“Here, as elsewhere, he has been the exception, the strong flavor, in a profession too often marked by blandness and cliché.”
Roger Angell's farewell to the veteran Fox commentator and colleague, Tim McCarver
Alex Rodriguez now has the most grand slams in the history of Major League Baseball. I had just gotten back from Fresh N’ Easy with a couple frozen Ahi tuna steaks and was about to put them on the frying pan when it happened.
I stood there in quiet contemplation before the bare pan cooking in its own metal as he rounded the bases, not like a man that was stepping through the circular path of history, but a man quietly pondering his future and how it will sit with the rest of the world once he has none.
By the time he got to home base I came to the realization that the desire to succeed must be so intense in a player like Rodriguez that what he’s allegedly done to his failing body, to keep it going, to keep it winning, makes perfect sense. To go from city to city, to hear nothing but boos from the crowd, to insist on playing despite the risk of finishing something you’ve devoted your entire life to in disgrace, communicates nothing but a rabid desire to succeed.
The sizzle of the tuna hit the pan, and I thought about the qualities of a champion, and decided that the chemistry required to be one, legal, natural, or not, is a toxic mix.
I have nothing but respect for Alex Rodriguez, he is doing what we expect; win, no matter the cost, to himself, to baseball, to history.
Uribe: I like this kids game off the field with the Louis Vuitton luggage set, nice tailored coat, big fancy cigar. Back in the day, when I was on beat with the Mets, travel was my favorite part of the job. I had a bar and a girl in all the stops - Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, St. Louis, San Francisco, San Diego, and Hollywood. I loved them all.
The accepted suspensions announced today are consistent with the punishments set forth in the Joint Drug Agreement, and were arrived at only after hours of intense negotiations between the bargaining parties, the players and their representatives.
"For the player appealing, Alex Rodriguez, we agree with his decision to fight his suspension. We believe that the Commissioner has not acted appropriately under the Basic Agreement. . Mr. Rodriguez knows that the Union, consistent with its history, will defend his rights vigorously.The Union’s members have made it clear that they want a clean game. They support efforts to discipline players, and harshly, to help ensure an even playing field for all. The players support the Union’s efforts to uphold the JDA while at the same time guaranteeing that players receive the due process rights and confidentiality protections granted under the agreement.
"Lastly, l want to close by stating our profound disappointment in the way individuals granted access to private and privileged information felt compelled to share that information publicly. The manner in which confidential information was so freely exchanged is not only a threat to the success and credibility of our jointly administered program; it calls into question the level of trust required to administer such a program. It is our view that when the bargaining parties hold their annual review of the program, we must revisit the JDA’s confidentiality provisions and consider implementing stricter rules for any breach by any individual involved in the process.
Fans, today was a big day in the history of baseball. I’ve spent it in my underwear, reading all the dailies and basking in the insight of my trusted colleagues. I’m going to be eating a big mess of ribs when Alex takes the field in a few hours and I’m looking forward to throwing bones and listening to WCBS’ John Sterling find a balance between the action in the park and the drama throughout the league. A broadcasters dream for sure..
A strange sequence of events at Wrigley, fans. Skip Schumaker fielding beach balls followed by Hanley Ramirez diving into the Chicago crowd. He had to leave the game. I’ve got a dame here by the pool in Hollywood named Joyce making Mai Tais while we wait for a status report on the injury and get all the gossip on the scene going down in New York with A-Rod. That kid! Once the young darling of the organization, then endless controversy, now a disgrace.