• A-Rod Sets April HR Record

    Posted by on April 23rd, 2007 · Comments (11)

    With his two taters this evening, Alex Rodriguez set a long-ball record and tied another.

    He became the first player in big league history to hit 14 homers in his team’s first 18 games (of a season). And, Alex tied the record for April homers ever – which was set by Albert Pujols last year.

    It’s been a month to remember for Rodriguez. Amazing to witness, no question. But, at this point, I see one of two things happening for A-Rod:

    1. Aided by his record-setting start this year, Alex posts the best season ever in his career – even better than 2005 (or 1996, 2000 and 2001). And, then, he uses the opt out clause in his contract, along with this season’s results for fuel, and gets a new deal to top the one he has now. Or,

    2. The law of averages catches up to him, and, he hits “only” 30 homers over the next 5 months…and then gets killed in the media for only putting up big numbers in “meaningless” April games – and then “only” hitting six homers a month during the parts of the season where there’s more “weight.” (It is, and will be, a lame attack on him – because six homers a month is still impressive…but the charge will have some sticking power because that “May to September” rate is still under the bar that he’s set now this April.) This latest attack (if it happens) will bring cause for A-Rod to use the opt out clause in his contract to get out of town (and away from the media that will never give him a break).

    That’s the sad part in all of this…it’s incredible to see what A-Rod is doing…but, one way or another, it probably means this season will be his last in New York (for the Yankees, at least).

    Comments on A-Rod Sets April HR Record

    1. Don
      April 24th, 2007 | 3:36 am

      I’m not sure how “sad” that is. With Alex here, what have the Yankees won? It is about the team, isn’t it?

      And I doubt he opts out. Who will fork over more money than he is already guaranteed? The Texas Rangers? Certainly not the New York Yankees.

      And if he does opt out, goodbye.

    2. JeterReggieGuidry
      April 24th, 2007 | 5:14 am

      Yeah, gosh, Don. why would we want to keep Arod? What a lousy player.

      If you think AROD is why we havent won a WS in 2004, 2005, 2006, then you know very little about baseball. See there are these guys on our team who have to throw the balls past the other player’s hitters — they’re called pitchers. And they havent been doing such a good job of it.

      Then there’s this AROD guy who drives in at least 120 runs a season, which count as “points” and win us games that allow us to play in the post season. Since these “pitchers” of ours arent so hot lately, without these “points” AROD leads us in geting, we dont get to play in the post season at all.

      And for 4 games last year and 5 games the year before this AROD guy wasnt hitting well in the post season. Probably we should just forget that he was one of the only reasons we got to play in the post season in 2005, 2006. Never mind that.

      Its obvious you would rather have Aaron Boone playing 3rd base for us because he hit this one ball into the stands in 2003 (and batted about 2.20 the rest of the time)

      i could go on and on but lets just leave it at this — sometimes i wonder if us Yankee “fans” deserve to have someone like AROD on our team since barely any of us seem to recognize that, like it or not, we are seeing probably the most talented and productive Yankee any of us will ever see in our lifetime. Jeter, Reggie, Bernie, great players — but not even close. They have the “mystique” and the most famous ESPN clips, but not the consistency of AROD. Not even close. (I love Jeter — but the idea that he towers over AROD as a ball player makes Yankee fans look ridiculously uninformed)

      In ten years you can all pretend you didnt boo AROD the way Yankee fans in the 70’s can pretend they didnt boo Reggie and Yankee fans in the 60’s can pretend Mickey Mantle was never booed and always loved.

      No wonder people hate us.

      Keep going AROD, some of us are in awe of what we’re seeing NOW — and don’t need to be told 10 years from now that we were witnessing (and not appreciating) baseball greatness.

    3. Paul
      April 24th, 2007 | 6:57 am

      The ARod Thought Police are ever so vigilant when one dares not fawn over ARod.

      So, if ARod opts out we will no longer have to endure these screaming harpies?

    4. Garcia
      April 24th, 2007 | 8:01 am

      But it’s OK to just flat-out dis the man too? I’m sorry, someone in Yankee land needs to defend the man from all the useless criticism.

      It is hardly ARod’s fault they haven’t won.

    5. Paul
      April 24th, 2007 | 8:30 am

      Has anyone “dissed” ARod? Anyone?

      He is having an amazing season, beyond imagination. Yet his supplicants are still attacking other fans randomly for imaginary “dis-ing.”

      Enough already. Celebrate his accomplishments. And I look forward to all of those irritating acolytes following him to the greener pastures wherever they might be.

    6. JJay
      April 24th, 2007 | 8:42 am

      Geez – can’t Yankees fans enjoy anything? Can’t we go to the Stadium and see A-Rod launch one out in April, May, June, whenever and cheer without thinking… “Hmm.. I hope this HR was important enough,” or “Great, there goes another one. Now he’s going to opt out for sure.”

      If A-Rod hits .360 with 59 HR’s and 145 RBI’s you think he’ll opt out ’cause of the year he had.

      If A-Rod hits .293 with 35 HR’s and 115 RBI’s you think he’ll opt out ’cause it was a “bad” year for him and the media will say he can’t handle NY.

      It’s lose-lose.

    7. Garcia
      April 24th, 2007 | 8:58 am

      Paul, how exactly do you interpret this then?

      “I’m not sure how “sad” that is. With Alex here, what have the Yankees won? It is about the team, isn’t it?”

      Is that not an unfair indictment on the man? To pin the failures of the Yankees solely on him. Isn’t that a dis?

      But you can interpret however which way you want, it’s all relative.

    8. rbj
      April 24th, 2007 | 9:21 am

      Yanks haven’t won ever since Paul O’Neil retired. Obviously he was the key, not Jeter, Bernie or Mo.
      (makes as much sense as “What have the Yankees won with A-Rod here”)

      There is always option 3. A-Rod has a monster year, hitting 74 HR, 150 RBIs and leads the Yankees to a WS title, despite a sub-par rotation. He then elects to not exercise his option and stays with the Yankees.

    9. Paul
      April 24th, 2007 | 9:26 am

      Garcia, I don’t interpret any way other than as a valid comment.

      Personally, I don’t care whether he opts out or not. It is all about the money. There is nothing I can do or say that will determine what he does.

      But I do intend to enjoy atching ARod play this season. This is a different ARod; no longer the Stepford player we saw before. He seems to actually be enjoying himself. And he is playing amazingly. And that is good for the Yankees. If only the starting pitching could step up and we could actually utilize this amazing offensive display for wins.

    10. Joel
      April 24th, 2007 | 11:01 am

      If A-Rod has a monster year, this is all moot. The Owner will make sure he remains a Yankee. George is not about to let Arte Moreno or John Henry or Fred Wilpon out-bid him for A-Rod.

    11. April 24th, 2007 | 11:42 am

      ~~~George is not about to let Arte Moreno or John Henry or Fred Wilpon out-bid him for A-Rod.~~~

      You think Stein would even recognize these three now – if they were standing right in front of him?

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