Posted 08/27/2008 at 07:58 AM
I've been saying it for years and I'll say it again this morning: Alex Rodriguez is one of the biggest chumps in the history of sports. Seriously, the dude is a complete disgrace.
My distaste for A-Rod began when he spurned the Mariners to take the biggest baseball contract ever to go to the Rangers. At the time, Seattle was a perennial contender, while Texas was an absolute joke.
And it's not like the M's didn't make A-Rod a fair offer. In fact, they put a deal on the table in excess of $120 million.
But Me-Rod was all about the greenbacks. He wanted cash instead of wins. He wanted stats rather than rings.
A-Rod brought in the big bucks and put up the cute numbers with the Rangers, but we all knew that would happen. Baseball is not tennis or golf. It's a team game and with A-Rod, Texas was the worst team in the majors.
When he finally got fed up with losses galore, Me-Rod demanded a trade. Not only that, but he wanted to go to the Red Sox or the Yankees. In other words, he couldn't beat 'em, so he wanted to join 'em.
Is that the competitive fire you look for from someone who is supposed to be one of (if not the) best player(s) in the game?
Has Peyton Manning ever wanted the Colts to trade him so he can win big? Of course not, he has the attitude that he'll make his team the best. Remember how abysmal Indy was in Manning's rookie season?
Did Michael Jordan ever want a trade to go play with Larry Bird and Robert Parrish? No, he wanted to play with Dave Corzine, Brad Sellers and a couple of other knuckleheads and beat Bird and Parrish anyway.
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Before A-Rod put on the pinstripes, it appeared as if Derek Jeter might win as many World Series rings as Bill Russell won NBA titles. Jeter had four in the Pre-Rod Era, while Russell finished with 11.
Jeter has been bagled with A-Rod as a teammate. A-Rod is still 0-for-LIFE in terms of winning championships.
After signing yet another monster contract this past off-season, Stray-Rod is playing like a scrub when it matters. Take a second to digest these numbers: With runners in scoring position this year, Choke-Rod is batting just .246. Even worse, he has either struck out or grounded into a double play in 40 percent of those at-bats.
With his team's playoff hopes fading fast, A-Rod chumped out last night against the Red Sox, hitting into a 6-3 DP to kill a rally in the seventh. Then he fanned with a runner on to end the game. Then the crowd in the Bronx dog-cussed the overrated/overhyped/overpaid player during every step of his way back to the dugout.
I tell you what, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
A-Rod can have his stats. He can break Barry Bonds' home run record before he's done. He can cheat on his wife and he can buy his own jet. (Speaking of cheating, I can't wait until his "juice" details eventually come out!)
But those homers and cute numbers have never led his team to a World Series title. In fact, those homers and solid numbers have always disappeared when its mattered most.
Bottom line: A-Rod is an A-Hole and that'll never change.