The Yankees are smack in the middle of three player initiated and media fostered feuds. Let’s run through them:
wayne s world 2 dvdrip download Big Momma’s House 2 movie After the Red Sox won their eighth straight over the Yankees, Henry Tweeted, “the MT curse?” Tex responded with “There’s no reason to get into it with a 70-year-old man about baseball.” Henry turns 60 in September.
“I love playing this game,” Teixeira said. “If I have offended anybody from the time that I was 18 years old until now, I’m sorry. I don’t know what else to say. It’s a little silly. It’s actually very silly. There’s nothing else to say.”
Henry said last night the posting was harmless.
“Purely Entertainment,” Henry said in an e-mail to WEEI.com. “Nothing more. I don’t believe in curses.”
Teixeira wasn’t necessarily buying that explanation.
“You guys make the decision,” Teixeira said to the reporters around his locker. “Whose reputation looks better right now?”
Apparently Henry saw Teixeira’s pregame comments and has fired back with a new Twitter post: “Hope I didn’t hurt Mark’s feelings!” Ah, the Internet.
My Take: John Henry talks nearly as much as Hank did, and gets none of the same acrimony pointed in his direction. Quite frankly, he had to know that reporters would make a big deal about this and run to Tex. If it was a joke, it was ill advised, and if it was serious, Henry should not be trying to dodge the consequences of his words. It is not a big deal, but he needs to learn to keep quiet.
One day after Joe Girardi said he was certain Boston’s Brad Penny hit Alex Rodriguez on purpose, the pitcher responded with some verbal heat high and inside.
“I don’t give two — what Joe Girardi says,” Penny said before the Red Sox game Saturday in Philadelphia, according to the Boston Globe. “I’m coming inside. I don’t care. Anybody can say that. We can say that about the time they hit our guys. I’m just trying to pitch inside. Maybe he should worry about managing and not trying to be the commissioner.”
Penny wasn’t done.
“Why wouldn’t he say that the night before? Don’t wait a day, then say it. He should worry about managing and let the umpire crew do their job.”
My Take: Brad Penny needs to simmer down. Being that the umpire warned both benches immediately, it seems clear that he thought the pitch was intentional. So Penny is out on an island, claiming that he was looking for the inner half when it seems clear to most everyone else what his intentions were. And Brad? You do say it every time one of your guys gets hit. Each time Joba comes inside, we hear soliloquies about it three days later.
“Unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like that. I have, but in high school,” said Bruney, who then sounded off on Rodriguez. “It couldn’t happen to a better guy on the mound, either. He’s got a tired act.”
“I just don’t like watching the guy pitch. I think it’s embarrassing.” The latter reference was a poke at K-Rod’s passionate outbursts following a successful outing.
When approached at his locker in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium before yesterday’s Subway Series game and told of Bruney’s comments, Rodriguez said, “I don’t know who that is.” But it wasn’t until after the Mets’ 6-2 victory – in which Rodriguez finished the game with a scoreless ninth – that the return fireworks exploded.
“If it was coming out from somebody big, like Mariano (Rivera) – somebody who’s been around and is good at what he does – I will respect that comment. I might pay attention to it. But somebody like that, it doesn’t bother me,” said Rodriguez, who is 1-1 with a 0.57 ERA and 16 saves in 17 chances. “He better keep his mouth shut and do his job, not worry about somebody else. I don’t even know who the guy is. I’m not going to waste my time with that guy. Instead of sending messages through the paper, next time when you see me at Citi Field, come up to me and say it to my face. He’s always been on the DL, that’s all I know.”
When he returned to the Stadium after yesterday’s Yankee loss, Bruney stood by his remarks, although he seemed chastened that K-Rod didn’t even know he existed.
“I’m not going to say I was joking,” Bruney said. “I learned to play the game a different way. You won’t see me do (celebrating on the mound). He doesn’t know who I am, so it doesn’t matter.”
My Take: I am not a huge fan of K-Rod’s antics, if only because the fact that he does the same thing after every game makes it seem staged rather than borne out of genuine emotion. However, I do not have a problem with celebrations in general, and think that Bruney probably should have kept his mouth shut. He does not have to like what K-Rod does, but it really is not his place to mouth off about another player without even being asked about him.
Update from Pete Abe: Apparently K-Rod confronted Bruney on the field and made contact with him. This could get very interesting. I sided with K-Rod this morning, but he crossed a line.
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