Open Thread: RAB in Metro

A-Rod PED Interview Liveblog
Yankees, MLBPA release A-Rod statements

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That’s the front page of today’s New York edition of Metro, which as you probably already noticed includes a quote from a commenter on this very site. Specifically, they’re quoting this comment from reader JM. While the three of us are certainly honored to appear in the paper – nevermind on the front page – I feel obligated to point out that the quote doesn’t necessarily reflect our opinions of A-Rod, and certainly not the opinions of all of our readers. On the off chance you’re reading this A-Rod, I still love you and am happy you’re a Yankee and will be one for a long time.

Also, thank you to everyone out there who frequents RAB. None of this is possible without you guys, and whether you’re a regular commenter or just a lurker, thank you for helping this fine blogging establishment become what it is. And also thanks to countless people who emailed us or left comments alerting us to the quote. I have to say, this is almost as cool as the time IGWT popped up in the SF chronicle.

Here’s your open thread for the evening. The only local teams in action are the Rangers and Devils, who are playing each other in the Jerz. Anything goes, just be cool.

A-Rod PED Interview Liveblog
Yankees, MLBPA release A-Rod statements
  • Mike Pop

    Congrats fuc*ers!!

    • Mike Pop

      JM, he has something to be proud of forever.

      • JM

        I know, this is cool but means kinda nothing really.

  • Drew

    I feel bad he’s got to face all those steroids signs in the stands like Bonds did. Some feel the truth will set you free, I say it winning # 27!!! and 28 29 30 31. :)

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Bingo.

  • Bruno

    Well done men, well done indeed.

  • whozat

    I guess it’s no different than interviewing a “man on the street,” but it still seems kind of ridiculous. It’s like cold-calling random 212 numbers and then publishing a quote from the one that says what you want to hear.

    • whozat

      But still, congrats on the free publicity! I love the content here and don’t begrudge you guys getting some more cash.

  • Nady Nation

    I think A-Rod definitely was genuine in his remorse and regret, but I found it hard to believe he had literally no idea what type of steroids he was putting in his body. Also, the stuff about the 60 Minutes interview was a little ridiculous. He knew he was taking banned substances, yet he didn’t think those were performance enhancing drugs? Why else would he take them if he didn’t think they’d enhance his performance? Overall, though, I think he did a pretty good job apologizing and accepting responsibility for his actions. Hopefully by the start of the season, he won’t have to answer that many more questions on this issue and he can resume his usual production.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I got the impression that he was saying that he is ignorant to what substances actually allowed him to fail the test in 2003.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Jamal, I like you and I never knock you, but you did a bad job not showing up here yesterday. It was even joked about on the podcast.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Dude, I didn’t even have time to fully read what happened. I got a couple texts about it and saw the Twitter update on RAB. I’m always surfing the net whilst in class, so that’s the reason I was able to comment and such today.

      • Nady Nation

        Maybe. I dunno, that whole 60 Minutes interview made no sense to me after this news came out, just b/c I don’t understand why he would voluntarily go on National TV to claim his innocence for something that he knew he was not innocent of. But that’s not the main issue. I didn’t have a problem with the interview at large. I am interested to see where the whole Selena Roberts issue goes. If she did the things A-Rod is accusing her of, her credibility is severely compromised. But if A-Rod is somehow making any of that up, he’s digging himself a deeper hole.

        • mustang

          “I don’t understand why he would voluntarily go on National TV to claim his innocence for something that he knew he was not innocent of.”

          Its called EGO.

        • Mike W.

          What did he accuse her of?

          • Nady Nation

            Stalking him for the last 3-4 years, attempting to break into his home, amongst other things.

            • Mike W.

              I just got home from work. Haven’t had a chance to listen/read much. Is there a link where you read that or is it in the interview?

        • mustang

          This could get a lot uglier before it ends.

        • steve (different one)

          Maybe. I dunno, that whole 60 Minutes interview made no sense to me after this news came out, just b/c I don’t understand why he would voluntarily go on National TV to claim his innocence for something that he knew he was not innocent of.

          simple answer: he wasn’t aware that the results to the anonymous tests were….not anonymous.

          to me, it tells me he probably DID stop when he said he did, and thought as long as he never took another steroid, it would never come out.

          he lied for the same reasons everyone else does: he never thought he’d get caught.

          • Nady Nation

            That’s fair. But still, why did he need to do 60 Minutes at all? He could’ve just denied steroid use IF the question was asked of him, instead of making a big production on a national TV show about it.

            • Memo

              I think it was damage control for the WS opt-out debacle. Not necessarily to talk about steroids.

