• A-Rod Misses Yankees Team Photo Today

    Posted by on August 3rd, 2010 · Comments (24)

    Via Kevin Kernan -

    A-Rod misses team photo, Girardi said he didn’t read the memo

    No worries. I’m sure they can CGI him into the picture – as a centaur, of course.  (No word on whether or not it will be possible to CGI his 600th career homer into today’s boxscore ‘tho…)

    Now, why everyone else on the team got the memo and Alex missed it…is anyone’s guess.

    Comments on A-Rod Misses Yankees Team Photo Today

    1. August 3rd, 2010 | 5:23 pm

      The return of “Me-Rod”

    2. August 3rd, 2010 | 5:39 pm

      The Yankees made the mistake of placing the memo in his chair, in front of his locker. Obviously, they should have taped it to his mirror.

    3. Raf
      August 3rd, 2010 | 6:39 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      I’m sure they can CGI him into the picture – as a centaur, of course.

      *giggle*

    4. 77yankees
      August 3rd, 2010 | 7:08 pm

      Considering they’re paying him $200 million+, that $500 fine should really put a dent in his wallet, no? that’s hoochie tipping money for A-Rod.

    5. August 3rd, 2010 | 7:50 pm

      What kills me is that the other 24 members of the playing team made it, and one did not. What kind of message is that one now sending to the other 24?

    6. Raf
      August 3rd, 2010 | 8:19 pm

      Don’t think it’s sending any message, actually. These are paid professionals, with lives and stuff; this isn’t your local little league team. What is the organization going to do? Bench him? Release him? Trade him because he missed the team photo?

    7. August 3rd, 2010 | 9:48 pm

      That’s the point – they are professionals and 24 of them acted like it. The one, somehow, missed the memo.

      Steve Phillips 1 + 24 comment is ringing loud on this one.

    8. Evan3457
      August 3rd, 2010 | 10:19 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      That’s the point – they are professionals and 24 of them acted like it. The one, somehow, missed the memo.
      Steve Phillips 1 + 24 comment is ringing loud on this one.

      This is a severe overstatement.

    9. August 3rd, 2010 | 10:21 pm

      I think Steve. L. is spot on here

    10. Evan3457
      August 3rd, 2010 | 11:02 pm

      Didn’t Darryl Strawberry get in a fight with his teammate Keith Hernandez at a team photo session for the 80′s Mets?….Ah, found the story. 1989 Spring Training.

      And now, Keith is an analyst for the Mets TV casts, and Strawberry just got inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame.

      Go figure.

    11. 77yankees
      August 3rd, 2010 | 11:12 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      What kind of message is that one now sending to the other 24?

      A-Rod has one WS ring, and the remaining 24 players on the team have how many totaled up??? Does anyone really think A-Rod has that kind of superficial influence over everyone else?

      Watch, tomorrow the papers will hump this story for all it’s worth and try to make it like THIS is the reason the Yanks are no longer in first place.

      Take a deep breath, guys.

    12. August 3rd, 2010 | 11:30 pm

      Didn’t Jeter and Posada miss the team photo one year because they were celebrating Posada’s B-Day or something? Oooh, wonder what message that sent to the rest to the team!

      Yeah, it’s lame A-Rod missed the team photo, but if it were anybody else, it would be a non-story. But because it’s him, it gives all his detractors something to squawk about.

    13. Raf
      August 4th, 2010 | 8:33 am

      lisaswan wrote:

      Yeah, it’s lame A-Rod missed the team photo, but if it were anybody else, it would be a non-story.

      Guess that speaks to Steve Phillips 1 + 24 comment; no one on the team can attract a “story” like Rodriguez.

    14. August 4th, 2010 | 9:25 am

      lisaswan wrote:

      Didn’t Jeter and Posada miss the team photo one year because they were celebrating Posada’s B-Day or something? Oooh, wonder what message that sent to the rest to the team!

      I don’t recall that at all? Do you have a link to support it?

    15. August 4th, 2010 | 9:26 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Didn’t Darryl Strawberry get in a fight with his teammate Keith Hernandez at a team photo session for the 80’s Mets?….Ah, found the story. 1989 Spring Training.

      Ah, yes, but, at least they were there for the photo!

    16. August 4th, 2010 | 9:29 am

      Face it, guys and gals, this “stunt” is the kind of crap that you would have expected from Manny Ramirez back when he was in Boston during the “Manny being Manny” days…and not from the face of your franchise, or at least one of the faces, if you’re the New York Yankees.

      If ANYONE on the Yankees knows that they cannot afford to make stupid mistakes like this, without getting tons of attention and getting fried, it’s A-Rod. Yet, stupid is as stupid does and he was THE ONLY ONE on the team not to show.

      He deserves all the heat that he gets for this – because, as usual, he’s brought it on himself.

    17. MJ Recanati
      August 4th, 2010 | 9:54 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      this “stunt” i

      Mistake or not, let’s not jump to conclusions that it was a “stunt”. Who knows why he missed it? Maybe he flaked on his obligation but maybe there was a legitimate reason too? We don’t know yet so let’s not assume first and find out later.

    18. August 4th, 2010 | 10:08 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:

      As a matter of fact, it’s mentioned in today’s Daily News:

      “Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada famously missed a team photo, showing up late on Aug. 17, 1999 after celebrating Posada’s 28th birthday at the catcher’s home. Coaches Don Zimmer and Chris Chambliss also missed that photo – Zimmer because he had traveled to Pee Wee Reese’s funeral and Chambliss because of a medical condition.”

      Read more: http://tinyurl.com/2afjb6b

      Geez, I don’t know how the team survived after Jeter’s and Posada’s “stunt”!

    19. MJ Recanati
      August 4th, 2010 | 10:14 am

      lisaswan wrote:

      Geez, I don’t know how the team survived after Jeter’s and Posada’s “stunt”!

      I heart Lisa Swan for this.

    20. August 4th, 2010 | 10:17 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Who knows why he missed it?

      He said that he missed it because he didn’t read the board when leaving the clubhouse the day before. FWIW, Girardi said that he didn’t read the memo that was left at his locker ‘tho…

    21. August 4th, 2010 | 10:19 am

      @ lisaswan:

      Thanks for the link – totally missed that one. Question – what was the media reaction to Jeter missing the photo back in 1999?

    22. MJ Recanati
      August 4th, 2010 | 10:25 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      He said that he missed it because he didn’t read the board when leaving the clubhouse the day before. FWIW, Girardi said that he didn’t read the memo that was left at his locker ‘tho…

      Doesn’t make it “a stunt”, only makes it an act of carelessness. A stunt connotes some self-serving/attention-grabbing action. Being careless or absent-minded is different.

      Frankly, if Jeter/Posada missed the team picture in 1999 because of Posada’s birthday party — dare I assume they were both hung over? — that’s a stunt. That’s putting yourself before your job. And honestly? I don’t care about the fact that Jeter/Posada did that. It’s trivial.

    23. August 4th, 2010 | 5:04 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      I honestly don’t remember.

    24. 77yankees
      August 4th, 2010 | 6:52 pm

      Steve, if you take a look at the 77 & 78 team photos, you’d see Mickey Rivers isn’t in either of them and Sparky Lyle isn’t in one of them.

      Also, if you remember in The Bronx Zoo, Sparky, Nettles, and Munson all blew off the Welcome Home Luncheon in 1978, then when they got fined, Munson & Nettles refused to play the next day. And Reggie was pulling nonsense all the time. But funny how performing on the field erases all of that.

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