The biggest story this week is today marks the final Major League Baseball game for Alex Rodriguez in a Yankee uniform and hopefully his career. The first thing I thought of was people are going to have to find someone new to hate, not how easy he made the game of baseball look in his 22 year career. Rodriguez has immense talent that has never been questioned, but the amount of baggage accumulated throughout his career is sadly the bigger storyline for me.
As much as we are celebrating what Alex Rodriguez did on a baseball field many are also popping the champagne because that era of controversy will be out of baseball. The thing that angers me most is the fact that he got his hand caught in the cookie jar and he still decided to lie about his performance-enhancing drug use from 01-03 with the Rangers, which I might add were three of his most productive seasons. If that wasn’t enough, he got wrapped up in the biogenesis scandal of 2013 that once again tarnished the authenticity of his illustrious career.
The annoying reality of Alex Rodriguez he is just like Barry Bonds one of the two best hitters in major league history and we don’t know which years were PED aided and which ones were clean bringing shame to not only their credibility as players, but America’s National Pastime as well.
That being said, as a baseball fanatic I still marvel at the numbers Rodriguez has put up tainted or not. He is 4th all time in home runs (696), 3 MVP’S, 14- Time all-star and a 10 time silver slugger. He also helped lead the Yankees to their last World Series championship in 09 with an all world postseason. The numbers are insane and unthinkable for any player to achieve no matter the baggage that comes with this career.
How will I remember A-Rod at least for now? His career and life have been like a soap opera that had a lot of bright spots and controversy. I will say through all the missteps and animosity he has faced, he kept taking every punch and criticism in stride in trying to mend the relationships that were strained during the dark points of his career.
The sickening reality, I think he loves the game of baseball so much as Ken Rosenthal put it, he wanted to be too great and that resulted in very poor choices that have tainted a legacy that was already going to be one for the ages. I’ll end with this A-Rod is the most polarizing athlete love him or hate him, he brought something to the game of baseball that will be talked about for years to come both the good and the bad!