Recently, there was a bit of controversy surrounding Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Rick Sutcliffe:
Upset with an accusation made by ESPN’s Rick Sutcliffe two weeks ago, the two players approached the former Cy Young winner to discuss the situation.
Sutcliffe said on the air that A-Rod had been feeding Teixeira verbal signs from the on-deck circle, giving his teammate a heads-up on the catcher’s location before the pitch was delivered. Teixeira and A-Rod pulled Sutcliffe aside when they saw him in the clubhouse last night, expressing their displeasure with his charges.
The BBTF thread on this issue took an interesting turn when someone brought up A-Rod and his intense competitiveness. Commenters mentioned that A-Rod has been noted for peeking back at the catcher to pick up location, is now being accused of tipping location to a teammate, attempted to slap the ball out of Arroyo’s hand in 2004 (a play that would have been called smart had David Eckstein done it), and had the HA! play against Toronto. Say what you will about Alex, but he will do everything possible to win. People say he plays for the numbers and the accolades rather than for team glory, but the facts do not support that assertion. Alex desperately wants to win, and sometimes that drive manifests itself in ways that opponents view as inappropriate or even cheating. As a Yankee fan, I love it. I am not sure if the most recent allegations are true. If they are, I have absolutely no problem with what Alex was doing. I am not going to vilify a player for trying to do everything possible to get the team a victory. If the opponents do not like it, they can always put a ball in his ear the next time he comes to the plate.
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