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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
YES Airbrushes A-Rod out of the pictureRichard Sandomir notes that the YES Network is trying, at least temporarily, to airbrush A-Rod out of Yankee history:
To an extent, Rodriguez is fighting for redemption at YES, which Scott Boras, his agent, said in 2007 would see its worth rise with long-term aid from his client’s so-called “iconic value.” But recent actions taken by YES demonstrate the short-term erosion of Rodriguez’s value: after the Sports Illustrated story broke online, the channel replaced its “Yankeeography” of A-Rod with one of a much safer icon, Yogi Berra.
Sandomir characterizes this as punishment of A-Rod, but couldn't an equal argument be made that YES is coddling him, or at least attempting to do so? Keeping A-Rod out of the public eye for a bit in an effort to get some distance between him and what it feels is an enraged public?
Ultimately I think it doesn't matter much. Today's press conference will result in a fresh batch of bloody stories for Rodriguez this evening and tomorrow, but eventually people are going to stop pestering him for answers he can't or won't provide. Then they'll watch him hit, and watch the Yankees win a lot of ballgames this year. Or they wont. When any of those things happen, the focus will move to other things.
Don't believe me? Ask Jason Giambi's mustache. Or his golden thong, for that matter.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 8:30am
Andy L said...
Thank you for reminding me about the mustache.
I actually find it more uncomfortable to think about than the thong.
Posted 02/17 at 12:00 PM
Detroit Michael said...
USA Today statistics were AL on Tuesday, NL on Wednesday, I’m pretty sure.
Posted 02/17 at 01:01 PM
Jason B said...
Paul O’Neill only had to hit two of those three home runs for Kramer to get that card back from the sick kid…
Oh wait…they’re ruling that a triple and an error.
Posted 02/17 at 10:44 PM
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