• Granderson: A-Rod An ‘Amazing Teammate’

    Posted by on August 5th, 2010 · Comments (33)

    Curtis Granderson blogs over at Yahoo! Sports and offered his first-person view of what it was like watching the chase for 600 homers.

    One part in particular stuck out to me (warning, extra-long block quote):

    When people ask about Alex, I just remain truthful. He is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen. His drive and passion to win is above any individual accomplishments he could achieve. On top of all that, he is an amazing teammate. After the trade, he called me within minutes to welcome me to the team. Other players followed, but he made that first phone call and made me feel welcome. When I came to New York for my press conference to be announced as a Yankee a week later, Alex flew in from Florida to show his support. He has helped me with everything else in New York from hitting to which route is the best to take home after a game.

    I think it’s easier for people to get caught up and judge people based on what they see on SportsCenter, or read on Page 6 or even here on Big League Stew, but just remember that you don’t always get the whole story that way. I’ve had a lot of teammates in my career when you consider my time in the minor leagues, in Detroit and here in New York. But there is no doubt that Alex Rodriguez is one of the best teammates I’ve ever had.

    In light of some of the tabloids and talking heads killing him, it’s refreshing to see a little perspective here from Curtis.

    Comments on Granderson: A-Rod An ‘Amazing Teammate’

    1. YankCrank
      August 5th, 2010 | 1:37 pm

      Not buying it. He’s still not a perfect human being, and deserves to be tortured by fans and the media ever year because of it.

    2. MJ Recanati
      August 5th, 2010 | 1:40 pm

      Curtis Granderson said:

      I think it’s easier for people to get caught up and judge people based on what they see on SportsCenter, or read on Page 6 or even here on Big League Stew, but just remember that you don’t always get the whole story that way.

      A good reminder for the folks in the mainstream media that cling to the notion of Rodriguez as a bad and unpopular teammate. It may have been true in the past with a different cast of characters but I don’t think there are too many in the clubhouse that feel this way today. Not that the media would ever acknowledge this…

    3. August 5th, 2010 | 1:58 pm

      I just wish that Granderson hit as well as he speaks/writes. ;-)

    4. YankCrank
      August 5th, 2010 | 2:06 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      I just wish that Granderson hit as well as he speaks/writes.

      Ditto.

    5. Evan3457
      August 5th, 2010 | 2:17 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      I just wish that Granderson hit as well as he speaks/writes.

      Beat me to it. Was about to post:
      Well, Granderson’s not a Real Yankee™/stinks, so his opinion about A-Rod is invalidated.

      /A-Rod hate

    6. August 5th, 2010 | 2:18 pm

      OK, seriously, this is an interesting thing for me.

      This morning, on X-M, or whatever it is now, on the MLB channel, a guy called in to talk about all the hugs that A-Rod got from his teammates after the HR and how that shows how beloved he is now by his teammates.

      And, to that, Rob Dibble said it was bull. Dibble said that Munson hated Jackson, but, on the field, if Jackson has hit his 600th HR, Munson would have congrated him. And, the true test was who was going to hang with A-Rod, if anyone, after the game to celebrate the event. And, Dibble said that’s what he wanted to see – that list. He then said that he would find out from his friends on the Yankees, and he mentioned Swisher, to get the real scoop, for his own clarification, on how the team felt about A-Rod and the 6ooth HR – rather than make a call based on public demonstrations – like the one outside the dugout.

      Does Grandy’s statement here fall under that? I doubt it – Curtis didn’t have to say a word and he went out of his way to share this…so, to me, he means what he’s saying.

      And, I suspect that Cano and Cervelli feel the same as Grandy, based on reports. But, what about the Core Four or Tex or Swisher or Gardner or some others?

      I would bet they’re mostly of the mindset that John Kruk shared on the Kay radio show yesterday – as long as he hits, makes playes in the field, and that helps us win, I’m happy that he’s a teammate.

      I know when I played ball, I played with some pricks. And, before and after the game, I didn’t want to be around them. But, during the game, I was the first person to high-five them when they made a great play or got a big hit. That’s just the way it works when you’re on a team.

