PDA

View Full Version : A-Rod leaning toward playing for Dominican Republic



BAMAPHIN 22
12-14-2005, 01:23 PM
Alex Rodriguez probably will play for the Dominican Republic in next year's inaugural World Baseball Classic.

When the commissioner's office and the players' association announced commitments from players last week, Rodriguez's country was left blank. The New York Yankees (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/nyy/) third baseman, who last month won his second AL MVP award, was born in New York but his parents are Dominican.

"That seems to be pretty much where I'm leaning," Rodriguez said of the Dominican team during an interview Tuesday on WFAN radio. "I think it's going to be the team I'm going to represent, kind of like what (Mike) Piazza's doing with Italy."

Rodriguez said staying healthy was key during the tournament, which is being played by 16 teams from March 3-20.

"It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm excited about it and a little nervous, too, about obviously getting guys injured that time of year," he said. "You pull a hamstring, you're out for three or four weeks, that really may impact your whole season. I mean, you may have some type of ill effect going into even June or July."


http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news;_ylt=AutC2_foXwSO5JZBpcw7iLARvLYF?slug=ap-wbc-dominican-a-rod&prov=ap&type=lgns

dominizzo
12-14-2005, 02:55 PM
Hes so overrated

Ray Finkle
12-14-2005, 03:07 PM
Of course Arod wants to play for the DP, I don't blame him, hell I would too. A line up with the likes of Vlad Guerrero, Pujols, David Ortiz, Miggy Tejeda, Soriano, and Manny Ramirez is scary add Arod to the mix and with arms like Pedro Martinez and Colon they have to be the favorites.

Of course the question will be if Arod can't come through in the clutch for his team how can he come through in the clutch for his country. :lol:

(It never gets old or less fun making fun of good old Slappy McBlue Lips)

t2thejz
12-14-2005, 04:52 PM
Hes so overrated
Look at the guys stats and tell me hes overated.

Roman529
12-14-2005, 05:27 PM
ARod is all about himself. Go play for the DR we don't want your fake a$$ on the USA team.

FinsNYanksFan13
12-14-2005, 06:25 PM
If you were born and raised in the United States you should have to play for the United States, period. This is a joke, all you have to do is be able to obtain a passport in a country to be eligible to play for that country. The rules for this should be changed!

MikeO
12-14-2005, 08:43 PM
Hes so overrated

He's probably going to break the home run record and own or be near the top of most offensive categories stats wise when he retires. Barry Bonds didn't do jack in the playoffs until 2002 well into his career. Nobody calls him overrated. There have been other "GREAT" players who never even MADE the playoffs, nobody calls them overrated.

dominizzo
12-14-2005, 08:50 PM
Look at the guys stats and tell me hes overated.

albert pujols

dominizzo
12-14-2005, 08:51 PM
He's probably going to break the home run record and own or be near the top of most offensive categories stats wise when he retires. Barry Bonds didn't do jack in the playoffs until 2002 well into his career. Nobody calls him overrated. There have been other "GREAT" players who never even MADE the playoffs, nobody calls them overrated.

Albert Pujols is the reeel deeel

MikeO
12-14-2005, 10:22 PM
Albert Pujols is the reeel deeel

So they are both great. Your point?????

Because Pujols is great A-Rod is overrated? You want to say Pujols is better....nobody would argue.

Once again, your point!???

FinsNYanksFan13
12-14-2005, 11:27 PM
The fact that A-Rod is playing for the DR makes me sick. I understand him wanting to respect his parents heritage but give me a break. He lives in America (unlike a lot of player who travel back to their native country in the off-season), he was born here, and has no link to his country other then his parents were born there. I am Puerto Rican but that doesn't mean I would go play for Puerto Rico if I had the choice. Why? Because I was born and raised in the U.S. so that is my first home. Puerto Rico would be my second home IMO. A-Rod is backing down from a challenge the save his ego like he always does (just like when he wouldn't let Ashton Kutcher air the episode he got Punk'd in like a *****). He knows if the U.S. craps out he would have to take a lot of the heat for being basically the best on the team. He knows if he craps out on the DR team with the exceptional talent they have (probably more then any other country) he can brush the dirt off his shoulder and keep walking. He's scared of challenges and scared to be a leader, that is why no matter what his numbers are he will never be able to carry Derek Jeter's jockstrap. I'll cheer for A-Rod the baseball player because I am a Yankees fan and I only look at the jersey (plus in reality he's not that bad of a player lol) but with that said I would trade his *** for a nice starting pitcher in a heartbeat. A-Rod doesn't play for the Yankees or the fans, he plays for himself. I can't stand him but will root for him because I am a loyal Yankees fan!

FaninPatsyLand
12-14-2005, 11:34 PM
Once again, your point!???

