Okay, okay, so maybe Alex Rodriguez is not the devil, but the way some people are talking, you’d think he is. During a press conference earlier today with New York’s golden boy Derek Jeter (whom I love), MLB Commissioner Bud Selig was asked about my main man A-Rod. His response? He isn’t my problem anymore, he’s the Yankees’ problem now.
WARNING! RANT AHEAD! READ WITH CAUTION!
Okay. I get it. A-Rod did cause quite a problem. He has been causing problems in some form or fashion since he got to the big leagues. He’s a polarizing dude. And he sure made a massive stink during the whole Biogenesis thing. But wouldn’t you? If I’m A-Rod, I would be hella pissed that the MLB offices are coming after me so fervently. I’m pissed that I got a 162 game suspension when my pal Ryan Braun only got 65 games. Who cares if I interfered with the investigation? Braun accused the pee collector of not doing his job right, which in a way is interfering. If I’m A-Rod, I’m fighting this thing tooth and nail.
If I’m the Yanks, I don’t view him as a “problem”, at least not right now. It’s petty, but once Jeter is gone next year, the Yanks will something to drum up attention and what better way to do that than A-Rod? The guy is a lightning rod (pun unintentionally totally intended)! If he can still play come Spring Training, even better. Heck, even if he can only hit that’s fine. We can use him as DH! Honestly, the only problem the Yanks will have is if he can’t play at all. If he can at least hit, he will be the highest paid DH in history. But you know what? I don’t care. A-Rod is under contract and he says he will be ready. I will take his word until I am proved wrong (and I am REALLY hoping I’m not).
It’s no secret that I am not a fan of how Alex was treated during MLB’s investigation and I do think it was a witch-hunt. MLB seemed to make up the rules as they went and that is not okay with me. I don’t think A-Rod should have gone all sue-happy, that was really stupid, but that’s his choice. I could write a book about how crappy A-Rod’s deal was, but I don’t have that kind of time, patience, or IQ. All you need to know is that I am not pleased.
There is a difference between a player being a problem and causing problems. Perhaps I am over-thinking what Bud Selig had to say. I am sure I am. Over-thinking is something I happen to be very good at. Anyway, I think we need to be careful about how we approach this. After all, once Monday rolls around, A-Rod will officially be a Yankee again, at least for now. And I will support him. Unless he sucks. Well, actually, I will still root for him even if he does suck. What can I say? I’m a forgiving person. Besides, somebody has to root for him.
Okay. Rant over. Thanks for listening.