It’s been said for quite some time that Scott Boras is only interested in representing his clients’ monetary interests rather than personal interests. Alex Rodriguez admitted as much in a recent interview. He told the NY Daily News that he regrets not having signed with the Mets back when he was a free agent in 2000, the year he signed a 10 year $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers:
When I saw the laser beam he hit against the Angels last night for his 40th of the year, I immediately called up a few baseball-watching friends; this was one of those hits I didn’t want them to miss. I can honestly say that it was one of the hardest hit home runs I’ve ever seen. It was just like a line drive that should have gone over the shortstops head and into the left-center gap for a double. Only with A-Rod, the ball kept rising, and just went screaming over the fence into the bullpen — an absolute bullet. In fact, it was such a rod it confused the stadium radar gun.
The ball shot like a cannon off Rodriguez’s bat, producing a stadium radar-gun reading of “05″ because the monitor is only capable of double-digit figures. The actual velocity of the ball off Rodriguez’s bat, confirmed by the speed-gun operator: 105 mph.
And it wasn’t even off of Bartolo Colon either! Maybe what Jose Canseco is insinuating has some truth to it. Think about it — a line drive that should be a double in the gap going over the fence? It was one of the damned hardest balls I’ve ever seen hit. You don’t get those types of hits working out at your local spa if you know what I mean.
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So much for that squeaky clean image. Let’s get right down to the details — the dirty ones. The New York Post has some photos of Alex Rodriguez hitting the city with a rather well-endowed blonde.
The cozy duo dined with two pals at a pricey steakhouse late Sunday night, then headed to a glitzy strip club before making their way to his hotel, where the pair ducked into an elevator and headed upstairs just after midnight.
Cynthia Rodriguez – A-Rod’s wife and mother of their 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Natasha – was nowhere to be seen during the slugger’s big night out on the town, which occurred the evening before the last-place Bronx Bombers’ pathetic 7-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
And it came as Rodriguez took a room at Toronto’s Four Seasons hotel – down the street from the Park Hyatt, where most, if not all of his Yankee teammates and coaches are staying during a three-game stint that ends tonight.
So let’s see shall we. The Yanks suck, they’re tied for last with the Devil Rays, they can’t buy a complete game, and everyone’s wondering who’s going to get axed first: the GM or the manager. Yet A-Rod’s made time in his night to possibly drop some dolla bills inside a stripper’s G-string. Maybe he’s just trying to loosen up the atmosphere. Dare I say this is the ultimate iceberg that sinks the Titanic? And will A-Rod go Kobe and bring Jeter down with him? A-Rod’s going to have a tough time explaining this one.
Typically the trivia questions they ask at the ballpark are lame. As are the questions they pose on TV while you’re watching a ballgame. Except for in this case. My buddy, frequent commenter here at LBS, and occasional site contributor, Alan Hull, notified me that one of the questions posed during a Dodgers/Marlins game (I think) was the following: which SS/3B tandem would you rather have? The choices were excellent — making the decision about as tough as any. So I will pose it to you, along with another tandem that is somewhat noteworthy for you to choose from (age in parenthesis):
3B Miguel Cabrera (24) – 348 BA, 8 HR, career OPS .925, 112 career HRs
SS Hanley Ramirez (23) – 336 BA, 31 runs, 10 SBs, .951 OPS, NL ROY
3B Alex Rodriguez (31) – 15HR, 39 RBI, 1.212 OPS, 2 MVPs, 40/40, 2 GG
SS Derek Jeter (32) – 362 BA, 23 runs, ROY, 3 GG, WS MVP, .317 career BA
3B David Wright (24) – 254, 3 SBs, 69 career HRs, .301 career BA
SS Jose Reyes (23) – 352 BA, 982 OPS, 31 runs, 19 SBs, 3x NL SB king
- Atlanta Braves
3B Chipper Jones (35) – 10 home runs, 23 RBI, 1.042 OPS, 1999 NL MVP
SS Edgar Renteria (31) – .338 BA, 906 OPS, 5 time All-Star, 2 Gold Gloves
On the surface, you might just say the Yankees without hesitation. That’s not a bad answer, and probably the tandem I’d want for the next 3-5 years. But can you so easily deny the youth of the Marlins and Mets? The Braves was the tandem I added to the discussion because, well, I feel like an argument can be made for them. If it were just for this season, I’d go with the Yankees tandem. If it were to start a franchise, I dunno, tough call between the Mets and Marlins. If you’re talking about the best 3B/SS bargain financially, no question — it’s the Marlins. You pretty much can’t go wrong with any of the three. But how lucky are the Marlins and Mets to have what they do for now, especially at those prices?