• YES, A-Rod, Justice

    Posted by on June 30th, 2006 · Comments (7)

    From the Daily News:

    David Justice’s pointed critique of Alex Rodriguez Tuesday night on the Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network was not a solo act.

    A variety of moles, some embedded inside YES, said Justice, the network’s pre- and postgame studio analyst, was strongly encouraged – perhaps even ordered – to criticize A-Rod, by YES brass, including the network’s production boss, John Filippelli.

    “It (Justice’s A-Rod rip) was verbatim what they wanted him to say,” one mole said.

    The question is, did the order to verbally hit A-Rod come directly from the Yankees’ high command?

    Justice was not the only YES voice approached to put the wood to Rodriguez, who was mired in another slump until breaking out Wednesday with a game-winning home run. The three voices who worked Tuesday night’s game on YES – Michael Kay, Jim Kaat, and Al Leiter – were also “encouraged” to come down on A-Rod. Saying Rodriguez was not the only problem the Yankees have, they flat out refused to single him out and trash him.

    When asked about the situation, Eric Handler, a YES spokesman, would only say: “As always, there is a healthy give and take among production personnel regarding the direction of the show.”

    Just a little drama for you mammas……..

    Comments on YES, A-Rod, Justice

    1. JeremyM
      June 30th, 2006 | 6:22 pm

      Well, we sure could’ve used Justice’s bat in the 2001 World Series. I love the guy because of what he did in 2000, but he of all people should understand the peaks and valleys of being a ballplayer. A-Rod has definitely been pressing, but come on.

    2. Don
      June 30th, 2006 | 6:35 pm

      David Justice completely denied this while on ‘Mike and the Mad Dog’ show this afternoon.

    3. MJ
      June 30th, 2006 | 10:15 pm

      If it’s true, it’s a friggin’ disgrace. Not because David Justice should know better what it’s like to go through slumps (all of 2001) but because there’s nothing worse than an organization that controls its media assets to the point of ordering hatchet jobs. It’s only too bad that someone bigger and richer doesn’t buy up YES and mention that Steinbrenner’s a dumb phony fuck.

    4. June 30th, 2006 | 10:55 pm

      Howie Spira.

      It would not shock me to see the Yankees try and get dirt on a player or create some when there is none.

    5. Jen
      July 1st, 2006 | 1:13 am

      Ah, that’s it! Howie Spira. Thanks Steve.

      Don’t know if they showed it on TV, but Dave Winfield threw out the first pitch tonight (I was as giddy as a school girl to see him). And I was trying to remember the name of the guy Steinbrenner hired to find dirt on Winnie.

    6. redbug
      July 1st, 2006 | 5:20 am

      Maybe Justice spoke on his own and the story about him being told to say what he said his false.

      I was glad to hear it. As far as I was concerned he was right about Arod and it was refreshing to hear it. I’m so sick and tired of the rest of the announcers constantly defending Arod and declaring him a clutch hitter w/ meaningless stastics.

    7. July 1st, 2006 | 9:35 am

      Howie Spira may be the most important man in recent Yankees history, FWIW.

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