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Friday, May 01, 2009
File under “Interesting”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.
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?”
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.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 2:41pm
“The point is that A-Rod can be a liar and still not be worthy of the hit pieces she has already written about him”
Sure, but that’s not what this post is doing. This post is going into denials of the facts that she’s bringing forward, something you explicitly have said that you’re not interested in doing. From an earlier post:
“Indeed, as I’ve said three times today, I don’t even think that I care if the facts are true or not, because the facts don’t interest me as much as the way in which they are presented, the context, and the conclusions they cause Roberts to draw.”
If you want to dispute the facts, go ahead, but don’t play coy.
Posted 05/01 at 10:04 PM
Sara K said...
Total - Not that Craig needs help or anything, but I don’t understand how the second bit you quoted demonstrates that Craig is trying to deny whatever facts the report may be offering.
Moses - With reference to the allegation of ARod exchanging pitch tipping, I don’t understand how a newspaper could possibly verify her anonymous source. Maybe I’m misinterpreting what you are trying to say.
What bothers me is this: suppose that Roberts has it absolutely right, that her source is 100% legit, and ARod conspired with players on other teams to cheat. Who are these other players? Wouldn’t it be hard to trust a source who *couldn’t* say who it was that he supposedly conspired with? If this information is known, what reason would there be for it not being a part of the report? Naturally, if it turns out that Roberts actually names everyone she knows to be involved in this conspiracy to alter the outcome of games, this suspicion will be proved premature. But if the *only* player named is ARod, I don’t see how Roberts could say that her primary motivation is truth or the integrity of the game. *If* this is should be the case, she would have her “facts” absolutely right and still be on shaky ethical grounds. IMHO, anyway.
Posted 05/01 at 10:28 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
Total—I’m not making it my business to get into a truth verification business on this story, but this is still a news-based blog, and when something that informs the news of the day, I’m posting it. That’s just how I roll.
Posted 05/01 at 11:15 PM
Whew. Great to see some logic and well-deserved skepticism infused in this anti-steroid, anti-ARod, and, in my opinion, flagrantly racist mania.
There is no evidence that’s even remotely plausible that’s been reported thus far.
The book ranks #190 on Amazon’s bestseller list. Good to see that people aren’t piling on as much when you’re not in Bristol, Connecticut.
Posted 05/03 at 01:05 PM