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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Alex Rodriguez: 2,001 RBI and a Space Odyssey.

As happened recently in Seattle, local fans who had cheered Nelson Cruz, booed Alex Rodriguez.  Cruz played one season in Baltimore (2014) but his adoptive home fans became oblivious to his having been one of the big four players:

Rodriguez, Braun, Cruz, Peralta: life after the Biogenesis scandal. Thursday, June 4, 2015

The big four caught and suspended in the 2013 Biogenesis scandal were: Alex RodriguezRyan BraunNelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta.  Only Braun failed a drug test...

Rodriguez has returned from the grave and exceeded pretty much all expectations as a designated hitter (DH): OPS+ 145.  While he is booed on the road it has devolved into a knee jerk reaction suggesting that those booing hardly remember why they are supposed to boo.  Even the media types who were crushing Rodriguez since August 2013 have gotten bored with themselves...

All four are doing well, presumably without PED, which makes one wonder what all the fuss was about.

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Last night in Baltimore fans booed Alex Rodriguez in plate appearances before and after Rodriguez reached a mega milestone: 2,000 RBI.  The Baltimore fans could be cut some slack on two counts:
- The two run homer, which increased Rodriguez RBI from 1,999 to 2,001, also tied the game 4-4.
- At least the Baltimore fans didn't boo the actual milestone event as Boston fans had the poor taste to have done.

Red Sox fans suck: boo Alex Rodriguez milestone. Saturday, May 2, 2015

Last night in Boston Red Sox fans booed Alex Rodriguez when he stepped from the dugout to pinch hit in the 8th inning with the Yankees and Red Sox tied 2-2.  Rodriguez smashed a dramatic home run to both win the game for the Yankees and also reach an historic milestone.  Rodriguez tied Willie Mays at 660 career home runs.  Mays accomplished this with almost 1,000 more at bats, a fact lost on everyone one else in this galaxy.

Red Sox fans then displayed the monumental poor taste, lack of sportsmanship and hypocrisy to boo Rodriguez as he quickly circled the bases.  Were they just being playful or mean spirited representatives of all baseball fans.  Or are they just too dumb to know why they did it?  Who boos a milestone, even by a player of your arch rival?  Who does that? ..

(In 2003) Rodriguez agreed to reduce his salary to become a Red Sox player and then the Red Sox fans hated him when that was blocked and Rodriguez was subsequently traded to the rival Yankees.  Red Sox fans are dumb...

Red Sox fans ...  Take it like a reasonable baseball fan.  Then, maybe, give the guy his due and applaud.  Soft, admiring applause would have been in order.  A-Rod overcame your rough treatment in this game situation and hit a milestone home run too.  Deal with it with some sense of sportsmanship and self respect.

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Baseball Reference career RBI leaders: 

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/RBI_career.shtml

Better than:

Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. v. reality. Friday, May 29, 2015

During Yankee games we are told that the Elias Sports Bureau keeps the official MLB records and that data before about 1920 does not count and that therefor Alex Rodriguez has passed Babe Ruth in RBI even though everyone knows this is not correct.

What's the deal?

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Chase Headley money to spite Alex Rodriguez could have landed Cuban Yoan Moncada. Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Months before Alex Rodriguez set foot in training camp the Yankees felt compelled to sign free agent third baseman Chase Headley for $56 million for four years, by far the most money committed by the Yankees since the end of the 2014 season.  That's $14 million for each of the next four seasons.  And why?  Purely to spite Rodriguez and possibly provoke Rodriguez into asking to be traded.  It obviously made much more sense for the Yankees to wait for Rodriguez to arrive in camp, which he did yesterday looking like $100 million, and see how he plays before looking for his replacement.  Why?  Because the Yankees foolishly signed Rodriguez to a new contract several years ago, which they now regret doing, and which commits the Yankees to pay Rodriguez at least $20 million for each of the next three seasons...Why do I think that the Headley signing was done to cause dismay for Rodriguez?  Because the Yankees were punishing Rodriguez even before the 2013 performance enhancing drug (PED) scandal broke. 

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Alex Rodriguez: why do people think A-Rod will break down in spring training? PED voodoo? Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I've heard multiple people on MBL Network and YES Network say that, including former pitcher Ron Darling and writer Bob Klapisch.  Why would they think that?

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Last night's game was on Fox with this guy doing color commentary and forced by events to sing a different tune from opening day:

Tom Verducci, have you no sense of decency, sir? Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Apparently not.  Verducci indignantly asked rhetorically if anyone had done more to harm baseball than Rodriguez.
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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Poster
2001: A Space Odyssey(1968)

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writers: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Arthur C. Clarke

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