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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
With his Christmas arrest, Andruw Jones re-establishes the rules of scandal: When they mess up, they’re always “ex-Yankees.”
Posted by el duque at 2:21 PM
Listen: I don't mean to make fun of Andruw's arrest. He was charged in a domestic violence dispute, and there’s nothing funny about it.
But I can't help but note the First Rule of Identifying Ex-Ballplayers for Bad Behavior.
I. Thou shalt always be an ex-Yankee.
Consider the case of Roger Clemens, the ultimate "ex-Yankee." Doesn’t matter that he spent more time in a Boston uniform, or that he's linked forever to the Redsocks. He gets in trouble for steroids, and he's "ex-Yankee Roger Clemens."
Do something bad, or just be accused of it, and you’re an old Yankee.
Sidney Ponson? Ex-Yankee. Jim Leyritz? Ex-Yankee. (Can't fault that one.) A relapse by Darryl Strawberry or Doc Gooden? They're ex-Yankees.
Somebody should tell Youk: Whatever happens, the Redsocks are off the hook.