From the Herald Record -
“My whole life is about getting crushed,” A-Rod said with an out-of-place grin, “and that crushing becomes very inspiring. So I have a lot of inspiration in my life.”
“(The shots at me) will never end, never,” he went on to say. “Maybe when I retire. But who knows, maybe on my way out the door they’ll kick me, too.”
“People don’t like me, I guess,” he said. “But … well, maybe not everybody. Some people like me. The thing is, I understand who my friends and who my enemies are.
“But you can’t get caught up too much (in the opinions of people who dislike you). I know that I have the support and respect of my teammates, coaches, and manager, and that’s the most important thing to me.”
He put his head down for a second, collecting thoughts that must’ve been festering for the last four months, thoughts obviously dying to be expelled.
“(The 10-year, $252 million contract) is a big part of it,” he said. “I knew that going in. I accepted that. I enjoy the responsibility that the contract brings. I never ran from that. My best five years have been since I signed that contract, and I’m proud of that.
“I know that because of that unique contract that if I’m not on the top of my game every day, I’m going to get ripped. And I kinda enjoy that. I’m kind of a sick guy that way.”
He was asked if he if ever felt like firing back at his critics.
“No, no,” he said. “When I’m in that box and I have that bat in my hand, that’s how I get to fire back. I let that do all my talking and shut everybody up.”
This is an interesting study. Compare A-Rod to Barry Bonds – and note the different way that Bonds “handles” his fame-focus-burden. Perhaps the answer is: Whether you act like a jerk, or not, you’re going to take heat when you’re the highest paid, etc.
It will probably be another 20 years before someone makes $25 mill a year. So, A-Rod better get used to it. He will be the target as long as he plays. It’s sad, in many ways.
Then again, I’m eating a homemade peanutbutter sandwich for lunch today to save money. So, it’s not too sad for Alex – he can always go out and get a really nice lunch today to cheer himself up.