I’ll be back later this afternoon with something more substantial, but until then, I’d like to share this column with you. The money quote:
Somehow, the belief is now pervading that the Yankees will be better off without A-Rod: That he costs as much in anguish and headaches as he pays in home runs and walks.
Usually the mainstream media has difficulty making intelligent observations, but Newsday’s Ken Davidoff nails this one. Somehow, many baseball fans have decided that having Alex Rodriguez in your team’s lineup is a bad thing. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard or read things like “I’d take Mike Lowell over A-Rod any day” or “A-Rod is selfish and it hurts his team.” Then, when Rodriguez gets injured and misses time, these same people jubilantly declare that the Yankees are in trouble. It can’t work both ways. Rodriguez’s presence can’t be detrimental to his team when he’s healthy and injured.
As is always the case with Rodriguez, he just can’t win.