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.


Bryan said...

Alan I think you hit the nail on the head. How much money have they spent on 'old' pitching? The Red Sox improved their staff by getting Beckett, and Papelbon is a stud. Look at the White Sox, getting Vazquez this year already improved a great staff.

Just goes to show you that you can spend all the money you want, but if it not spent on the right things it wont go far. A-Rod should have gone to the Red Sox last year.

The Godfather said...

Of course you are right about Arod's regular season numbers and where the Yankees wouldn't be without those numbers.
People seem to concentrate more about what players do in the clutch. Look at how Boston fans thought of Clemens in the postseason while he was in Boston.
Since I brought up the Sox, I will criticize the Mets to stay fair. Look at the money the Mets paid Beltran because he had a series of his life that just so happened to be in the postseason.
When a franchise has won 26 World Championships and a lot of their core players have at least one (and in many cases more than one) ring and the highest paid player in baseball doesn't come up in the clutch in the largest market in the country, the criticism will come. Right or wrong.
He was hitting into double plays against the Mets in clutch situations and then he hits a meaningless HR. I expected that headline. Hopefully, I am not starting to think like a New Yorker.