-judgmental, right? I mean, didn't you just say that?

He just might ignite a brawl — that's how tense relations are between the two clubs.
Good. Who cares? If they didn't dislike us (90% of which is probably just a psychological ploy to motivate themselves anyway), would they then proceed to roll over and lose for us as a courtesy? This is stupid.
   2. Obama Bomaye Posted: March 21, 2009 at 06:06 PM (#3109981)
K-Rod is an upper tier #########, and baseball players are some sensitive ####### #######. Grow a pair and stop crying every time someone pumps their fist, you ####### babies.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: March 21, 2009 at 06:59 PM (#3109991)
the Yankee closer is as self-contained as a Hemingway hero

So he's saying Rivera can't get it up?
   4. shea80 Posted: March 21, 2009 at 07:02 PM (#3109992)
It's fine when JC Romero screams and pumps his fist, though.
   5. Shredder Posted: March 21, 2009 at 07:06 PM (#3109994)
Buncha babies. He never stares down an opposing player when he celebrates. It's never directed at the opponent. Suck it up and quite being a buncha little b!+ches. Now that he's not with the Angels anymore, I couldn't care less if he never gets another guy out, but all of this whining about his celebrations is really kind of pathetic.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 21, 2009 at 07:18 PM (#3109998)
It's fun to look at articles like this and imagine how the same facts could have been used to draw an opposite conclusion:

K-Rod has everything that Mariano ever had, and more - including, now, the all-time saves record. He also has an exuberance that Rivera, for all his success, has never been able to express. So it's not a surprise that at last year's All-Star Game, Rivera let his insecurity show by asking the clubhouse man to keep Frankie as far as possible from him. Kings never take kindly to those who would take away their throne.
   7. rr Posted: March 21, 2009 at 07:23 PM (#3110001)
#6 is very good. I would replace the last line with a cliche'd Shakespeare ref (uneasy lies the head that wears the crown) to match the Hemingway hero thing.

I do agree with one idea implied in the article: Based on what I read here, at least, Phillies/Mets seems to be the most heated rivalry in the game right now.
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 21, 2009 at 07:29 PM (#3110006)
I should have ended with a quote from Luis Polonius.
   9. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 21, 2009 at 07:29 PM (#3110007)
Don't f#ck with Rivera. Dude is cold-blooded. He electrocuted his own family; what do you think he'll do to a total stranger?
   10. Lassus Posted: March 21, 2009 at 07:43 PM (#3110016)
never mind
   11. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: March 21, 2009 at 07:45 PM (#3110017)
Phillies/Mets is the only solid two-way race for a division title now that the Rays have rudely intruded on the AL East.

It seems weird for the Red Sox and Yankees to direct vitriol at each other now that a third man has walked into the bar and beaned them both with a blackjack.

When I saw the title, I thought the author was warning Francisco not to try pulling anything against the Japanese or Korean teams.
   12. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 21, 2009 at 07:59 PM (#3110019)
So Rivera was fine with Paul O'Neill, but K-Rod is beyond the pale?

Good thing those grapes were already sour, or he might have wanted to eat them.
   13. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: March 21, 2009 at 08:02 PM (#3110020)
Personally, I am tired of the other team celebrating after an appearance by a Met reliever.
   14. Jeff K. Posted: March 21, 2009 at 08:16 PM (#3110025)
It's going to be weird this season. I just realized that for what I want to happen to come to fruition, I actually have to root for the Mets for most of the year. Now, that'll be weird, rooting for them instead of despising them like they're the...well, the ####### Mets, but it'll all be worth it if I can witness a 3rd straight collapse in September.

As a Ranger fan the K-Rod #### never really bothered me, but I will be more than happy to blow the whole thing out of proportion now that he is a Met.
   15. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: March 21, 2009 at 08:23 PM (#3110027)
K-Rod's histrionics are miscellaneous.
   16. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: March 21, 2009 at 08:28 PM (#3110030)
Putting aside any potential problems with the analogy itself, apparently Mo isn't non-judgmental, right? I mean, didn't you just say that?
The point that the writer intended to make is not that Mo is some kind of superhuman who, unlike every human being who has ever lived, never casts any judgment whatsoever on anyone.

The point that the writer intended to make is that K-Rod is a douche. And his method of claiming that was that K-Rod was judged by Mo, despite that Mo is, generally speaking, a pretty non-judgmental guy, for a human being.

