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Alex Rodriguez is like Splenda – Sweet but………
This might surely be an unpopular topic with a lot of Yankee fans.
If you are true and believe the Traditions of the Pinstripes, NO WAY.
Throughout the history of the game of Baseball, always and forever it has been about the Yankees, the Pride, the Prejudice by others, but ultimately being a Yankee a Professional, a Teammate:
The “Bambino” had a theory.
"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." – Babe Ruth
Now George Herman “Babe” Ruth truly redefined the game and what Baseball, it’s future and what stardom was and forever will be all about. Yes Babe had some, behavioral issues. But was, as was Mick designated:
“Great Teammates”
A teammate is linked in a common purpose, without selfish intentions.
Teams are especially appropriate for conducting tasks that are high in complexity and have many interdependent subtasks.
BUT NOT ONE MEMBER IS BIGGER THAN THE TEAM…
I grant that when his career is over, no doubt Alex will perhaps hold every major hitting record that the fans so enjoy.
But does this warrant him SPECIAL ATTENTION, for example:
Each Club has there “Clubbies”, kids who are effectively gophers for the Players, more kids at home than on the road. (they do not travel with the Team) Alex likes to keep a road clubby for everything,,,I refer to Joe Torre’s Book, the Chapter on Alex. To ask for coffee when every other player gets there own is ridiculous. But to just not realize the idiocy of the action is completely “mentally irregular” as Rocky Balboa so eloquently phrased it.
Actions as these lead me to a question motivation as a Teammate, other than the mentality to be treated as a deity and the GREATEST BASEBALL PLAYER EVER. He might well be someday. But at what expense to the concept of Team???
In Seattle, as accomplished as he was, he played with other Super Stars who just let it ride. Then agent Scott Boras so inflated his market value, that one player was in essence atomic fusion, a chain reaction. Sadly Alex actually believed his own press and negated to remember that:
NO ONE IS BIGGER THAN THE GAME!
Tiger Woods you listening

Off to Texas he put up monster numbers for MONSTER dollars and three last place finishes…..but Alex is again too consumed with how it looks as opposed to how it WORKS, how THE TEAM WORKS:
Except for last year:

ALDS - .455 BA .500 OnBase%, 1.000 Slugging

ALCS - .429 BA .567 OnBase%, .952 Slugging

WS - .250 BA: .423 OnBase%, .550 Slugging
Notable is Alex’s state of mind or lack thereof.
He thought he had answered the questions about his postseason performance after the World Series last year, and for the most part, he has been correct.
ALCS 2010 Mark Teixeira out, another wave of mediocre performance made its way to Alex, who was 3-for-17 (.176) with a double and two RBIs in the ALCS. Sadly, he really only has to get on base and run,,,not mash every pitch.
There are 8 count them EIGHT additional Batsmen available to push runs across the plate.

This is his spoken perception:
"Overall this year, I feel really good,"I know sometimes the numbers don't say how you feel, but I [want] to do exactly what I've done the last two or three games - which is come in, swing at strikes and hit the ball hard, and if not, walk, pass the baton and use your legs."
UMMMM .176 Average, Hit the starch out of it AROD???
It is insanity, how about play within your ability not your EGO, or as Sam Snead so beautifully said:
“Dance with the one your brung”
It is all there, but not the six inch fairway, if it about not feeling loved, Alex has 2 beautiful Children who could care less what he hits or does,,,he is their Da,
not AROD…
THEY LOVE HIM REGARDLESS AND WILL ALWAYS,
Oh yea if you need more than that:
YOU NEED TO GET YOUR NUT CHECKED MISTER!”
Coach Lombardi

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