On Saturday night, Alex Rodriguez hit a walk-off grand slam against the Orioles - his second homer of the game - to lift the Yankees to a dramatic, 10-7 comeback victory and avoid a three-game losing streak. Rather than just go ahead and compliment the guy, though, espn.com made sure to reach back two days to diminish the accomplishment. Check out this graphic:
What a difference two days make. On Thursday, A-Rod popped out with the bases loaded to end the 8th inning in a 7-6 loss to the Devil Rays.
Would ESPN have brought this up for any other player? For some sadistic reason, they felt compelled to remind everyone that awful, clutchless A-Rod had the nerve to fucking MAKE AN OUT in the 8th inning of a game two days ago.
Not only do they incorrectly note that the bases were loaded (there were runners on second and third, but let's just toss a ghost runner on first to make A-Rod look chokier), but they fail to mention that two players, including what had to be some clutchless imposter wearing Derek Jeter's uniform, grounded out before A-Rod even came up. Jeter also made two errors in the game and was caught stealing, but if Jeter had hit the walk-off homer in Saturday's Oriole game, would ESPN have felt the need to tell everyone "wait a minute! Don't get too excited! This guy had a bad game two days ago!"
I am aware that pointing out the media's biases towards A-Rod and Jeter is about as difficult as finding the slant in FOX News, and equally pointless and dead-horse-beating, but I just can't help myself. Maybe tomorrow I'll write a lengthy, groundbreaking post explaining why the media likes Juan Pierre more than Manny Ramirez.