It all became so clear…

I come alive at Yankee stadium. I believe i am the most happiest when i am entering that arena, with all the bright lights, that beauitiful green field, camera bulbs flashing…getting ready to watch my favorite team play. I go to so many Yankee games, but every game feels like my first time. Its a feeling i cant relinquish. =]

Yesterday at the game my friend Jose and I cheered for Alex. Off course, yet another obnoxious stadium "fan" almost made me lose my cool (i dont believe i have ever been to a game this year without getting into a fight/arguement about ARod..). It just really fully occured to me why i defend this man so much. Yes, i completely adore him as a player, and i am in awe of his talent, but its more. It occured to me what that more is when i read this article. I can relate to him. Albeit on a much smaller scale. I can relate to his dual country afiliation, feeling like an outcast on both sides, the instable family life, the working so hard at something, giving your all but never feeling its good enough, to feel you can never ever fail, cause if you do, there will always be 1001 people, who willingly looked the other way at times you didnt fail, around to bring you down..etc. Its strange that ordinary me could say i feel connected to a $25 million a year player who probably would never know of my existance, but i do. In many ways, i idolize and look up to him…sorta like you’d do an older sibling. And these days, with the way i defend ARod, you’d think he were my real brother.

(Alex by the way, went 3 for 4, with 2 rbis and 1 homer in today’s 6-4 win over the Tigers. But i’m sure you wont here about this on Sportscenter or Baseball Tonite. No, off course, there are only interested when they can replay the strikeouts, fly outs and pop outs in slow motion, regular speed, then fast speed. 😉

I wish i wrote this article, but i didnt. It’s one of the best i have read on Alex. Love him, hate him, completely cant stand him, or even borderline, i think its a piece worth reading.

(Because i know people will be too bothered to click a link, i’ll just save u all the trouble and post the full article 😉

The source: http://villagevoice.com/nyclife/0635,barra,74310,15.html

Atlas Slugged
Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest Yankees ever. And the whole world is on his back?

There have been several indications that this just isn’t Alex Rodriguez’s year. One came on June 30, the day after he hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 and awoke to headlines that read "Okay, but Do It Again." Another came on July 2, when he hit a grand slammer to beat the Mets and was verbally abused by catcher Paul Lo Duca for "showing up my pitcher." (Actually, Paul, if anyone got shown up, it was you, not the pitcher; you were the one who called the pitch.) All Rodriguez did was show a little exuberance, which is what many have been asking from him all season long. Some years you can’t win even when you win.

And yet another came on July 20 against Toronto, when he hit his 450th career homer, the youngest player in history to reach that mark. He capped it off with a costly error that helped the Yankees lose. These days it almost seems as if there’s nothing Alex Rodriguez can do right—or at least nothing he can do so right that he can’t take it away by doing something wrong. "His standing," wrote Joel Sherman in the New York Post on June 16, "is lower in New York today than any other point in his three Yankee seasons. None of his good deeds on the field have any sustainability. All that lingers are his mounting malfunctions." Everyone forgot, Sherman pointed out, that before beginning a stretch of hitting .149 with runners in scoring position, Rodriguez had gone through a .749 streak. With A-Rod, it seems, it isn’t even a case of what he’s done lately but what he did last time up.

In a world in which people are praised according to achievement, Rodriguez would be recognized as the last of the so-called five-tool superstars in the mold of Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Duke Snider, players who can hit for a high average with tremendous power, throw, field, and run. In a fair world, it would be enough that Alex Rodriguez is the greatest all-around player in baseball—which he clearly was before this season. He isn’t playing as well this season as he did last, and the decline seems most attributable to a lack of focus. For instance, he’s made 22 errors so far, nearly twice as many as in all of 2005, most of them on fairly routine ground balls or standard throws from third base to first. At bat, he has only been hitting about 15 or so points below his career average but looks to be headed for a career high in strikeouts.

In a sane world, Rodriguez, who will reach 500 home runs sooner than any player in the game’s history, would be the obvious antidote to the ugly PR mess that Barry Bonds threatens to dump on the game if he approaches Hank Aaron’s career record of 755 home runs. Baseball would at least have the consolation of knowing that Rodriguez, about whom there has never been a hint of steroid or any other kind of scandal, would, at the pace he’s going, be on track to surpass both Bonds and Aaron by the time he’s 40.
In a world that made sense, Alex Rodriguez would be the symbol of Latin ascendance over the game of baseball.

Unfortunately for Alex Rodriguez, this world is none of those. It’s the world of New York baseball in 2006, in which the game’s best player is subjected to what teammate Mike Mussina calls "lethal booing," where his every at-bat and play in the field is mercilessly scrutinized, and in which the local press and fandom treat him as if he were a member of a hated rival team—while fans of the hated rival team, the Boston Red Sox, boo and curse him hysterically for not playing for their team, a decision in which he had no say in the first place.

Continue reading the rest of the article here.

2 comments

  1. levelboss@levelboss.com

    i feel bad for you, Lola. originally i think you were gonna to see Randy vs Bonderman, but because of the rainout, the schedule shifted and you had to see Monroe’s 9th inning 3-run homer

    i hope you had a great time regardless

  2. Felix

    Last night was a tough loss, as watching the Munroe HR was just as bad as getting my teeth pulled. At least we took the series!

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