A-Rod, Yanks brass sit down for a heart-to-heart

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Steroids. Strippers. Prostitutes. Photo shoots.

Even the Yankees have their breaking point.

According to a Jon Heyman report on SI.com, Yankee team officials — including Hank and Hal Steinbrenner — have recently talked with Alex Rodriguez about toning down his off-field antics. A-Rod has, of course, managed to cram a few years’ worth of scandal and controversy into the first three months of 2009.

Heyman, a frequently target of Scott Boras-inspired leaks, says Yankee officials are fed up with what some have called “constant maintenance” of their star slugger. The Yanks aren’t too concerned with the recent prostitution allegations, but the team is concerned with A-Rod’s constant appearances in the news for all the wrong reasons. Heyman writes:

The most serious of the heart-to-heart talks occurred right after Sports Illustrated reported on Feb. 7 that Rodriguez was one of 104 players to have failed baseball’s 2003 survey test, as club officials used the steroid revelation as a platform to discuss avoidance of all controversy. That message was strongly reinforced again by top Yankees executives after A-Rod was rather indiscreetly picked up by cousin Yuri Sucart following a spring training game only days after Rodriguez named Sucart as the one who helped procure the steroids for him.

The Yankees’ message was, “Put all the distractions behind you.” And Rodriguez agreed, according to people familiar with those discussions.

“Clearly, you don’t want any controversies on or of the field,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “As to whether I talked to Alex specifically, I’ll just keep that private and in-house in the best interests of the club.”

Interestingly, A-Rod’s people claim he is “sealed off” from the press for now. In light of Selena Roberts’ upcoming book, I wonder if this story is yet another preemptive strike in the inevitable PR battle.

This story comes out one day after A-Rod’s YES Network interview with Michael Kay. (It’s the first video on this page under Multimedia Showcase.) A-Rod aced this latest public apologia, and in it, A-Rod spoke about how he is resigned to being unliked. He also expressed his belief that the full list of 103 names should not be released.

A-Rod, in Colorado on rehab, had no direct comment for the story. His people, according to Heyman, expect him to rejoin the Yanks during the first two weeks of May.

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  • Reggie C.

    Steroids. Strippers. Prostitutes. Photo shoots.
    – that’s what i call a good day.

    • A.D.

      Those are the main reasons A-Rod wanted to come to NY.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        To quote Dave Chappelle, “If a man can’t pee on his fans, I don’t wanna be in show business… THAT’S WHY I GOT IN THE GAME, BABY!!!”

    • Jack

      that’s what i call a good an average day.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        That’s what Jeter calls an average morning.

        Jeter’s like the Army: He does more steroids, strippers, prostitutes and photoshoots by 9 A.M. than most people do all day.

  • Yankeegirl49

    Why do people care??????????? The ‘roid I understand, but everything else..who the f**k cares?

    • radnom

      The reporters write about it because it sells papers.

      It sells papers because people care.

      Should they?
      I don’t know personally, but who are we to judge what people find entertaining?
      I’m sure the people who read gossip columns everyday find actual baseball games as trivial and meaningless as we find Page Six.

      In the end they are both inherently meaningless forms of entertainment. Just because we care about the baseball aspect of it doesn’t mean that everyone else does, or that you can only be entertained by one side of it.

      From a baseball perspective though, all these distractions have the ability to disrupt Arod’s on the field game, which is why the Yankees had these sit downs.

      • andrew

        It sells papers because people care because the papers write with such sensationalist headlines that people are often tricked into thinking these issues are much more important than they actually are.

        • radnom

          Now you’re getting into psychology, but if it wouldn’t be so easy to trick people into getting riled up about these issues if they aren’t at least somewhat naturally interested on their own.

          Face it. The average human being loves gossip.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Face it. The average human being loves gossip.

            Barack Obama and Rush Limbaugh are gay lovers.

            SEE, YOU’RE INTERESTED NOW!!!!!! I just jumped up the traffic on this site 1,000%.

          • andrew

            I agree, there are some natural tendencies to be drawn to the big stars and their mistakes. I just happen to be doing a paper right now on the role that the media played in the Jack the Ripper case and I’m doing a section on the sensationalist headlines creating the story, rather than the story creating the news.

            But I understand what you’re saying, I think it’s a little bit of both the media and ARod’s fault, feels like you can’t have one without the other sometimes.

        • Chris C.

          Moral issues have ALWAYS been important to the average person. The only reason peple don’t really care anymore about AROD’s antics is because they’re too piled up to even keep track of anymore.

          If Jeter was involved in a prostitution ring, it would ne a “stop the presses” major deal. But at this point, it’s become par for the course with AROD.

          Rodriquez is not a bad guy……..he’s just a bad decision maker…….and he doesn’t exactly go out of his way to hide paper trails either.

    • nick blasioli

      im with you on that one girl…if its baseball news lets here it..if not shut the f up…

      • Chris C.

        Oh, please. You know that’s not the way the world works. In every walk of life, you know damn well that the press does not just report exclusively about your occupation.

        If the press reported only on AROD’s homers, or Marbury’s jump shots, or Trump’s real estate deals, or Jack Nicholson’s last great movie role, nobody would care.

        People who want to be rich and famous know full well that part of the deal is to watch your social actions or they will be reported. This should not be shocking to any of them.

        If they don’t like it, they can go sell Insurance.

  • Drew

    Alex’s daily escapades are reminiscent of George Costanza. If only G-Coz would’ve juiced.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      T-BONE!!!

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Coco! Coco! Coco! Coco!

      • jsbrendog

        IM SUPPOSED TO BE TBONE!!! ME!! NOT HIM!

