Bob Raissman and Michael Kay have been going at each other for a while. It’s to the point now where: a) it’s really annoying and b) you have to wonder if they actually do like each other and just do this so the two of them have something to talk/write about.
In any event, in the latest shot fired from Raissman, we have this bit of news:
No sooner had Kay advised listeners not to hold the $25 million per against A-Rod, ESPN-1050 aired a commercial for a Rodriguez autographed ball commemorating his three-homer, 10-RBI night.
Yes, less than 24 hours after he hit the three homers a company called “A-Rod Authenticated” was selling this “once in a lifetime” autographed baseball, complete with Rodriguez’s Tuesday night stat line, for $399. Order quickly. Only “113″ basballs are available.
Does A-Rod really need the $45,000 that this is going to generate? Actually, he probably gets less than that – as the outfit pitching these balls gets a cut too. Why not just pass on the offer and avoid the possibility of being painted as a memorabilia-whore?
I have a friend who likes to refer to A-Rod as “Me-Rod” – and, I’m starting to think that my friend might be right.
This saddens me since A-Rod was once one of my favorite non-Yankee players (before he came to NY). Among all the Yankee pictures on the wall in my personal office, I even have a 16×20 of Alex, batting, in an M’s uniform. Other than Ripken and Aaron, A-Rod is the only non-Yankee to share the walls with Bucky, Reggie, Thurman, Boone, Bernie, Torre, Mickey, Matsui, and Paulie. So, you can imagine how excited I was when he joined the Yankees. Now, I read stuff about him like this and it’s a huge turn-off.
I would expect this stuff from someone like Jim Leyritz. A-Rod has 25 million reasons to be above it.