              • steve (different one)

                this is how i remember it too. PR.

                steroids only came up b/c of Canseco

              • Nady Nation

                Yea, that definitely could be it. I forgot about that in the timeframe that the interview took place.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

    I wonder what would have happened to Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, etc. if they had just told the truth (assuming they did steroids).

  • mko

    These tabloid writers (just like Bill Madden, etc.) are just ridiculous…it’s really sad to see what they’re all writing. Luckily, no sane person can take it seriously.

  • Paulie

    I would like to see where this Selena Roberts thing ends up. A-Rod did not sound too fond of her and even said she tried to break into his apartment (correct me if I am wrong). She denied this accusations calling them “absurd” but A-Rod himself said he has papers to prove it. I myself am growing a disliking of “this lady” as A-Rod called her.

  • whozat

    I’m curious…has anyone seen an article about ARod’s park-neutral numbers while he was in Texas? I took a quick jaunt to b-ref earlier today, neutralized his numbers, and his Texas numbered seemed reasonably in-line with what he did in his Seattle contract year, and his two great seasons in NY.

    Has there been anything rigorous on this yet? If we assume that he DID stop taking the drugs after 2003, we can actually look at his production and see the difference between his performance using PEDs in his prime and not-using in his prime, and maybe it’ll tell us something about whether or not these things helped.

    Is there hit-tracker data that far back?

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Like I said in the other thread when I thought it was the Open Thread:

    Before going to sleep, the Boogeyman checks his closet for Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris checks his closet for Jeff Adrien.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Total BS. I wouldn’t want any other 3rd baseman right now(unless Longoria proves him self next year)

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I’d take Wright before Longoria, though Longoria does have the fielding edge, I believe.

      • A-rod has to go (65hughes)

        youre right wright or longoria

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        I’d take Evan Longoria over David Wright without question. Longoria’s age-22 season – and rookie season – is comparable with Wright’s age-25 season – which is his fifth year in the bigs.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Yep. Better defense, same bat, did it in the big boy league. I’ll take either, but going forward I’d want Longoria over Wright.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      The only 3B in the game who had a better year last year than Alex is Chipper Jones, who was unconscious last season. Other than that, they’re all a step down.

      Of course, they’re also all much less trouble than this dope, but to paraphrase Saint Joe “You have to take the good with the bad with star players”.

      • A-rod has to go (65hughes)

        but their two young stars very good third basemen

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Yeah, you can take age into account if you want, but the Yanks are always a win-now team. Still, I’d take Longoria in a heartbeat for Alex. I’d get good production and have much less drama in my life.

          • Mike Pop

            I wouldn’t do it for that reason but just because of the contracts. It would be nice not to have 27 mill or more go to just 1 player on the roster. I still think Arod is much much better than Longoria.

          • A-rod has to go (65hughes)

            me too i would tell the rays i would pay for 3/4 of his salary in return for longoria

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Who reads this “Metro” paper anyhoo? I hope were not going to overrun by the riff-raff now, like we are when you do those silly pieces for LoHud.

    • pa

      Anybody who has a decent enough subway ride reads it. They give it out for free at almost every station. Its not a bad little paper just gives you blurbs about major news stories.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        They give it to just ANYONE? The unwashed masses?

        You mean to tell me you don’t have to belong to a club or live in an exclusive neighborhood?

        We’re doomed.

        • jim p

          Excuse me, but to be a NYC subway rider is to be in a very exclusive club indeed.

          For instance, nobody in all the Midwest, or Boston, or France is in it.

      • A.D.

        The best is when Metro & AM new york battle for distribution

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle…Constanza?

    • Drew

      LOL, I’m busting Jerry!! Im busting!!!!

  • Rich M

    So Selena Roberts is a stalker huh.

    • Mike Pop

      I hear Selena Roberts gives sexual favors for any kind of story.

      • Steve H

        I’d give her a story to avoid any sexual favors

        • Rich M

          Thats a woman only Duece Bigalow could love.

      • anonymous

        Any word on Kim Jones?

        • Mike Pop

          Ya, I’d hit it.

  • Januz

    I give him credit for not playing the Clemens game, and denying everything, or becoming a snitch like Jose Canseco. The questions I have are as follows: 1: Did he do the steroids in the Bronx and Seattle or just Texas? I question what he says about the “Pressure in Texas”.The pressure level for the Rangers is nothing like the Bronx. The media is exponentially more difficult for the Yankees, and the fans put the Rangers far below the Cowboys and the University of Texas, as for as rooting interests are concerned. Of course, we know that fan apathy does NOT apply to the Yankees. 2: Will he start to focus on playing baseball and producing in the clutch. No more opt-outs, no more back page junk, no more performance enhancing drugs, and no more playoff failures? 3: Who else is involved?
    Those three questions are still to be answered, and the answer to all of them will determine how history judges Alex Rodriguez.

