A-rod fiddles (around) as Rome burns

Dreadful last seven days

Well, by now, you’ve probably heard about The Post’s bombshell of a cover story this morning. Alex Rodriguez, the wealthiest man on the Yanks, is fooling around while the Yanks are on the road.

Surprise. I bet this never happens to any other Major League Baseball player ever. I’m sure Jason Giambi and Derek Jeter don’t have girlfriends in every American League city.

But, of course, since this A-Rod and since A-Rod can’t seem to cut a break around here, Alex is the one who gets caught by the paparazzi and The Post is the only paper around town to print the photos and call the story an “Exclusive.”

Here’s what The Post has to report:

Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez stepped up to the plate with a mysterious, busty blonde in Toronto, as these intimate, exclusive photos reveal.

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.

In his own defense, A-Rod apologized for the indiscretion. No, wait. Just kidding.

In his own defense, A-Rod said, “No comment.” And a Yankee spokesman said that Alex has “never commented on his personal or private life, and he’s not going to start now.”

While we must consider the source – The Post relies here on numerous people simply referred to as “witnesses” – the article implies that A-Rod doesn’t stay at the team hotel on the road, cheats on his wife, gets caught and then goes 0-for-3 while making a costly error.

Just when I think the season can’t get any worse – a steal of home plate?! – it does. The 2007 Yankees will never cease to amaze me.

Dreadful last seven days
  • wayne’s world

    It is possible that she was just a good friend.

  • Rich

    Since you now have two threads on it, I’ll post my reply to Ben’s comment in the other thread here:

    My point isn’t that this is not true. My point is that this isn’t anyone’s business. The NY Post is a piece of shit “newspaper” that regularly publishes provably false news stories, yet it has appointed itself as the morality police.

    What A-Rod does on his own time is no one’s fucking business.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben

    I see your point, Rich, but celebrities are held up to higher standards. What you’re saying is that we should always ignore the personal matters of public figures. Bill Clinton has an affair with an intern? Who cares. Lindsay Lohan drives drunk and gets caught with coke? Who cares.

    We can debate the newsworthiness of this stories for the rest of the day, but when the team’s struggling and a story like this drops, it’s not good for anyone involved.

  • Rich

    Without getting too political, I don’t really care about the private behavior of politicians, as long as I can trust their public behavior. So if the choice is between a president who had an affair with an intern, but who could be trusted in matters of public policy, and one who didn’t have an affair with an intern, but who cannot be trusted in matters of public policy, I would opt for Clinton without reservation.

    That said, to apply the same level of scrutiny to the POTUS and a professional baseball seems absurd. The president makes decisions about war and peace that affect the world. A professional baseball player has no such impact on our lives.

    I would distinguish the Lohan in that she has allegedly violated the criminal law, and in doing so may have put herself and others at risk of physical harm.

    There are no such allegations against A-Rod. Consequently, I don’t see a sufficient nexus to make it newsworthy.

  • Victoria

    Excuse me, Derek Jeter does not have a girlfriend in every American city!!! Anyway, like Rich, I do not really care about the personal lives of baseball players (except the one I’m involved in, Derek’s). While some aspects of politicians’ personal lives (e.g., Giuliani) may be so strongly reflective of their character that I can’t ignore it, for the most part I don’t think random past events have any more of an effect on politicians’ ability to lead than they do on baseball players’ ability to play.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    I’m with Victoria. Who cares about their personal lives? All I care about A-Rod is that he’s not hitting the ball right now — just like the rest of the team.