Thursday, November 15, 2007

I-Rod

So now Alex Rodriguez wants to stay a Yankee.

For those keeping track, here's the timeline again. First he claimed to want to remain a Yankee. Open the new Stadium ... tradition ... pinstripes, blah blah blah. Then he wants to do what's best for his family, which apparently means announcing his free agency during Game 4 of the World Series. Also, he doesn't even invite his beloved Yankees to the table, which drives Hank "Steinbrenner Part Deux" to rightly state, "It's clear he didn't want to remain a Yankee."

Now he loves New York and wants to stay.

So while Boras is in Miami—the home city of A-Rod—"on business"...hmmmmm...Alex goes to the Yankees and says he'll take less to stay there.

There are moments in sports when the good guy does win and justice is done. (Just look to the Isiah-Marbury feud to see what I mean—there are two guys who ABSOLUTELY deserve all the fan derision and bad press they get.) One of those moments is here with the Boras/A-Rod cabal. For all their machinations, for all their "media savvy," for all their attempts at controlling the market, to have it blow up in their faces—with both an empty marketplace for Alex's expensive services and the media ridicule—is sweet, yummy justice.

“After spending time with (wife) Cynthia and my family over these last few weeks, it became clear to me that I needed to make an attempt to engage the Yankees regarding my future with the organization. . . . We know there are other opportunities for us, but Cynthia and I have a foundation with the club that has brought us comfort, stability and happiness. As a result, I reached out to the Yankees through mutual friends and conveyed that message. I also understand that I had to respond to certain Yankees concerns, and I was receptive and understanding of that situation."

In other words, for all his massive talent, for all his professing of baseball tradition and "doing things the right way," clubs had no use for a bloated ego superstar with no rings and an inflated sense of importance. No "I-Rod" please.

5 comments:

Travis said...

Well, he is still going to be making and average of $27 million a year. An overall bump of $2 million from his last contract. Plus he essentially extends his contract 7 years.

P-Cat said...

Indeed he is, but he possibly left an average of 8 million on the table. Per year. And, he looks like a selfish jerk. It's really difficult to go up against the Yankees and be the one who looks greedy and selfish.

R-Nav said...

There was never any doubt A-Rod would get a raise. Or that he deserved one. But its gratifying to see a A-Rod eat some humble pie. The question for Yankee fans is whether we accept him back. Do the positives (his gaudy stats) outweigh the negatives (big ego, media circus)? I honestly don't know. If he hits 70+ HRs in a season and eventually breaks Barry Bonds HR record, is all forgiven?

P-Cat said...

I don't know if we accept him back. Everything he has said about how he loved being a Yankee has been a lie. Opting out of your contract to the Yankees without giving them an opportunity to negotiate means to me, that all he wants is to get paid.

Cajetan said...

It's obvious that getting paid is important to him, but I have no problem with that - as long as he works for it. In my opinion, his attitude problems are nowhere near as bad as some others (see Gary Sheffield, et. al.), and while they are all over the media, he generally keeps them off the field.
For him to essentially admit that he came crawling back resonates with me. I may be be more forgiving than most, but I give him another chance - If he truly wants it. Now it's up to Alex to find a way back into this Yankee fan's heart...