View Full Version : Mike Francesa interview with A-Rod covered by Deadspin

The Boss
03-03-2011, 15:54
Mike Francesa / A-Rod Story (http://deadspin.com/#!5775827)

I think one of the most interesting points in this story is that they think Francesa is an AM drive host.

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if you heard the interview, you wont get much out of this other then that WFan and Mike got a nice little pop on a pretty big website.

Alex Rodriguez joined WFAN in New York with Mike Francesa live from spring training to discuss his age changing his routine, how he feels stronger now with his hip fully healed, his training regiment at his age compared to when he was younger, how he views this Yankees team, and if the Super Bowl XLV "popcorn incident" bothered him at all.

Do you change your routine at all now as you get older. Does anything change?
"I think it always changes a little bit. You have to change. You have to make adjustments. They're fun adjustments. I know Kevin Long came down three times to Miami to work with me this winter and we had a lot good work done. The other thing that happened was I went down and visited Dr. Philippon in November in Vail, Colorado, and he was very happy about my exam and how things came out. He gave me the full green light to go out and train like I usually do. This is as healthy as I've felt over the last three years."

Do you feel a lot stronger? Do you feel it took a lot longer to heal from that hip surgery than you expected it to?
"The first two years we played late into early November that first year after the World Series. It was a short rehab winter. You know I think over the last 2 or 3 years there's been more for me 60% rehab, 30/40% training, and I think him [Dr.Philippon] seeing me in November giving me the full green light taking the training wheels away and just saying ‘You can go out and train like you use to.' It gave me the freedom to go out and train. I feel really good right now."

You always have been known to be a hard worker maybe even too hard at points. Since the surgery have you gotten more reasonable about that or are you still continuing to work even harder?
"I like to think I work a little bit more intelligent. That's one of the things Dr.Philippon told me right away was you don't have to take one hundred swings in December. You don't have to do all these crazy things you've been doing for the last fifteen years. You're able to cut back and I think overall there will be a residual benefit to that. I agree with that. I've cut down some, but you know Mike [Francesa] I feel really good this spring and real strong. I'm excited about the year for our ball club."

How do you view this Yankees team right now?
"I think we have a good team. I think we have a good frame of mind. We're hungry. I think again we have that taste of losing to Texas last year, which still hurts and it bothers a lot of us. You know it's funny when the Yanks went out and won you know three or four championships in four or five years and they got [Mike] Mussina everyone thought, me included, how are you going to beat those guys. They didn't win again, we didn't win again until 2009, so the bottom line is Mike [Francesa] you gotta go out there and stay healthy, you gotta play, you gotta pitch. We have to step up and I will say one thing: the one great side of some of these trades not going through is you remain with a loaded, loaded, minor league system. I've been here eight years and I've never seen more incredible talent in the minor leagues, so you gotta give Brian Cashman and his baseball people a lot of credit because we have a lot of things that are going to help us now and the future."

People made a big deal about the Super Bowl, that you got upset that someone got a picture out of you. The media made a big deal about that. Years ago that may have bothered you. Did that bother you?
"I thought it was great. It was one of the funniest things to happen to me you know all winter, but my daughters love it because now they always want to feed me popcorn."

Jersey John
03-04-2011, 14:00
So does Francesa or deadspin have the bigger audience/influence? that website is pretty big

03-04-2011, 17:26
I've never been a hug fan of A-rod because of his egotistical attitude and behavior towards people he considers below him, but I support him as a player on my favorite team. Therefore, I like the way he now conducts himself in interviews. Since 2009, he started answering reporters, radio hosts, media, etc in a more humble, respectable way and I think that helps with the image of the team, not just his own.

I think that Francesa asked him general questions, but kept it almost all baseball related so it's a good interview.

The Boss
03-05-2011, 11:35
One thing that turned me off about A-Rod was him taking #13 for Dan Marino - A perfect example of how he idolized a great stat guy that never won. Like you I hear he has a big ego and I believe it but it's not like he walks around like hes on the "Jersey Shore". Now when Francesa gets him on He's not going to just drill him with Steroid and Ego questions the whole time, I read some criticism on Mike after the interview, but what would the point be? this interview was a general state of A-Rod before the season interview. Nobody else on WFan is getting him.

03-10-2011, 03:44
True, I'll give A-rod the credit that he's got more sense than the people on "Jersey Shore" lol (I refuse to even watch the show), but he used to be openly much worse/self-centered during interviews, especially when he first came to New York. There was a big change in his attitude during interviews starting the 2009 season, which I believe helped him to finally settle down and ultimately had a very positive impact on the team. Obviously, the Yankees are a much better team when A-rod is successful.

Oh, I hope it didn't come off as insulting Francesa's questions. I honestly thought the fact that they were just general baseball questions was a good thing. It's too early in the season to really go in depth on the team and what they've been doing because the regular season hasn't even started yet.