I’m not going to spend a helluva lot of time on any rant having to do with Alex Rodriguez.
Any move that dude makes seems to have an ulterior motive behind it, which is why I won’t produce a tribute-style rant for A-Fraud.
Yeah, I know his 22-year baseball career will come to an end on Friday when he plays his final game for my beloved New York Yankees, and then assumes a special adviser role with the club. And yeah, he was a transcendent talent whose numbers are more than Hall of Fame worthy.
Sure, let’s count the ways…
- 3× AL MVP (2003, 2005, 2007)
- 14× All-Star (1996–1998, 2000–2008, 2010,2011)
- 10× Silver Slugger Award (1996, 1998–2003,2005, 2007, 2008)
- 2× Gold Glove Award (2002, 2003)
- 500 home run club
- 3,000 hit club
And while A-Rod was taking performance enhancement drugs (PEDs) for at least half of his career, the numbers are the numbers. Keep in mind that there have been many players on PEDs who didn’t do squat in their careers.
But as I said earlier, there is something disingenuous about this guy.
A-Rod once called press conference during a World Series to announce his opting out of his original contract with the Yankees. He also had a press conference after news of his involvement with PEDs where he faked emotion near the end (wait for it).
“Four home runs short of 700, 18 shy of Babe Ruth, this image- and achievement-obsessed man, once photographed kissing his reflection in the mirror, is going to retire just because Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman decided it was time?
“Of course, I think I can play baseball,” Rodriguez said. “You always think you have one more hit in you. That wasn’t in the cards. That was the Yankees’ decision, and I’m at peace with it.”
All of that rang true except the last part. That is why no one should be surprised if another team reaches out in the next couple of weeks or for next season and Rodriguez’s tenure as a Yankees organizational adviser has the staying power of a Trump news cycle.”
I wouldn’t be surprised if A-Fraud signed with another team after this week. Nothing about A-Fraud surprises me.
I’m just glad he is off the Yankees roster. Let A-Fraud be someone else’s problem for all I care…