We’ll never really know how sincere or truthful this whole A-Rod drama is. The more I think about the whole thing, the more I smell a rat. Think about it, Hal or Randy never even showed up at the Sunday press conference. Their biggest accomplishment here was making sure their lackeys didn’t leak what was really going down to their favorite media mouthpieces. Then A-Rod’s momentary tears and then there’s the public promise that A-Rod would get some bats in each game in Boston, that suddenly changed to “were here to win games” and A-Rod sits. The whole “retirement” plan, despite the questionable sincere way it was presented, is starting to look like a charade. Each side doing their part. Makes you wonder if this is simply an exercise in “say anything, do anything”, so the Yankees and Rodriguez could walk away from each other with "grace," and dignity.
Scout’s honor, Im not taking sides here. Ten years ago the Yankees were stupid enough to give Alex the biggest contract in the history of pro sports. A lot can happen in ten years and it did. Rodriguez committed the sins, then lied about it and took it out on MLB and anyone connected to the Yankees when he was suspended. The Yankees got away with about $24 million in luxury-tax savings based on A-Rod's 2014 salary, but will pay up for the remainder of this and next year, as he “consults” Hal. No tears here for either side.
A-Rod got an at bat during Wednesday’s Yankee win, flying out to right field (he went 0-4 last night). This coming after Red Sox fans chanted his name. They of course, booed him when he came out of the dugout with a bat in his hand. He knew it was coming and regardless of how loudly they booed, he loved the attention. He has always loved the attention. Rodriguez never trusted that you would as a fan see his brilliance. So he overacted or overstated, all of which had a generally opposite effect of what he had hoped. He often comes off insincere, insecure, narcissistic, prone to say or do what was necessary to inflate his need for recognition. Like I said he loves the attention. Do you really believe he will be Hank’s “consultant”?
I was never huge a fan of A-Rod, but after the apologies, and that hand written letter to his fans, and acting like a good Yankee soldier saying all the right things, doing what was asked of him and having a great 2015 till an injury slowed him down. Ever the “team” guy I started rooting for him again. But all this recent drama makes me wonder if it was all an act.
The more you listen to A-Rod, the more you have to wonder if this is really going to be it for him. He still thinks he can play, even if the Yankees don't. I’m wondering if those Marlin rumors have any truth to them.
So, tonight’s his big farewell at the Stadium. Both sides win here. Alex gets his moment in the sun (again) and the Yankees fill the house. Is this a truly sad ending to a fallen hall of fame caliber player or just another victimless con job in the world of sports. "Th-th-th-that's all folks!"
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