• A-Rod, Canseco & Ripper

    Posted by on February 19th, 2009 · Comments (9)

    From a Mel Antonen feature in Baseball Digest that was published in December of 2000:

    When he’s not playing shortstop for the Seattle Mariners, [Alex] Rodriguez, 24, likes to jet ski, listen to Frank Sinatra and hang out with his three dogs. But what really blows A-Rod away these days is da Vinci, the 15th-century genius who studied astronomy, anatomy. geometry, botany and geology while squeezing in time to paint the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

    A book on da Vinci sits on Rodriguez’s bedside table: “He wrote his notes backward so that people wouldn’t take his ideas,” he says. “People like me would have to put them up to a mirror to read them. He says you can learn seven facts every second for the rest of your life. That means we are using only two percent of our brain. It fascinates me. I like education. My dream was always to get a degree from Harvard or Yale, but I wasn’t that smart.”

    Rodriguez is the milk-and-cookies player whom baseball embraces. He’s talented, humble, hard-working and caring. He apologizes when he’s five minutes late for a lunch appointment. He has a mature perspective on what it means to be good-looking, rich and famous.

    During the season, Rodriguez used to live in a Seattle high-rise with views of the Space Needle, Puget Sound and the mountains of Olympic National Park. But for last season he rented a house on Mercer Island, about 10 minutes from the ballpark, partly because of his dogs and partly because he wanted a big picture window overlooking Lake Washington.

    Rodriguez has three dogs. Ripper is an old German shepherd, a gift from fellow Miami resident Jose Canseco, who plays for the Yankees. Shorty, a yellow lab, is in training school. Gypsy is an affectionate German shepherd.

    …Ripper is an old German shepherd, a gift from fellow Miami resident Jose Canseco…

    O.K., so, A-Rod and Canseco were tight back in 2000. I’ll just hang up now and listen to your reaction to that.

    Comments on A-Rod, Canseco & Ripper

    1. MJ
      February 20th, 2009 | 6:31 am

      What difference does it make? According to Canseco, he started working out with A-Rod in the early 1990′s. It’s really all semantics and I still don’t get the fascination with this topic.

    2. February 20th, 2009 | 7:38 am

      Ripper is an old German shepherd, a gift from fellow Miami resident Jose Canseco
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      OMG! Ripper is code for ROIDS!

      Alternatively: OMG! Ripper was a drug mule (drug dog? drug Shepherd? drug puppy?) smuggling ROIDS!

    3. Corey
      February 20th, 2009 | 9:56 am

      O.K., so, A-Rod and Canseco were tight back in 2000. I’ll just hang up now and listen to your reaction to that.
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      didnt we already know taht? They’ve both said they were friends didnt they?

    4. February 20th, 2009 | 2:29 pm

      Yeah, it doesn’t matter that all this evidence is coming out these days that, for the last 9 years, A-Rod has been keeping company with known PED users and dealers…

    5. MJ
      February 20th, 2009 | 2:43 pm

      Yeah, it doesn’t matter that all this evidence is coming out these days that, for the last 9 years, A-Rod has been keeping company with known PED users and dealers…
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      No, it doesn’t matter at all. Andy Pettitte didn’t just use HGH the “one or two times” as he claimed yet no one seemed to care. Why? Because in the grand scheme of things, no one will remember Andy Pettitte 50 years from now. He’s not a Hall of Famer and hence we don’t give a crap about just another name on a list.

      I don’t see why people get so worked up over this issue. The press gets worked up about it because it’s the quickest and cheapest way to make an issue and then run with it for weeks, selling millions of papers and stories along the way. But for the rest of us, why do we care? The Yanks of the 50′s, hanging out at Toots Shor’s with mobsters, etc. — why don’t we care about that? Why do we romanticize that but we get all bothered by a guy who used PED’s? Especially when you consider just how many people used PED’s in the game. The list of players who used is a lot longer than just the names in the Mitchell Report and on Selena Roberts’s list of 104…

    6. Raf
      February 20th, 2009 | 3:23 pm

      The list of players who used is a lot longer than just the names in the Mitchell Report and on Selena Roberts’s list of 104…
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      And to bring up Tom House’s name, again, steriods has been around in baseball for over 30 years.

    7. February 20th, 2009 | 4:48 pm

      ~~Because in the grand scheme of things, no one will remember Andy Pettitte 50 years from now.~~

      I’ll be 47 later this year. So, I have a shot, albeit slim, of being around 50 years from now. And, just for the record, if I make it, and I’m not a crazy ol’ man standing on the steps of City Hall screaming out “The Kaiser wants to steal my string!,” I can promise you that I will remember Andy Pettitte.

      I’m a fan of his – thus, he means more to me than A-Rod ever will…

      …therefore, to the fans of Andy Pettitte, I’m sure it matters what happened to him – and that he was telling the truth about it.

    8. Raf
      February 20th, 2009 | 5:27 pm

      And, just for the record, if I make it, and I’m not a crazy ol’ man standing on the steps of City Hall screaming out “The Kaiser wants to steal my string!,”
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      :D

    9. MJ
      February 21st, 2009 | 1:17 pm

      …therefore, to the fans of Andy Pettitte, I’m sure it matters what happened to him – and that he was telling the truth about it.
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      I am a fan of his too. I love the guy. But I don’t believe for a second that he only used HGH 1-2 times. That’s just a silly thing to say. If you believe him, that’s your right. The point I was merely making is that we’re only up in arms about HOF’ers using PED’s. The rest of the people (Matt Lawton, Andy Pettitte, etc.) no one seems to care about…and that ultimately proves how stupid the double-standard is.

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