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 offseason, 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.
This Diaz-A-Rod relationship is not sitting well with me, as she seems like more of a distraction than Kate Hudson or his ex-wife Cynthia or even his stripper friends.
Considering the state of the Yankees right now, if A-Rod doesn’t hit as hard as he has partied this offseason, sh*t will hit the fan. His visit to Paris was as recently as January 26 and I doubt he brought his trainer along with him.
A-Rod will have to wave adios to Diaz shortly as spring training begins shortly. His 2010 numbers took a dive below his career average, and he looked tired.
A-Rod has to be aware that Yankee fans expect big things in 2011.
So, as much as I hate to admit it, Joe Buck’s anti-New York reporting definitely hit a nerve with me. Buck knew exactly what I was thinking during the feeding, as he commented, "I'm sure Alex is thrilled we just put the camera on him at that moment."
As for Diaz, who once said in Harpers Bazaar interview,
"I grew up with the Dodgers, but now I'm a Yankees fan.”
My message to her is please stay with the Dodgers; it’s better for everyone and A-Rod can feed himself.