• The First 1,820 Days Of A-Rod In Pinstripes

    Posted by on February 7th, 2009 · Comments (10)

    On February 14, 2004, Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman swung a trade to acquire Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez from the Texas Rangers. And, on February 7, 2009, it was reported that (in spite of claims in the recent past from A-Rod that he never used, or considered using, performance-enhancing drugs) Alex Rodriguez tested positive in 2003 for having two anabolic steroids (in his system).

    In a period just one week short of five years, the Yankees’ “A-Rod Story” has taken an interesting turn, huh?

    On the plus side, in his Yankees career, to date, A-Rod has come to the park, just about everyday, ready to play ball. According to FanGraphs.com, from 2004 through 2008, including the post-season, Alex has hit 1,000 groundballs – how about that for a nice round number? – and I’m pretty sure that he’s run everyone of them out, hard. And, by the way, he won the league MVP award in 2005 and 2007. Geez, what’s not to like about all that?

    Well, there’s been some other events during A-Rod’s Yankees career too – between the time the Yankees traded for him and today (when the news came out about his reported usage of illegal steroids). Here’s a summary of some of that stuff:

    July 2004: A-Rod gets into a fight with Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek – which many claim became a season rallying event for Boston that year.

    October 2004: A-Rod tries to slap the ball out of Boston’s Bronson Arroyo’s glove and is ruled out for interference during Game 6 of the ALCS.

    October 2005: A-Rod bats .133 in the ALDS.

    November 2005: A-Rod is cautioned by the New York Yankees that playing poker in illegal clubs could be dangerous and harmful to his image.

    December 2005: A-Rod creates a bunch of drama regarding which team he will play for in the World Baseball Classic.

    September 2006: An embarrasing feature on A-Rod, where he is spoken of negatively by other Yankees, appears in Sports Illustrated.

    October 2006: A-Rod bats .071 in the ALDS.

    November 2006: A-Rod stands up Yogi Berra at a charity event.

    February 2007: A-Rod holds a press conference where he says that he and Derek Jeter have been “lying” about having a great relationship.

    May 2007: A-Rod is caught cheating on his wife with a muscular stripper.

    May 2007: A-Rod yelled “Mine!” or “Ha!” (or something like that) as Blue Jays third baseman Howie Clark tried to catch a Jorge Posada pop fly with two out – causing the ball to drop in and annoying the heck out of the Toronto players.

    July 2007: A-Rod’s wife wears a shirt to a game at Yankee Stadium which contains an obscene word.

    October 2007: A-Rod strikes out 6 times in 15 At Bats during the ALDS.

    October 2007: During the World Series, A-Rod opts out of his Yankees contract.

    July 2008: A-Rod is caught having an affair with Madonna – leading to a divorce with his wife and many tabloid headlines.

    July 2008: A-Rod leaves Yankee Stadium before the completion of the 2008 All-Star game – and catches some heat for not sticking around.

    And, that’s just the list of A-Rod related embarrasing things that I can remember, as of this moment. There’s an excellent chance that I missed a few.

    So, this all said…whaddaya say Yankees fans…when you look back at the first 1,820 days of A-Rod in pinstripes, factoring it all in, has it been worth it?

    Comments on The First 1,820 Days Of A-Rod In Pinstripes

    1. Raf
      February 7th, 2009 | 10:42 pm

      So, this all said…whaddaya say Yankees fans…when you look back at the first 1,820 days of A-Rod in pinstripes, factoring it all in, has it been worth it?
      ——
      of course 8)

      Fact is that he has been the best offensive & defensive player on the team, and has been for a few years. Why people look for reasons to hate him (outside of recent developments) is beyond me.

    2. srivinodh
      February 7th, 2009 | 10:44 pm

      Quite a list Steve… but the most damaging story was the one on SI today. Prior to his opt out i was an ARod fanatic to say the least, had my blinders on, yankee coated glasses on and was wishing the guy wud be in the middle of a great post season run. But his opt out bugged me.. i think that was the time for the Yanks to stand up and not renew the association.. but they did and this ongoing negative circus is ridiculous… the guy will have his numbers, but i did think he was clean until today… i want either a firm NO or a confession from him… and ofcourse i find it curious that only his name comes out in the story… the other 103 players are left alone.. SI really has a thing for him i guess… cant believe the Verducci story from 06 too..

    3. February 7th, 2009 | 11:05 pm

      Great quote from Joel Sherman on this today:

      “Now Rodriguez has done what he always does: Assures that the stress that so often suffocates him also now destructively enwraps the Yankees. He is the bad gift that keeps on giving.”

      http://tinyurl.com/clzamy

    4. handtius
      February 8th, 2009 | 12:16 am

      Yes. been one of the best players in baseball since we got him. and you can not associate past test failure to mean he’s always been dirty. until it is proven, i’m not judging. innocent until proven guilty. baseball fans, espn, si, the post, etc. all forget that.

    5. Tresh Fan
      February 8th, 2009 | 12:17 am

      Buster Olney opines that A-Rod will, in all probability, be denied election to the Hall of Fame.

    6. jmeisner
      February 8th, 2009 | 5:01 am

      A-Rod eats babies

    7. February 8th, 2009 | 7:52 am

      ~~Buster Olney opines that A-Rod will, in all probability, be denied election to the Hall of Fame.~~

      I think it’s a little early to make that call. We need more info on his PED usage. Was this a one time thing? Or, is this something that he was going for 5 or 6 years? If it’s the latter, *maybe* Buster has a case. But, if it’s the former, then how can you keep him out when many say guys like Clemens and Bonds will still get in?

    8. Evan3457
      February 8th, 2009 | 10:33 am

      A-Rod will eventually get in, especially if the Yanks can win a title or two.

      If the writers refuse, whatever veterans’ committee that exists say, 30 years from now, will likely induct all of them: Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, and possibly even Palmeiro.

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