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).