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How to Stay Warm

Posted By Alex Belth On January 24, 2005 @ 10:26 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

The hot air that fuels the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry [1] is plenty warm here in the dead of winter. Even with most of New Englander focused squarely on the Super Bowl. Hey, here’s some breaking news for all you trash-talking Northeastern yentas out there: Alex Rodriguez [2] doesn’t like the Red Sox, is hated by Red Sox fans and probably many members of the Red Sox organization too. Curt Schilling [3] is not going to win a popularity contest in the Bronx anytime soon either. As if you didn’t know, the two superstars have exchanged barbs this off-season, with Mr. Rodriguez the latest to fire-away. Look for Rodriguez to be in the middle of another on-the-field brawl next season (though my hunch says that David Wells [4], and not Schilling will be on the other end of the exchange). I think it’s reasonable to expect a lot more barking back-and-forth from certain parties, as well.

Some people think Rodriguez is a manicured phony. But he is smart enough to be accountable:

“I played well at times, I played terrible at times,” Rodriguez said. “And at the end of the day, I feel like my job was a failure because I was basically taken there to be the final part of a world championship team. So if you have to blame someone or point a finger at someone, you have to look in my direction, and I take 100 percent of the blame.”

Jason Giambi [5] could learn a thing or three from the way Rodriguez handles himself as a New York star.

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[1] Yankee-Red Sox rivalry: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1972430

[2] Alex Rodriguez: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?statsId=5275

[3] Curt Schilling: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?statsId=4267

[4] David Wells: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?statsId=4057

[5] Jason Giambi: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?statsId=5386

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