Alex Rodriguez homered again today (except he didn’t; my fault (thanks for the correction Lar), misread the box; he drove in two more, which kills my lead in a sense but not my theme). It’s exciting and yet one almost has to stifle a yawn because he’s making it such a normality with the way he’s beating the ball like it owes him money. In a sense, it does, as he’s not required in any sense, except his word, to stay a Yankee after this season. It’s tough to pick a good point to dissect his destruction of opposing pitchers this season, but let’s be arbitrary and start with his last game in Toronto, right around the time when he made a public-relations faux pas that involved an attractive lady that happened to be someone other than his wife, which, if memory serves, was the first misstep ever for the high-profile superstar.
As he is new to distractions and dissections of him on field and off, one may have wondered how the native New Yorker would respond to the newfound attention. Starting with that game in Canadia on the 30th of May, ARod has appeared at the plate 64 times for 50 at-bats. He’s hit the ball 19 times, 6 of those leaving the park, some with length and height that boggles the mind. He’s driven 24 runs. There have been 12 strikeouts along with 10 walks, and he’s crossed the plate 17 times. There was talk earlier in the season by Brian Cashman that ARod had a contract, and that the option was his right to exercise. That’s true. Cashman also said that “He has a decision at the end of the year, not the Yankees,” which is true before the comma. The Yankees definitely have a decision to make and I hope they make the right one. Pay the man, like you owe him money.