soft hands.

i won't read the article (that there carefully chosen giambi quote just ripe for misconstruing tells me alllll i need to know about the tenor of the piece. nice timing, by the way) but i have to pause for a moment to appreciate the rodriguez photo:


and oh yeah... one more, bitches:



11:57 PM :: ::
  • i'm wondering when jason giambi, a yankee for longer, a player paid more money per year by the yankees, a player without a ring, a player without an MVP with the yankees and a player involved in some shady things in the past should have to "prove himself in pinstripes."

    By Blogger Mr. Faded Glory, at 1:38 AM   <$BlogItemControl$>
  • I read it yesterday, not knowing it was going to be SI's way of jumping on the bash train about three to four weeks too late. It's not so bad, but I was irked by how much weight Giambi throws around the clubhouse (especially for the reasons stated above), but it's kind of awesome right now since he's in a slump of his own. I wish the story had brought that up, but of course, it doesn't.

    Also, there's this whole point about A-Rod having to stop being so nice to the media, which is hilarious because Johnny Damon gets praised for doing the same thing.

    The only good thing I'll say about this is that it's a negative story on the cover of SI. Perhaps it can work as a reverse "jinx".

    By Blogger Karen, at 8:01 AM   <$BlogItemControl$>

    By Blogger Mr. Faded Glory, at 10:04 AM   <$BlogItemControl$>
  • (1) i refuse to read the article but from what i've seen, all this differential treatment does is prove my latest theory about a-rod's superiority as a player, etc.
    (2) karen completely stole the words out of my mouth - reverse-cover jinx!!!
    (3) i love deadspin:

    First: When did Jason Giambi all of a sudden become some clubhouse leader? He's quoted throughout the story like some sort of locker room sage; wasn't is just a year and a half ago that people thought he was being eaten by some steroid parasite? [ed note: YUM YUM YUM!!] And second, this anecdote, from a Red Sox rep:

    In December 2003, when the Red Sox were frantically trying to acquire Rodriguez from the Texas Rangers, several Boston executives called on Rodriguez in his New York hotel suite after 1 a.m. Rodriguez answered the door in a perfectly pressed suit, tie knotted tight to his stiff collar. The Red Sox officials found such polished attire at such a late hour odd, even unsettling.
    See, now that's just beautiful. It would not surprise us in the slightest to learn that A-Rod sleeps in a suit.

    I would have had an entirely different reaction to Alex Rodriguez opening a hotel room door dressed that way, regardless of the time of day or night. but I digress.

    By Blogger June, at 12:22 PM   <$BlogItemControl$>
  • what's really disturbing me is that i thought i remembered hearing that same giambi quote in another article in one of the irritating waves of OMG AROD SUX press. BUT it was presented in a different way, as in "he's lost right now but we know he's better than that, and he'll figure it out soon." i want to say it was in the post... nothing's coming up at google, so maybe i'm wrong. i don't think i trust any quotes anymore, unless they're obvious funny one liners, or something. whatever, still not reading.

    naturally i join youall in yr disdain for the perverse notion that certain people have to continually and needlessly prove themselves while certain other people escape unnoticed. and karen, i think he should have stopped speaking to them a long time ago, then again, it would just be more article fodder. tiresome.

    i like the idea of the reverse cover jinx as well :D

    I would have had an entirely different reaction to Alex Rodriguez opening a hotel room door dressed that way, regardless of the time of day or night. but I digress.

    like undoing the it all with your teeth?

    By Blogger lupe_velez, at 1:26 PM   <$BlogItemControl$>
  • yeah pretty much.

    {mentally goes away for very long time}

    ok, I'm back. as for the cover quote by giambi, i'm sure it wasn't intended that way, but it sure could be read as giambi saying "you all think you know what arod's about [in a bad way]. well, he bout to prove your ass dead wrong." I also think it could have been MEANT either way: i've heard competing accounts of giambi being "The Greatest Guy and Best Teammate Ever Who Always Has Your Back No Matter What" vs. being a petty, vain baby.

    as for quotes: i have repeated, truly direct experience - as in "with my own ears and i was physically present" - with these people saying one thing and papers printing something entirely different. i am talking on the order of:

    Lupe: "I like A-Rod. He is a good player."

    appearing in a media outlet as:

    Lupe: "There is a tenth quasi-planet beyond Pluto which mankind hopes one day to explore on foot."

    By Blogger June, at 7:16 PM   <$BlogItemControl$>
  • SHeesh, it's called "Charon," June.

    Do some research and get your facts straight next time!

    Oh, and this quote from Giambi wasn't used:

    "He's a Hall of Fame baseball player," said Jason Giambi. "He's going to start to break out of it. Definitely we're all rooting for him because the sooner he gets going and gets through it the better we're going to be, no doubt about it."

    That was from WAY back on August 19th.

    By Blogger Mr. Faded Glory, at 8:38 PM   <$BlogItemControl$>
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