Tracy Ringolsby rips into A-Rod. Here are some of the highlights of what he had to say:
Maybe it was an inadvertent misstep that led President Obama to fail to mention Alex Rodriguez’s name during the Yankees visit to the White House on Monday — or maybe the teleprompter just skipped a page — but if Rodriguez wants to be respected, the best advice he can be given is to learn to respect others.
This is the guy, remember, who had it leak out in the midst of the 2007 World Series that he was going to exercise the option to void what remained of his contract with the Yankees (which led to his new deal).
Not that it would matter to Rodriguez. He lives in his own little world, and he is oblivious to anyone else. After Rodriguez’s recent misadventure of running over the pitcher’s mound in Oakland on his way back to first base from third base on a foul ball — which Rodriguez claimed he didn’t realize was a misstep — maybe it would be wise to give him a refresher course on some baseball no-nos.
Rodriguez’s act of arrogance in Oakland wasn’t his first ( and most likely won’t be his last) inability to show respect to the game and its participants.
Among other things, there was that May 30, 2007 game in Toronto when Rodriguez, on second with two outs, is alleged to have yelled “Mine,” prompting Toronto third baseman Howie Clark to step back from underneath the ball, allowing it to drop and permitting a run to score.
And there was that moment in the 2004 ALCS against Boston when Rodriguez slapped at Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo’s glove as he ran to first base, knocking the ball free. Rodriguez advanced to second — while the Red Sox protested — only to eventually be called out.
“I thought it was a brilliant play and we almost got away with it,” Rodriguez said.
For those not aware, Ringolsby has written extensively for 30 years about baseball and was elected the 2005 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.