      In any event, good for Curtis. I’m sure when he’s a back-up OF for the Pirates in 2012 and the Yankees are paying his salary, he’ll be telling everyone on the Bucs about how tight he was with Alex – like Doug Minky was probably telling the guys this summer on the Marlins Triple-A team…and like how Fran Healy used to tell girls in bars in the ’70′s about being tight with Reggie.

      Bottom line, what I’m saying is – “Super-duper-stars” will always have their posse on a team – made up of guys who are not at their level – because SOME “stars” need that to feel important. Maybe withh Melky gone, A-Rod was looking for a replacement on his posse and targeted Grandy? Sure sounds like it.

    7. Raf
      August 5th, 2010 | 2:27 pm

      So now Rodriguez wants Granderson to be part of his “posse?” That’s a new one…

    8. Corey Italiano
      August 5th, 2010 | 2:34 pm

      But wait..Granderson’s not Latin so he can’t be in A-Rod’s posse.. ;)

    9. MJ Recanati
      August 5th, 2010 | 2:34 pm

      @ Raf:
      Seriously. Steve used 455 words to come up with another backhanded compliment for Rodriguez, somehow turning a nice, unprompted sentiment from a teammate into some circuitously-routed argument that shows A-Rod to be a guy that loves to be surrounded by sycophants. It never ends around here.

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      , what about the Core Four or some others?

      Who cares? Is there a law that says that all teammates must be liked by the “Core Four” in order to be considered good teammates or popular teammates? Are there no members of the Yankees that may not think ill of the Core Four? I’d imagine that there are certainly a handful of people that have passed through Yankee Pinstripes that were both good teammates and unimpressed by the Core Four. The possiblity exists, at least, doesn’t it?

      Enough with using the Core Four as the arbiters of what makes a good Yankee or a good teammate. Johnny Damon hated Randy Johnson and vice versa. I’d take them both on my team any day of the week. These 25 guys don’t need to like eachother, they only need to play baseball.

      JESUS FUCKING CHRIST

    10. Corey Italiano
      August 5th, 2010 | 2:41 pm

      @ Corey Italiano:
      Latino*

    11. Evan3457
      August 5th, 2010 | 2:55 pm

      Meanwhile, elsewhere in space-time…

      The Twins beat the Rays 8-6, in a game with a rather remarkable finish.

      Twins took an early 4-0 lead, and it was 6-0, going bottom 8, but the Rays rallied for 6 in the 8th, capped by a pinch-hit grand slam by Jason Bartlett (of all people) off Ron Mahay.

      Top of the 9th, Repko gets a leadoff double of Benoit. Casillas grounds to 2nd, moving Repko to 3rd with one out. Mauer gets IBBed (of course). Delmon Young hits a soft liner to short that falls at Barlett’s feet. Repko must hold to see if it’s caught, and Bartlett tries to start a DP, but Young, hustling down the line, barely beats the relay.

      With 1st and 3rd and 2 out, Kubel works the count to 3-1, and gets a decent FB to hit…and pops it sky-high toward second base, and there’s the rub. The ball hits the ring/catwalk above the infield, rattles around, and lands just behind the pitcher’s mound. By ground-rule, it’s a single and an RBI, 7-6 Twins. Line single to left by Cuddyer makes it 8-6. Valencia makes the 3rd out.

      Bottom 9: Capps whiffs Rodriguez, walks Jaso, catches Zobrist looking at a “Maddux”. Crawford is up and hits a grounder to the hole on the right side. Casillas gets to it, wheels 360, and throws Crawford out by a step. Rays win.

      I watched less than an inning and a half, but you can sure see a LOT of baseball in 7 outs of a game. Unbelievable last inning plus.
      ========================================
      And the Yanks are finally back in first. It was a long wait, but worth it. Wait? Do the Twins count? Or do they only not count when the Yanks beat ‘em?
      ========================================
      Yanks in charge of their own destiny.

