Late in the first quarter of Super Bowl XLV, the camera flashed New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez sitting with his girlfriend Cameron Diaz.
Diaz was feeding A-Rod popcorn at the moment, and Fox’s Joe Buck was elated to have caught the slugger being feed like a baby. It was typical A-rod awkward.
At that moment in the broadcast, Buck was narrating around the box seats what celebrities were where, like Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, President George W. Bush, his wife and Ashton Kutcher. Buck obviously had direct video access of this feed as he was pointing out each star.
Buck is no dummy. He knows how to piss off Yankees fans and A-Rod is an easy target.
Admittedly, my first reaction was whatever the definition of ‘yuck’ is in the dictionary. It is so typical that A-rod has to be fed, but maybe because it was by Diaz that made it so gross.
Diaz serves right into A-rod’s want and joy of hanging with celebrities. This off-season A-rod has been photographed at parties in Miami, Las Vegas, New York, Mexico and most recently Paris and that is just off the top of my head.
Not only is this a sad day because Pettitte is a legend, but it marks the end of an era, as fans will never see the Yankees‘ “Core Four” play together again.
Where does this leave the Yankees heading into the 2011 season?
Without Pettitte in the rotation, there is no doubt the pressure is on.
In his 16-year career, Pettitte has 240 career wins, 203 of which were won during his 13 seasons in pinstripes. He has made 42 playoff starts, winning 19 of them, making Pettitte the winningest pitcher in postseason history.
So how could a 38-year-old southpaw be such a season-changer?
In 2010, after winning the World Series in 2009, Pettitte was having a career year and was named to the All-Star team.
Prior to a groin injury that put Pettitte on the DL on July 19, 2010, he had made a total of 18 starts. Pettitte’s record was 11-3, but the team went 15-3 in his starts. Pettitte didn’t return for two months, and he did struggle for his first two starts back, but he won his final regular season start and once again was dominant in the postseason.
Pettitte was a rock in the Yankees’ rotation with a cemented reputation to come through when the team couldn’t. He provided a sigh of a relief when on the mound, because Pettitte was unswerving and reliable.