Yankee fans love to hate A-rod, but I am proud to say that I am not one of them.
Still, one would think with the way the Yankees are tearing it up on the baseball field right now, just won their 10th in a row for crying out loud, that fans would be content but no, not here in the Big Apple.
I guess that is why I should have been less surprised when I received this email from a very good, friend who happens to be a diehard Yankees fan?
Let me first stat that the writer of the above email is a dear friend whom I adore, but that doesn’t change that he is a hater-fan.
Fact is the Yankees are winning as a team; and fact is A-rod is a big part of the team.
Is he the same player he was five seasons ago?
No, but unlike the majority of us, A-rod’s daily job consists of physical activity and it exposes things that the rest of us take for granted.
In a sense, you have to remember that pro-athletes have no choice but to wear their ages on their sleeve; and that is a luxury the rest of us can cover at work for decades longer.
If Yankee fans could stop being jealous and angry over A-rod’s salary they might realize a few things.
– A-rod is just like the rest of us except, including the Yankee fans find a reason to blame him for everything.
– Yes he took PEDs but so did a majority of players who did not have the courage to come forward and admit he was wrong on live TV. Clemens, Braun, Bonds are all in denial; while Big Papi seems to slip though the cracks as his name was on the same list as A-rod’s. All of us have done stupid things in life and gotten away with it.
– It has been said over and over that A-rod works harder than any athlete to perform at his best, and you can’t ask for more than that.
– You cannot call yourself a baseball fan if you try to deny that A-rod is not God-gifted with baseball talent. And who won’t want to hit a baseball and be paid millions for it? Problem is majority of us can’t.
I think you get the point that I am defending A-rod, as enough is enough here.
It is time for Yankee fans, like my email friend, to stop acting like entitled buffoons and get over it already.
Over the course of this whole A-rod debacle I always thought of something renowned writer H. L. Mencken once wrote:
“It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.” – A Little Book in C Major
So my message to all Yankee fans is…. if are going to embrace the Yankees, relish in their victories and call yourself a fan then it is time you also forgive Alex Rodriguez.
Find a new hobby because it is boring, annoying and honestly embarrassing.
The Yankees goal is to win, and all the players on that roster are committed; Alex Rodriguez included.
“There is no ‘i’ in TEAM, but there is in WIN.”
And winning they certainly are.