04.30.09

Roberts : A-Rod Took Something Besides Tic-Tacs Earlier & Later Than Previously Reported

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The New York Daily News’ Tracy Connor has had a peak at Selena Roberts’ long-awaited ‘A-Rod : The Many Lives Of Alex Rodriguez’, a tome that claims the embattled Yankee third baseman began taking steroids as early as high school and continued doing so as recently as 2005.

Sports Illustrated writer Roberts, who broke the story that A-Rod flunked a steroid screening in 2003, reveals fellow Bombers nicknamed the third baseman “B—h T–s” in 2005.

That was after he put on 15pounds in the off-season and seemed to develop round pectorals, a condition called gynecomastia that can be caused by anabolic steroids, she writes.

In addition, an unnamed major-leaguer is quoted as saying Rodriguez and steroid-tainted pitcher Kevin Brown were seen together with human growth hormone – HGH – in 2004.

Brown, who was named in the Mitchell Report on steroids, denied through a lawyer that he ever shared the hormone with the highest-paid player in baseball.

Two other anonymous Yankees said they believed A-Rod was using based on side effects they saw – and a clubhouse staffer said management wondered if he was using banned substances.

“No one ever asked Alex directly that I know of, but there was a lot of suspicion in house,” the employee is quoted as saying.

In one shocking disclosure, the book accuses A-Rod of “pitch tipping” when he was with the Rangers – letting a friendly opponent at the plate know which pitch was coming in lopsided games.

Rodriguez expected players he helped would do the same for him when he was having an off night and needed to get his batting average up and it wouldn’t affect the outcome of the game.

Full credit, by the way, to David Williams who claims ignorance as to why Rodriguez’ teammates would refer to him as “Bush Tetras”.

04.29.09

Straw : A Man’s Gotta Know His Limitations

Posted in Baseball, History's Great Hook-Ups, Sports Radio at 7:36 pm by

Former Mets OF Darryl Strawberry was a guest of WFAN’s Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason this morning, and you probably won’t be surprised learn the hot topics of conversation weren’t the Citi Field Shake Shake or the Amazins’ struggles with runners in scoring position.  Straw’s got a new autobiography on the shelves, and as such, Carton thought it appropriate to quiz the Crenshaw High product about his less-than-spirtual side (interview transcriptions taken from Sports Radio Interviews, link courtesy Baseball Think Factory)

On going from a shy, quiet kid to the sexual beast he became:

I really wasn’t that high on ladies when I was in high school and coming up. I thought they were a major distraction, I was focused. All of a sudden I come to the level of getting to the big leagues and I remember my first experience, I went to San Diego and a girl called and said she was a reporter and wanted to meet me. I went downstairs and there it was, she was definitely a 10 and boom I was like, ‘Well this is what it’s like. ‘I thought it was pretty incredible. At that time in my life, there was no question. I wasn’t turning it down.

How many women did he sleep with?

I don’t know. More than you should have, just put it like that.

More than 1,000?

Oh yeah, of course.

More than 5,000?

Oh no, I won’t stretch it that far.

What is the most women he’s been with at one time? Four?

No no, I never went down that road.Maybe three.

Probably The Best Thing You Can Do After Dark In Austin This Month…

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….or you can just go watch fuckin’ Leatherbag, see if I care. Is $18 a lot of dough?  Sure.  So try to spend $18 less on booze this week.  (more info : Epistrophy Arts)

Someone At Ticketmaster Hasn’t Quite Forgotten Giambi Or The Rocket’s Tenure In Pinstripes

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Facebook user Benjamin Shaykin tells visitors to his wall the above image wasn’t altered in any fashion.  If he’s telling the truth, it’s a hell of a way for the nation’s No. 1 ticket seller to acknowledge incredible generosity on the part of the Steinbrenner family.

Playboy Buddy Rose, RIP

Posted in Portland, Professional Wrestling at 6:03 pm by

Paul Perschman aka “Playboy” Buddy Rose, was found dead at his home in Vancouver, WA Tuesday. A longtime fixture on the Pacific Northwest wrestling scene, Rose was 56 years old. From the Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Eck :

During his heyday in the 1970s and ™80s, the rotund Rose was the ultimate example of not judging a book by its cover. Despite his flabby physique, Rose was actually a gifted worker. He could deliver a nice dropkick, was a proficient bump-taker and cut good promos.

Rose was the top heel for a number of years in the Portland territory, where he had legendary feuds with Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka. I first saw Rose wrestle in person in the early ™80s during his stint in the WWF. He and champion Bob Backlund had some entertaining matches together. I remember how surprised I was that Rose could keep up in the ring with Backlund, who was in incredible shape.

In 1985, Rose became the answer to a trivia question. Wearing a mask and billed as The Executioner, he wrestled in the very first WrestleMania match, losing to Tito Santana.

Rose came back to the WWF later in his career and worked as an enhancement guy. Severely overweight at that point, his gimmick was that he demanded to be announced as weighing 217 pounds. Fans from that era probably recall the campy œBlow Away Diet infomercial spoof that Rose did.

Whitlock : The Sultan Of Surly Is The New Ali

Posted in Baseball at 11:03 am by

OK, that’s not exactly what Big Sexy wrote. But in today’s Kansas City Star, while pledging “this column is in no way an attempt to divert attention away from Zack Greinke™s bid for history”, Jason Whitlock insists those free-spending K.C. Royals oughta sign Barry Bonds.

“While virtually every other steroid cheater continues to play the game without incident or much backlash, America™s home-run king is being treated like a heavyweight champion with the audacity to conscientiously object to the Vietnam War.” Or, if you prefer, a really old guy whose pathological behavior may or may not be mitigated by his appeal as a designated hitter.

Barry is serving the second year of what his critics hope is a lifetime banishment from the game that milked his home-run power when it made good business sense and discarded him when it needed a poster child for steroid abuse.

I wish the Royals had the courage to reinstate Bonds. He could help their anemic offense and potentially lift the Royals into the playoffs. Tuesday afternoon I milled around the Royals clubhouse asking players what they thought of Bonds and whether they™d have a problem playing with the all-time great.

Surprisingly, I couldn™t find a Bonds critic inside the clubhouse.

œI™d feel honored to play with him, Royals catcher John Buck said. œYou can™t take away what he™s done in the game.

Billy Butler added: œI wouldn™t have a problem at all. I™d work with him. If he™d help our team win, I think it would be good for our team. Whatever is good for Kansas City.

œI have no problem playing with anybody, said outfielder José Guillen, who was briefly in trouble for suspected steroid use. œWhat is the problem with playing with Barry Bonds?

Mike Jacobs and Butler DH and play first base for the Royals. They™re young and under contract. The Royals already have a defensive liability in their outfield, José Guillen. Working Bonds into the lineup would be difficult and maybe even a little painful.

It would be worth it. Greinke is bidding for a nice piece of history tonight and the new K will be half full. That would not be the case with Bonds in uniform.

I asked Dayton Moore if Bonds™ baggage would prevent the Royals from signing the slugger.

œNo, he said. œNot for me.

Can Bonds still be a productive player?

œI don™t know, Moore said. œI can™t answer that.

Neither can Whitlock for that matter. But nice work, Jason, for failing to ID any member of the superstar-packed Royals roster willing to pull a Turk Wendell and trash the greatest offensive player of the modern era.

How Dearly Does Dwight Howard Deserve A Game 6 Suspension Against Philly?

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Even Rajon Rondo thinks Superman oughta sit the next one out. But did the Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi really have to run a pic of Dusty Rhodes’ and the American Dream’s Bionic Elbow? All these vintage wrestling references are a little played out, don’t you think?