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Store that exploited sports hero’s name suddenly unhappy with bad publicity

posted at 5:35 pm on August 24, 2013 by

I have no sympathy for Ricardo Rodriguez of Brooklyn, who once had a store named Pena Grocery. Thirteen years ago, Rodriguez renamed it “A-Rod Grocery” to latch onto the popularity of then-Mariners, now-Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, who is not related at all to Ricardo Rodriguez and has nothing to do with the store.  Now that A-Rod has feet of clay, guess who’s griping about the bad publicity?

Cue the world’s smallest violin:

The owner of a Brooklyn store called A-Rod Grocery has been taking so much heat from customers disgusted by the disgraced Yankee that he’s decided to drop the name.

“I got tired of all these people complaining,” said Ricardo Rodriguez, 41, no relation to the Yankees third baseman.

“Why should I have to listen to all of them? It’s not fair. I don’t even know the guy.”

He’s tired of people complaining, eh? Maybe he shouldn’t have lifted the name in the first place.  Of course, the owner made some bank off of A-Rod’s name for more than a decade of riding A-Rod’s coattails:

“When he moved to New York, a lot of people got excited,” Ricardo Rodriguez said. “They thought he owned the place.”

Let’s help Ricardo Rodriguez rename his store.  I have a couple of suggestions: Fair Weather Grocery or Squatter Convenience Store. Your suggestions are welcome in the comments.

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Weiner Winery and Groceries

Groceries #9

The Food Is Too Damn Expensive! Grocery

Met’s Fan Foodmart

Bubba Redneck on August 24, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Steroids-R-Us

rbj on August 24, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Sour Grapes

boone on August 24, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Food Lyin’

Galtian on August 24, 2013 at 6:13 PM

…Limp-Rod

KOOLAID2 on August 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Food Lyin’

Galtian on August 24, 2013 at 6:13 PM

perfect

HotAirian on August 24, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Thieves R Us Grocers :)

TKindred on August 24, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Kind of surprised he was allowed to name it that in the first place. I would have thought that someone with Alex Rodriguez’s ego would have trademarked A-Rod.

Cindy Munford on August 24, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Jackass Groceries

Crybaby Market

ButterflyDragon on August 24, 2013 at 7:29 PM

How about the A-Hole Grocery?

jms on August 24, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Fair Weather Groceries

JimK on August 24, 2013 at 7:49 PM

A-Rod’s Lying Sack of Grocery Store.

HiJack on August 24, 2013 at 8:32 PM

A-Rod D-Bag Grocery”

He’d probably see his business double.

M240H on August 24, 2013 at 9:53 PM

How about the A-Hole Grocery?

jms on August 24, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Surprised this wasn’t the first suggestion.

S. D. on August 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Parasite Produce.

John the Libertarian on August 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Just add the name of a less controversial baseball star.

A-Rod and Pujols

Giggity.

Gingotts on August 24, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Maybe Ricardo should convert the grocery to a drug store.
A-Rod’s Pharmacy might be more acceptable.

hurricain on August 25, 2013 at 6:36 AM

Aaron Hernandez Grocery.

rogaineguy on August 25, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Since he was going to “steal” a name for his store anyway, why not go for Jeter Grocery?

TXUS on August 25, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Ryan Brauny Towels and More.

22044 on August 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

You would think that people would have learned by now (after thousands of years) not to get too attached to ANY person based upon their celebrity or certainly not what seems to be like religious beliefs or political ideologies. They will always let the fans/adherents down if given enough time to live on this planet.

We’re all flawed and we will always let down even those we know, love and care about at some point in time.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

This is great publicity for the store.

bluegill on August 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

A-Roid Groceries

NoPain on August 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

ObamaFood

faraway on August 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

A-Roid Groceries

NoPain on August 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Funny, and likely to bring in more customers, if it doesn’t invite litigation. I mean, you don’t even have to replace any of the signs, you can just squeeze in a big red painted “i” in between the “o” and the “d”. It would be a hoot.

Paul-Cincy on August 25, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Puto’s

justltl on August 25, 2013 at 2:18 PM

A-Roid Groceries

NoPain on August 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Yep. Maybe a backwards “R” just for funsies?

I always wanted to open a toy store chain called “We B Toys”.

TexasDan on August 25, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Asterisk Grocery.

James on August 26, 2013 at 12:47 AM

D-Bag Whine and Groceries.

RadClown on August 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Food Lyin’

Galtian on August 24, 2013 at 6:13 PM

THREAD WINNER!!

Khun Joe on August 26, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Sour Grapes grocery

ladyingray on August 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Puto’s

justltl on August 25, 2013 at 2:18 PM

BOOM.

Ward Cleaver on August 27, 2013 at 10:05 AM

<blockquote“A-Rod D-Bag Grocery”

M240H

Close the thread.

8thAirForce on August 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

ObamaFood

faraway on August 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

That’s what I was thinking, too–until I remembered that the owner would really prefer to draw paying customers.

rwenger43 on August 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM