Selena Roberts’ allegations about A-Rod tipping pitches to the opposition hinge on the observations of his Ranger teammates. Interesting to note, however, that two of Alex Rodriguez’s teammates with the Rangers are calling the allegations “ridiculous” and “b.s.“:
Michael Young played just the other side of second from Alex Rodriguez, so he’d probably notice any funny business between A-Rod and opposing hitters.
And Young’s take on allegations that A-Rod occasionally tipped pitches in lost causes?
Jeff Brantley is more emphatic:
Chris Russo: “It says here in the excerpts [of the book] today [in the New York Daily News], that the opposing team, in a blowout game, a friendly [player] would tell A-Rod what pitch was coming to help break him out of a slump. How about that?”
Brantley: “No, no, no. That’s b.s. There’s no way. There’s nobody that is going to do that, not in this game. Not even the worst of the worst.”
Russo: (reading from the NY Daily News article) “’In one shocking disclosure, the book accuses A-Rod of “pitch tipping” when he was with the Rangers – letting a friendly opponent at the plate know which pitch was coming in lopsided games.’”
Brantley: “That did not happen. There’s no way that happens.”
Russo: “So there’s no way A-Rod could tip off a friendly opponent batting against Jeff Brantley in a blowout game one way or the other? That could not have occurred?”
Brantley: “Now, I’m not going to say that he couldn’t do it but I’m telling you he did not do it.”
Russo: (reading from the NY Daily News) “’Rodriguez expected players he helped would do the same for him when he was having an off night and needed to get his batting average up and it would not affect the outcome of the game.’ You’re saying that is not accurate?”
Brantley: “No way. No way.”
Maybe it’s hard to see what A-Rod is doing when you’re playing next to him and thus not watching him like Young, or when you’re way out in the bullpen like Brantley was. But they’re certainly on the record here. I eagerly anticipate hearing from Roberts’ sources about this, assuming there are ever any names attached.