His point Mike, is that the guy simply isn't a winner. He's the Anti-Clutch, and if he ever wins a ring (which I doubt), it won't be him carrying that team.. you can bet on that.

He simply sucks in the postseason... it's a great thing really.

Martel
12-14-2005, 11:42 PM
Then he should have to live there permanentley. Screw him.

Ray Finkle
12-15-2005, 12:20 AM
If you were born and raised in the United States you should have to play for the United States, period. This is a joke, all you have to do is be able to obtain a passport in a country to be eligible to play for that country. The rules for this should be changed!

I agree. An even bigger joke is Mike Piazza playing for Italy ONLY because he probably wouldn't even make the U.S. Team, more or less play. I wonder just how many times Piazza has even been to Italy. :rolleyes:

Ray Finkle
12-15-2005, 12:25 AM
The fact that A-Rod is playing for the DR makes me sick. I understand him wanting to respect his parents heritage but give me a break. He lives in America (unlike a lot of player who travel back to their native country in the off-season), he was born here, and has no link to his country other then his parents were born there. I am Puerto Rican but that doesn't mean I would go play for Puerto Rico if I had the choice. Why? Because I was born and raised in the U.S. so that is my first home. Puerto Rico would be my second home IMO. A-Rod is backing down from a challenge the save his ego like he always does (just like when he wouldn't let Ashton Kutcher air the episode he got Punk'd in like a *****). He knows if the U.S. craps out he would have to take a lot of the heat for being basically the best on the team. He knows if he craps out on the DR team with the exceptional talent they have (probably more then any other country) he can brush the dirt off his shoulder and keep walking. He's scared of challenges and scared to be a leader, that is why no matter what his numbers are he will never be able to carry Derek Jeter's jockstrap. I'll cheer for A-Rod the baseball player because I am a Yankees fan and I only look at the jersey (plus in reality he's not that bad of a player lol) but with that said I would trade his *** for a nice starting pitcher in a heartbeat. A-Rod doesn't play for the Yankees or the fans, he plays for himself. I can't stand him but will root for him because I am a loyal Yankees fan!

:clap: Wow you're on a roll tonight, again I agree with you and not because I dislike Arod or because he's a Yankee. If we were talking about Mike Piazza playing for Italy or even Curt Schilling wanting to play for France, Spain, Germany, Ireland or whatever, I'd be knocking them too.

The thing is Arod is the world's biggest phony and he realizes that DR has probably the best team on paper. So why not try to join them? He wants to hog the glory and give himself another trophy to put up in his house if they do win it. Of course if his team does win you'll be hearing how this means so much more than winning the World Series because the Baseball Classic was the real World Series to him. Listening to Arod talk and brag about himself makes me wish I were deaf sometimes....

MikeO
12-15-2005, 08:54 AM
His point Mike, is that the guy simply isn't a winner. He's the Anti-Clutch, and if he ever wins a ring (which I doubt), it won't be him carrying that team.. you can bet on that.

He simply sucks in the postseason... it's a great thing really.

Was Ernie Banks a winner? Ted Williams? Yaz? Bonds? None of those guys were "winners" yet I don't see them being called OVERATED!

finswin56
12-15-2005, 09:27 AM
His point Mike, is that the guy simply isn't a winner. He's the Anti-Clutch, and if he ever wins a ring (which I doubt), it won't be him carrying that team.. you can bet on that.

He simply sucks in the postseason... it's a great thing really.
Do you hold the same sentiments for Dan Marino?

MikeO
12-15-2005, 09:52 AM
Do you hold the same sentiments for Dan Marino?

EXACTLY! A stats monster who never won anything. You can still be a great player and not win anything. Be anti-clutch....yadda yadda yadda.

FaninPatsyLand
12-15-2005, 02:58 PM
Do you hold the same sentiments for Dan Marino?

Did Marino come up short EVERY TIME his team needed him? Was he utter disaster in the postseason?

If I remember correctly, he came up huge in a regular season game in '85 against the Bears. ;) That's something that A-Rod has NEVER done throughout his entire career. But he's good to tack on that 3-run homer in the 8th against the D-Rays to widen the Yankee lead to 11 runs.

There's a difference between not having the talent around you (or on your team) to do it, and simply not being a winner.

FaninPatsyLand
12-15-2005, 02:58 PM
EXACTLY! A stats monster who never won anything. You can still be a great player and not win anything. Be anti-clutch....yadda yadda yadda.

Yadda Yadda Yadda, read above..

Arod Sucks. :lol:

NaboCane
12-15-2005, 03:03 PM
I'd take a Tino Martinez in his prime any day over an ARod.

More clutch, fewer bucks.

