From the Daily News:
It’s this apparent Red Sox phobia that makes Yankee fans crazy, and apparently George Steinbrenner, too. On his way out of Yankee Stadium last night, The Boss singled out A-Rod, though not by name, for criticism.
“I’m upset at a lot of them,” Steinbrenner said when reporters asked for his thoughts on The Big Unit. And then, unsolicited, he added:
“The third baseman.”
I have to add that I thought A-Rod looked very “tight” last night. I don’t know if he was nervous and/or pressing, but, he appeared to be reacting late – instead of being aggressive. Heck, if this were 1919, you could almost make the case that he was playing to lose the game last night. Now, I’m not suggesting that – it would be insane to suggest that – but, I offer it as a way to describe his poor showing (for those who may have missed it).
In any event, in the same News feature, we find this:
A-Rod wasn’t making any such promises last night, but he wasn’t making any excuses either.
“They were both plays that I should have made,”‘ he said. Then he shook his head, seemingly in disbelief.
“Sometimes you’ve just gotta laugh it off,” he said.
Laugh it off? Gee, that’s not great to hear.
I recall watching on game on YES towards the end of Jose Contreras’ days in New York. The Red Sox were roughing up Jose and Paul O’Neill had a comment (along the lines) of “It’s one thing to play in New York and do well. But, eventually, you’re going to have to show that you can play against the Boston Red Sox too. Because, if you can’t, you won’t be in New York for too much longer.”
I have to think that Alex knows that he has to do better in these Boston games. And, that’s no laughing matter.
Tonight would be an excellent place to start – against Schilling.