The A-Rod Drama Continues…
Tuesday, Alex Rodriguez will face the media as he reports to Tampa to take his physical. Joe Girardi, and inner-core Yankees like Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter plan to be there for support. But the support does feel somewhat disingenuous, as some Yankees have privately conveyed that they have no choice but to support A-Rod as teammates. I agree with the need to support your fellow teammates, but not to the point that you compromise your own integrity. As kids, we were told if you had something bad to say, don’t say anything at all. If Pettitte, Posada or Jeter do not, in their hearts, support A-Rod, then I feel that they should not be present at the press conference.
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When Pettitte faced the media during camp last year, you heard many statements about how much everyone cared about Andy. The same tone is not present in the comments about A-Rod.
Reading that Alex had called SI reporter Selena Roberts to apologize for comments he made during his ESPN interview, it is ironic that he’s had to apologize for his apology. If the ESPN interview was controlled, it will be interesting to see how A-Rod reacts to a blitz of questions by multiple reporters. There is no doubt that every response will be dissected, and any irregularities will be singled out and over-analyzed in subsequent news articles throughout the week.
The sad part is that the A-Rod drama will continue into the season despite everyone’s desire to move forward. Selena Roberts’ book, “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez”, will be released two days prior to the opening game for the new Yankee Stadium. So, at a time we should be celebrating the opening pitch by, most likely, CC Sabathia, we’ll still be talking about A-Rod.
I don’t think anyone truly believes that Alex left his PEDs in Texas when he made the trip to New York in 2004. But it is imperative that Alex fully responds to each question with total honesty…and he’d better apologize to not only Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks, but to the Steinbrenner family as well. Meanwhile, there will be millions of Yankees fans watching and analyzing the comments made, and wondering if A-Rod is truly worthy of our support…
The return of Oil Can Boyd?
I found it humorous that Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, 49, is seeking a return to Major League Baseball. Sorry, there was only one Satchel Paige. In his final season with the Texas Rangers in 1991, Boyd was 2-7 with a 6.09 ERA. He started 12 games, and pitched 88.7 innings. The subject of Boyd made me curious who he was pitching with that year. The 1991 Ranger pitching staff was led by Kevin Brown, and followed by Nolan Ryan, Jose Guzman, and Bobby Witt. The catcher? 19-year-old Pudge Rodriguez…
Maybe they should create a true “senior’s” league where Boyd and others, like Rickey Henderson, David Wells, and Juan Samuel can continue to live the dream…
Sorry, that would be very painful to watch.
The Lisfranc Injury
I have to admit that before Chien-Ming Wang was hurt last June in Houston, I did not know what the Lisfranc joint was. The Lisfranc joint was named for Jacques Lisfranc de St. Martin (d. 1847), a French surgeon and gynecologist. According to eMedicine (http://emedicine.medscape.com), the Lisfranc joint, which represents the articulation between the midfoot and forefoot, is composed of the 5 tarsometatarsal (TMT) joints. The Lisfranc ligament is attached to the lateral margin of the medial cuneiform and medial and plantar surface of the second metatarsal (MT) base. This is the only ligamentous support between first and second ray at midfoot level. In a note of irony, the doctor who had a part of the foot named after him, was also a pioneer in the removal of the rectum. It helps me to better understand the relationship in the phrase, ‘A kick in the…’ Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Wang seems to be progressing very nicely in recent weeks. While the injury took longer than expected to heal (Wang felt pain as recently as November), there are no signs that he is favoring his right foot. When he reported to Tampa, there was some tightness but that’s subsided. The Yankees have limited Wang’s cardio activity to avoid running. He has preferred the stationary bike to the elliptical trainer. Hopefully, Wang will be ready to go when the Yankees break camp.
Griffey the Brave or Griffey the Mariner
It sounds like it is decision time for Ken Griffey, Jr. By all reports, Griffey has replaced Nick Swisher as the key target for their outfield. The Braves are limited financially (a total compensation package would be no more than $2.5 million), but they offer Griffey the chance to play close to home. His daughter plays AAU Basketball in Georgia, and his son is starting high school football in Florida. The Braves training camp is also only 20 minutes from Griffey’s Orlando home. The Mariners, meanwhile, train in Arizona.
This decision really comes down to family versus playing time. I think the Mariners offer more playing time since Griffey could DH against primarily right-handed hitting when not playing the field. With the Braves, he would be limited to a left-field platoon.
Most players would go where they have the greatest chance to play, but I think Griffey will opt for family and sign with the Braves.
It would have been fun to see Griffey in Seattle again, but he has always placed family first and I don’t expect that to change now.
The Ostrich Farm
Randy Johnson was discussing the difference between training camp with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants. Both teams train in Arizona, but the D-Backs camp is in Tucson, versus Scottsdale for the Giants. I laughed when I saw this quote, because anyone who has lived in Arizona uses the same benchmark to determine how much longer it is to Tucson when driving down from Phoenix: “Not that I had a problem going to Tucson,” he said. “I always knew when I got to that ostrich farm; I had 45 minutes to go”. Unfortunately, there’s not much else in between Phoenix and Tucson except a lot of Saguaro Cacti…
Randy is now able to walk from his home in Paradise Valley to Scottsdale Stadium (home of the Giants), so the ostrich farm will be reserved for those away games in Tucson.
Picacho Peak, in the photo background, is a great hike, by the way…
Got an extra $25,000?
My favorite place to get dessert in New York City is Serendipity 3, which is on 60th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan.
My wife wrote this review after a visit: “My husband and I were visiting NY and had to make a visit to this place because we’d heard about the fabulous desserts and because “Serendipity” is one of his favorite movies. The frrrozen hot chocolate does not disappoint and was definitely worth the 1.5 hour wait!! We also had dinner here because we were hungry. The food was just ok and kind of pricey, but the dessert made up for it. I wouldn’t come back here for a meal next time, just dessert. We bought some of the powdered mix to make frrrozen hot chocolate at home. It’s actually not a bad instant mix and tasted good…but of course, it’s much better to have the real drink in person. I found out later that they take reservations so if you don’t want to deal with the long wait, call ahead.”
Serendipity 3 offers the world’s most expensive chocolate sundae (which was introduced in 2007) for the low, low sum of only $25,000. The “Frrozen Haute Chocolate” is made from 28 types of cocoa, 14 of which are the rarest in the world. It is sprinkled with edible 23-karat gold and served in a goblet lined with edible gold. It is topped with whipped cream and a side of LaMadeline au Truffle from Knipschildt Chocolatier (sells for $2,600 a pound). It is accompanied by an 18-karat gold, diamond encrusted spoon and 18-karat gold bracelet.
Photo by Chip East/Reuters
Yikes, I think I’ll just have the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate for $8.50, please…