A-Rod could use a lesson from Manny

Two of the most talked about people in this pre season and spring training have no doubt been Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez.  Both of these media hogs are represented by Scott Boras and have been bombarding the air waves for entirely different things.

As we all know A-Rod admitted to taking steroids this summer, hung out with Madonna, got injured, and had a tremendously lame photo shoot with Details magazine.  Every interview after the steroid allegations came out made A-Rod looked more and more like a Douche bag.

Manny Ramirez was in talks all off season with the Dodgers.  Due to the economy he did not get the contract he  wanted, and it was apparent no other team was willing to take on his long term requests courtesy of the Boston actions.  He held out for the longest time and finally came to an agreement with the Dodgers.  Many people said he was greedy for trying to get all of that money when ten percent of Kaliphornyians are without a job.

Looking at the two it has been a ridiculous off season fueled by none other than the devil of baseball Scott Boras. This is where I feel A-Rod could take some lessons from Manny and his PR staff.  The only media Manny has gotten other than holding out was a bad hamstring and the ever famous line, “I’m back.”  He then had a hamstring injury and showed up on the ESPN pages riding a sick tricycle and taking some bp on the wicket.  Ohh yeah, he hit his first preseason jack last night.

A-Rod is a whole different story.  Lets check out his off season time line.  Sports Illustrated contacts A-Rod saying that there was evidence he used steroids and they were going to release the story.   A week later he did that lame Details photo shoot knowing he was going to headline the media with the steroid allegations.  He took many shots of Patron during the photos to take the edge off of the vulgarity of the photos.  The allegations hit the air waves and A-Rod had various interviews releasing new information with every new interview.   He hits his first spring training home run.   He was then seen getting picked up by the ever famous cousin Yuri the Roid dealer.

A-Rod was spotted with Madonna, he is struggling through a broken marriage, claims to have hip problems that could possibly be linked with steroids, get surgery and misses the WBC and the first part of the regular season, says he would rather have Jose Reyes leadoff instead of Johnny Damon.  Reyes is on the Met’s and plays the same position as Jeter.  The Details shoot comes out and the whole nation realizes how much of a tool A-Rod is and wonders if he got an STD from laying in a very porno like setup for the photoshoot.  Finally, now for the first week he has been out of the press.  Hopefully laying low and hoping that everyone has forgotten about this off season and his antics.

Two players who were in the eye of the media and two very different routes taken.  On this upcoming issue of ESPN magazine Manny will be on the cover just like A-Rod was on the cover of Detials.  Will we see Manny in a warehouse in Tarzana wearing his slider shorts making out with himself in a mirror while taking shots of Patron? No, Manny did not pose for ESPN because he was to busy getting ready and focusing for the upcoming season.

I leave you with one question.

Who would you like to be up in the bottom of the ninth, game seven, down one run, with a man on first, facing a full count, with two outs?

I bet I could guess who Boston fans would pick-



This will be the unreleased ESPN cover

This will be the newest ESPN cover


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