How much do Yankee fans underappreciate one Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez? I realized this as I watched New York drop a 3-2 decision to the Rays on Tuesday. The team was able to muster just 6 hits in the defeat. In the little over a week since Rodriguez went out after surgery for a slightly torn meniscus, the Yankee lineup has looked inept to say the least.
To me, that is totally unacceptable with the talent on this ballclub. The first reaction is well, they are too old. To that I say baloney. The prime aged Yankees (other than Brett Gardner) need to play better without A-Rod in the lineup or get out of town. There certainly is enough of them to go around. That list includes the 1st basemen (who I criticized earlier in this space), Mr. Homerun Derby Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin. It seems as though each is struggling without A Rod’s protection. One of them needs a hot streak to put the club on his back and carry it offensively. If they don’t get it together this is going to be a long stretch run for this team.
The way I see it, Yankee fans should look in the mirror and be ashamed. We all bagged on A Rod unrelentingly from 2004 to 2009. During that period he averaged .299, 39 HR and 116 RBI. Where would this club be if Cano or Teixeira were actually earning their money by playing to their talent on pace for a season like that?
Needless to say, the Red Sox would be looking way up at the Bombers. Where is all the nastiness for Robbie and Tex that we unleashed on Rodriguez? I don’t want to hear the argument, well A Rod did roids, cheated on his wife, bashed Jeter, blah-blah-blah. I love the hypocrisy of fans who go back and forth on a player by player basis. If a guy is a bit shady they want a choir boy. If the guy is a choir boy they want an edge. Clearly A Rod had enough of it and he is probably laughing at us all now. We rode the guy like a rented mule and he continued to take it. He finally had his come to God moment when his hip surgery tested his mortality, came clean about the roids, worked on being a better teammate, and for the most part kept his private life out of the papers and his foot out of his mouth. Doing this he delivered us a World Championship. We are stuck with Teixeira for another 5 years. Maybe if we start booing him incessantly he will break through like A Rod did and actually get a big hit. Hell, he deserves it. He certainly stinks a lot more than we thought A Rod did back in the day.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Sennott
I was born in the heart of the AL East in the late 70's and am a huge Yankees fan. (Don't hate) I have moved around to a lot of solid baseball markets in my life(Boston, Chicago, Detroit) and was a part-time reporter, producer, blogger, and on air personality for WDFN Radio Sportsradio 1130 The Fan in Detroit. I still live in the "D" and am married with one beautiful 9 month old daughter. My girls are my life. In my media career I've interviewed players, managers and executives in the sport and would love to get back in the business full time. Baseball is my passion. I look forward to shooting straight about the Yanks and M.L.B in my new blog and getting your feedback.