Mephistopheles
12-15-2005, 03:28 PM
Let the ******* play where ever he pleases. Who really gives a ****.

MikeO
12-15-2005, 04:56 PM
I'd take a Tino Martinez in his prime any day over an ARod.

More clutch, fewer bucks.

Tino over AROD..........thats just stupid! Stupid on every level Im sorry.

MikeO
12-15-2005, 04:58 PM
Did Marino come up short EVERY TIME his team needed him? Was he utter disaster in the postseason?

If I remember correctly, he came up huge in a regular season game in '85 against the Bears. ;) That's something that A-Rod has NEVER done throughout his entire career. But he's good to tack on that 3-run homer in the 8th against the D-Rays to widen the Yankee lead to 11 runs.

There's a difference between not having the talent around you (or on your team) to do it, and simply not being a winner.

Marino didn't have talent around him? Please......he had a hall of fame coach, a hall of fame center, and enough "good" talent to go to 1 Super Bowl and 2 other AFC Championship games.

And now AROD has never come up big...ever? LOL, ok, how about that bomb he hit off Schilling this year to win that game at Boston. Guess that doesn't count. How about that 3 home run game this year vs LAA where he almost hit the home run cycle in one game. The examples are endless and if AROD went ot Boston back in 2003 or whenever you guys would be hanging off his johnson.....

NaboCane
12-15-2005, 04:59 PM
Tino over AROD..........thats just stupid! Stupid on every level Im sorry.

:lol: Ah, Mike. The fact that you believe that strengthens my belief that I'm on the right track.

finswin56
12-15-2005, 05:21 PM
Did Marino come up short EVERY TIME his team needed him? Was he utter disaster in the postseason?

If I remember correctly, he came up huge in a regular season game in '85 against the Bears. ;) That's something that A-Rod has NEVER done throughout his entire career. But he's good to tack on that 3-run homer in the 8th against the D-Rays to widen the Yankee lead to 11 runs.

There's a difference between not having the talent around you (or on your team) to do it, and simply not being a winner. Well, I don't persoally believe that about Dan, but that's the rationale that most Marino bashers use.

Just count me as one of those people who think the criticism of ARod is overboard. The guy is a great talent. The guy is also not clutch. But, to use sweeping statements such as "That's something that A-Rod has NEVER done throughout his entire career. But he's good to tack on that 3-run homer in the 8th against the D-Rays to widen the Yankee lead to 11 runs," doesn't help your argument. Because it is obviously not true.




If you wanted to say he usually comes up short, then you'd be accurate.

FinsNYanksFan13
12-15-2005, 07:58 PM
I agree finswin. Red Sox fans make it seem like A-Rod sucks at playing baseball LMAO. A-Rod is all about himself, he isn't clutch, and he's scared of challenges (and ruining his image) but that doesn't mean he's a crappy baseball player. All these Red Sox fans were salivating to have this guy on their team 2 years back LMAO, now the guy sucks. Hindsight is always 20/20. I'm not a big A-Rod supporter (meaning A-Rod the person) but let's not make it like this guy is Brian Taylor, or some bust like that!

FaninPatsyLand
12-15-2005, 08:27 PM
I agree finswin. Red Sox fans make it seem like A-Rod sucks at playing baseball LMAO. A-Rod is all about himself, he isn't clutch, and he's scared of challenges (and ruining his image) but that doesn't mean he's a crappy baseball player. All these Red Sox fans were salivating to have this guy on their team 2 years back LMAO, now the guy sucks. Hindsight is always 20/20. I'm not a big A-Rod supporter (meaning A-Rod the person) but let's not make it like this guy is Brian Taylor, or some bust like that!

Nice generalization. Count me as one who was AGAINST trading Manny for that loser 2 years ago. Wouldn't have done it at the time of the trade, and wouldn't do it now either.

Nice post though... :lol:

finswin56
12-15-2005, 09:20 PM
As a baseball fan, and hater of BOTH the Yanks and Sox, let me tell you this... Every time I hear a Red Sox fan say something about how A Rod "sucks" it smacks of jealousy and immaturity. People can hate him all they want, but those type of comments can't be taken seriously.

Apparently, There are plenty of reasons to hate A Rod. Sucking, is not one of them.

NaboCane
12-15-2005, 10:09 PM
As a baseball fan, and hater of BOTH the Yanks and Sox, let me tell you this... Every time I hear a Red Sox fan say something about how A Rod "sucks" it smacks of jealousy and immaturity. People can hate him all they want, but those type of comments can't be taken seriously.

Apparently, There are plenty of reasons to hate A Rod. Sucking, is not one of them.

