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A-Rod and Randy

Not many sports fans would frequent the pages of NY Mag in order to find the latest news on happenings in the world of the Yankees front office. Many major signings, promotions, demotions, injuries – I think you get the point – go
un-noted by the publication and I don’t think anyone is surprised by that; it’s not really their forte.

However once in a blue moon an event so ridiculous comes to fruition that even those with modest, if not non-existent, ties to sports need to publish “news”. Such is the case with a slew of email exchanges between Yankees President, Randy Levine, and perennial whipping boy and Yankee “slugger” – some childhood nickname I assume – Alex Rodriguez. Most of the exchanges are ego-boosting shots by Randy in order to encourage Alex to “step up” and to let him know how awe-stuck he, Randy Levine, is of the one-time best player in baseball.

Here are a few of my favorites:

May 17, 2011 
Rodriguez hits two home runs, leading the team to a win over Tampa Bay.

Levine: Way to go, welcome back … enjoy start of a roll.
Rodriguez: Yessir!! Our team needs me to hit and lead us.
Levine: U are the man. I told u that for years. U can and will do it.

May 21, 2012
The Yanks are shut out by the Royals.

Levine: My friend, I have always believed that in difficult times there r two ways to go. The easy way, which is to make excuses, be defensive, or blame others and shut it down. The better way is to take the challenge, get mad, get determined, and shut everyone up and perform to greater levels. I believe in u. I believe u will hit those levels. It has been a tough year in injuries, tough losses, underperformance, but we need a leader, that is you. Take the lead, get these guys going, put a chip on your shoulder. When u succeed it will be Yankees lore. There is nothing more powerful than that. I am here to support u. Tell us what u need.
Rodriguez: You are 100% correct. This is no time for blame or excuses. Is time for me to be a leader and rally the troops. I feel if I perform at a high level, put a chip on my shoulder and lead the way, then my mates will follow my lead. Is not how you start, but how you finish. Let’s get it going tonight. Thanks for the support and stay in touch.

September 22, 2012
Rodriguez gets two key hits in a fourteen-inning victory that keeps the Yankees in first place. The chip on the shoulder the two have spoken about has become a nickname: Chip.

Levine: Way to go best win of year. U had walkoff mesa nerves. U stepped up do it tomorrow. Chip. Proud of u.
Rodriguez: Huge win. … Very nervous. Need to win tomorrow. Chip
Levine: That’s what leaders do.

Clearly these excerpts are just bantering between a man who helped to broker the mega deal that the Yankees gave to A-Rod that has been, and will continue to be, the most debated and controversial contract in baseball history.

Between the simple pat on the back emails and the consistent pep-talks where he calls A-Rod the leader – we all know how much A-Rod wanted that to be true despite the challenges of getting over on a New York crowd that is in love with Jeter and Mariano – Levine makes some off-mark comments about Robinson Cano and steroids that probably don’t bode to well considering A-Rods long history with P.E.D.s

July 30, 2012
Rodriguez is out with an injury, having fractured his hand five days earlier when hit by a pitch. Levine makes a reference to performance-enhancing drugs that he later refers to as a “bad joke.”

Levine: How r u feeing since u left Robby [Cano] under 200, he needs some steroids fast!

August 21, 2012
With A-Rod still out, Levine again makes a possibly comic drug reference.

Levine: Hey, what’s up with Robby. This guy must not be using the liquid. U didn’t tell me what did Chris and Steve say your ETA is. Don’t rush it unless u r right. We need you. Nova looks like he may need a breather. What do u see.

Of course it could be some kind of weird inside joke that A-Rod desperately wanted to be a part of, but it’s probably something much more serious than that, especially given A-Rod’s ties to the Biogenesis mishaps and being accused as a ringleader for former Yankee players who tested positive.

Levine has been known to say some pretty dumb things and these is no different. Just weeks ago when Cano signed with the Mariners he slammed the former 2b and then went on to make remarks about signing Mike Trout which then, of course, sparked an investigation by the MLB into what those comments actually made. With the giant black eye A-Rod has put on the game of baseball I’m sure these emails won’t do him any favors during the current arbitration hearings on the suspension that was handed down to him. Maybe Randy should think about what he puts in writing before just spewing off poison that really at the end of the day doesn’t do anything for anyone.

Read the full write up here on NYMag.com.

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Choo Choo

The Yankees have done it again, pitching a wildly obnoxious contract to a player that they already signed in Ellsbury. Don’t get me wrong I like the upside of Shin-Soo Choo, but I’m not excited about the $140 million the Yanks were ready to toss at him when he is a 31-year old player that they would only get the last three years of his peak out of him. I’m happy they are willing to spend – not really, but fuck it…for the sake of argument – they are positioning themselves to be a team that wants to catapult themselves to the top of the AL East standings, a formidable division that did, in fact, feature the World Series champs of 2013. And they really have made some interesting moves that will help them make their way to one of the top offenses in the MLB.

It’s great to have a strong, dangerous lineup to trot out every game with, almost, every position hosting a player that could be an all-star. I’m excited at the prospect of every at-bat being a home run, with every pitch a stolen base and every game a victory. This Yankee lineup has the potential to win over 100 games and I truly believe that.

The only issue is that if you’re going to score 10 runs a game, you can’t give up 11. WHERE THE FUCK IS THE ROTATION HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holy shit these guys want to throw money at long term contracts and for only hitters but now they don’t want to try and spend money to get pitchers. I would’ve even taken fucking Scott Feldman! Really though, the Yankees worked last year with 2 1/2 pitchers. The only consistent one was Kuroda, who, despite an incredible start, fell apart at the end of the year. CC was a complete mess – side note: I think he will have a bounce back year – and the rest of the rotation could barely hang on, although Pettitte was a very serviceable pitcher, he wasn’t the answer to the ultimate question of “where is the pitching on this team?”

So please, Yankees, please keep throwing money away on bats that are getting older. Please make sure you fill the seats with marquee names. Please don’t worry about the wins because we certainly don’t need them. And, finally, please make sure not to deal Gardner now so that we are stuck dealing him in the middle of the season so we can end up with Edison Volquez.

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Bye, Bye, To The Second Base Guy

Let’s tarnish the great “American Pie” song by making it about Cano leaving the Yankees.
Let me set the scene, I’m on stage and as my eyes focus to the lighting around me I look out into the crowd and see only my mom sitting there. This is a strange AA meeting I stumbled into…
I start to play the guitar and sing:
A short little while ago
I can still remember
when the Mariners offered way too much
to a player that I always loved
admired from the bleachers but
he chose to go for the big, big bucks
the day
this ginger
cried
and I was singing
why, why should I say goodbye
to a player
who will later
regret the he flied
to a state where it rains like 90% of the time
singing
this will be the day that I cried
oh
this will be the day that I cried
Girardi and the book of glove
that made Cano bat above
Hafner or some other scrub
and do you believe that Robbie rolled
and that Ellsbury will stop the Yankee trolls
from arguing on message boards
well I know that we should love McCann
cause he’s got some power in those hands
he’ll smack probably 32
MAN I’ll miss Robbie’s swag-a-tude
I was a lonely creature in the bronx
with a pink Yankee hat that I picked up
but I knew we were out of luck
the day
this ginger
cried
and I was singing
why, why should I say goodbye
to a player
who will later
regret the he flied
to a state where it rains like 90% of the time
singing
this will be the day that I cried
oh
this will be the day that I cried

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