Truthfully, I didn’t really think much of it and that is because the Yankees came out swinging.
Also, I figures A-rod might be getting a day-off.
Now wait, the above just sounds wrong.
The Yankees are in the midst of a heated pennant race with nothing guaranteed playoff-wise, not even a Wild Card berth, so why is A-rod not grinding it out?
Here are eight reasons I think he should:
- Yankees have seven games left in the 2012 regular season.
- Magic Number = 6.
- O’s are a game and a half back.
- Rays are five games back but this is when Tampa Bay thrives so no treading lightly until they ate officially eliminated.
- Yankees start a four-game set tonight vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, at the Rogers Centre and the only retractable stadium with an artificial turf field. Baseball players’ hate playing on the fake stuff because it actually hurts, and the old-geezer Yankees have a 4-10 record this season.
- Mark Teixeira is still healing down his calf down in Tampa, so it is possible he will show up in Toronto this weekend but for now the Yanks miss his bat on top of now A-rods.
- Robbie Cano flourishes with Tex and A-rod on the line-up, he is just consistently better and the stats prove it.
- Fact is the Yankees are better with A-rod in the line-up, whether he is hitting or not.
So with the AL East is panning out like an old-fashioned street fight, the Yankees cannot keep the entire team on the field, as they are sans their prizefighter because poor baby has a bruised his foot.
Look I get that A-rod is probably in a ton of pain, as the guy works his butt off to excel on the field but come on now, this is crunch time. But he can’t even DH?
Wouldn’t surprise anyone if A-rod’s supposed “foot bruise” is something a lot more serious, but until that is a fact I will try my best not to presume it already is.
“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” – ex-Laker great Jerry West