Giving Credit When Credit Is Due
A-Rod has taken a ton of crap over the past few years, but he is carrying the Yankees right now. I've witnessed two walk of bombs to center field including one with the bases juiced. He has a .351/.418/.965 line with five doubles, ten homers, and twenty six RBIs in fourteen games. That puts him on pace for 116 homers, 58 doubles, and 301 RBIs. Just let that sink in. Of course it will not last, but could he make a run at the homerun record this year? I think the answer is yes.
A-Rod looks completely relaxed right now and appears to be....brace yourself...having fun. A relaxed A-Rod without crazy booing coming his way is dangerous for opposing teams. You also have to give credit to him as a person with the daily curtain calls and you can imagine what is really going through his head. I'm sure he would prefer to give the finger rather than tip his cap, but he's on cloud nine right now.
He will always be a jackass and him doing good helps the Yankees win, but I am pulling for the guy. Also, the bigger the year he has the less likely he'll be a Yankee in '08. With the numbers he'll put up this year, he'll be able to reel in a crazy contract that will take him to when he is 40 years old. He can opt out of his current contract and say he is looking to gain security (not monetary, but more so knowing where he'll reside) and he can say he 100% wants to be a Yankee. However, when they don't show as much love as some other teams are likely to show, he walks and does not look so bad.
My prediction? The Giants. They are going to use Bonds' money on A-Rod and need to bolster their offense big time and they do not have many other avenues to do it and probably cannot pass up an offensive player of his ilk. A-Rod will be adored and will get to stay away from Yankee stadium other than every third year. It just makes sense.
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