LADY AT THE BAT: Ladies & Gentlemen, Meet "A-Fraud"

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ladies & Gentlemen, Meet "A-Fraud"

There's been a lot of talk today about Joe Torre's new book about his years as Yankee manager: Torre's claim that GM Brian Cashman didn't back him, his revelation that George Steinbrenner knew about his prostate cancer before he did, Alex Rodriguez's seemingly unhealthy obsession with Derek Jeter and Alex being called "A-Fraud" by his teammates.

I don't know how much of this is true, but we might have gotten an inkling about the "A-Fraud" part last night when Robinson Cano spoke at Bernie Williams' Hillside Food Outreach Dinner in upstate New York. When told about Alex's plans to play for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, Cano said, "I'll trust that when I see it."

Was Cano referring to media speculation or to Alex's own comments? Hard to tell with Cano being in the Dominican, reading newspapers in another language. How was Alex's announcement reported in the DR? Did Cano actually read the reports or was he told about it by a teammate? (Or, did he just learn about it last night?) In any case, Cano doesn't do much to dispel the notion that A-Rod is an "A-Fraud."



Unknown said...

Personally, having remembered the weird fixation A-Rod seemed to have for Derek Jeter (the sleepover comment will be burned in my head forever), I don't doubt these allegations Torre made.

Bernadette Pasley said...

Yeah, lol. Jeter never publicly responded to those sleepover comments. I wonder what he thought about them when he heard them.