Monday, October 29, 2007

A-Rod Leaving...Fine. Except.....

Alex Rodriguez has decided to opt out of his gargantuan contract in the hopes of signing an even more gargantuan one. And to that I say...good for him.


Except for all the lies he told.

"My commitment is 100 percent. Unconditional. I want to be a Yankee. I don't want to go anywhere, and I can't be more clear. I hope they don't want to trade me, because I don't want to go anywhere."

That's A-Rod. Last year.

Look. If he wants to make money, get the all-time contract, "Feed his family" as Spreewell once said, then great. No one should be upset with a guy trying to make as much money as possible. But then don't talk about the Yankee tradition, Monument Park and loving the Stadium. Just don't.

"I want to be a Yankee and I understand my contract and I understand my options," Rodriguez said. "My goal is to go in with Derek [Jeter] and Mo [Mariano Rivera] and open the new [Yankee] Stadium. It's pretty clear."

I can't wait until the press conference, when he's sitting next to Scott Boras and he talks about the tradition of the California Angels of Anaheim which is Close to But Not Quite in Los Angeles and wanting to win there.

He couldn't be more clear.


R-Nav said...

P-Cat nailed it. Its not about A-Rod trying to make as much money as possible. He's certainly entitled. But there's a right way and a wrong way to get there. The manner in which A-Rod and Scott Boras jumped on free agency, disrespecting the Yankees, Red Sox, Rockies and all of baseball, says all that needs to be said about A-Rod's character.

Travis said...

That is just simply every player when he arrives at a new team. They all say it. Its part of the professional athlete handbook. Terrell Owens was just tickled pink when he arrived in Philly, and had burned all his bridges there in a little over a year. All players do it. It doesn't make it right, but it happens.

P-Cat said...

Thanks for the comment, travis. And yeah, it happens, but that's the difference between a Marvin Harrison and a T.O. Or a Tony Gwynn and an A-Rod. The guys who talk about tradition and teamwork eventually reveal what they are all about.

Honestly, I have no problem with him opting out and trying to get more money. I just can't accept all the talk about wanting to be a Yankee when the new Stadium opens and how playing with Rivera and Jeter was the best, and how much the tradition of the game and the Yankees meant to him and then turn around and opt out in the middle of the World Series. I can't stand the hypocrisy of it.

Again, thanks for the comment. I'm gonna bookmark your site.