By: Monte Perez
On Sunday August 7,2016 Alex Rodriguez announced at a press conference that his last game with the New York Yankees will be on Friday August 12th. This was a very emotional press conference. The man they call “ARod” had tears in his eyes from start to finish. He said, that he couldn’t believe he has played in the league for 22 years and “My only goal when I was 18 was to make the team.” This was a classy way for the Yankees to basically let ARod go. He will be relegated to an advisory role with the team and after Friday he will no longer be with them on a day-to-day basis. Love him or hate him, Rodriguez has been a polarizing figure since he made his Major League debut as the starting shortstop on July 8, 1994, in Boston at 18 years old.
As a lifelong Mets fan I can say this without hesitation. I would have loved to have him play for the “Amazins.” I know his career was filled with controversy but there is an old saying, “Don’t start landscaping other people’s front lawn, while your backyard is in disarray. ARod admitted to using performance enhancing drugs and was suspended from August 8 2013 through the end of the 2014 season for violating the league’s PED policy, a total of 211 regular season games. I can’t judge ARod because we now know that the 1986 World Champion Mets were filled with illegal shenanigans. Players like Darryl Strawberry and Lenny Dykstra have recently admitted to their drug usage during the season, including cocaine, alcohol and amphetamines.
ARod will be remembered or looked upon as a “cheater” but he has owned up to his mistakes and he has evolved over the past few seasons. He said in his presser that he has fallen several times but he has gotten up. There is no doubt that he is a baseball “lifer” YES Network’s Michael Kay has often said that after Yankees games, Alex would often go home and watch the West Coast games because he is a baseball junkie. His knowledge of the sport was apparent last year when he was a special guest on Fox Sports for the MLB playoffs. He was the best announcer on the set.
His career was second to none. The numbers are mind boggling. We may never see a player this dominant or have his longevity.
- 696 Homeruns
- 2084 RBI
- 3114 hits
- .295 batting average
- 14 Time All-Star
- 3 Time MVP
- 5 Time Home Run Title
In the 2005 Movie Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne’s father says to his son (a young batman), “ Why do we fall? So we can learn to get up.” ARod has fallen numerous times but he continues to grow and evolve. Fans reading this article will probably say, he doesn’t deserve to be in the Hall of Fame because he was suspended for PED use. But I ask everyone this question. Look at the members of the Hall of Fame. Ty Cobb was a known racist, Mickey Mantle played games drunk and hungover. ARod did his time and came clean. He has seen the top of the athletic mountain and has come crumbling down. I know one thing, whatever he decides to do, he will be a success. His charisma and work ethic won’t let him fail. As a former Mets fan I will miss rooting against him, and that is the greatest compliment anyone can give their so called rival.
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