• Simply Pointing Out The Difference…

    Posted by on October 11th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    This is Steve’s blog and I’m merely a volunteer member of “staff.”  So while I don’t want to step on anybody’s toes here, I do want to point out a small difference between two players…

    I’m not arguing against his on-field brilliance and I’m not trying to draw a comparison between their talents or accomplishments, but when A-Rod messes up, he sits on a podium in front of a microphone and says so.  When Pujols isn’t at his best?  He heads for the exit:

    Pujols, 3 for 10 with an RBI and no extra-base hits in the series, left Busch Stadium without speaking to reporters. (ESPN.com)

    Please note that Pujols’s .300 average with an RBI is WAY better than anything A-Rod had done in recent October memory.  That wasn’t my point.  I’ve got no bias or agenda against Pujols but I just felt like I had to point that one minor detail out.

    -Posted by MJ

    Add on from Steve: Well, back in August, we did have this report to share from Tyler Kepner:

    [Alex] Rodriguez is a ghost in the clubhouse, at home and on the road, especially before games. He limits his availability almost exclusively to brief sessions with a group after games in which he has made an impact, good or bad. He does almost no one-on-one interviews, and nobody questions the rules.

    But, to MJ’s point…this refers to the regular season and not the post-season.

    Comments on Simply Pointing Out The Difference…

    1. October 11th, 2009 | 10:22 am

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    2. Evan3457
      October 11th, 2009 | 4:59 pm

      I think MJ is specifically referring to how they stand up to adversity at the worst moment, when the team is eliminated.

      Pujols vanishes; he’s done this before, if I remember right. A-Rod has ALWAYS faced the music.

      It’s a small thing, but it still counts for something, at least in my eyes.

    3. MJ
      October 11th, 2009 | 11:06 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      That’s exactly what I saw saying.

      Can you imagine the backlash if A-Rod walked out before facing the media after a playoff series where he was a non-factor? Pujols won’t get called out because (1) he plays in a market whose sports writers don’t have an inflated self of themselves and (2) because he’s a darling anyway.

      It reflects poorly on Pujols and he should know better.

    4. October 11th, 2009 | 11:31 pm

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