Sports Opinion & Analysis

A-(Lightning)-Rod In New York

In MLB on October 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm

No player in modern history has ever worked so hard to become an accepted part of their team’s culture than Alex Rodriguez.

And no player has ever failed at that task more than A-Rod.

“Why doesn’t anybody like me?”

Let’s face it, Rodriguez will go down as one of the better players ever to play the game, yet you’ll be hard pressed to ever find a Yankee fan who would mention his name in the same breath as Joe DaMaggio, Mickey Mantel, Lou Gehring, Reggie Jackson, Roger Maris, or the great Derek Jeter and Babe Ruth.

(Okay, so that was a long breath)

A-Rod has never been considered a true Yankee, regardless of the nine years he has spent with the organization.

Maybe it’s because he’s aloof. Because he’s arrogant and cocky.

Maybe it’s because he cheated on his wife, and girlfriends, and one night flings. Maybe it’s because he took steroids, and was hated by his teammates so much, they openly referred to him a “Bitch Tits” because of the impressive boobs he grew due to such PED abuse.

“A little lower, Madonna…”

Maybe it’s because, no matter his supposed greatness, he has only helped bring one World Series to a franchise that’s used to regularly winning banners. Maybe it’s because of his slumps and poor play and his $275 million dollar salary, or that fact that while his team was on the verge of getting swept by the Detroit Tigers, he was flirting with Australian bikini models in the bleachers while he’s in a slump, playing poorly, and earning $275 million dollars.

“Dude, I’m totally going to get a hit or two tonight. Huh? Oh, yeah, I’m going to try and get on base too. Wait, what are we talking about?”

No matter how great Alex Rodriguez supposedly is, or how much money he has made during his time as a Yankee, A-Rod will not go down as a Yankee Great. And because of that, despite his numbers, he does not deserve to have his number retired with the likes of Ruth, Mantel and (in the future) Jeter. He doesn’t even deserve to wear the pinstripes come 2013.

Rodriguez has brought unwanted attention and ridicule to a franchise that expects greatness like it is a common occurrence. At this point, it would be better for the Yankees to eat a significant portion of Rodriguez’s salary, find a way to convince him to drop his No-Trade Clause, and ship him off to the likes of Miami (who supposedly has already expressed interest in making a trade), Arizona (since Kirk Gibson is openly lobbing for such a move), Atlanta (since they’ve lost Chipper Jones), Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Cleveland or even the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have proven they will throw so much money at a lost cause, it would make even the late George Steinbrenner blush.

“You spent how much for what?!?”

Alex Rodriguez is done in New York. Come next season, he should no longer be a Yankee.

Not like he ever was really one anyway.

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