Peter Gammons Is Not Happy With A-Rod And Boras

Monday, October 29, 2007

A couple people emailed this to me, so I figured I'd throw up the video of Peter Gammons going off regarding the timing of the A-Rod contract opt out.

Amen Peter. Glad to see someone at ESPN has their priorities straight. It was refreshing after having both the game and Sports Center on last night. Scott Van Pelt had to interview just about everyone on Baseball Tonight over the phone about the A-Rod thing. In the meantime I was watching the Red Sox celebrate on the field.

How does anyone who knows about Sports portray to ESPN that no one cares about Torre and A-Rod when the Playoffs are happening?



Jarrett Carter said...
Oct 29, 2007, 10:52:00 AM  

Scott Boras is scum. The only thing lower than him is anyone that has ever lived in New England.

GMoney said...
Oct 29, 2007, 10:53:00 AM  

As a former sports writer, I would think it obvious that even during the World Series, there are other stories brewing. Some may resent what they see as the intrusion of those stories into World Series coverage, but you certainly can't ignore the Torre and Rodriguez situations.
That said, you can legitimately take issue with the amount of meaningless speculation about Torre's status over the past few weeks.
I've already read some who have criticized Fox for talking about the Rodriguez announcement during Sunday night's game. I think that is completely misguided. If Fox had ignored the situation, it would have been derelict.
I would also agree with Gammons that Boras and Rodriguez (to whatever degree he participated in the decision to announce at that particular time) showed a particular lack of class.

Al in Portland said...
Oct 29, 2007, 10:54:00 AM  

No problem with the announcement since it is big news whenever it lands and since it wasn't announced by anyone working for MLB so it was "legal" to do so. (The Yankees manager news announcement, or any other teams' business, has to first clear with MLB or wait until after the Series is completed).

But my problem is the way Boras worked the system and came off (per usual) like a two-bit Arizona used car salesman. He controlled the information and the timing of releasing it to capitalize on the high swing of the news cycle and to make all the papers on Monday morning.

He only ever bleeds and sweats petty hucksterism with every move, even if he does truck in big bucks for himself and his clients.

Tiffany said...
Oct 29, 2007, 11:44:00 AM  

I'm sorry -- Me thinks Gammons protests too much.

A-Rod opting out is a big story.

But Gammons, as the leader of the Bristol Chapter of the Royal Rooters, certainly speaks for all of the card-carrying members of Red Sox Nation at ESPN (Ravich, Olney, Ryan, Berman, the majority of the current SportsCenter anchors, etc.) when he puts the hammer to any baseball story not Bosox related on the night of clincher for their beloved Old Town Team.

BTW -- what's with John Henry and the ear plugs? Is he trying to muffle the screams of his former hedge fund investors?

Anonymous said...
Oct 29, 2007, 1:02:00 PM  

You wanna know how big this is at ESPN? They're running a special right now, not about the Sawx, but about the Yankees. Ridiculous....

Bruce said...
Oct 29, 2007, 1:33:00 PM  

I don't think anyone is griping that it is not a big story or that Gammons is trying to downplay it's significance. I think the gripe is Boras/A-Rod timed the release of the story during a WS clinching game knowing it would suck some of the air out of the room.

Add to this the fact A-Rod chose not to be present at Coors Field to accept an award from Hank Aaron saying he had family obligations.

Tar Heel Fan said...
Oct 29, 2007, 1:51:00 PM  

I thought the A-Rod announcement was akin to a streaker running across the field. It had nothing to do with the game and was just a sorry effort for a loser to get attention.
The sorry truth is that A-Rod will take his road show to a new town and reduce their chances of ever winning a championship!

Anonymous said...
Oct 29, 2007, 2:51:00 PM  

A-Rod = Terrell Owens

Nuff said.

Oct 29, 2007, 3:16:00 PM  

Alex never tried to kill himself. But he officially now has millions of Yankee fans trying to kill him so I can see the similarities.

GMoney said...
Oct 29, 2007, 3:49:00 PM  

bunch of idiot redsox lovers

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