Well, you probably remember the big flap last year when A-Rod claimed he was working out when other players were still sleeping. Certain BoSox took offense. Alex remains a lightning rod—the latest issue is his endorsement of Lou Piniella—but as Peter Abraham suggests, he doesn’t always deserve the abuse. (Although it might help if superagent Scott Boras stopped floating rumors about how sought-after is his famous client.) Also, there’s this:
I see Alex on his way to work out in the gym at Legends Field every morning around 8:15. That’s about an hour before most of his teammates show up. Every time I walk by the cage, he’s taking extra hitting. I have friends who have seen him at night in a private gym working out again.
For a guy who supposedly wants out, he’s certainly working awfully hard for the Yankees.