    • whozat

      1) He already answered this. Try reading up on the interview. It wasn’t “Texas pressure,” it was “25.2 Million dollars a year pressure,” so your point about NY vs Texas is invalid.

      2) You imply he hasn’t been “focusing” on playing baseball already, which is patently ridiculous.

      3) A person is only responsible for what he or she does. You don’t have to inform on other people to own what you do.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Regardless of where you’re playing, don’t you think there’s gonna be pressure when you sign a ten year, two hundred fifty two million dollar contract?

      As for the focus part of your post…

      1. The opt-out: are you telling me that if you had the same opt out option he had and thought you could get a better contract (which he got) you wouldn’t do it? If you say no, you’re lying. And, again, AJ Burnett did the same thing–is he some big jerk now?

      2. Who’s fault is the “back page junk?” The media’s, not Rodriguez’s. He’s a grown man who can do what he wants and spends time with whoever he wants, including Madonna and (possibly) Kate Hudson. Something tells me all the affairs Mickey Mantle had never ended up on the backpage of the Post and the Daily News. Like I said last night, Rodriguez’s recent personal relationships have seemingly gotten more coverage in the papers than all of Derek Jeter’s relationships of the past 13 years, many with incredibly famous women.

      3. He’s had some crappy series in the post season but he’s also had some dynamite ones. The Yankees recent pitching woes are more to blame for their lack of titles than A-Rod.

      • Januz

        The Rodriguez/ Boras opt-out was quite different than Burnett’s case, because they did it DURING the World Series, instead of waiting until after the season was over. I agree his contract was huge, and he had pressure to live up to it. But he had the SAME contract, and then an even larger one in the Bronx (With the increased media coverage, team expectations, and fan interest (People forget he was so desperate to get out of there, he switched positions. Why because few people care about baseball down there)).

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          The timing of the opt out wasn’t his decision, it was that of Boras. And while the timing was wrong, the act itself wasn’t.

          Yes he had the same big contract and pressure in NY, but he also had about 544 times the scrutiny, hence, making it riskier to take something. Remember, Pettitte, took his HGH in the relative obscurity of Houston, not New York.

          • Whitey14

            It was only 543 times the scrutiny…

          • Nady Nation

            Pettitte took HGH in 2002 to recover from an injury, when he was a Yankee.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              Oh, my bad. Got hte dates mixed up. Sorry, everyone!

              • Nady Nation

                Well he said he also took it in 2004 to recover from a different injury with the ‘Stros, so you were half right. No biggie

    • Justin

      For #1, he said he woke up and realized what he was doing to his body was wrong and didn’t want to end up a broken man due to steroid abuse. Is it that far fetched that he had a “Come to Jesus” moment and realized the benefits of drugs weren’t worth the potential downsides? I don’t think so.

      Obviously that happened before NY, so even though the pressures were the same, he realized he didn’t need drugs to combat it.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Manny-Dodger fallout

    “Scott Boras has put the heat on Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, and there has been no love lost. The L.A. scouting department has been told it will not draft Boras clients come June”

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/02/manny-ramirez-4.html

    Yay!!! Better picks for us!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Man, that takes a lot of great players off their board. Basically the five best prospects in the draft.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Really? How many 1st/upper rounders do they have?

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Sorry, I totally misread that. Now I see what you were saying.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

        Well, that’ll certainly show him!

    • anonymous

      There goes everyones dream of playing in the NL West. Thanks SCOTT…..

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      That’s incredibly ridiculous. I hope they miss out on good talent for their stupidity.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        I know, this is what got the Pirates into trouble in recent years. And what Neil Huntington went there to change.

  • anonymous

    Reporters molding the facts to fit their story.

  • Jake H

    That’s funny. I’m loving this site even more!

  • Drew

    MLB Network with Verducci is making me mad!! The guy gives Gammons a 50 minute interview, speaks his mind, and Verducci bashes him for a diversion tactic? Unbelievable.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      You have to expect him to defend his co-worker, who I’m sure he likes and respects. I bet you would do the same if you were him, I know I would.

      • anonymous

        No. Everyone I work with is an imbecile. They deserve what they get.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Hahahahah!

          No wonder you go around here incognito.

          • anonymous

            Steve!? Steve from Pathmark? OMG!

      • Drew

        I agree, but to call it a diversion tactic when the guy is spilling his heart out is quite unnecessary.

