Alex Rodriguez: Hitless and On the Brink

The post-season started for the New York Yankees with two challenging games against the Cleveland Indians.  The Yankees had regular season success against the Indians, but the playoffs are always a different story.  In the playoffs, teams face the best pitchers more regularly than in the regular season.  Cleveland’s top two pitchers are both Cy Young Award candidates: C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona.

The Yankees best player will win the MVP award this season.  Third baseman Alex Rodriguez has had a dominating season – and yet, we are where we have been in each of his past seasons in New York.  We are asking questions about productivity in the post-season.  Tonight, Rodriguez had an opportunity to put the Yankees ahead in the 7th inning and the 9th inning.  He was not able to get the job done.  The Yankees fell in 11 innings, 2-1.  In all fairness, Rodriguez’s shortcomings were not the story of the game.  Relief pitching in the 8th and 11th innings surrendered runs due to wildness.  And yet, if Rodriguez were able to produce with the bat in his hands, the discussion might be moot.

There are rumors that agent Scott Boras is negotiating an ownership deal with Alex Rodriguez in Chicago.  I can’t speak to the veracity of those rumors, but it is time for Alex to produce in October.  If he doesn’t, New Yorkers will hardly notice his absence.



  1. He is in a tough spot now. 1 more game and it could be over. He may only get another 2 AB’s, if they walk him twice. It could be over so fast, he wont know what just hit him. Then he’ll have to listen for at least another year about his playoff failures. No guarrantee he’ll be back in the playoffs next year either. He might be on a non playoff team, he may be injured during the post season. Playoff appearances are not guarranteed.
    The Sultan on sports

  2. You’re right about life not being fair. Ain’t nothing fair about paying a baseball player $30 million/year who’s never led his teams anywhere.

    It’s hard to work up any sympathy for a player with Rodriguez’ history of chasing dollars. He’s no doubt a tremendous athlete & baseball player. However, he’s not much of an inspiration — and a lot of that has to do with his obsessing over his public image. He seems to do things with the purpose of getting everybody’s approval which, ironically, turns people off.

    So, while he’s in all likelihood a really decent and nice person on top of being a great athlete, he’ll be pooh-poohed as a choking dog diva unless he plays on a World Series champion team.

  3. “choking dog diva” – I’m faxing a permission form to use that immediately. It should arrive momentarily. I’m tempted to start a blog called Choking Dog Diva.

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