Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  23 responses

Kobe Bryant Reached Out to Struggling Alex Rodriguez

Kobe Bryant kept his word and gave Alex Rodriguez a call to address his epic struggles. With the NY Yankees now down an 0-3 hole and facing elimination from the ALCS, it’s doubtful that any words from Kobe can save A-Rod or his team at this point. Per ESPN: “We spoke a couple of days ago,’ Bryant said of Rodriguez, whom he befriended on the set of a commercial a few years ago. ‘You can only control what you can control. You go out there and do the best job you can. If they take you out of the lineup, it’s really on you to be a good teammate and support the other guys, which he’s good about doing.’ But that’s not exactly what Bryant said when he called Rodriguez, who was benched for Game 3 on Tuesday night because he’s hit .143 in the ALCS and .130 in the playoffs with no RBIs. [...] ‘I just say to him, ‘You’re Alex Rodriguez. You’re A-Rod. You’re one of the best to ever do it,’ Bryant said. ‘I think sometimes he kind of forgets that and wants to try to do the right thing all the time. Which is the right team attitude to have. But other times you really have to put your head down and say, ‘Hell with it’ and just do your thing. Hopefully the next game they’ll kind of give him a chance, maybe put him back at third and let him respond to the pressure, which I think he’ll do.’ [...] ‘We’re different,’ Bryant said. ‘But you’re talking about, ‘He’s one of the best to ever play.’ I think really the difference is, sometimes he forgets he’s the best. … Where, I don’t.’”

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  • Max

    How bad is he struggling on a scale from 1 to 20?

  • Comment_System

    -10 and im dead serious.

  • Comment_System

    As a yankees fan, once Jeter went out the season was finished. It’s the whole teams fault for going cold all at the same time and at the worst time.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    ARods really been in the doghouse.. Seems like everyone in New York hates him

  • Mike

    Kobe can’t help himself. This guy really is an arrogant asshole.

  • bike

    “sometimes he forgets he’s the best. … Where, I don’t”

  • The Big Balla

    I will say this, I understand the lakers are terrible at every single preseason game in their history, they always suck… BUT, for 34 years old, watching Kobe last night was amazing. His footwork and basketball I.Q. is just plain insane.

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  • underdog

    Now that the Lakers is back among the real title contenders, Kobe droped the wise vet play and went back to his good old (beloved) cocky Kobe Bryant role.

  • Atlanta Zone 6

    Why u mad tho?

  • T-Money

    he essentially called a-rod a bia bia.

  • M Cho

    When people know you’re struggling, there are real friends who reach out and help you – they call you on the down low so as to not make a big deal out of it. Then there are the “friends” who make a big deal telling people about how they’re gonna help you out, and it becomes more about them than about you.

  • Salty

    Do you think Kobe has mirrors all over his bedroom like in American Psycho?

  • danpowers

    could any us-american please explain to me whats so interesting about baseball?

  • LakeShow

    lol…. yeah

  • Brahsef

    No sport has better suspense in the playoffs than baseball. It’s slow and deliberate pace adds more and more tension the deeper you get in the game. I don’t follow baseball until the playoffs though and only really care about my hometeam (Tigers)

  • Brahsef

    Kobe just don’t give a s*it anymore. Entertainment at its finest

  • O

    You’re being polite Comment_System. Truth is though, it ain’t only on A-Rod. Everyone aside from Ibanez and Ichiro has been struggling something awful. Yankees need to say goodbye to A-Rod and Swisher after this year barring a historic comeback.

  • danpowers

    its really hard to get into that if you didnt grow up with it. from an outside perspective it just looks like a bunch of chubby guys standing around, spitting and yelling and finally hitting or missing a ball and then jogging around. i might get into what you just said one day

  • bike

    No doubt. Probably has a few decapitated heads lying around also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    the cool thing about baseball is how its a game of inches…If a ground ball is fielded just wrong the batter will be able to make it to first…if a pitch is thrown just wrong then it could mean a homerun….basically you have to be perfect everytime and its exciting to see if the otherteam can take advantage of the mistakes you make. This guy said it best- It’s unique unto itself. Football, basketball and hockey are variations of the same concept back and forth in a linear progression to score a goal. Baseball, however, is mapped out on the field unlike any other sport. A running back or return specialist can run 100 yards, tops; a baserunner legging out an inside-the-park homer runs 20 yards farther. Baseball is the most democratic of sports — any size can play, and because the ball is not controlled by the offense but rather the defense, every player at any given time is involved in a play. Along with the anecdotally accepted premise that hitting a pitched baseball is the single most difficult thing to do in sports, so might be fielding a 175-mph line drive or grounder down the line. Personally tho….basketball is my favortie sport without a doubt….constant drama…and no lead is EVER safe

  • danpowers

    hmmm i might give it a shot if i ever visit the us again.

  • Kobe

    Your Welcome