  • Anthony Murillo

    I’m 17 years old, currently a senior in high school, and I love baseball (but I love the Yankees more). I’ve been watching baseball ever since I can remember and the one thing that I will always remember is that I have heard so much about the players of my generation – the Sammy Sosa’s, Barry Bond’s, Alex Rodriguez’s, Mark McGwire’s, Roger Clemens’ – and how one day they would be celebrated and honored until the end of time. But now it’s all coming out. It’s no longer the question of “who is on steroids?” but rather “who isn’t on steroids?” Everyone says that so-and-so’s legacy is tarnished because of his steroid use. Everyone says that so-and-so’s records are tarnished because of his steroid use. But none of that compares to my memories being tarnished. I remember the McGwire/Sosa homerun chase…I remember watching ‘The Rocket’ win his 300th game…I remember watching Bonds go for 70 homeruns…and I remember thinking as a kid that I was so lucky for watching this all happen. But now…now all those memories are tarnished.

    I was an Alex Rodriguez fan and will remain an Alex Rodriguez fan. But knowing that he is tainted…it just hurts.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      I understand, but if this is the worst thing that ever happens to you, then you’ve got a lot to be thankful for.

      Geez, I sound like my Mom all of a sudden.

      • TheLastClown

        He’s 17.

      • Mike Pop

        Haha.

    • whozat

      Here’s the thing…LOTS of the 70’s and 80’s era players (and before) were on amphetamines. A lot of players still are. Plenty of great pitchers used to doctor the ball.

      That the question has EVER been “Who’s cheating?” is the real myth. And how much we, as fans, care, and why. Baseball isn’t a slice of Americana. It’s not something that’s beautiful and pure and good. It’s a game that’s fun to watch, and fun to analyze, and lets us escape our daily lives and enjoy a little three hour drama every day for six months. And that’s really enough.

    • mustang

      I’m happy to see that someone of your age actually feels this way. It give me a little hope for future yankees fans.

  • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

    Out of the 100s of comments on this website, they choose that one. Shocking!

    Would anyone approve of the Yankees possibly signing Adam Kennedy?

    • Mike Pop

      No thanks. We have that in Berroa.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Except Kennedy’s actually good at fielding his position and has a wOBA over .300.

        • Mike Pop

          They both suck, though. I would take Ransom over Kennedy. Not worth a 40 man spot.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            I wouldn’t say Kennedy sucks. He’s a decent-at-best contact guy with a good glove.

            • Mike Pop

              Is the upgrade from Ransom worth cutting Ransom for?

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                Meh, probably not but he’s not awful. I think he wouldn’t consider the Yankees, anyway, because I think he could get a starting job somewhere–or at least a more guaranteed spot.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I wouldn’t mind it but I feel like he could probably get a starting job somewhere.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Kennedy’s a bust. He can only get out minor leaguers.

      • Rafi

        IETC

  • Currambayankees

    Well he came clean. He said he used Roid and not just once or twice like Andy would have you belive but for several years. He didn’t take the road of Clemens and Bonds. I’ll tell you what though I won’t be surprised about any name that comes out.

  • LC

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/02/09/so-it-seems-like-steroids-work/

    pete abe just lost a ton of my respect. Check out that post. He didn’t say anything about 2001-2003 being in a ridiculous hitter’s park (or that Yankee Stadium and Safeco kill righty’s) or that they were when Alex was 25-27 (prime years).

    Now that’s shoddy journalism

    • anonymous

      Not a long time reader of his are you?

      Welcome to the club.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Pete is like a lot of sportswriters. His reporting is very good, very professional, but his analysis leaves much to be desired. Sometimes they get better at it over time. Joel Sherman was horrible for years, but has been better lately.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      It was so expected. No mention of the fact that those seasons were in the prime of his career; no mention of the fact that he played half of each of those seasons in the Ballpark in Arlington. Hey, it’s understandable that when you have a certain bias in regards to someone, you’re going to focus and stretch certain aspects of the case. I know that when presented with those Texas numbers, I’m going to beat the fact that those were his prime years and he was playing in an extreme hitter’s park into the mind of whoever is listening.

  • Macphisto

    So with Adam Kennedy getting released today do you think the Yanks should take a flier on him to compete with Berroa and Ransom for an reserve spot?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Minor league deal with a ST invite only. He’ll probably go elsewhere because of better opportunity.

      • Macphisto

        Yeah, that is what I figured. Especially with the 40 man roster brimming. He seems like a better option all around than Ransom or Berroa. Congrats on the press mention Mike. I hope you see even more increased traffic from it. Get those Coca-Cola type ad dollars!