      If they can win about 48 in a row.

    12. Raf
      August 5th, 2010 | 3:11 pm

      I saw the Crain/Aybar AB, and Crain was squeezed something serious. That forced in a run, and led to Gardenhire going to the BP and Mahay.

      A shame the game had to be lost that way, but hey, that’s the way it goes sometimes.

    13. August 5th, 2010 | 3:12 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      JESUS FUCKING CHRIST

      When WFAN hires me and you to co-host a show during drive time, you know this type of language is never going to fly, don’tcha? ;-)

    14. clintfsu813
      August 5th, 2010 | 4:04 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Bottom 9: Capps whiffs Rodriguez, walks Jaso, catches Zobrist looking at a “Maddux”. Crawford is up and hits a grounder to the hole on the right side. Casillas gets to it, wheels 360, and throws Crawford out by a step. Rays win.

      Gotta change to Twins win…or else it didnt really happen, lol.

    15. clintfsu813
      August 5th, 2010 | 4:06 pm

      Raf wrote:

      A shame the game had to be lost that way, but hey, that’s the way it goes sometimes

      Dont give those bastards any sympathy. Ive been to two games at the Trop when we were on the wrong side of a catwalk hit and the Rays benefited from it. We held on to win both of those by the way. :D

    16. throwstrikes
      August 5th, 2010 | 4:14 pm

      Yesterday was Family Day at Yankee Stadium so everyone celebrated after the game with A-Rod.

    17. throwstrikes
      August 5th, 2010 | 4:18 pm

      “what about the Core Four or some others?”

      Jeter, Posada, Andy and Mariano told Verducci in his SI article earlier this year that the 4 of them had never gone out to dinner together except for team dinners so does that mean the Core Four is an act for the public?

      The new core 4 is Cano, Teixeira, Sabathia and Rodriguez and A-Rod is firmly in that mix.

    18. Evan3457
      August 5th, 2010 | 4:22 pm

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      Bottom 9: Capps whiffs Rodriguez, walks Jaso, catches Zobrist looking at a “Maddux”. Crawford is up and hits a grounder to the hole on the right side. Casillas gets to it, wheels 360, and throws Crawford out by a step. Rays win.
      Gotta change to Twins win…or else it didnt really happen, lol.

      Aw, spit. I hate not having an Edit feature on this site. :(

    19. Raf
      August 5th, 2010 | 5:27 pm

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      Ive been to two games at the Trop when we were on the wrong side of a catwalk hit and the Rays benefited from it.

      Is the Trop as small/cozy as it seems?

      No sympathy given; Aybar should’ve been k’d. Off all the pitches Crain threw in that AB only 1 should’ve been called a ball.

    20. clintfsu813
      August 5th, 2010 | 5:47 pm

      @ Raf:
      Its pretty small. With lots of catwalks strewn about willi nilly.

    21. throwstrikes
      August 5th, 2010 | 7:29 pm

      Tigers leftfielder Johnny Damon played with Alex Rodriguez on the Yankees last season and says media coverage about A-Rod’s 600th career home run being tainted because of steroid use is unmerited.

      “The guy has accomplished a lot, and the fans in New York love him,” Damon said today, a day after Rodriguez hit his historic blast. “He has been under the microscope since he was 18 years old. He delivered in New York, and he brought the Yankees a World Series title.

      “He came out and admitted that he made a mistake, and he has moved on. It seems like, in our society, that we want people to fail. He’s a good guy.’’

    22. Raf
      August 5th, 2010 | 7:57 pm

      throwstrikes wrote:

      It seems like, in our society, that we want people to fail.

      Haters gonna hate

    23. August 5th, 2010 | 8:29 pm

      throwstrikes wrote:

      He’s a good guy.

      Really, one thing to remember is that there are three options on this, when someone is asked their opinion:

      1. Say something nice.
      2. Say nothing.
      3. Say something not nice.

      #2 sort of implies #3. So, it’s really say something nice or say something not nice. And, many are uncomfortable with the latter. That’s why so many parents of ugly babies are told they have a cute kid.

