Jim Baumbach has an excellent feature up today – detailing Alex Rodriguez’ time with the Yankees. It includes an “A-Rod meter” that tracks the “highs and lows of Alex Rodriguez’s four years in pinstripes (scale: 10 the highest, 1 the lowest)”:
July 24, 2004
Brawls with Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek at Fenway Park.
Oct. 19, 2004
Slaps the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove and is ruled out for interference during Game 6 of the ALCS.
April 27, 2005
Hits three homers in first three at-bats against Angels at Yankee Stadium.
Nov. 14, 2005
Narrowly edges Boston’s David Ortiz to win the American League MVP.
Sept. 19, 2006
Is spoken of negatively by other Yankees in a damning Sports Illustrated story.
Oct. 7, 2006
Dropped to eighth in the lineup for ALDS Game 4 in Detroit.
May 30, 2007
Breaks unwritten code by distracting Toronto’s Howie Clark from catching a pop-up by yelling “Ha!”
Aug. 4, 2007
Crushes pitch into Yankee Stadium’s leftfield stands for his 500th career home run.
Sept. 27, 2007
Proudly states in champagne-soaked clubhouse, “New York is a special place. I love New York.”
Oct. 28, 2007
Opts out of his contract in announcement by agent Scott Boras during World Series Game 4.
I would have included the illegal poker club thing, the WBC flip-flopping thing, the stripper thing, and the “Jeter” announcement before Spring Training this year, in the “meter” as well. But, still, it’s an interesting list.