"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Gammons trying to cause trouble

Peter Gammons appeared on WEEI today, and Boston.com's Chad Finn transcribed his comments, mainly about Mark Teixeira. Here is something that really sticks in my craw:

It's going to be interesting. As you probably remember, there was a lot of testiness between Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira when they played in Texas together . . . and I don't think Alex really cares about communicating with other players, we know [that] from Derek Jeter. Also, we haven't really seen Teixeira in a situation where the expectations are really that high, and he's going to have to deal with them in New York. It will be very interesting to see how it goes with the Yankees.
No, it's not going to be interesting because no one is going to care.

"As you probably remember..."

I don't remember this. Do you? Rodriguez and Teixeira were teammates for one season five years ago when Teixeira was a 23-year-old rookie.

I don't buy that this will be an issue, nor should you. The Red Sox correspondent for ESPN is trying to stir up the sediment.

Thanks to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for the above picture.


Andrew Vazzano said...


Anonymous said...

Michael Kay asked Teixeira about this yesterday on his radio show and he said he doesn't know where this rumor is coming from but it is completely untrue. He said A-Rod was the first player in Texas to invite him and his wife out for dinner after he signed with the Rangers and they had no problem as teammates. He also said they talked hitting all the time in Texas and he learned alot from A-Rod.

Andrew Fletcher said...

Thanks, Anonymous. I knew Gammons was trying to make something out of nothing.

Bostowned said...

Peter Gammons is one of the reasons why I hate ESPN. They try to use their constant air time to put down the Yankees at any cost. The tide is turning though and just like it the beginning of the last century, Boston was on top. And its quickly becoming the time when New York pushes past them again and Boston remains an after thought.

With the launch of the MLB Network, its just a matter of time before MLB takes airing rights away from ESPN and probably Fox as well for their crap-tastic Saturday afternoon own-age. The NFL Network is hotly debated and will probably remain so for sometime but who wants to bet the NFL doesnt re-up the Monday Night Football contract with ESPN in favor of airing it on their own network? Its just good business. Why have ESPN pay you (MLB or NFL) to air your games, then rake on the advertising revenue when you can keep the games, air them on your own network and reek the advertising benefits for yourself?

With the MLBN now on air for all people with a cable bill to view, theres no need to wait until 10 or 11pm each night to see ESPN's Boston bias Baseball Tonight crew. In time ESPN stock will diminish and when the Yankees win a World Series and are standing on the field being interviewed by Al Leiter and Hazel Mae instead of Peter Gammons and Joe Morgan....that will be a glorious time indeed!

Andrew Fletcher said...

I can't wait for the season to start with the MLBN in the fold. Their "Baseball Tonight"-type show will be on from 6 p.m. until the last out of the last game. That makes Baseball Tonight obsolete. ESPN's coverage of baseball has been a joke the last few years. Their top analysts are John Kruk and Steve Phillips. I mean, really?

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