I agree with this too. I don't think arod "sucks," just that if I'm a GM and have to balance the books and win games too, I prefer to sign a lot of guys with that $25M a year then one awesome defensive shortstop that hits when it doesn't count. I mean, he puts up stats, but he's no Reggie Jackson, or Harmon Killebrew, or Mickey Mantle, or Hank Aaron, or even that fat guy who played for the Tigers a few years back.

And in the clutch, he ain't no Tino Martinez. Living in Seattle, I know, given that Tino almost single-handedly knocked the Mariners out of the playoffs in '95, a year after the sailors let him go to the Yanks.

Again, living in Seattle, believe me I hear a lot of the anti-arod sentiment. But fact is, 100% of those who criticize him would do exactly what he did given the opportunity.

phunwin
12-15-2005, 10:19 PM
Hmmm...born in New York, raised in Miami, then moved to Seattle, Dallas and New York. Of course he should play for the DR. Makes perfect sense. :rolleyes:

Apart from the Dominican citizenship application that's sure to be fast-tracked and approved in the next few weeks, has A-Rod actually ever spent any time there? Maybe some of the guys who were born on American military bases in Germany or Japan could try to join those teams. Hell, at least they were actually born within the boundaries of those countries. A-Rod was born 2000 miles away from the DR. What a friggin' joke. Just another reason to hate A-Fraud.

(I'm going to ignore the usual inane Red Sox-Yanks prattle in this thread and the ridiculous A-Rod sucks arguments.)

MikeO
12-15-2005, 10:22 PM
And in the clutch, he ain't no Tino Martinez. Living in Seattle, I know, given that Tino almost single-handedly knocked the Mariners out of the playoffs in '95, a year after the sailors let him go to the Yanks.

.

You do realize that Tino was BENCHED in the 1996 playoffs for a 500lb Cecil Fielder. He was also benched in numerous playoff games in the 1998 and 1999 for doing nothing!

MikeO
12-15-2005, 10:23 PM
(I'm going to ignore the usual inane Red Sox-Yanks prattle in this thread and the ridiculous A-Rod sucks arguments.)

You mean a debate of wanting TINO over ARod isn't something you want to jump into.....:rofl3: :rofl3: :lol: :lol: Whats next, Louis Sojo over Arod! :lol: ;)

finswin56
12-15-2005, 10:31 PM
I agree with this too. I don't think arod "sucks," just that if I'm a GM and have to balance the books and win games too, I prefer to sign a lot of guys with that $25M a year then one awesome defensive shortstop that hits when it doesn't count. I mean, he puts up stats, but he's no Reggie Jackson, or Harmon Killebrew, or Mickey Mantle, or Hank Aaron, or even that fat guy who played for the Tigers a few years back.

And in the clutch, he ain't no Tino Martinez. Living in Seattle, I know, given that Tino almost single-handedly knocked the Mariners out of the playoffs in '95, a year after the sailors let him go to the Yanks.

Again, living in Seattle, believe me I hear a lot of the anti-arod sentiment. But fact is, 100% of those who criticize him would do exactly what he did given the opportunity.Good points Nabo. Although, I'm still not on board w/ your Tino over A Rod thing;)

phunwin
12-15-2005, 10:56 PM
You mean a debate of wanting TINO over ARod isn't something you want to jump into.....:rofl3: :rofl3: :lol: :lol: Whats next, Louis Sojo over Arod! :lol: ;)

I know. I'm sorry, but the idea of Tino being more valuable in any way than A-Rod really defies description. I can't stand the prick, but only a fool would refuse to acknowledge that A-Fraud is one of the top 5 players in the game today, even if you take into account his playoff failures.

FaninPatsyLand
12-16-2005, 12:06 AM
As a baseball fan, and hater of BOTH the Yanks and Sox, let me tell you this... Every time I hear a Red Sox fan say something about how A Rod "sucks" it smacks of jealousy and immaturity. People can hate him all they want, but those type of comments can't be taken seriously.

Apparently, There are plenty of reasons to hate A Rod. Sucking, is not one of them.

Gotta love the pot shots...

Get off your high horse. It's pathetic..

By the way, as a "immature and jealous" Red Sox fan, there's no other Yankee I'd rather up with the game on the line.

Great post! :rolleyes:

PressCoverage
12-16-2005, 09:48 AM
A-Rod sucks

NJFINSFAN1
12-16-2005, 01:50 PM
He is not playing for either, will not play in the Tourny.

Mephistopheles
12-16-2005, 02:13 PM
He is not playing for either, will not play in the Tourny.
Good, now both sides can shut up.

NJFINSFAN1
12-16-2005, 02:18 PM
Good, now both sides can shut up.

I feel that is his major problem. He spends to much time trying to mahe everyone happy!

finfansince72
12-18-2005, 12:25 AM
Well now that ARods off the team we can upgrade his spot by putting Tino Martinez on the team :P