Mind you, A-rod didn’t help the cause along the way. Still, no matter what, when you are the highest paid player in New York and add that to a presence that made Jeter fans feel threatened, getting attention was inevitable.
Trying to describe A-rod’s time as a Yankee is almost impossible, but it continues to be filled with heavy expectations that he is paid to play.
This season seemed no different, until I watched A-rod’s press conference at the start of 2011 Spring Training. He really looked happy, which was refreshing and well deserved. He has dropped 10+ pounds, got the green light regarding his hip injury, which finally made A-rod just normal.
First thought in my head was, good for him. I have always had A-rod’s back until recently, but I blame it on being brainwashed temporarily.
Let me say I was pissed off.
Mr. Aaron is a living legend, and one that I thought had more class than to compare teammates who still play right next to each other (Jeter & A-rod).
Mr. Aaron’s comments about A-rod were hurtful, unnecessary and if it was supposed to be constructive criticism there are other ways to go about it. Sadly, his other answers were pretty un-interesting but since the article started with the A-rod questions it was hard to even want to read anymore, like how Joe Torre was lady killer.
Here is why I think Mr. Aaron owes an apology to A-rod:
Q: Do you think Alex Rodriguez is a threat to break the all-time home run record?
A: I think he is. If he puts things where it’s supposed to be at. I think Rodriguez has got too many irons in the fire right now. I think his head’s not level enough to the point where he can have the kind of year that it takes in order to go past all of the records in the book.
Q: In what way?
A: I read in the papers, he said he had a great winter, for the first time. He should have a great winter all the time. When you’re playing baseball, you have to think about playing baseball. It’s a tough game. It’s tough, because you play so many games. I remember there were three years I didn’t miss one game — I played every exhibition game in spring training, and every game during the season. And it didn’t bother me.
Q: You’re talking about his focus?
A: If his focus would be the same as Jeter, then I think that he can do some great — he’s already done some great things — he can do some even greater things. I think sometimes it wavers. . . . It (doesn’t) stay on the same level.
Q: Players you enjoy watching today?
A: Jeter, I like watching. I think he knows what baseball’s all about. I think he appreciates the game. Jeter’s got a lot of skills as a baseball player and yet . . . his skills are not magnified to the point that you said he’s even better than somebody else. But he got the most out of everything that he had.
Read more: Serby’s Sunday Q & A With Hank Aaron.
Well, all I can say is I am glad Mr. Aaron doesn’t know me because I have made plenty of stupid choices in my twenty-ten years on earth. It was a low blow because from what I have read in the papers over the years, is that A-rod lives and breathes baseball all year long.
I hope A-rod knows that it’s just one opinion, and hell not everyone is going to like everyone.
- Serby’s Sunday Q & A with… Hank Aaron (nypost.com)
- Will New Physique Sap Alex Rodriguez’s Power? (sbnation.com)
- Defending Alex Rodriguez (stacey-rose.com)
- Alex Rodriguez Hits Home Run No. 599 (sbnation.com)
- Alex Rodriguez fit after offseason diet filled with popcorn (seattletimes.nwsource.com)