    • steve (different one)

      there is no evidence he can play SS.

      that’s what they really need. a backup SS.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Well, let’s look at it this way. For his career, Adam Kennedy has a UZR/150 of 9.9 at 2B. According to “Baseball Between the Numbers” (page 101 of the revised edition), a player moving from second to short will take a hit of 1.6 runs. In Kennedy’s case, that could work out to an 8.3 UZR/150, which is pretty good.

        Then again, this system I’m employing probably doesn’t work very well because of different metrics. Meh, it’s better than nothing.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Isn’t UZR something different than fielding runs?

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            Yeah, it is. I’m just trying to do any math I can here. Now let’s try using this w/their own fielding runs system:

            Since UZR is over average, I’ll use that. Kennedy is 62 FRAA for his career, so in ten seasons he averages out to 6.2 FRAA per season. Take 1.6 runs off of that and it’s 4.6 FRAA at SS; so, that’s still pretty good. I know UZR >>>> FRAR/A, but it’s still something.

            If you want it over replacement, he’s 229 FRAR, so 22.9 over 10 years, 21.3 FRAR at short.

            /shrug

            • steve (different one)

              i love numbers as much as the next guy, i really do, but i’m sorry, you can’t use numbers to tell me if a 2Bman can play SS or not.

              i’m sure there are numbers to tell me how many runs it would cost to move him to Catcher too, but i doubt it would make any sort of sense.

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                I know it’s all a lot of theory but I’m just trying to get any sort of basis I can, you know? Plus, the book excluded catching from this chart.

                • steve (different one)

                  i hear you.

  • Steve H

    Monster year coming from A-Rod this year. I really think it was good to get this off his chest, and I think he was honest. Two of the players that have been forgiven are Giambi and Pettitte. Giambi never admitted to using. Pettitte said he used once, which was a lie, then he admitted using more than once. A-Rod didn’t pull that crap. He admitted to using 3 full years, when there was only proof of one. I think this, among other things will let A-Rod breathe and mash this year. That and he’s due for his odd year MVP.

    • TheLastClown

      I hope that in November I can call you Steve H-Stradamus.

      • Steve H

        Call me that in September. Don’t hold me accountable for his postseason.

    • Ryan S.

      A-Rod has had an amazingly consistent career, and I don’t think this news is going to change that at all. As long as the clubhouse and (hopefully) the majority of Yankee fans have his back, he should do just fine.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Feds make last plea to keep Bonds’ positive steroids tests

    “SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are again asking a judge to let them show a jury three drug test results they say show Barry Bonds used steroids.

    The judge said last week she was inclined to throw out those results unless someone could directly testify to collecting the slugger’s urine samples. The likeliest candidate to be able to do so is Bonds’ former trainer, Greg Anderson. A lawyer for Anderson has said his client won’t testify at Bonds’ upcoming trial.”

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/02/09/bonds.steroids.ap/index.html

    Looks like Bonds will be getting off.

    • kSturnz

      …why are they holding the trial in SF? How about the DOC?

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        That’s where the BALCO (Bay Area Lab Co) trial was held, so that where the alleged perjury occurred.

        Just because its Federal, doesn’t mean it has to be held in DC. There are Federal District Courts in every state and big city in the US.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Speaking of Bonds, he is the most likely source of the A-Rod leak.

    -His lawyers would have to be given a copy of the list of 104 players in the discovery process of his trial.

    -He has the motivation to smear the guy who will likely break his HR record.

    If its not him, then someone who works for the Federal Government would have to have risked their livelihood to give Selena Roberts the story. Possible, but less likely.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      The timing is also perfect. He’s going through the pre-trial motions right now, and the story coincidentally breaks at the same time. That’s quite a coincidence.

      • Drew

        No way, I think it was someone who has an axe to grind. Bonds has repeatedly said he likes Alex. Maybe I shouldn’t believe him lol but I do. I just cant wait to see the reaction of gammons and olney when the great Big Papi’s name pops up.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          If it was Bonds, I don’t see the other names coming out. Unless he just wants to shit all over Baseball for blackballing him last year.

  • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC
  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/90033-canseco-more-steroid-surprises-to-come

    “Jose Canseco’s attorney told The Post last night that not only does the Alex Rodriguez steroid report act as “substantial confirmation” of Canseco’s past claims – but that there are going to be future revelations regarding Rodriguez and others. “According to Jose, there’s a lot more that’ll be forthcoming,” Greg Emerson, Canseco’s attorney, said. That claim, Emerson said, was with regard to A-Rod and others.”

