From Johnette Howard -
When you look at the Yankees’ club that locks into place for a decade once Alex Rodriguez accepts his new contract, how do you say this team belongs to Derek Jeter or the old guard anymore? The minute Rodriguez signs on the dotted line, he completes his replacement of Jeter as the face of the franchise. Ready or not, Rodriguez is also setting himself up as one half of a new Straight Man/Boss Man shtick that the Yankees haven’t seen since George Steinbrenner was jousting with Reggie Jackson and sparring with Dave Winfield and tweaking Joe Torre.
In this recast version, A-Rod is the superstar who will be credited or blamed for whatever happens to the Yankees. And Hank Steinbrenner, George’s blunt-talking son, has taken over the role once played to the hilt by his combustible old man.
Hank and A-Rod are the organization’s twin pillars now – Rodriguez, the power hitter on the field, and Hank, the newly installed powerhouse in the Yankees’ front office. Jeter has his rings. On Monday, closer Mariano Rivera followed fellow free agent Jorge Posada back to the team. But those World Series wins feel like ancient history now. A-Rod has more juice than any of them because of the commitment the Yankees are making to him. The entire dynamic of the organization feels changed.
Rodriguez and Hank are going to be manacled together for the next 10 years, closing out old Yankee Stadium and opening the new one, chasing the Red Sox and seeing if Rodriguez can break Barry Bonds’ all-time home run record.
All true. All, so, very, very, true.
Johnette nails this one. Dead, solid, perfect.