I have no opinion on whether he's correct in any of that - whether K-Rod's a douche, whether K-Rod judged Mo, or whether Mo is, generally speaking, pretty non-judgmental - but that's clearly what the writer intended.
   17. Jeff K. Posted: March 21, 2009 at 08:34 PM (#3110035)
K-Rod's histrionics are miscellaneous.

Not only that, they're misogynist, miscegenist, and preposterous.

(I'll leave it up to the reader to decide whether I'm channeling Jessie Jackson or Jackie Chiles...)
   18. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: March 21, 2009 at 08:41 PM (#3110037)
(I'll leave it up to the reader to decide whether I'm channeling Jessie Jackson or Jackie Chiles...)

Jessy Schram
   19. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: March 21, 2009 at 08:49 PM (#3110043)
I thought you were channeling Captain Crunch, to be honest.
   20. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 21, 2009 at 09:20 PM (#3110051)
Jessy Schram

Logan Echolls' jailbait girlfriend?
   21. Jeff K. Posted: March 21, 2009 at 09:50 PM (#3110059)
Ooh, you did it now. If DCW3 shows up, run.
   22. Cowboy Popup Posted: March 21, 2009 at 09:53 PM (#3110061)
So Rivera was fine with Paul O'Neill, but K-Rod is beyond the pale?

That's a pretty lousy comparison. O'neil never celebrated the way K-Rod did, he just threw a fit when things didn't go his way. Other than the fact that your comparison makes no sense, we have no idea how Rivera felt about O'Neil so why even make the comment?

Good thing those grapes were already sour, or he might have wanted to eat them.

How is that relevant Mo's behavior?

I have no opinion on whether he's correct in any of that - whether K-Rod's a douche, whether K-Rod judged Mo, or whether Mo is, generally speaking, pretty non-judgmental - but that's clearly what the writer intended.

Right, and by doing so, he's made the coolest pitcher in baseball a target for everyone in this thread. It's so freaking irritating when writers do that with players I like.
   23. Crashburn Alley Posted: March 21, 2009 at 10:04 PM (#3110065)
K-Rod's histrionics will wear thin in the NL East not because it's K-Rod's histrionics... but because it's a Mets player's histrionics. Jose Reyes' histrionics have already been worn thin.
   24. HowardMegdal Posted: March 21, 2009 at 10:09 PM (#3110068)
K-Rod's histrionics will wear thin in the NL East not because it's K-Rod's histrionics... but because it's a Mets player's histrionics. Jose Reyes' histrionics have already been worn thin.

The histrionics of the Mets wore thin in 07-08 and caused their downfall. In 1986, it caused their success. Maybe it's not the histrionics?
   25. Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: March 21, 2009 at 10:27 PM (#3110076)
Nay Joba no bother.

Tay Joba wanka.
   26. Nasty Nate Posted: March 21, 2009 at 11:08 PM (#3110084)
K-Rod celebrating never bothered me in the postseason these past few year.... oh, wait
   27. Charlie O Posted: March 22, 2009 at 07:45 AM (#3110418)
Score some runs off him or shut up. You have the power to stop his wanking if it bothers you so much. Same thing goes for the touchdown celebrations in football. If it really makes your blood boil, keep the punk out of the endzone.
   28. Halofan Posted: March 22, 2009 at 07:47 AM (#3110419)
Frankie upsetting your opponent's fans is the 2nd most awesome thing about having him on your team.
   29. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: March 22, 2009 at 01:47 PM (#3110450)
Murphy is going to be the Mets 2nd place hitter.
   30. Grumbledook Posted: March 22, 2009 at 04:56 PM (#3110552)
This seems a strange sort of argument from a writer who has essentially argued in the past that the reason for the Mets' success in the 1980's was because they fought so much.
   31. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: March 22, 2009 at 05:15 PM (#3110562)
Anyone watching the game today?
   32. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 23, 2009 at 08:57 PM (#3111920)
Klapisch Praises Yanks, Slams Mets! Film at 11!
   33. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 23, 2009 at 10:12 PM (#3112001)
I find K-Rod's antics over the top but I see no reason to believe they will be any more or less obnoxious in the Eastern time zone.
   34. Van Lingle Mungo Jerry Posted: March 23, 2009 at 10:23 PM (#3112012)
Murphy is going to be the Mets 2nd place hitter.


Jeez, Russlan, could you find a better way to express that thought?
   35. Bowling Baseball Fan Posted: March 23, 2009 at 10:49 PM (#3112029)
25 was good.

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