A-Rod's 'bromance' budding

Maybe he wanted some advice on how to land a supermodel, or, better yet, how to come through in the clutch.

Or maybe, like countless other guys out there, New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez simply has a man-crush on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

For whatever reason, A-Rod was downright giddy last week about a dinner date he had planned with Brady after the Yankees' rain-delayed 19-8 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

"A-Rod was running around the clubhouse asking everyone, 'Are we gonna play?' 'Are we rained out?' 'Are we postponed?' Every few minutes he'd come around and ask his teammates -- or anyone else who was around -- the same thing," a source told the Boston Herald, which reported A-Rod was eager to bolt the ballpark because he had a dinner date with Brady in what the paper called a "budding bromance."

"He was all excited," the source said. "You know he's a big star (expletive) anyway, and he was all worked up over his 'date' with Tommy."

With the playoffs here, A-Rod probably choked on his meal but was rescued by Brady, the two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player.

STRONG SIDE/WEAK SIDE -- The Onion (theonion.com) recently reported on the strong side and weak side of Milwaukee Brewers ace CC Sabathia and Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.

Strong for the 6-foot-7-inch, 290-pound Sabathia: "His massive frame blocks out the sun, giving batters poor hitting light; he has an excellent appetite; and he's jolly."

Weak for Sabathia: "He often shows up on the mound with tablecloth still tucked into collar; does not fit into a standard major league dugout; and although he has a huge amount of heart, it's clogged."

Strong for Davis: "He has managed to out-nuts (Dallas Cowboys owner) Jerry Jones for 15 consecutive years and is always very clear which player from the other team he wants injured."

Weak for Davis: "He has gone from the creative and innovative kind of crazy to tissue box on feet, saving urine in jars crazy."

OUT OF TOUCH --Warren Sapp, a former Raiders player who now appears on Showtime's "Inside the NFL," said, "Al Davis knows football -- it's just '60s and '70s football.

"He's thinking (former Raiders wide receiver) Cliff Branch is outside and (former Raiders quarterback Jim) Plunkett is dropping back and you can throw it 80 yards down the field -- deep ball, deep ball, deep ball."

Sapp also said Davis still calls in plays to the sideline.

"Nobody tells you how bad it is," he said. "I remember the first two weeks I was there, we played a preseason game. Somebody came up one time and said, 'We're going deep right here, dog.' I said, 'How do you know?' He said, 'The phone just rang.' "

JOHNNY COME LATELY -- From Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: "Some 99.8 percent of Boston Red Sox fans say that Johnny Pesky getting his number retired was long overdue, at least according to our Pesky poll."