The New York Yankees are two losses away from being eliminated in the MLB Playoffs. And considering the Detroit Tigers are throwing their two aces (Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer) at home for the next two games, things are looking a little bleak for the Bronx Bombers.
I have never seen a team booed as much as I have the Yankees this past week and Alex Rodriguez is everyone’s favorite whipping boy. Everyone knew the Yankees messed up when they signed Rodriguez to his 10-year, $275 million deal in 2007. It was pretty obvious the Yankees would be paying Rodriguez $20 million a year to be dead weight in his final seasons with New York; however, dead weight might be an upgrade right now.
Here are Rodriguez’s slash-lines from his last five postseason series:
2010 ALDS: .273/.308/.273/.580
2010 ALCS: .190/.320/.286/.606
2011 ALDS: .111/.261/.111/.372
2012 ALDS: .125/.222/.125/.347
2012 ALCS: .143/.143/.143/.286
How’s that old phrase go again? One’s an accident, two’s a trend, three’s a problem? Well, what’s the word for five? A catastrophe?
Alex Rodriguez is like the Nicholas Cage of baseball. He gets paid an insane amount of money to suck. There’s no other way to put it, really. I’m not one who really believes in clutch or postseason heroes, but I cannot get over how bad Rodriguez is in the playoffs.
It’s clearly all mental, which makes it all the more frustrating. I can’t imagine paying someone a quarter of a billion dollars to be a mental midget, so I can imagine the Steinbrenners have to be as frustrated as the fans are.
Having said all this, Rodriguez has a chance to exercise the demons and lead the Yankees past the Tigers into the World Series! It’s clear the Yankees need someone to navigate the ship with their Magellan (Derek Jeter) out for the postseason.
It’s a team full of people underperformers right now. Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, and Curtis Granderson have been just as bad, but they need Rodriguez to right the ship in the tumultuous water. The Yankees need a moment kind of like the scene in Remember The Titans where Julius and Gary shout “strong side, left side”. They need that one thing to show them the sky is not falling and everything will be okay. They need Alex Rodriguez to earn that paycheck.
The time is now, Alex. It’s put up or shut up time. Will you finally be the Hall of Fame player we all know you are capable of being, or will you be the guy who gets fed popcorn like a child
The choice is yours.