      So, when someone is asked about A-Rod, and they say he’s a good guy – maybe the mean it, or, maybe, they’re just saying what will get them in the least trouble?

    24. Evan3457
      August 5th, 2010 | 8:38 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      throwstrikes wrote:
      He’s a good guy.
      Really, one thing to remember is that there are three options on this, when someone is asked their opinion:
      1. Say something nice.
      2. Say nothing.
      3. Say something not nice.
      #2 sort of implies #3. So, it’s really say something nice or say something not nice. And, many are uncomfortable with the latter. That’s why so many parents of ugly babies are told they have a cute kid.
      So, when someone is asked about A-Rod, and they say he’s a good guy – maybe the mean it, or, maybe, they’re just saying what will get them in the least trouble?

      So it’s come to this, when someone, a teammate, a commentator, says A-Rod is disingenuous, a phony, then…A-Rod is disingenuous, a phony.

      But if someone says A-Rod’s a good guy, then…then the someone is covering up, taking the easy way out, and A-Rod is still disingenuous, a phony.

      A theory or idea which cannot be disproven is an article of faith; a belief. Nothing more.

    25. throwstrikes
      August 5th, 2010 | 8:58 pm

      And if all these people didn’t really like A-Rod and said they did that would make THEM disingenuous phonies.

    26. August 5th, 2010 | 9:06 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Remember, according to the media’s reports at the time, Roger Clemens, Tiger Woods, and Rick Pitino were great family men, Joe DiMaggio was never elegant, not petty and cheap, and LeBron James was a real home town guy who loved Cleveland. So I take the media’s perception with a grain of salt.

      Steve Lombardi: Considering Rob Dibble is so unaware of the Reggie/Thurman dynamic in later years — they were friendly enough that Reggie flew in Thurman’s plane — his opinion is pretty worthless.

      As for the “when someone is asked about A-Rod, and they say he’s a good guy – maybe the mean it, or, maybe, they’re just saying what will get them in the least trouble?” Couldn’t you pretty much say that about anybody being asked about anybody?

    27. August 6th, 2010 | 3:42 pm

      throwstrikes wrote:

      Yesterday was Family Day at Yankee Stadium so everyone celebrated after the game with A-Rod.

      You sure?

      http://waswatching.com/2010/08/06/what-did-a-rod-do-to-celebrate-after-he-hit-600/

    28. throwstrikes
      August 7th, 2010 | 12:50 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      You sure?

      Yes. He was at Family Day with his famly including his ex-wife.

      http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/sports/new-york-yankees-alex/image/9493278?term=alex+rodriguez

      Daily News story (I get my news from more mainstream publications than Pop Sugar) said the helicopter took off at sunset.

    29. throwstrikes
      August 7th, 2010 | 1:04 am

      Steve

      Curtis has a message for you….

      “I think it’s easier for people to get caught up and judge people based on what they see on SportsCenter, or read on Page 6 (or hear from Dibble) or even here on Big League Stew, but just remember that you don’t always get the whole story that way.”

    30. August 7th, 2010 | 8:50 am

      @ throwstrikes:
      Was that Family Day, or, was it just his ex and kids there because of the 600th? I can’t find anything about that date being family day, and, considering how the Yankees played that day last year with the media, in terms of it being a photo op, I find it strange that no one has anything on it this year.

    31. throwstrikes
      August 7th, 2010 | 10:31 am

      @Steve

      It was Family Day. I don’t deal in speculation, rumor or innuendo.

      AndrewMarchand Jeter will be back. Brian Cashman’s son is wearing a No. 2 jersey at the Yankees’ team party on the field right now. #Yankees
      5:42 PM Aug 4th via TweetDeck

    32. August 7th, 2010 | 11:06 am

      Thanks – amazing they didn’t play it up like they did last year.

    33. August 7th, 2010 | 9:43 pm

      Fuck a Rob Dibble. His analysis is trash. His voice is trash. His greasy Chase Utley like hair is trash.

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