Posted at 8:09 AM on April 25, 2007
by Chris Dall
I’m not sure how many of you are aware of this, but Alex Rodriguez is very good. After last night’s 6-4 loss to Tampa Bay, he was hitting .385 with 14 home runs and 34 RBI. He’s got a .444 OBP and an insane slugging percentage of 1.013. He’s already tied the MLB record for home runs hit in April (14), and we’ve still got a few days left in the month.
Still, it’s not quite enough for Yankee fans, like this fellow. Now, I know he’s being sarcastic, but a quick survey of Yankee fan blogs indicates that New Yorkers just aren’t ready to profess their undying love for ARod. The common theme seems to be “it’s only April,” which is the same line they trot out to dismiss Boston’s recent three-game sweep of the Yanks at Fenway. Yes it is only April, but a quick perusal of ARod’s eye-popping career stats makes it pretty clear that he’s, umm, put up some decent numbers in the past. And at 31, he’s just about hitting the peak of his prime years. So while he will most likely cool off, it’s not exactly a stretch to predict he could be headed for one of his best offensive seasons ever.
Still, despite his efforts, the Yankees are 8-11 and their pitching is abysmal. And Yankee fans aren’t going to fully accept ARod until he wins a World Series, and I don’t even know if that will do the trick. At this point ARod could save a family of five from a burning building and Yankee fans would rip him for not putting the fire out. And some of that’s his fault. But how can you look at his numbers and not wish you had him on your team?