In a press conference on Sunday, the lightning Rod of New York baseball for the last 12 seasons announced that Friday would be his last game wearing a Yankees uniform.
It was a necessary move for both Rodriguez and the Yankees.
A-Rod was last year’s feel-good story, but this year he has looked like a washed-up 41-year-old DH. He has no position, he has a .206 batting average, and simply does not fit with the current Yankees youth movement.
The Yankees have had to deal with the distraction of what to do with Alex Rodriguez, and, simply put, a resolution regarding his future simply needed to happen.
His legacy is a very complicated one, full of twists and turns, ups and downs. Rodriguez delivered plenty of moments of brilliance, but also embarrassed himself and the Yankees organization quite a bit over the last decade-plus.
Alex Rodriguez is one of the most talented baseball players I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. The power, the grace, his unbelievable athleticism, there’s no denying as a player he was the total package.
His tale as a Yankee is really quite fascinating.
Rodriguez delivered two regular season MVP awards in 2005 and 2007, but was unable to win Yankee fans over because of his inability to hit in the postseason.
Fair or unfair, Alex Rodriguez was the face of failure for the Yankees of the mid-2000’s.
The standard was very different for A-Rod because he was not a homegrown player. He was the richest player in all of baseball, he was never going to gain the appreciation of the Yankee fans until he delivered in the month of October.
In 2009, Alex Rodriguez was able to change his postseason narrative for the better. He delivered one of the best performances in three consecutive series and was the driving force in leading the Yankees to their 27th World Championship.
Whether you like Rodriguez or not, you cannot ignore the fact that the 2009 World Series was not possible without his contribution.
Sadly, Rodriguez’s failures as a Yankee go beyond just the inability to hit in the month of October, aside from the 2009 season.
Alex Rodriguez is an admitted steroid cheat. This is not debatable, this is not subject to investigation.
He was caught using steroids on multiple occasions, he missed the entire 2014 due to a drug suspension, and had the audacity to attempt to sue the Yankees and Major League Baseball in the process.
To his credit, Rodriguez admitted his wrongdoing and has been a model citizen in the Yankees clubhouse over the last season and a half.
I applaud Rodriguez for being a terrific teammate and for changing the narrative regarding how some may perceive him, however it doesn’t excuse the fact that his numbers are tainted.
The sad part about Rodriguez being a multiple offender of PED’s is that he never needed them in the first place.
A-Rod’s poor decision making will probably cost him any chance of being inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame and a plaque out in Monument Park, even though his numbers would indicate that he is clearly worthy of both.
I’ll remember it all with A-Rod, the good, the bad and the ugly.
He said it best on Sunday, “I’m going to be remembered as someone who tripped and fell a lot,” A-Rod said. “But someone who kept getting up.”
Trust me from experience: Alex Rodriguez is a sports talk show host’s dream.
He was always a topic of discussion, always a guy who moved the needle, and it seemed everyone had an opinion of the guy one way or the other.
He was able to do enough damage control to repair his image with both the Yankees and Major League Baseball.
I fully expect him to shine at some point as a broadcaster if that’s something he wants to do, because his love, knowledge and passion was on full display in the broadcast booth during last year’s World Series.
I thank Alex Rodriguez for making the Yankees and my shows that much more entertaining over the years.
It’s been a wild ride.
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