By Johnny Sunchips
Alex Rodriguez may be the most polarizing athlete on the planet. He comes across as narcissistic, self-centered, with a "what about me" persona; all traits unbecoming for a superstar. As A-Rod is now facing a 211 game suspension by Major League Baseball, a ban which he is currently appealing. So, as it stands, Alex Rodriguez may be able to finish out his abbreviated 2013 campaign, and possibly inject some "juice" into a Yankee team on virtual life support.
On Sunday, leading off the Yanks' half of inning number two, A-Rod yanked a 1-0 92 MPH Justin Verlander fastball into the left field seats to tie the game at one. The dinger marked career home run number 658 for the maligned slugger, leaving him just twelve shy of Willie Mays and the fourth spot on the homer list.
I am a Red Sox fan! I hate the New York Yankees! I would root for them on one
occasion only... that's if they were to suit up against a team of Al-Queda All-Stars. Though, I do respect some Bronx players; Derek Jeter, Mariano Riviera, Robinson Cano, you get the picture. These guys represent class. These are players I would want on the Red Sox.
Here is where it gets uncanny! Alex Rodriguez, in my opinion, does belong in the same class as the aforementioned... even though he may very well be the antithesis of such. But I find myself drawn to him. I habitually click on the Yankees box score....scroll to "A-Roid's" line... did he or did he not homer? Usually hoping the former has happened.
The Bronx Bombers are 60-57 with 45 games remaining as I scribe, and with a playoff berth as a realistic long shot, the A-Rod sideshow may take center stage. Good! Great! Awesome!
Let's go Alex! Here's hoping career home run number 660 comes within the next six weeks! It is obvious I cannot stand him; what he represents as a player and the uniform he wears makes me sick. But curiosity keeps me intrigued... How would the Yankee organization, Major League Baseball, sports media, and baseball fans react to him reaching that milestone?
Would there be any celebratory response... check that... any sincere celebratory response amongst the previously mentioned? Who would want to see this? The Yankees, who would owe A-Rod a cool $6 million in bonus money? I think not! Willie Mays himself, who suffered through his godson's assault on the once hallowed record, eventually passing Hammerin' Hank Aaron? Not ever in his heart of hearts could he.
The fans may be torn, as there is still some allegiance to this fraud. However, things have recently taken a turn south and the nays outweigh the yays. These are exactly the reasons I WANT him to reach the top of the all-time home run list. I would just LOVE to sit back and watch the reactions and implosions from everyone involved. This could be reality television at maybe it's finest.
And you thought the Division and Wild Card races were fun?
Wait... gotta go... guess who's on deck?
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