    Its easy to dismiss Jose, but his track record is about 100% correct so far.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      If Rodriguez had tested positive post 2003, we’d know about it by now.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Yeah, who knows where he’s going with that.

        Could be he’s one of the people Selena Roberts interviewed for his book. It might not have anything to do with PED’s this time. I’ve heard stuff about Alex’s personal life, it might be something in that area. This book she’s writing sounds like a real expose piece, and its due out in a month or so.

    • Ed

      Its easy to dismiss Jose, but his track record is about 100% correct so far.

      Not really. One of the easiest ones to prove was the Brett Boone claim. He was very specific about an encounter with Boone at 2nd base in the middle of a game. Looking through game logs shows he was never at 2nd base when Boone was on the field in the time period in question.

      That’s probably the biggest strike against Canseco. Most of his claims can’t really be proved or disproved, but when he throws out one that’s easy to prove, it’s easily shown false.

  • JM

    I can’t believe my feelings toward A-Rod got on like some newspaper thing.

  • JM

    Lol I feel special… Thanks RAB. I’m sorry it may have made RAB kinda seem Anti-A-Rod but it’s really cool this happened.

  • JM

    Where can i buy this…

    • A.D.

      its free on the street

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    To anyone watching the Pit/WVU game–how was that a foul on Blair? Awful call.

  • A.D.

    Damn presidential address I want How I met your mother!!!!

  • Drew

    Barack just admitted in his presidential address that he used PED’s in ’99 so he could slam dunk a basketball. Ridiculous, I feel cheated.

  • donttradecano

    Rodriguez went on to say that Roberts was tossed from his New York City apartment building, that she had to be escorted off of the University Miami campus by police when she sought out Rodriguez at the campus gym on Thursday and that she tried to break into his Miami home where his “children were sleeping”.

    Espn said there was a report of a dispute between her and the security guard at Arods house.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Someone just asked Obama in his press conference what he thought about A-Rod. He said it was depressing, and it tarnished an entire era to a degree. He’s most concerned about the message it sends to kids, but he’s glad MLB is trying to do something about it.

    • LC

      …and then he admitted to using PEDs himself to gain “that sexy, cut look”. He thought it would help him get on an even playing field with that good looking John Mccain

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      I think that’s a big reason the HOF voters want to take a hard line with the steroid guys. They don’t want to send a message to High School kids that you can take steroids and still achieve Baseball highest honor.

      That, and its tough to argue numbers in comparison to other eras or even other players within the same era if you don’t believe the numbers were real.

    • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      Who in the right mind is asking that kind of question when the man is trying to pass the MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION OF THIS CENTURY (think about it…it’s actually true)? Smooth move by the BHO.

      • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        by BHO*.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Am I a bad American for being annoyed that this Presidential stuff is interrupting my viewing of “House”?

      • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        SHIT. I forgot to tape House. Oh well…

        • A.D.

          House wasn’t on

          • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

            D’oh.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Anyone who wants to re-watch the A-Rod interview, its on ESPN’s baseball front page.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/

  • A.D.

    With the Cards with out a 2B… could they be looking to try and trade for Cano?

    • whozat

      Why should the Yankees even care?

      • Mike Pop

        Well I remember the Wainwright rumor. But I don’t think I would do that now.

      • A.D.

        Cards have a deep enough farm to make an intriguing trade if they wanted to

        • whozat

          Yeah…but would they? Unless Rasmus is involved, does anything make sense for the Yanks? They’d need to acquire Hudson to take Cano’s spot, which makes them older and probably less athletic.

          If they’re offering Rasmus and I can get Hudson on a 2 year deal or less for 5-6 mil per, ok…I listen. But short of that…trading cano only makes the Yanks worse.

          • A.D.

            Rasmus would have to be involved

            • Mike Pop

              Doubt they give up Rasmus for Cano. I would love to get a hold of a guy like Rasmus but it is highly unlikely. I really hope Cash can somehow pry Schafer away from the Braves.

              • A.D.

                agreed, I would be incredibly excited to get Schafer

  • donttradecano
  • donttradecano

    Anyone know the name of the pitcher back in the late 1800s/early 1900s who injected animal testosterone and wound up winning 300 games…hes in the hall of fame

    i cant remember and cant find it.

  • Jake H

    Who thinks Alan Horne could make a comeback this year?

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Heh, Chris Garcia is still one of my favorite Yankee prospects, of course I still have faith for Alan Horne.

      • A.D.

        I would guess Garcia is a better bet to have a great season than Horne

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          If Gracia gets injured for any significant amount of time this year, I’d hope he takes well to the bullpen role and become the heir to Mariano Rivera’s throne.

