A-Rod Being A-Rod???
According to Buster Olney, the Yankees are not concerned at all with Alex Rodriguez or the media storm surrounding him in recent months leading into the 2009 season. They are not concerned with his past steroid use, busted hip, $275 million remaining on his contract, occasional bizarre behavior or strange photo-ops (see photo). Apparently, as long as A-Rod continues to produce runs, play great defense, play hard and help the Yankees win games, they will not be concerned about any of that stuff, and will not for the next decade. They’ll just chalk everything up to “A-Rod being A-Rod.”
This is when I pop the million-dollar question to the Yanks: WHY NOT????
Yes, A-Rod is one of the greatest run-producers baseball has ever seen. But now, his legacy is forever tainted due to his admission of steroid use. Even though he admitted to doing it while in Texas, he’ll always be questioned for his up-and-down numbers with the Yankees and whether or not they were, at times, artificially inflated. It doesn’t help matters that he plays for a team with a recent history of steroid abusers. And it also doesn’t help his case that he has yet to win a World Series for them or any franchise. He has already been paid well over $250 million by three teams and have received nothing in return but a bunch of gaudy regular-season numbers. Olney compares A-Rod’s relationship with his team to Manny Ramirez’s tenure with the Red Sox, but there’s one glaring difference between the two: Manny has two championship rings.
The Yankees may not be concerned right now. But when A-Rod is in his 40s and his contract and career are winding down, if the Yankees STILL have not won a World Series since 2000, they will be beyond concerned. They will feel as if they’ve wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on the man, in addition to the half-billion they spent just this off-season. Despite spending boatloads of money on C.C. Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett, it will be A-Rod that gets the majority of the criticism. And deservedly so; he is supposed to be the greatest of all time. That’s what he’s striven to be ever since he entered the majors as an 18-year-old. But if the only ring he has on his finger at retirement is his wedding ring, then how concerned will the Yankees be then?
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