Or as the Bizarro Jo-El once said…“Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! Home Runs am bad!”
That $30 million seduction looked bad then — to blend immortality with a payday — and worse now for two reasons: 1) The Yankees are trying to get under the $189 million luxury-tax threshold beginning in 2014 to gain the financial benefits that are part of the new collective bargaining agreement. Those $6 million bonuses, if triggered, would count toward the payroll in the season they are earned. 2) The 2009 revelation that Rodriguez used steroids at least during his Ranger years devalued A-Rod, the TV Show, for the Yankees/YES while assuring Rodriguez that the accomplishment is as regretted as celebrated.
You got a preview of, at the least, how little joy and fanfare there will be should Rodriguez keep climbing on the homer list by the minimalist reaction yesterday. It was not long ago that becoming the fifth-leading homer hitter ever would have unleashed a standing ovation, wall-to-wall coverage and the further elevating of a reputation. Instead, when A-Rod took Ervin Santana deep to open the third inning, there was, well, not much.
The home crowd mainly was just pleased Joe Girardi’s strategy, to flip-flop Rodriguez to third and Robinson Cano to cleanup for the foreseeable future, had an instant payoff in stirring the slumping Rodriguez. There was no confetti. No sustained applause. No waiting call of congratulations from Griffey.
...So the Yankees need that good health, need a guy they are paying so much to keep clearing fences. But even with that success there would be bad with the good. For team. For player. Such is life with the Yankees’ version of Alex Rodriguez.
Posted: April 14, 2012 at 08:03 AM | 15 comment(s)
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