          • Mike Pop

            I thought that was meant for Melancon?

            • A.D.

              Then one can be the heir to Joba’s role

          • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

            Melancon > Garcia in the bullpen, but just barely b/c of command/control and stamina.

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              You think? Garcia hits mid-nineties as a starter, you’d have to think he can consistently hit the high-nineties out of a bullpen role. Oh, and what do you mean by stamina in the bullpen?

            • A.D.

              I don’t see the stamina bit, in theory Garcia shouldn’t have stamina problems if he’s coming out of the pen.

              They could be a redic 1-2 punch.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Tom Verducci just said that he wouldn’t vote for ARod to get into the HoF no matter how he performs for the rest of his career. ARod apologist or not, that’s just plain asinine.

    • Mike Pop

      Verducci hates Alex.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Yeah, I’ve noticed that and a lot of Yankee hatred from him during this and the “Yankee Years” ordeal.

    • Drew

      He’s a total jerk. I hope his relationship with the yanks in the lockerroom is affected.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Verducci was a Torre guy, and Torre was never an A-Rod guy.

  • Gsloot

    Some thoughts on today

    1) Steroids are ruining baseball. I have a stack of baseball cards in the basement with a bunch of skinny rookies that are now worth nothing, I have to hear constant news reports and commentary on steroids as the actual sports is being placed on the back burner (it’s worse than Farve), NOBODY will ever know who did and who didn’t do steroids in this era even if the other 103 names are released. In that way some are getting penalized, others are not, and the ones who didn’t take the steroids never will get the credit that they may rightfully deserve.

    2) This may be good for the Yankees. The questions will get annoying to the players and the fans will have to hear that are best player is a roider (no pun). Hopefully, this will bring the team closer together and make A Rod realize that the only way to cement his legacy (which he is certainly worried about) is to play team baseball and do whatever it takes to win a championship.

    3) No amount of homers that A Rod hits really matter now, except for bonuses in his paycheck. But who cares the whole era is tainted if A Rod breaks the record it won’t be a magical moment.

    4) Let’s hope he is telling the truth and we can begin to move on. If there are more reports of lies by A Rod, he may go down as one of the most hated men in NY, even thought he’s probably a decent guy.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Jack Bauer takes shit from no man! Not even President Obama can impede upon his hour.

    • A.D.

      I wish I could have that hour of my life back.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Jeff Adrien >>> Jack Bauer.

      • Mike Pop

        Liam Neeson in Taken>>>both.

        • A.D.

          that move good? Haven’t seen it yet

          • Mike Pop

            One of the better movies I have seen lately, no doubt.

            • A.D.

              Excellent

            • donttradecano

              that movie was so good

              • Mike Pop

                The daughter pissed me off though. She ran all the time, ran like a spoiled little girl too. It was annoying me.

                • donttradecano

                  that is true

                • donttradecano

                  my friend pointed out that if that girl amanda didnt sleep around (assumed for the fact she wanted to sleep with that guy) she woulda lived

            • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

              A-Rod to haters: “I have a very particular set of skills. Skills that I have acquired throughout my very long and illustrious career. Skills that will make me a nightmare this season.”

              • Mike Pop

                360/520/770, lol.

                • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

                  That stat line is going to happen.!

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          No man is greater than Jeff Adrien.

          • Mike Pop

            I’m cheering for UNC and MSU.

            I have always been a Spartan fan and my cousin went to UNC. Graduated last year, man he was pist when they lost.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              Jeff Adrien will dunk over Tyler Hansbrough as time expires to win the national championship in April. Book it.

              • Mike Pop

                Keep dreaming.

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                  If you really don’t think my Huskies have a shot at the Nat’l Championship, you’re just silly.

  • Donald Duck

    JEFF WEAVER just got inked a minor league deal deal with Joe Torre’s Dodgers! The Dodgers are trying to put together the combo that cost us the 03 WS, they might as well sign David Wells too.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Its amazing that he’s still only 32, and that he’s been considered to be washed up at least twice already.

      • Donald Duck

        And won a World Series more recently than our team.

        • Mike Pop

          and clinched it.

    • A.D.

      Doubtful Weaver makes that team

      • Donald Duck

        I would not doubt he makes it at some point in the year. Somebody will get hurt and he may have a shot to blow some games for them.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    A-Rod-“I made a mistake, I was stupid, I was an idiot, and I think New Yorkers can relate to that”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3895281

    HEY!!!

