Tuesday, May 23, 2006
It's all his fault
The pitching staff gives up 9 runs, and A-Rod gets criticized for hitting a homerun.
I'm happy to share any criticisms of A-Rod, and I've done plenty on my own. However, I am now here to say that the Yankee press and fans have gotten carried away. He does have a history of coming up short in "clutch" situations, especially against the Red Sox. But would the Yankees be in so many "clutch" situations if A-Rod were not on the team?
The Yankees have had many shortcomings over the last three seasons -- a pitching staff that always breaks down, weak spots in the lineup at second base and centerfield, mysterious steroid related illnesses/injuries, and terrible fielding led by Mr. Captain Intangibles Derek Jeter. Without A-Rod's MVP numbers over the last few years, the Yankees aren't even in the playoffs.
Back to Jeter -- what will it take for Yankee fans to criticize him? According to all statistical evidence he is a poor fielding shortstop because of his limited range. So when the Yankees get A-Rod, a gold glove shortstop, Jeter, the inferior fielder, keeps his position. Wouldn't Captain Intangible sacrifice some pride for the good of his team?
Hopefully, Yankee fans will continue to be all over A-Rod, and hopefully A-Rod will struggle to deal with the pressure eventually causing him to be traded away from the Yankees. And if that does happen, the Yankees will not be able to replace his value to their team.