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A-Rod -- Meltdown under the bright lights?
Posted by Mike D. at 7/23/2006 7:13:00 AM
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Or just the sort of slump that every player has, only magnified because of his contract/high profile team?


A-Rod is a fantastic player -- one of the best -- but he is ill-suited to play in the spotlight called Yankee Stadium. He's too concerned about what others think and far too sensitive to the damning words of fans, media and others. It's all just getting to him.
Posted by eaglehawk at 7/23/2006 7:14:00 PM
Didn't seem to bother him last year.
Posted by schwang2u at 7/23/2006 10:09:00 PM
Put me down for "just a slump."
Posted by Erickson at 7/23/2006 10:51:00 PM
This is only a topic because Arod plays in NY. If he played anywhere else, no one would care. But the Yanks are the epicenter of the East Coast Media, therefore, they will always be in the national discourse. Yes, Arod is soft, but that's not why he is struggling. Jeter hit sub-.200 in April/May last year or the year before (remember the SI cover?). Was the NY "pressure" getting to him? Yankee fans love to boo Arod because Arod is a high-priced outsider (like Giambi, like the Unit, etc.). The NY ethic is to earn your way, to prove yourself. A low-paid free agent or an organizational player gets a free pass initially to prove himself. After that he is either booed or accepted. If he's accepted, he gets a lifetime free pass (see Jeter, Paul O'Neill, etc.). A high-priced free agent gets no free passes -- ever. With Arod it's even worse because he is a pretty boy, and it's fun to see pretty boys embarrassed.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 7/24/2006 9:59:00 AM
....don't think you can get his value to much lower than right now.....I am a big time buyer right now if his owner gives him up at a discounted price....
Posted by Zenguerrilla at 7/24/2006 5:58:00 PM
Not to mention they are on ESPN or Fox every damn week. There is a dogfight going on in the AL Central and all we ever see is whoever plays the Yankees all the time. You can't blame them, but c'mon, it gets sickening. A-Rod will be fine, and when people look back on his career after it's over, you won't even think about his defensive blunders in New York. They'll be saying we got to watch one of the best players baseball has ever seen.
Posted by schwang2u at 7/24/2006 10:56:00 PM
The fact that the Yankees are fielding an outfield of Melky Cabrera, Bubba Crosby and Aaron Guiel certainly isn't helping matters.

If A-Rod was slumping but Sheffield and Matsui were carrying the team, this would be a non-issue.

I'll take the contrary position to the usual Yankee fan -- I think this team has actually been a lot more fun to root for than the last several, specifically because they've needed to scrap.
Posted by czegers at 7/25/2006 10:13:00 AM
I agree. Its a lot more fun rooting for an in house guy liek melky Cabrera, who no one thought was going to be a quality regular, play and keep the yankees afloat while Arod has struggled then for Sheffield, a known mercenary, try and pull everything along with trying to pull a new reason to hate the media.
Posted by nayfel at 7/25/2006 10:33:00 AM
It's rather amazing the Yankees are still even in the hunt. They lose their top 2 outfielders for long periods of time, Damon has been in and out of the lineup, A-Rod's #'s are down a bit, and their pitching staff isn't as good as years past. I'll always hate them being from a smaller market, but you've gotta give them props for even staying afloat. If Detroit wasn't winning the way they are, I'd vote Joe Torre for manager of the year at this point. This may be the best managerial year of his tenure.
Posted by schwang2u at 7/25/2006 10:25:00 PM

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