“The Yankees made two big moves this offseason. Keeping CC, and I expect to be who I have been in the past.”
A-rod told Sherman how last year was the worst in his career and how humiliated he was of letting down the Yankees fans, as well as his own teammates.
Sherman reported that A-rod has started his off-season workout three weeks early, focusing on “functional movement” like he did back in his heydays of 2007-2008.
The article goes on to question if A-rod has become delusional about his own mortality, using age, his steroid omission and Derek Jeter to back up his reasoning.
Sherman is not far-fetched in doubting A-rod, but he never counter argued the other side of the argument; so I will and it starts and ends with the name Lance Berkman.
THE BIG PUMA:
If Berkman, aka Big Puma could come back in 2011, there is absolutely no reason that A-rod cannot do the same in 2012.
Berkman was a 35-year-old veteran and a Houston Astros lifer, who was without question a player on the decline after 2010.
The main reason is as the 2010 season progressed things continued to get worse for Berkman. His baseball demise really came to light after the Astros traded him mid-season to the Yankees, as Berkman could not produce at all as the team’s DH after hitting 29+ home-runs, and over 102 RBIs in the three seasons prior.
Essentially, the Yankees paid Berkman around $4 million for nine RBIs, one home-run, 13 walks and 15 strikeouts in 106 at-bats as a second-half rental. It was frivolous spending for a veteran who had come into the season after having knee surgery.
So you can imagine my shock last off-season when the St. Louis Cardinals announced that they had inked Lance Berkman to a one-year, $8 million contract. I thought what a waste of money that the Cardinals should be adding to the Albert Pujols re-signing fund instead of flushing it down the toilet with a player who was clearly unhealthy, old and on his way out.
Well, I am eating my words now as Berkman not only hit again, he also manned the Cardinals outfield everyday after not playing the position in four years.
Berkman was voted to the 2011 NL All-Star Team, won the 2011 NL Come-Back Player of the Year Award and played a more than vital role in the Cardinals recent World Series Championship.
So, tell me why Alex Rodriguez can’t make a comeback in 2012 like Berkman did in 2011?
A-rod is a far superior baseball player than Berkman could even dream about. In fact A-rod is one of the best player in the game’s history so tell me how Sherman happen to forget to mention this in his article.
Look at the last three years for both sluggers:
Lastly, if all of Yankee fans aren’t excited enough already, you will be after A-rod made a point to reiterate to Sherman this:
“I know Yankees fans were disappointed last year, but [they] won’t be next year.”
Now, sports writers from all over were quick to apologize to Berkman, within just a few weeks into the 2011 season, but do you think A-rod get the same love?
I would not count on it because unfortunately A-rod’s paycheck seems to make people believe that they can demand absolute perfection. His critics and naysayers are everywhere, ready pounce and at times seem to want him to fail.
Well, I am not one of those people and I fully believe that Alex Rodriguez is a man on a mission.
So, please mark my words now……because when A-rod gets back to hitting 30+ home-runs and over 100+ RBIs in 2012 the Yankees will win their 28th championship and then writers like Joel Sherman won’t have a leg to stand on.
- Alex Rodriguez expects to bounce back next season (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- New York Yankees: In Defense Of A-rod Part Deux (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Alex determined to prove 2011 was aberration (nypost.com)
- A-Rod To Have Knee Surgery On Monday (huffingtonpost.com)
- New York Yankees: Alex Rodriguez, Josh Hamilton, Excuses And Excuses (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- MLB Party Jerseys together with Apparel (thediamondringreview.com)
- Yankees Lose To Tigers: Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter And Jorge Posada Come Up Short In ALDS (huffingtonpost.com)