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David Ross on D&C: ‘Definitely not happy with what A-Rod’s done’

01.23.14 at 10:30 am ET
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Red Sox catcher David Ross joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday to discuss spring training, new teammate A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rodriguez. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Rodriguez filed suit last week against Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association in an attempt to overturn his year-long suspension. A report emerged earlier this week that members of the union were upset with the Yankees third baseman.

“I’€™m definitely not happy with what A-Rod‘€™s done and how he’€™s trying to, instead of looking in the mirror, he’€™s trying to point the finger at everybody else,” Ross said. “That’€™s not how I work. I’€™m the first one to say, ‘€˜Hey, you know what? I’ve messed up,’€™ or when I make an error, I punch out, have a bad game, I’€™ll be the first one to tell you I stunk it up.

“I like guys that hold themselves accountable. Accountability is a huge thing for me. … I can’€™t comment on his personality, but definitely the way he’€™s coming off for me, it looks bad for the game.”

The Yankees won the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes, reportedly agreeing with the Japanese ace on a seven-year, $155 million deal Wednesday. Ross is taking a wait-and-see approach.

“Tanaka [is] still unproven,” Ross said. “Obviously, he’€™s done well over there, but you’ve still got to prove yourself over here. You guys know that first-hand, too, with different Japanese pitchers, everybody that comes over is different. Some guys get a lot of hype and they’re not very good, some guys get no hype and they are really good.”

While the Red Sox have younger players who will play larger roles this season, Ross is comfortable with what general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell did in the offseason to provide depth.

“There’€™s always question marks with young guys, but if the young guys play well they’€™re usually a spark,” Ross said. “The great thing I like about Ben and John is they always seem to find a way to get depth.

“You just saw the move with [Grady Sizemore]. I think that’€™s great depth experience they brought in and it makes things really easy that you know, OK, they’ve got a Plan B and that’€™s always comforting as a player is that you know if somebody goes down — just like last year — if somebody goes down we’ve got good solid experience to back them up.”

In the beginning of December, the  Sox signed Pierzynski instead of re-signing Jarrod Saltalamacchia. With the new catcher comes a new relationship for Ross to build.

“I’€™m looking forward to getting to know A.J.,” Ross said. “I don’€™t know him that much. He’€™s got a reputation of being a tough guy to get along with as far as opponents go, but I actually talked to some guys who’ve played with him and say some really great things about him and say he’€™s a gamer that doesn’t want to come out.

“He’€™s not going to get a little ding here and take a 15-game DL stint for a ding. He wants to win, he’€™s a great competitor I know that. He’€™s won a championship, so he’€™s won. And his numbers speak for themselves, so it’€™s one of those things — it’€™s just like Salty last year — I’ve got to build a relationship with somebody I don’€™t really know, and in the past that hasn’t been a problem for me. I’€™m looking forward to it, I think he really complements our team really well on paper, to be honest with you.”

As much as Ross wants to get playing time during the upcoming season, he is more concerned with the team winning.

“I don’€™t want to be out there stinking it up for the team,” Ross said. “I feel like it plays itself out every year. I’ve had really good success some years and I’ve had bad years.

“I don’€™t want to be out there if I’€™m stinking it up. I don’€™t want to be that guy bringing the team down. I want to contribute, so if I’€™m contributing good at-bats and doing my job behind the plate, then I want to be in there. If I’€™m not, then I want somebody else.

“I really generally want to win at the end of the day, and I’€™m happy with my role whatever it is as long as we’€™re winning. That’€™s all that I care about.”

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