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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez’s tell-all by Richard Ben Cramer has been benched

Burning the book is one thing, burning the House That Ruth Built is another altogether!

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and best-selling author tells us that his biography of the future Hall of Famer, tentatively titled “The Importance of Being Alex: A Life With the Yankees,” has been “shelved for the time being.”

The book, which will highlight Rodriguez’s historical feats on the field and his headline-generating behavior off of it, was scheduled to hit stores in April 2014 when we first told you about the project last August.

Cramer, whose works have included eye-opening, deeply researched looks into the lives of Yankee great Joe DiMaggio and Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams, is famous for taking his time and described the A-Rod project as “in abeyance.”

That should be music to Rodriguez’s ears. As one of sports most polarizing figures, A-Rod, who is signed to the Bronx Bombers through the 2017 season, might not have to deal with any backlash from the book until after retirement.

...Whether A-Rod will still grant access once Cramer returns to the project remains to be seen.

“As far as I know, we didn’t part with any acrimony,” the 61-year-old Cramer noted, though he added: “I haven’t talked to (Rodriguez) lately.”

Repoz Posted: June 05, 2012 at 03:33 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Nasty Nate Posted: June 05, 2012 at 03:45 PM (#4149027)
....tentatively titled “The Importance of Being Alex: A Life With the Yankees,”


Amazing that The Rod spent 9 years in the minors before being called up to the bigs in 2004...

// throws centaur hoof
   2. Walt Davis Posted: June 05, 2012 at 04:19 PM (#4149070)
Is it just a sign that ARod is not that important a figure anymore? He's got several more years of eating up a chunk of the Yanks payroll but, other than that, is there any notoriety left? Madonna was a long time ago now. "Effective but sub-superstar performance, injury-riddled, quite off-field behavior" makes for a quite dull last few chapters.

April 2014 -- if ARod had kept on a 30 HR a season pace, he'd be ready to pass Ruth in 2014 (still has an outside shot at it). If he'd returned to a higher pace, he might have had a chance at Aaron and Bonds. As it is, it might be lucky if he plays more than 100 games in 2014.

I see he has rebounded from his early slump to match his rate stats of the last couple of years and is still chugging along at a 3.5-4 WAR pace.
   3. Greg K Posted: June 05, 2012 at 04:59 PM (#4149111)
Does the Wilde-ian title hint at shocking sexual revelations?

Rational, responsible minds assume: yes.

EDIT: I'm just realizing now that Robert Creamer and Ben Cramer are different people.
   4. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: June 05, 2012 at 06:24 PM (#4149174)
Is it just a sign that ARod is not that important a figure anymore


Yeah - he's not as important and hasn't done much of interest lately. If he nears some record or tests positive for roids or generates some kind of heat, this book will probably get into print in a hurry.
   5. zenbitz Posted: June 05, 2012 at 06:51 PM (#4149190)
future Hall of Famer


What? Since when do they let admitted roiders in to sacrosanct Cooperstown?
   6. Walt Davis Posted: June 06, 2012 at 02:40 AM (#4149516)
Since when do they let admitted roiders in to sacrosanct Cooperstown?

Since Andy Pettitte was elected in 2018.
   7. Tripon Posted: June 06, 2012 at 03:46 AM (#4149521)
Honestly, since the late 80s, mid 90s. We probably already have a few roiders in the hall.
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: June 06, 2012 at 06:51 AM (#4149544)

funny to see "acrimony" used in a sentence related to A-Rod, who - if asked to guess what it means - would speculate it was one of the substances he injected back in the day....

   9. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: June 06, 2012 at 06:55 AM (#4149546)

funny to see "acrimony" used in a sentence related to A-Rod, who - if asked to guess what it means - would speculate it was one of the substances he injected back in the day....


Don't know why you would say this. Alex always struck me as intelligent. It's not like acrimony is very strange word.
   10. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: June 06, 2012 at 06:56 AM (#4149547)
[6] I know you're joking, but I get annoyed when people talk about Pettitte taking "steroids." HGH is nothing like steroids. You can mainline all the HGH you want and it won't do a god damn thing for your strength, speed, stamina, recovery or anything else.

HGH is the accupuncture of banned substances. Nobody knows how it works or why it works, nobody can demonstrate that it DOES work, but people assume it must work if other people are doing it. It's crap.
   11. Ray (RDP) Posted: June 06, 2012 at 07:16 AM (#4149552)
[6] I know you're joking, but I get annoyed when people talk about Pettitte taking "steroids." HGH is nothing like steroids.


It is as far as the HOF goes.
   12. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: June 06, 2012 at 07:55 AM (#4149561)
Since Andy Pettitte was elected in 2018.
He won't be elected now, since he "changed" his story in the Clemens trial.

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