Alex Rodriguez: New York Yankee

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For Jason Giambi, it came in the form of a granny, in the rain, against the Twins. This afternoon, for Alex, it was a 12th-inning clout against the Braves, a two-run, walk-off homer that will serve as Alex’s Bomber Bar Mitzvah: today he is a Yankee.

It had been, up until that last pitch, a miserable June for Alex, his problems compounded by the persistent late-inning genius of David Ortiz, to whom he is inevitably compared. Last night, he struck out in the eighth with the game on the line, one more in a series of failures, and as he walked back to the dugout banging himself on the helmet with his own bat, there was a sense that maybe the pressure had taken it’s toll, and that A-Rod the MVP, Superhuman A-Rod, who exuded a cocky confidence that has put off so many fans, was gone, and maybe for good. An error this afternoon, again in a crucial situation, brought out the boo-birds, reinforcing the perception, and it was hard to blame the fans for their frustration. For Alex, the MVP, it was time to produce. Thankfully, it is a short distance from goat to hero. Alex covered it with one swing. Wasn’t it pretty?

26 comments… add one

  • airk June 28, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Dude, this is LAME, supplanting a game thread still in progress for a single overdue hit from the greatest player in the game. Really bad form, this little pity party you are throwing for your fragile superstar.
    So for you, a big BOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    SF June 28, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • You LIKE me, you REALLY REALLY LIKE ME.

    A-Rod June 28, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Boo-hoo. Your game thread is hardly supplanted. We here in Yankee land don’t set our clocks by the doings at Fenway. We got some news, we go with it. You can continue with your thread. Enjoy.

    YF June 28, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • We’re loving A-Rod’s email address, by the way.

    SF June 28, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • This New York obsession over Arod and his failings (and rare successes) is very amusing. I am really very happy he does not wear Red Sox.

    Tom sf June 28, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • I love the whole “today he is a Yankee” thing, which basically admits that yes, A-Rod and his F*CKING MVP YEAR WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH. That’s not only insulting, but pathetic and unfair.
    (And Yankees fans say that WE have some sort of complex w/r/t Rodriguez. Puh-leeze. This post by YF should end that accusation, once and for all.)

    SF June 28, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • like i’ve said all along–come back when he walks off in back to back games of the ALCS to begin a comeback from a 3-0 deficit, and then leads the league in walkoffs for the next two years. that’s when a-rod will even be remotely deserving of being put alongside david ortiz.

    beth June 28, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • SF is riding a dangerously high horse. I hope he’s got a helmet on.
    We’ve spent more than enough time lauding Alex on this site not to have our integrity so questioned. But there’s no denying that, even after last year–yes, an mvp year–alex hasn’t exactly been embraced. blame the playoffs, though he was obviously not responsible for the team’s loss. so what? he’d been playing terribly. the fans had turned on him. now he had his moment. he enjoyed it. so did we.

    YF June 28, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • No horses involved. Just telling it like it is. You made the post, not me. I have, more than anyone, (even you, perhaps) been honest and open about A-Rod’s abilities, about how great they are. But of course, for you, TODAY he’s a Yankee. Talk about fickle. And arrogant. And all sorts of other things that I won’t bother naming.
    Who’s been paying him these last two years, then, if he wasn’t a Yankee? (Besides Tom Hicks, of course.)

    SF June 28, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • Oh, come on! He’s been taking shit about not being clutch since his arrival. For various reasons, which yopu’ve also pointed out, he’s never been a real favorite, personality wise. Now he’s done something likely to win over the faithful.
    Sit on it!

    YF June 28, 2006, 11:02 pm
  • I just think that a post like this, with all it’s pomposity, lends (unfortunate) credence to all of the claims about A-Rod that you have done hard time to rebut, admirably.
    Calling him a true Yankee today, with such convenience and self-importance and gravitas, doesn’t help any Yankee fan in making a case that they are any less of a fair-weather friend than any other team’s booster.

    SF June 28, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • I think that’s bogus. The guy, we all know, has not been that lovable. After the horrid month, the boos, it’s hard not to see this, or at least HOPE this is a fulcrom for him, with NY. That’s reality, and it’s not fair-weather, and it’s not pompous.

    YF June 28, 2006, 11:14 pm
  • Guess what: he’s still not that lovable.
    What was that Winston Churchill quote, about still being ugly in the morning? Seems to me you could offer a variation on that with the Yankees’ third baseman. And that’s not a comment on his skills, which are unimpeachable.

    SF June 28, 2006, 11:18 pm
  • But see, YF, that comment you just made is different than your post, at least tonally speaking. I expect you can see that, as a writer. Your original post was totally pompous (as anything that invokes the “true Yankee” meme would be), the comment you just put up hardly that.

    SF June 28, 2006, 11:20 pm
  • A bar mitzvah reference is pompous?! Fine. Excuuuuuuuuuse me.
    Now, can we have our banner back!

    YF June 28, 2006, 11:22 pm
  • Not until Sunday night. Tomorrow it becomes “Marlinsfan vs Soxfan”…

    SF June 28, 2006, 11:25 pm
  • And for me, with Giambi, it wasn’t the Grand Slam, but rather the Grand Jury appearance. Just so you know.

    SF June 28, 2006, 11:53 pm
  • LOL
    Fight! Fight! Fight!

    airk June 29, 2006, 12:21 am
  • SF and beth, just admit it. You both want to be A-Rod’s roommate and you secretly root for the Yankees. Jeez! Go poo on someone else’s parade, grinches!

    tom yf June 29, 2006, 1:13 am
  • New York Post front page: Hooker scandal, smaller bar above about “hero A-Rod”
    New York Post back page: “Bo-Socked”
    Daily News front page: Hooker scandal & “Elmo photo fiasco”
    Back Page: “For Pete’s Sake” re: Pedro rout. Small headline about Lou Piniella’s influence on A-Rod.
    Talk about unliked. A-Rod finally hits a walk-off come from behind homer in dramatic fashion and gets about an inch of space. A “true Yankee”? Suuuuure.

    SF June 29, 2006, 9:37 am
  • SF, I saw that and thought exactly the same thing. The media’s hate of A-Rod is staggering.

    yankeemonkey June 29, 2006, 10:35 am
  • Like I’ve said all along–beth, come back in an alternate universe where you actually started rooting for the Sox before 2003.

    Joe Morgan June 29, 2006, 1:30 pm
  • Hey Joe Morgan,
    That is rude and uncalled for. Jerk.

    Devine June 29, 2006, 2:04 pm
  • like i’ve said all along–joe morgan, you and your guido buddies should get the i-roc z running again and try to get out of new jersey more. your mothers basement is gonna be hot this summer.

    sf rod June 29, 2006, 2:48 pm
  • Yeah, goody for A-Rod. Too bad he can’t face the worst bullpen in baseball every day. Keep that bat head accelerating through the zone, and keep it solid!
    Okay, maybe the Royals are worse, but you get the idea.
    As for the Mets getting the back page, well, they’re the first place team and the better story right now, no?

    soxfaninhell June 29, 2006, 3:03 pm

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