Friday, February 27, 2009

Musical Reaction to latest A Rod News

Oh never a dull moment with A- Lightning Rod for publicity. First he can't even mention the existence of this guy in the first press conference.In the second press conference he just refers to him as a generic cousin. Now with all the New York press watching his every move in Spring Training , he has him as a chauffeur. Then now the NYY bans this International Man of Mystery from the ballpark. Who said spring training is dull?
I might as well have musical fun with it with a musical clip below. Trust me, it's a good song even if you know nothing about this story. The significance of the song and the title is if the Yankees showed due diligence less than a year and a half ago who Alex was bringing to the ballpark then they would not have committed the money they did to him. Money it turns out earned with false pretense.Now that they ban this cousin who has seen more of A Rod's backside than Madonna it's akin to the classic closing the barn doors after the horses have run off.


AP source: A-Rod told to keep cousin from ballpark

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer 20 minutes ago

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, left, speaks to manager Joe Girardi during practice at the George M. Steinbrenner field during spring training, Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 in Tampa, Fla.

NEW YORK (AP)—Alex Rodriguez was told by the New York Yankees to keep his cousin away from the team.

The message was given to the star third baseman on Thursday, said a person familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team did not make an announcement. The message applied both to spring training and the regular season, the person said.

Rodriguez also was told the cousin should not be anywhere the team congregates, which presumably includes the team’s hotel when it travels and the ballpark.

Speaking at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., general manager Brian Cashman said only that the matter of Rodriguez being picked up from his spring training opener Wednesday by his cousin “has been handled.”

Rodriguez took a similar tone following New York’s 5-1 victory on Thursday over Tampa Bay.

“It’s been addressed,” he said. “And, no further comment.”

A day earlier in Dunedin, Rodriguez homered and walked twice, then got into a SUV driven by Yuri Sucart. He’s been identified as the cousin who provided Rodriguez with performance-enhancing drugs obtained in the Dominican Republic. Rodriguez admitted using them while playing for Texas from 2001-3.

Rodriguez acknowledged to the Yankees that having the cousin meet him at the ballpark in Dunedin was a mistake, the person who told The Associated Press about the situation said.

Dan Mullin, MLB’s vice president of investigations, was at Steinbrenner Field on Thursday to meet with the Yankees clubhouse staff. Mullin hopes to meet with Rodriguez in the next few days, but the timing of the meeting still was not finalized.

Rodriguez received mostly cheers with a few boos mixed in Thursday, going 0-for-2 and leaving after five innings with the Yankees leading Tampa Bay 2-0. The crowd included Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

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