Manny & Alexander

A-Rod’s been the whipping boy of both Sox and Yanks fans for a long while. We all know the history. And he had a slow start again this year. But charges that he’s been un-clutch this season have pretty much been unfair. Still, after his monster three home-run, 10 rbi game, SF proclaimed he’d rather have Manny’s steady production than the occassional outburst from A-Rod. Well, it’s been a while since that day, and though the season is still young, a comparison is instructive:

Manny: .230 ba, .353 obp, .864 ops, 32 h, 10 hr, 24 bb, 34 rbi, 24 r
Alex: .296 ba, .387 obp, .992 ops, 48 h, 14 hr, 22 bb, 41 rbi, 37 r

Plus Alex saves children from oncoming vehicular traffic. Perhaps it’s time to give this man his due.

8 comments… add one
  • I agree! Is it possible that Alex is becoming a Yankee quietly-a very un-NY kind of way?? (horrors!) He DID get back to first tonight…yet another heroic effort…
    Something to think about on the subway ride home, I guess. After all, Jason had his moment…hell, more than one!
    Maybe it has to be oncoming traffic in Manhattan!

    sweetjetes May 21, 2005, 12:06 am
  • Wow. In only a short month, A-Rod had gone from being the target of all the Yankee woes to putting forth “heroic effort”? A simple man, climbing up from the gutters of Yankee stadium to hear the cheers of the Bronx faithful raining down on him. A man finally putting forth the effort his Haliburton-style salary suggests. Lest we all forget, he makes Manny money, he should be putting up Manny numbers. I still take Manny, but I’m only partially biased. A good month in May, or World Series MVP? Not to mention, defensively A-Rod is the Manny Ramirez of left field so far this season, so nothing gained or lost there. If not for the overly generous scorekeeper in the Bronx (who always somehow avoids giving errors when they are deserved -and I mean always), he’d have two more errors than he does, but I’ll not hold that against him. But this has to be said – when all the money was on the line, and everyone was looking for him to come through – Manny did. Somehow, a couple of guys who are able to hit the ball 600 feet were in the same playoffs (well A-Rod fell four games short), but only one was able to get the ball out of the infield – and it wasn’t A-Rod. Time after time, when it matters Manny and his big electric bat come through in the clutch. People love him in Boston despite his shortcomings in the field. He has one of the highest career batting averages with runners on base. Every night in the Bronx, there are fifty thousand people (well twenty or thirty lately) waiting for A-Rod to fall short, only to go home, call the FAN and say how overrated he is. That’s the difference. Teammates love Manny – how many former teammates have good things to say about A-Rod? Jeter talks him up, but he’s a class act and would probably talk up any teammate he has – but again, that’s what makes people love Jeter – he’s real, and not only that – he made the plays when you needed them. I’ve watched A-Rod go onto teams and put up great numbers, eye-popping numbers even, but like the Yankees last year (and hopefully this one), where did those teams go? And when it’s all said and done, I am willing to bet who catches the blame for it all. Yeah, even with your midget-sized number analysis, I still take Manny. Even without some low-life, funtionally inept guy in Boston telling everyone Manny saved his kid from an oncoming 18 wheeler on the Mass Pike (which we would all believe right?), I still take Manny. And, deep in your own heart, when it comes to having any of the 20million dollar men at the plate when it matters – so would you. But if not, I know a manager in Seattle, Texas, and New York who would…

    Brad-SF May 21, 2005, 4:19 am
  • Manny’s grandma has arthritis, and bad. We all know what that does to your concentration. Cut him some slack. My guess is A-Rod has already printed YF’s post and has circulated it around the Yankee locker room, looking for some appreciation.
    And we should all remember who has a ring, right?

    SF May 21, 2005, 10:34 am
  • “Teammates love Manny – how many former teammates have good things to say about A-Rod?”
    Ah, how you forget Kevin Millar on national television leading the “Welcome A-Rod to the Sox” campaign. I remember Manny would have had to leave if Millar’s wish had come true, but you’re right there’s “real” love between teammates on the Sox.

    Nick May 21, 2005, 1:24 pm
  • Kevin Millar is as sharp as a marble.

    SF May 21, 2005, 2:27 pm
  • I think that Nick is undercover Hi-thum. There is not a player or a manager in all of MLB that takes A-Rod over Manny.

    Shawn May 21, 2005, 4:41 pm
  • Shawn, try reading the post slower next time. When given the choice, Millar took A-Rod over Manny. Also, please ask his former fellow Texas teamates (specifically Michael Young)about playing with A-Rod. He was respected on the team and Young was a close friend.
    Hi-Thum? Let’s keep your little rivalry between you and him.

    Nick May 22, 2005, 4:10 pm
  • For the love of all that is literate, let us not ask for the return of Hi-thum.

    Brad-SF May 22, 2005, 11:40 pm

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