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August 29, 2006

The Voice In A-Rod's Head Speaks - To Us!

Jim Fannin speaks, via the S.I. Advance, on Alex Rodriguez:

[A-Rod] "Never had a slump," Jim Fannin said.

"He was player of the month in May," Fannin noted. "He played very solid in July. And he's having a very solid August. He had a June that was not him, but that's long in the past."

When told that others -- ignorant as they may be -- have pointed to his past seven games, during which A-Rod has gone 4-for-28 with 16 strikeouts, as a sign that perhaps August has not been so ducky for the reigning league MVP, Fannin replied: "August is not over yet."

"(Rodriguez) is the most dedicated, most positive client that I've ever had," Fannin said. "I've coached Grant Hill, Frank Thomas. I'm coaching Barry Zito now. I've coached 22 baseball All-Stars and four Cy Young Award winners. A-Rod is at the top in terms of preparing to get on the field."

"Will there be bumps in the road? There will be," he said. "Will there be potholes where you don't reach your standards? You hope not, but there will be. This is a marathon. I'm not phased by any point of the marathon."

"Alex is awesome," Fannin said. "I have confidence he'll do whatever he needs to do. He is just awesome."

I've heard this before........it went like this:

The mind is a strange thing, men.
We must begin by asking it... ...
"What is losing?"
Losing is a disease.....as contagious as polio.
Losing is a disease.....as contagious as syphilis.
Losing is a disease.....as contagious as bubonic plague...... attacking one... ... but infecting all.
But curable.
Now, I want you to imagine.....you are on a ship at sea...
...gently rocking.
Gently rocking.
Gently rocking.
Gently rocking.

Man, what ever happened to see the ball and hit the ball?

Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 29, 2006 10:20 AM


I still don't see why it is such a big deal to people that ARod sees a therapist or has a coach like Jim Fannin.

As to where the days of "see the ball and hit the ball" have gone - the more access and scrutiny writers, reporters, tv and radio hosts, bloggers, and fans can get (inflict) on these guys, the farther away those days get.

When I play golf, my worst moment is always in the first tee box when the starter and the other players waiting to go after me are staring at me. It's hard for me to block out the 4-10 people watching me as I try to do something as hard as hit a little white ball down the center of the fairway. I don't think it's weird for guys, even pros, to need a little positive affirmation, especially when everyone's trying to tear you down...

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 10:52 AM

Hey, if someone wants to use this type of service, and it works for them, great. I'm all for that.

But, I don't want to hear from the guy who's providing the service, esp. when he's making dumb-ass statements like "August isn't over" when the date is 8/29 - and like "he's never had a slump" when the guy batted like a dog in June, etc.

That's just an insult to our intelligence.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 11:03 AM

That's just an insult to our intelligence.
This whole ARod saga has been an insult to our intelligence.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 11:21 PM