• Is Hank Calling Out A-Rod?

    Posted by on July 2nd, 2008 · Comments (3)

    Via the Post

    With Alex Rodriguez’s budding friendship with Madonna making headlines, Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner is hinting that “outside distractions” are causing the team’s offense to break his heart.

    Steinbrenner told The Associated Press today, “We’ve got to start hitting. It’s getting ridiculous.”

    Though he did not mention Rodriguez by name, Steinbrenner said, “We all know they’re better than that. I don’t know. Maybe a little less outside distractions and a little more concentrating and they’ll start hitting better.”

    Since a 9-0 win over the Mets on Friday, the Yankees have scored seven runs in losing three of four games.

    Rodriguez, whose visits to Madonna’s apartment came to light Tuesday amid rumors of her possible divorce, is 2-for-17 (.118) in his past five games.

    Steinbrenner, the team’s co-chairman, said he has been surprised by the inconsistent offense, but noted that it’s been an area of concern for general manager Brian Cashman.

    “Even when I was worried about the pitching earlier – starting pitching is the most important thing of all – but Brian would keep telling me, ‘Yes, but I worried about the hitting,'” Steinbrenner said. “That was Brian’s biggest concern even as we were reconstructing the pitching. … I thought they would go on a consistent tear, and it hasn’t happened yet.”

    “Not just this one series, but maybe the next couple series is going to be pivotal,” Steinbrenner said.

    “We can definitely still make a run at it,” Steinbrenner said.

    I’m having Big Stein & Reggie flashbacks as I read this one. Maybe Hank thinks he can get A-Rod going the way Mussina went on a roll after the “Jamie Moyer” thing (from Hank)? I dunno. Alex is a lot of things…but, he’s not Reggie Jackson.

    The bigger and hotter the situation, the better it was for Reggie. It doesn’t work that way with A-Rod. He tries too hard. If anything, it’s probably a better approach to try and take some of the pressure off Alex…than to try and prod him by applying more heat.

    Comments on Is Hank Calling Out A-Rod?

    1. DJ21996
      July 2nd, 2008 | 6:57 pm

      I dont think he is getting at Alex. He isnt that stupid.

      Maybe he is talking about Melky and Robby, with those rumours about the partying and drinking.

      Lets be honest, those 2 were the keys to us having a great line up because they made our lineup circular during July and August of last year.

    2. butchie22
      July 2nd, 2008 | 7:18 pm

      Quite frankly those Peyton Place issues are having no effect at all. The Yanks really sre not distracted by off the field issues, they can’t hit with men in RISP. They are an older team that is underachieving. Yes, Madonna is an annoying entity BUT she is not sucking the life out of Stray Rod.

    3. JeremyM
      July 3rd, 2008 | 12:49 am

      I would hope he’s not calling out A-Rod, who has been outstanding other than his injury. I’m thinking it has more to do with Melky and Cano.

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