  • Nady Nation

    After coming to terms with this A-Rod stuff all weekend and today at work, I really am just looking forward to the season now. Thankfully, A-Rod handled the situation in the best way possible by apologizing for his actions and not making excuses, so now hopefully he’ll answer any related questions in Spring Training and can then go into this season with a clear head. The Steroids Era is what it is, and I’m just tired of getting upset over it. I just hope that the “culture” that A-Rod was referring to back in the early part of this decade is a thing of the past and the game is on it’s way to getting cleaned up as much as it possibly can be. But really, all I want is some actual baseball to watch. Let’s get #27 this year.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Players Union responds to recent allegations

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/02/09/mlbpa-responds/

    They have of course, taken full responsibility for all of their mistakes and promised to try harder in the future. Orza in particular, is said to be devastated by his misdeeds and is considering joining a monastery, despite his Jewish ancestry.

    • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      Lol. How do you know that he’s Jewish?

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        I don’t, I have no idea if he is.

        Its just funnier if a Jewish guy runs off to a monastery than it is if a Christian guy does. That’s just Comedy 101, you always go for the opposite of what people expect.

  • http://newstadiuminsider.com Ross

    I’d rather my blog be wiped off the face of the interwebs than it be quoted on the cover of a major city’s paper for a commenter’s anti-A-Rod post.

    No offense to you guys, this is the best Yankee blog around. I’d just be embarrassed, because it means the “typical Yankee fans” are starting to take over…

    • A.D.

      RAB should have nothing can be disseminated from this blog with out express written & implied oral consent.

  • http://baseballbeat.wordpress.com/ Baseball Beat

    That’s pretty cool you guys made the cover. I interned and wrote for Metro over the past summer, they’re a good paper and they gave me the opportunity to have a one-on-one sit down interview with Joba Chamberlain. congrats JM.

  • Drew

    The Rays demonstrating why they are still the devilrays. Arb over 400k for their all-star catcher. I just wish he showed his potential when he was here!

  • Jack
    • Steve H

      Assclown does. Or at least begins to.

    • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      Bill Madden = Rush Limbaugh.

    • Drew

      What a joke. Not even a mention of Petitte. I am so sick of writers!

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Heh, I’m such a baseball nerd that amidst all the unbelievable instances of stupidity in that article, this was the one thing that stuck out to be the most: “There are still no third-base prospects in the system…”. What an idiot.

  • A.D.

    Weaver competing for a ‘pen spot for the Dodgers… interesting

  • barry

    Whats worse Alex taking the drugs or Abraham’s Lohud coverage of Alex’s doping.
    I think I’m on A-Rod’s side mostly because I hate reporters who act like they’ve never tried some illicit drug. Its the same thing really.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    This just in, Jorge Posada and Alex Rodriguez are BFF’s.

  • Drew

    Someone should tell Verducci Alex didn’t say he didnt know what a took. He said he doesn’t know which specific supplement triggered the positive test. There is a difference, and if you are a weightlifter as I am you understand testing positive for Test doesn’t mean you injected testosterone. M1T, which converts into test was completely legal and available over the counter up until a FDA ban in ’04. I’m so tired of pointed opinions when there is such an ignorance of weight lifting supplements.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    The question I want answered, is whether Arod approached someone asking for a performance enhancing drug, or did someone offer the drugs to him. I think the intent is unclear.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    You know you’ve read Slaughterhouse-Five when you say “So it goes…” in your mind when someone dies.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Right? That book will stick by you for the rest of your life.

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        I heard on the news that someone died and I thought of it in my head… It kind of creeped me out at first but in the end I went to read some more lol

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I hate sanctimonious people more than someone who used PEDs for a while. At least Arod came clean and moved on. These uptight , judgmental jerks will be that for ever.

  • usty
  • Scott of 3 Kids Tickets

    I am NOT looking forward to this season. A-Fraud. The Yankees have ruined my enjoyment by moving my seats to RUSSIA. Torre crap. The friggin President has to take a question about Ster-Rod?

    Every year I look forward to almost nothing more than pitchers and catchers reporting since 1975. Not this year. This season is not shaping up to be a good one…..It’s depressing.

    -Scott

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Yeah, I mean, how could anyone be excited for what’s easily the most complete team the Yankees have fielded in the better part of a decade? I sure as hell know I’m not excited for seeing a former Cy Young winner and a relatively young fireballer being added to the rotation, along with the best pitcher to come out of the system since Mariano Rivera. I’m no where near pumped for one of the top five first basemen in all of baseball to be added to an already potent lineup. Damn, it’s gonna be tough to be a Yankee fan this season…

  • http://www.yanksblog.com Patrick

    Congrats on the press, guys.