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?"
The gang at Matsuifan obtained this photograph of Selena caught in A-Rods garbage. Come on Selena This is starting to get ridiculous.
"What makes me upset is that Sports Illustrated pays this lady, Selena Roberts, to stalk me," he told ESPN's Peter Gammons.
Rodriguez went on to say that Roberts was tossed from his New York City apartment building, that she had to be escorted off of the University Miami campus by police when she sought out Rodriguez at the campus gym on Thursday and that she tried to break into his Miami home where his "children were sleeping".
It would have had to be someone close to him.
Someone who has a book perhaps?
We may never know, but whoever it was had to be quick on their feet and sneaky.
Rodriguez confirmed during a television interview Monday that he used steroids over a three-year period with the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Rodriguez acknowledged the validity of a recent Sports Illustrated report claiming that the three-time American League MVP tested positive for two anabolic steroids following the 2003 season.
Until the ESPN interview, Rodriguez had not responded publicly since Sports Illustrated reported on its Web site Saturday that he is on a list of 104 players who tested positive in 2003 during baseball’s confidential survey testing, which wasn’t subject to discipline. SI.com said he tested positive for Primobolan and testosterone.
In addition to agent Scott Boras and his staff, A-Rod could consult with his manager, Guy Oseary, the former recording company executive who also manages Madonna. Rodriguez also could speak with the top officials at the players’ association, Don Fehr, Gene Orza and Michael Weiner.
"When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure, felt all the weight of the world on top of me to perform, and perform at a high level every day," Rodriguez told ESPN's Peter Gammons in an exclusive interview in Miami Beach, Fla. An extended interview will air on SportsCenter at 6 p.m. ET.
"Back then, [baseball] was a different culture," Rodriguez said. "It was very loose. I was young, I was stupid, I was naïve. I wanted to prove to everyone that I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time.
"I did take a banned substance. For that, I am very sorry and deeply regretful."
Rodriguez's admission comes 48 hours after Sports Illustrated reported that Rodriguez was on a list of 104 players who tested positive for banned substances in 2003, the year when Major League Baseball conducted survey tests to see if mandatory, random drug-testing was needed in the sport.
Now A-Rod’s quote from his spring training arrival news conference last year seems more intriguing.
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Alex Rodriguez won his third consecutive AL home run title and his first MVP award in '03.
In 2003, when he won the American League home run title and the AL Most Valuable Player award as a shortstop for the Texas Rangers, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids, four sources have independently told Sports Illustrated.
Rodriguez's name appears on a list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball's '03 survey testing, SI's sources say. As part of a joint agreement with the MLB Players Association, the testing was conducted to determine if it was necessary to impose mandatory random drug testing across the major leagues in 2004.
When approached by an SI reporter on Thursday at a gym in Miami, Rodriguez declined to discuss his 2003 test results. "You'll have to talk to the union," said Rodriguez, the Yankees' third baseman since his trade to New York in February 2004. When asked if there was an explanation for his positive test, he said, "I'm not saying anything." (Source)
The Yankees offered centerfielder Andruw Jones a minor-league contract last month and Jones’ agent, Scott Boras, turned it down, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed to Newsday on Thursday.
Jones, released by the Dodgers after a horrendous 2008 season, is looking for a major-league contract. If he can’t find one, the Yankees could be a landing point for Jones, who will turn 32 in April.
After signing a two-year, $36.2-million contract with the Dodgers, Jones hit three home runs in 209 at-bats (striking out 76 times) and put together a .158 batting average, .256 on-base percentage and .249 slugging percentage in 2008.
SI.com first reported of the Yankees’ interest in Jones, who hit 51 home runs in 2005 and 41 in 2006 for the Braves.
In other news, ESPN.com reported that the Mets have reached out to the agent for free-agent lefty reliever Will Ohman.
The Mets and righthander Elmer Dessens were close to completing a minor-league contract, The Associated Press reported. (Source)
Scientific tests have linked Roger Clemens's DNA to blood in syringes that a personal trainer says he used to inject the former star pitcher with performance-enhancing drugs, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.
The DNA results, which are preliminary and subject to verification tests, could prove critical if prosecutors seek an indictment of Clemens on charges that he lied about the use of steroids, according to the sources.
Clemens told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last year that he has never taken performance-enhancing drugs. Testifying at the same hearing, the pitcher's former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, said he injected Clemens nearly 40 times with steroids and human growth hormone from 1998 to 2001.
McNamee's attorneys have said their client gave federal investigators syringes, gauze pads and other items that he claimed he used to inject Clemens. He stored the items in a FedEx box in his basement. (Source)
It seems like all news outlets are laughing off the fact that Derek Jeter has now admitted to stealing a sign from the old Yankee Stadium.
People get yelled at for going near the dirt at Yankee stadium, but when Jeter admits to stealing a monument, everyone thinks it's funny.
Apparently he also had time to grab a burger.
Longtime Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (Kalamazoo) admitted to the New York Times that he stole a sign reading "I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee" from Yankee Stadium after the final game at the ballpark in the fall.
The quote is from Joe DiMaggio.
From the Times' Harvey Araton:
When I had last seen Jeter ... he had refused comment on the famous sign ... in the tunnel leading to the Yankees dugout that went missing soon after their last Stadium home game.
A clue on his intentions had come earlier that night, when he said he had his eye on a particular Stadium keepsake but wouldn’t say which. After the game and on-field celebration, I noticed the sign was missing and told him, “I know what you’re taking out of here,” and I asked if I could report it.
He shook his head and replied, “In due time.”
Four months later, he admitted he had taken the sign, and another item or two.
Ross from (New Stadium Insider Blog) , who heard it from Roxanne at WCBS, who got the pictures from Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880 in Chopper 880, tipped off Matsuifan headquarters, about these cool pics of the NEW Stadium.
Apparently fans of Umphrey's McGee, Phish and the Dead are now lining up for tickets to see the Yankees tour.
Now that Andy Pettitte is signed, sealed and finally delivered, it's time the Yankees throw a high, hard one at the opposition. Forget about Joba Chamberlain being in the rotation — he needs to go back to the bullpen. From Day 1 of spring training. No ifs, ands, or bugs.
This is a complete reversal for me. Last season, I was adamant that Chamberlain should be in the starting rotation, because that was where he was needed most. That was before CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett signed with the Yankees and that was when Chien-Ming Wang was injured.
With a top three of Sabathia, Burnett and Wang, and with Pettitte on the back end, Joba is most needed in the bullpen now, especially since Mariano Rivera is coming off shoulder surgery.
This way the Yankees can keep Joba's innings under control, and if Rivera needs a little extra time to be ready for the season, Chamberlain can be the emergency closer. If Rivera is right for the start of the season, then Chamberlain has the eighth inning and the Yankees are that much more of a force.
An eighth-inning dynamo is much more important to the Yankees now than a back-end starter. And besides, the Yankees have candidates for that fifth spot, including Phil Hughes and Alfredo Aceves. (Source)