After it was leaked that Joe Torre and Tom Verducci's book The Yankee Years, the world was aware of the egotistical riffs that were billowing out the Yankees' clubhouse. Torre claims teammates of Alex Rodriguez called him "A-Fraud," and his relationship with team captain Derek Jeter was not the greatest.
Today, Rodriguez reportedly reacted to the story, maintaining the position that the words in the book have no effect on him. This is hard to believe, coming from a guy that cares a great deal about his public image, and just wants to be loved in New York.
"He laughed at the stuff because he is so beyond all of that," a person close to Rodriguez said Monday, according to the report. "Personally he feels like he's in a great space in his life and felt very comfortable last year in the clubhouse and with his relationship with his teammates." According to the report, a person close to Rodriguez said A-Rod "doesn't feel like he had any real relationship with [Torre]," and thus isn't hurt by anything Torre might have said or written about him in "The Yankee Years."
Alex has some nerve to feel like he's above Torre in morality. He's never have been, and he never will be. He are where he belongs, on a team full of guys like him, greedy bastards who lack effort and performance in big games. Sabathia, Teixeira, and Rodriguez all have big money contracts, but have never performed with any consistency in October. These guys need to get over their egos, and until they do so, they'll never win.
If you look at the best players, and most successful atheletes in other sports all have two characteristics: they're humble, and poised. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Troy Polamalu, Tim Tebow, and Dwight Howard are the first men to take the spotlight off themselves, yet all they do is win. They're proven winners, and the Yankees will never be like that without Torre, who led them to their late 90's dynasty.
"Back in 2004, at first Rodriguez did his best to try and fit into the Yankee culture -- his cloying, B Grade actor best," the book says, according to an excerpt obtained by 1050 ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand. "He slathered on the polish. People in the clubhouse, including teammates and support personnel, were calling him 'A-Fraud' behind his back.
'He was phony,' said Mike Borzello, the former Yankees bullpen coach and one of Rodriguez' close friends, 'and he knew he was phony. But he didn't know how to be anything else at that time. Then he started to realize what it is all about and what people feed off of, and thought, 'Hey, I can really be myself.'"
Given the reputations of the parties involved in this, how can someone NOT side with Torre. If Rodriguez was trying so hard to fit in and make people like him, then he obviously has some insecurities, and a moniker like "A-Fraud" would seemingly upset the sensitive slugger.
A-Rod is like T.O.. They both claim they want to win, but more importantly the want to feel wanted, and loved. It's shame that players with such talent let their petty feelings get in the way of their performance. Alex, be a man and admit your faults.
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