A lot has been written in the media today about the timing of Alex Rodriguez's (or Scott Boras's, depending upon how you view the situation) announcement that A-Rod will opt-out of his contract with the yankees.
Now look, I will spare you the lecture about why this was poor form and just a total dick move. If you honestly don't think it was a big deal, then I am unlikely to be able to convince you here.
I am only putting up this short post because a wise man once wrote, after describing the unofficial rules of baseball, the "code," that:
A-Rod, of course, does not feel bound by this code, and engages in the kind of tit-for-tat, petty bullshit that makes people absolutely hate him.
Last night was just one more piece of evidence in the case for why people dislike A-Rod. You do not have to dislike him, and he is certainly an amazing ballplayer, but the one thing I cannot understand is not when people defend him, but when people pretend to have no clue why anyone would be so anti-A-Rod. It's not the money, I could honestly give a shit. Warren Buffet and Bill Gates make A-Rod look like a street urchin. It is the way he carries himself -- on and off of the field -- and the very visible differences between the "right" way to do things, and the way A-Rod does them. That's not why you have to dislike A-Rod, it's just the reason that a lot of reasonable people and fans of the game do.