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.
Posted: March 21, 2009 at 05:19 PM | 35 comment(s)
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