• Yanks To A-Rod: Less Distractions, Please

    Posted by on March 25th, 2009 · Comments (7)

    Via Jon Heyman -

    Top Yankees officials are apparently giving Alex Rodriguez a pass on his latest appearance in the tabloids, but they were annoyed and concerned enough about his extracurricular activities and a spate of often unflattering celebrity news stories that top team executives — including owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner — staged serious discussions with the superstar slugger in recent weeks about toning down his off-field act and focusing entirely on his well-known drive to be baseball’s best player, according to people familiar with those talks.

    While Yankees people generally seem to remain concerned about Rodriguez’s inability to stay out of the gossip pages, they appear to not be overreacting to the latest A-Rod news — which includes a narcissistic magazine photo spread and a Manhattan madam’s claims to a tabloid that she received personal emails from Rodriguez and subsequently dated him — since both developments appear to have occurred before the team’s most serious talks with Rodriguez, even if they didn’t become public until later. Thus the new revelations haven’t spurred any new lectures from his Yankee bosses.

    Club officials have even referred to the alleged episode involving the madam as being “part of his past” and reflective of a difficult personal situation at the time. Rodriguez and his wife of five years, Cynthia, who have two young daughters, divorced last year.

    The most serious of the heart-to-heart talks occurred right after Sports Illustrated reported on Feb. 7 that Rodriguez was one of 104 players to have failed baseball’s 2003 survey test, as club officials used the steroid revelation as a platform to discuss avoidance of all controversy. That message was strongly reinforced again by top Yankees executives after A-Rod was rather indiscreetly picked up by cousin Yuri Sucart following a spring training game only days after Rodriguez named Sucart as the one who helped procure the steroids for him.

    The Yankees’ message was, “Put all the distractions behind you.” And Rodriguez agreed, according to people familiar with those discussions.

    “Clearly, you don’t want any controversies on or of the field,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “As to whether I talked to Alex specifically, I’ll just keep that private and in-house in the best interests of the club.”

    Somehow, I don’t think this is going to work…

    Comments on Yanks To A-Rod: Less Distractions, Please

    1. YankCrank
      March 25th, 2009 | 10:30 am

      There really is no way to make it “work.” Alex has become a Britney/Lindsay Lohan-like figure where whatever he does, or wherever he is a story will be written and published about it. At the same time, there’s a good chance that story can be fabricated to sell papers. There really is no avoiding that, unless he wants to stay inside every moment of the day he’s not at the ball park…and we all know that won’t happen.

      He will be buried in the press for the next 9 years, so a little advice…start to appreciate Alex for what he does on the field for the Yanks and care a hell-of-a-lot less about his personal life. That’s all we really should be doing as Yankee fans anyway.

    2. MJ
      March 25th, 2009 | 10:33 am

      There’s a difference between what A-Rod brings on himself — the recent mirror-kissing photoshoot, for example — and what is out of his control. If the media has a fascination with all things A-Rod and will snoop around his life for any speck of dirt it can find, there’s not much A-Rod or the Yanks can do about it.

      He may or may not have paid for sex with some high-end hookers. That it comes out in the press is beyond A-Rod’s control and totally irrelevant to how the Yankees perform. If the team isn’t happy about it, they should hire some hookers and keep them on staff so that he doesn’t have to go outside the club for sexual gratification. If that sounds ridiculous to you, so does making a big deal about an adult male wanting to get laid and how he goes about it.

      Let’s try and focus on baseball and let the idiots at the Daily News focus on entertaining housewives and so-called baseball fans with double-digit IQ’s.

    3. butchie22
      March 25th, 2009 | 10:37 am

      Arod brings so much of this crap upon himself…I wonder what teammates are saying behind the scene about him. It’s like he gives the Yankee haters and the NYC press the rope to hang them himself on. In terms of his involvement with the world of whoredom…is that a surprise after the Jocelyn Morse incident in Toronto? It keeps on getting worse and worse with this guy and will continue to if the Yanks keep on going World Series less……

    4. Corey
      March 25th, 2009 | 11:04 am

      opening day can’t get here fast enough lol

    5. Evan3457
      March 25th, 2009 | 6:49 pm

      …and A-Rod probably meant it when he said he understood he needed to avoid distractions, and he’s probably trying hard to avoid them, as he sees it.

      The problem is this: A-Rod has shown, beyond any doubt, that he’s completely clueless about these types of things. He couldn’t recognize a distraction-situation, much less avoid it, if he got a genuine ACME Distraction Detector (Accept no xubstitutes!) for Christmas.

    6. thrstr15
      March 25th, 2009 | 9:02 pm

      I like your headline “less distractions please”

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