Statistically, Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest players in the game today. There are few players that can match his all around production. However, since joining the Yankees in 2004 things have gone down hill. The Yanks have not been to a World Series since 2003, the year before AROD arrived. They have made it to the ALCS only once and that was in 2004. They took a 3 games to none lead over the Boston Red Sox before losing 4 straight games. The Red Sox went on to win their first World Series in almost 90 years. AROD has struggled in the playoffs since becoming a Yankee only hitting .159 in his last 44 postseason at bats. Then the Yankees missed the playoffs in 2008 for the first time since 1995. There is also his use of steroids that came out not that long ago. Then the fact that he initially lied about it too. And finally, AROD was going to play for the Dominican Republic this year in the World Baseball Classic. Unfortunately, he was unable to play due to a hip injury that will force him to miss the first month of the season. And to top it off, the Dominican team didn’t even make it out of the first round losing to the Netherlands last night in extra innings.
I am not tyring to bash AROD even though it may sound like it. Since becoming a New York Yankee things haven’t gone his way. He’s just had a bad run of luck or maybe he’s cursed. Either way, I still say he is one of the best players in the league. I think once he returns from injury he will be a man on a mission. He has a lot to prove on the field and what better way to shut up your critics than by crushing the ball the way he is capable of.