        • Corey

          For I am costanza, LORD OF THE IDIOTS

  • Mike Pop

    I’m glad he said he doesn’t really care about people liking him anymore. I just hope he goes out, mashes, saves some infants from burning buildings, becomes an avid Mother Teresa fan, and joins the Mormons. Just no sacrificing live chickens in the locker room, Alex, Mo wouldn’t like that.

    • Yankeegirl49

      That last sentence gave me a really bad image of Marilyn Manson as a ball player.

      • Colombo

        Really? it made me think of the movie “Major League” where Pedro Cerrano wants to sacrifice a chicken and they get him a bucket of KFC…

        • Joe R

          Likewise

          • Mike Pop

            Yep, that was the point.

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

      Didn’t he save a kid in Boston from being hit by a car one summer?

  • GG

    I hope he can make it back during April, for the Yanks, and for my fantasy team.

    • stewman23

      I’m right with you on that one…I’ve got Cantu filling in for him till he gets back and am going to be anxiously awaiting my duo of Albert and ARod mashing me into 1st place

      • RCK

        I’ve got David Wright filling in for him. (One of them will have to become the DH, or maybe I can trade Wright once he’s back.)

  • RCK

    The thing is, some of the times he gets into the paper could have been avoided, but for the most part Alex doesn’t control the media’s obsession with him. I mean, he really, really, really did not choose to have the results of his 2003 steroid test leaked.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Alex: Man, I’m bored. I haven’t been on the back page of the Post for weeks. All this damn NFL playoffs coverage and shit.
      Yuri Sucart: You know what you should do? Call that chick Selena Roberts we ran a train on that one time and have her leak the story about you doing Boli. Post will be all over that shit.
      Alex: That’s a REALLY GOOD IDEA, YURI!!!!

      … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

  • Infamous

    It’s ridiculous how people hate Arod for these small and stupid reasons but a guy like Burress who actually endangered fellow New Yorkers by bringing a gun into a night club or the two Giants recently signed, who also have domestic abuse charges, are welcomed with open arms and no controversy. What a twisted world we live in.

    • andrew

      Plaxico Burress? Welcomed with open arms and no controversy?
      I seem to remember that being quite a big story on ESPN and in the papers for quite a few days… the Giants were ready to cut him loose also until they realized they needed him more than he though. There was definitely some controversy there.

  • Johnny

    I think if A-Rod wasn’t a ballplayer, he would be that friend each of us has with no social grace whatsoever. you know the guy, always gets way too drunk, scares all the girls away, offends people, the one who you find yourself constantly apologizing for.

    The guy is a dick. It just so happens he’s better at what he does than all but a handful of human beings alive or dead. but still, hes a dick.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      scares all the girls away,

      Really? I mean, come on. Let’s be honest, he’s a handsome dude. If anything, he’d be the dude guys would want to hang out with because women would throw themselves at him for his looks, and his friends could pick up the leftovers.

      • Mike Pop

        Just like you, right, Matt?

    • Joe R

      You have first hand knowledge that he’s a dick?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      The guy is a dick. It just so happens he’s better at what he does than all but a handful of human beings alive or dead. but still, hes a dick.

      Ty Cobb stabbed a guy.

      • Chris C.

        And Ty Cobb’s a dick too.

        Cobb also watched his mother shoot his father, so he didn’t exactly have a great start in life.

    • GG

      I don’t think any of us know if hes a dick. For ex. the arod haters want to say he threw his cousin under the bus. In reality what he did was tell the truth and I bet he has taken awfully good care of Sucart as well as many other close friends. He seems like a good guy to me, just very oblivious to what goes on around him a lot of the time and also very self centered, and concerned about his image. All that asied I’d still say he seems like a good man none the less.

  • Rob S.

    In fairness to A-Rod there is no other player in baseball more under the microscope than him. If he craps the wrong color it’s in the paper the next day. If people are determined to dig up dirt on you, they will find it. If they can’t then they will make it up. I will say this though, being seen publicly with the cousin you said was shooting you up with steroids days earlier is just asking for trouble.

    • Chris C.

      “In fairness to A-Rod there is no other player in baseball more under the microscope than him.”

      Oh, right……you really need a strong microscope to dig up info on a guy who cheats on his wife IN FULL PUBLIC VIEW, does steroids, gets dropped off at practice by his roid dealer, knocks opposing players in magazine cover stories, and is part of a prostitution ring in which the madam freely brags about the emails.

      A microscope? All you need to dig up dirt on this guy is a Poloroid camera!

  • putt

    The ‘A-Rod Double Standard’ is always in play.

    Go back to 2004. If situations are reversed and a guy like Varitek swipes at the ball to knock it loose at that very same juncture of the game, he is lauded for being, pardon the expression, “gritty, a hard-nosed player, the ultimate competitor, a guy willing to do whatever it takes to win,” etc…

    I don’t know, maybe A-Rod needs to trade in the 90’s Oakleys for some eye black (not the strips), grow a goatee and a flat-top??

    It’s all BS… I hope he really is able to put people’s perception of him in the rearview mirror, play ball, and let his Mo-given talents take over.

    • Chris C.

      “Go back to 2004. If situations are reversed and a guy like Varitek swipes at the ball to knock it loose at that very same juncture of the game, he is lauded for being, pardon the expression, “gritty, a hard-nosed player, the ultimate competitor, a guy willing to do whatever it takes to win,” etc…”

      No he isn’t. That play has been a bush league play in any league long before AROD did it. Don’t make it out to be an AROD thing. And screaming at a player while you’re running behind him as he’s about to catch a fly ball is garbage as well.

      I like the way Alex plays baseball. He hustles, takes the extra base, and has great savvy. But those two plays were bullshit, regardless of who does it.

  • JM

    Do I even NEED to say something?