Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Not that there's anything wrong with it

I really, REALLY, really don't care much about what the players wear outside the ballpark. I root for laundry, the pinstriped kind. But when ARod shows up in a vest and the kind of scarf that I see girls half his age wearing (I know this from a shopping experience with my wife this past weekend), you have to shake your head. For a guy who loves being looked at as much as he does, is he trying to be a fashionista or just some 5th Avenue mannequin?

What sort of ju-ju is Madonna putting in his already-crowded head? Why is he getting led around like a little puppy? It's a concern that Madonna is not good for this Fabergé egg.

And just sayin', what is that glazed, adoring, creepy look in his eyes? Is he fixating on Madonna's sinewy arms?

Doesn't she know that he has to win the MVP this year, an odd-numbered year? And if he has another "down" (for him) year, all hell's gonna break lose.

I want ARod to succeed, I really do. I just find this latest distraction very troubling.

Madonna? C'mon. You're 32, time to ease off the Oedipus Complex...

9 comments:

Alex K said...

Seeing A-Rod kinda makes me not want my son (ya know if I have one someday) be a super-duper great baseball player. How much of his social adjustment problems stem from being in the big leauges at 18 or 19 and not having time to adjust to adulthood outside of the spotlight? To me he seems like a high school kid who just wants to be popular. But I don't know him so that is all just my opinion of what I've seen throgh the filter of the press.

Alex K said...

*through

Jason @ IIATMS said...

Alex,

I hear ya. I've got two boys who love the Yanks (like they had a choice). They don't see the players as we do.

Maybe it is having everything handed to you so early. Maybe it's a lack of adjustment to social norms. Maybe he's simply easily lead by strong women. Not that that is a problem, per se, but if it interferes with his day job, then it's a problem

Alex K said...

FWIW I hope it's the easily lead by strong women part. I feel like that would be the easiest thing to block out on the field. I'm not a Yankees fan or hater* but I REALLY like A-Rod, and want him to be successful.

*Sorry to go all Joe Pos but the parentheses were too long. I'm a transplant to NY so the Yanks and Mets are almost part of my daily life. I've found that both teams have their stereotypical fans, but my goodness Mets fans annoy the crap out of me. So that is why I am no longer a Yankee hater, because of Mets fans. I am now one of the few Mets haters outside of Philly and Atlanta.

Jason @ IIATMS said...

Alex, we ALL want ARod to be successful. We EXPECT it. The contract demands it.

I love the anti-Mets stuff. I don't hate the Mets but that's just funny.

Paul said...

Based from the sporadic times I've participated in baseball forums, I really have to agree that Mets fans can get excessive with hyping their team (eg. being annoying). I'm from NY too so it wouldn't be fair for me to go to a Met game (the only time I really find myself around a bunch of Met fans) and then claim they hype their team excessively. Baseball forums are neutral grounds that have fans of all teams participating and it seems like random interjections into threads are more often made by Mets fans. I'm also not a Yankees fan so don't file this under cross-borough smack talk...

Alex K said...

I think it is the little brother thing they have going that bugs me. I shouldn't be at a Mets vs Cubs (my team of choice) game and have to hear the fans chanting "Yankees suck" for three innings. It annoys me to no end when fans are more worried about a team that they hate than they are the team they cheer for. I guess that comes from a bunch of Cardinals fans who like to see the Cubs lose more than they like to see the Cardinals win.

Jason @ IIATMS said...

That's soooo prevalent at RedSox games.

In fact, I have a DMB live album from Fenway (which is awesome, btw), and in the background during a set change, you can here the fans chanting "Yankees suck"... AT A CONCERT.

I love the passion but it comes across as 'the little brother thing' you mentioned. Get over it. Particularly when you're the ones on top! You're not some scrappy team; your a financial behemoth, too!

tadthebad said...

Whoa, Jason. You have to be careful here.

After the 2008 All Star Game, you acknowledged that, although he really didn't deserve it, Yanks fans were ALL OVER Papelbon b/c of his "all star game closer" remarks. You further mentioned that you and others around you took particular glee in booing him after he "allowed" a run on a weak-ass hit. In that instance, Paps was on your team (the AL), and even though you agreed the run was not indicative of his performance, you enjoyed making him the scapegoat for one night in the name of fun and some perverse Yankee fan unity.

I don't see how chanting "Yankees Suck" at a concert, in Fenway Park mind you, is all that different. Basically, these are two instances of fans having fun at the expense of their rivals. Sox fans know who the superior team is ...it's not some little brother complex, it's about having fun with others who are probably all enebriated. Were you thinking about how the Yanks couldn't match-up with the Sox when booing Papelbon that July night?