At this rate we might need to change the name of this blog to that...
I'm going to be honest. Alex Rodriguez, at the end of the season, should opt out of his contract to go play for a team that will appreciate his talents (as long as they are a contender of course). And when he does, I'm going to blame ungrateful Yankee fans who are going to realize how myopic they've been.
For whatever reason, the guy just can't win over New Yorkers, and its gotten to the point where I'm ashamed of any Yankee fan that hasn't warmed up to him. The guy plays harder than anyone, he's on course for his 2nd MVP in 4 seasons, he's playing Gold Glove defense at a position that he never played before, and all he does is try to say and do the right thing all the time (with varying degrees of success). Yet for some reason Yankee fans seem to think HE owes THEM something. Why? So he's not perfect...big deal. Who is?
I can understand the media fixation with trashing ARod. It's easy to pile on and no one ever gets sick of picking on ARod. Most of those guys are hacks anyway. But I'll never understand why Yankee fans don't appreciate this guy for showing up every single game and giving it his all.
He's won over his teammates. He's won over his coaches. If he does stay, besides for the obvious ($$), it'll be because of those two factors and the unparalleled tradition that the Yankees offer. But if not, I can't blame him. Bottom line...A-Rod deserves better. Yankee fans have 2 or 3 more months to realize that.