• King: A-Rod Loses His Net On Monday

    Posted by on February 28th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    Via George King -

    There are pros and cons connected to [Alex] Rodriguez leaving camp [to play in the World Baseball Classic].

    The positive is that the WBC drug tests are more exhaustive than MLB’s and if he passes that test, he can point to being clean, which Rodriguez insists he has been since 2004.

    One drawback is that Rodriguez has developed a support system inside the Yankees clubhouse that will not be with him during the WBC.

    He also knows what to expect from the media that covers the Yankees. Starting Monday, he will be treated like new meat for another army of reporters. And given Rodriguez’s ability to say the wrong thing at the wrong time, he could cause himself additional trouble.

    That’s an interesting point about A-Rod becoming open game on Monday. If Alex is smart, he won’t say a word to anyone about anything. But, what are the odds of that happening?

    Comments on King: A-Rod Loses His Net On Monday

    1. thenewguy
      February 28th, 2009 | 10:55 am

      A-Rod has been open game for the last few weeks. I assume you (and George King) saw how many national reporters there were at his press conference…. or how there are ALWAYS lots of reporters on A-Rod and it’s ALWAYS been open-season on him.

      If anything, I would think Latin American news agencies would be more sympathetic, since they don’t really seem to care about the rampant steroid use already going on.

      I just don’t see a situation at the WBC being that different from what A-Rod has been going through already. The NY Beat reporters all hate him, the national media hates him, opposing fans hate him… and a WBC is going to somehow make this worse? As if he could any more press.

    2. February 28th, 2009 | 11:20 am

      ~~ I assume you (and George King) saw how many national reporters there were at his press conference…~~

      Did you watch that conference? It was 100% controlled by the Yankees. No follow-up questions were allowed. The Yankees controlled who was allowed in and who was allowed to ask questions, etc.

      And, that’s exactly King’s point here.

    3. BellaSakura
      February 28th, 2009 | 11:35 am

      I think his DR teammates will be more supportive than even the Yankees. And he’s actually doing a good job of not talking about steroids since the press conference.

      If he talks he’s stupid, if he doesn’t it won’t be all that tough.

    4. Raf
      February 28th, 2009 | 7:11 pm

      If anything, I would think Latin American news agencies would be more sympathetic, since they don’t really seem to care about the rampant steroid use already going on.
      ————–
      It isn’t that they’re more sympathetic in their reporting, they’re not as sensationalist.

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