TAMPA, Florida (AFP) — New York Yankees sluggers put down their bats and picked up pool cues Monday as the team canceled a workout so players could bond over a billards tournament.
Two weeks after Yankees superstar third baseman Alex Rodriguez admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 through 20003 and six days after training camp opened with an A-Rod news conference, the Yankees relaxed.
"I've never been on a team that's done something like this before, but I often wondered why," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "There's a lot of other sports that do these types of things.
"We can get away from the park and enjoy each other off the field and get to know each other."
The pool hall outing gave the Yankees something else to talk about besides the aftermath of Rodriguez's doping admission and the upcoming season whose first game is still more than a month away.
"It's all about really getting together," Yankee veteran Jorge Posada said. "If I was a young man coming on this trip, it's something that you don't see often. You can hang out with the veterans and be away from the field." (Source)
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston Red Sox owner John Henry is renewing his call for a baseball salary cap. He says he thinks all owners would support an "enlightened" salary cap to improve competitive balance and that players might agree. He did not give details.
Henry's call came Wednesday at spring training after the New York Yankees signed three free agents for a total of $423.5 million during the offseason. The Red Sox gave out much shorter and cheaper deals.
Exactly five years earlier, Henry called for a salary cap when the Yankees obtained Alex Rodriguez in a trade with Texas after the Red Sox failed to complete a trade for him.
At that time, he advocated a cap to deal with a team that he said has far more resources than any other team. (Source)
We have absolutely no evidence what so ever, but believe this is a picture of A-Rod's cousin Chocho.
Yes.... it is a striking exact resemblance to David Ortiz minus the question mark, but we have reason to believe he is wearing a PEDs sweatshirt for a reason.
It was a major coincidence that the Matsuifan staff was vacationing in the Dominican back in 2001 and was able to snap this pic.
Alex Rodriguez read from several sheets of crumpled paper, trying again to explain where he went wrong. "Amateur hour," he called it. The slugger who might someday become baseball's all-time home run king remembered more details about performance-enhancing drugs Tuesday, saying his cousin repeatedly injected him from 2001-03 with a mysterious substance from the Dominican Republic.
"I didn't think they were steroids," the New York Yankees star said. Later, he admitted, "I knew we weren't taking Tic Tacs."
Making his second public attempt to explain a 2003 positive drug test while with Texas, baseball's highest-paid player described a clumsy scheme in which a cousin persuaded him to use "boli" — a substance he said the cousin obtained without a prescription and without consulting doctors or trainers.
"It was really amateur hour. I mean, it was two guys," Rodriguez said. "We couldn't ask anyone. We didn't want to ask anyone."
Yet, when asked to explain why the secrecy if he didn't think it was an illegal substance, Rodriguez revealed he had a pretty good idea he was doing wrong.
"Look, for a week here I've been looking at people to blame," he said, "and I keep looking at myself at the end of the day."
His assembled teammates gave him the eye, especially when he turned to them to apologize and offer thanks for their support.
Rodriguez paused for 37 seconds, searching for the right words. He looked side to side, blinked several times, bit his lip and took a sip of water. Only then did he finally look up to face captain Derek Jeter & Co.
"Thank you." (Source)
When asked, CC referred to back to when Joba got his DUI. After Joba explained that "Big Slim" was a positive nickname, CC retracted his statement. Instead, nicknaming Joba "8th inning guy"
Needless to say... CC liked his nickname better than Joba liked his. (This story is BS)
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NEW YORK (AP) — An unauthorized and highly anticipated book about Alex Rodriguez is coming out a month sooner than planned.
Publication of Selena Roberts' "A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez" has been moved up from May 19 to April 14 as scrutiny builds on the New York Yankees slugger after he acknowledged using banned substances from 2001-2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers.
"A-Rod," which reportedly includes salacious details about Rodriquez's private life, was originally titled "Hit and Run: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez." Publisher HarperCollins, which this week listed the new release date on its Web site, has announced a first printing of 150,000 copies. (Source)
The Angels agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with the veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu on Thursday, moving quickly to add a left-handed bat and some pop to a lineup that struggled to score runs last season.
Abreu, 34, can make an additional $1 million in performance bonuses: $250,000 each for 500, 550, 600 and 650 plate appearances. He batted .296 with 100 runs batted in and 20 homers for the Yankees last season. (Source)
Check out this link provided by Ross at "New Stadium Insider"
Some people may not be too happy.
Former Met/Yankee slugger Darryl Strawberry will have a new book due out in April, titled "Straw: Finding My Way". The book details the party atmosphere of the 1980's mets clubhouse
Here are some quotes of Darryl's that appear in the book:
"We were the boys of Summer. The drunk, speed-freak, sneaking a smoke boys of summer"
"An infamous rolling frat party..drinking, drugs, fights, gambling, groupies"
"Beer was the foundation of our alcoholic lifestyle. We hauled around more Bud than the Clydesdales."
"The beer was just to get the party started and maybe take the edge off the speed and coke"
The teams moto he says was "to tear up your best bars and nighclubs and take your finest women..The only hard part for us was choosing which hottie to take back to your hotel room. Lots of times you...picked two or three"
DARRYL YOU DA MAN!!!
Old Curry Bastard Out
The New York Post
Top Ten Messages Left on Alex Rodriguez's Answering Machine
10. "Hey, it's Mark McGwire. Want to get together this week and not talk about the past?"
9. "Joe Torre here -- thanks for helping book sales"
8. "Could you find a steroid that keeps you from choking in the playoffs?"
7. "Are you worried this will taint all the championships you didn't win?"
6. "It's Bernie Madoff. Nice try but I'm still the most hated man in New York"
5. "Michael Phelps here. Got any snacks?"
4. "This is Sammy Sosa. Just pretend you don't speak English"
3. "Michael Phelps again. Did I call you or did you call me?"
2. "Hey, it's Rod Blagojevich -- I'll say you're innocent, if you say I am"
1. "It's Madonna. You got a phone number for Jeter?"