Feb
26

Stop the presses: Hank & Reggie have an opinion

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So Alex Rodriguez and Reggie Jackson went out to dinner the other night, and Reggie had some advice for Alex because, you know, he’s dealt with this kind of PED thing before. Coming jointly from Hank Steinbrenner, the invisible executive, Mr. October told A-Rod to “hit the baseball and hit it when it counts.” Hit the baseball. And hit it when it counts. When it counts? When is that? Seems to me like it would be, I dunno, ALL THE FREAKING TIME!!! Reggie also some other words for A-Rod, saying he’s disappointed in him and that when he retired he was one of the best of all time and is sad to see his career accomplishment tarnished. You really didn’t think Reggie could go that long without talking about himself, did you? Even Neyer agrees this is retarded.

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32 Comments»

  1. Rich says:

    It’s classic passive-aggressive behavior. They’re pissed at Alex for having used steroids, but given the Yankees’ ginormous investment in him, they don’t want to risk alienating him by saying what they really think.

  2. jsbrendog says:

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    way to go reg. haha

  3. steve (different one) says:

    only in New York would this be news.

    i wonder if Boog Powell took Brian Roberts out to dinner to tell him how disappointed he is in him.

  4. Steve S says:

    You know ultimately it is stupid because you would hope Reggie and the owner would have a greater understanding. But there is no doubt that Alex is an emotional guy and he is by his own admission affected by the mental aspects of what goes on off the field which isnt to say he is a villain. I dont think it hurts for Reggie to pull him aside and say one of those cliche phrases. I never thought Alex could have a bigger burden than what had already been placed on his shoulder by the media and fans but this steroid thing will put the biggest microscope on him, especially in those late and close situations. It may be unreasonable but its reality.

  5. radnom says:


    Mr. October told A-Rod to “hit the baseball and hit it when it counts.” Hit the baseball. And hit it when it counts. When it counts? When is that? Seems to me like it would be, I dunno, ALL THE FREAKING TIME!!!

    The playoffs, obviously. This is true. If Alex performs well, and leads the Yanks through a WS run, he will win back the NY fans.

  6. Expired Milk says:

    When it counts like 3HR’s in a WS game?

  7. Monty Burns: You there, Strawberry! Go hit a home run.
    Darryl Strawberry: Sure thing, skip!
    [crushes mammoth homer off overmatched fortysomething softball pitcher]
    Monty Burns [to Smithers]: I told him to do that.

  8. RCK says:

    Of course Don Mattingly’s comments that he wants “to be on the other side of the bash Alex thing” haven’t gotten nearly the same play in the media. Hmmm, I wonder why.

  9. KW says:

    I dunno, Neyer and this post seem to really be damning Reg and Hank for saying the obvious, well, because the answer is obvious. I’m not sure the bashing is warranted, as the “advice” is sound – if A-rod goes back to the machine he was in 2007, the fans (majority) could probably care less that he used steroids, and the fans are all that he really has to win back. But the posts really just miss the fact that Hank and Reggie both espouse that A-rod shut the hell up and just hit well and hit well in the clutch – where most fans develop their feelings towards a player or a manager. That would be pretty sound advice.

  10. Damn, the Dolphins signed Gibril Wilson to a five year deal.

    Really, Parcells? Five years? Really?

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