My thoughts on A-Rod basically break down into two categories:
- He's a little bitch who would sooner announce his opting-out-of-his-contract during the 8th inning of the deciding game of the World Series than have the man-bags to bowl over Bronson Arroyo back in game whatever-it-was in the 2004 ALCS (choosing instead to try to slap the ball from his glove).
- He's the best player in baseball, and all the people who bitch about him refuse to understand that his level of play is the only reason the yanks even made the playoffs this year.
From the moment he first donned Yankee pinstripes on that all-smiles February day in 2004, he swore he would never make the most famous team in sports about Alex Rodriguez. He would be one of 25.Really? I remember things a little bit differently. I seem to recall that, prior to his signing with the yanks, he nearly signed with the Red Sox. I believe he was even willing to both waive his no-trade clause and also take a significant chunk off his monstrous salary, just so he could go play for a winner. The chunk was significant enough, in fact, to cause the players' union to prevent the deal from going through. So even though A-Rod was willing to take a hefty pay cut, he was simply not allowed. It wasn't until Tom Hicks, the Texas Rangers' owner, agreed to pay part of A-Rod's salary for the yanks that he was actually dealt.
“If you're looking for a squeaky wheel," he said, “you'd better look somewhere else."And yet, as we came to know quickly, and as we learn right to the bitter end, it was always all about A-Rod, is always about A-Rod.
More from Mikey V:
Yeah, Mike? Really? Once the A-Rod-to-the-yanks deal finally went through, what was the next big controversy?
A-Rod's decision to opt out on his contract is not only the biggest story in New York this morning - obscuring, among other things, the fact that Joe Girardi is going to be made an official offer to manage the team today - but it also big-foots the very sport from which A-Rod now intends to bleed his $300 million booty.And if you think that's coincidence, then you've missed A-Rod's act these past four years.
Who would play shortstop?
After all, A-Rod was a two-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop. But what did he do? He offered to switch positions, to move to third, just so he could "have the privilege" of being a yankee (as Hank Steinbrenner said following A-Rod's opt-out. Also, I love how much I already hate the young Steinbrenner. Good to know that evil truly does run in the family.). A-Rod was a far better shortstop than Mr. Super Captain Clutchy Clutchness, so this seems like it was a fairly "team-oriented" gesture, if you ask me.
Oh, and A-Rod wanted to pre-empt the new yankees' manager? I seem to recall another incident, this time involving the former yank manager. Just last year, the soon-to-be-sainted-and-then-fellated-by-Mike-Vaccaro Joe Torre decided to bat the best player in baseball in the number 8 spot in the lineup for Game 4 against the Tigers in the ALDS. Did A-Rod bitch about it? No. He said nothing negative about Torre.
Vaccaro, of course, goes on:
Yesterday was a busy day in the A-Rod camp when it came to showing up baseball, reminding the sport who's the bat and who's the ball. He blew off pregame ceremonies announcing him as a winner, along with Prince Fielder, of the Hank Aaron Award, meaning he all but spit on Aaron's shoes from a faraway perch.Wow. From what I read, A-Rod had a family commitment he had to attend. But let's not bother writing about that when we can just speculate, right? Rather than find out exactly why he had to skip this all-important event that everyone in all of fucking baseball was totally anticipating -- The Hank Aaron Award!!! -- let's just go ahead and say that A-Rod wanted to "show up baseball" and spit on the shoes of one of the game's icons. Yeah, that'll make some good copy. (Incidentally, if you can name who won last year's Hank Aaron Award, or any other year's, I will give you a dollar.)
Yeah, with first-class treatment like this, it really makes you wonder why A-Rod's dying to get the hell out of Dodge.