“Look, there’s blood in the water.”
Oh, yes, there is. And it belongs to you, Alex Rodriguez.
The New York Yankees are on the precipice of being swept by the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, but the big story, the one gobbling up back pages, concerns A-Rod’s future in the Bronx.
After years of mostly disappointment and embarrassment (being fed popcorn by Cameron Diaz at the Super Bowl, posing shirtless in Central Park, that whole matter of whether he has a painting of himself as a centaur, the in-game flirtation), it’s possible that after the ALCS, A-Rod will be, as the New York Post put it, “A-Goner.”
It won’t be easy to say buh-bye, though. There’s the aforementioned disappointment, for one thing. The slugger who has over 600 home runs has been benched and just plain left out of the lineup. The problem is, who needs a guy who, in 20 postseason games since 2009, is hitting .164 with no home runs? And who needs to pay a ton ($30-million a year) for declining skills and production? The likely landing spot, according to ESPN New York, is A-Rod’s hometown Miami Marlins. Perhaps. But that will have to materialize over the offseason. At the moment, New Yorkers are stuck with their damned Yankee. He and Yankees fans will always have October 2009; just take the memory and leave, ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor writes.
Don’t fight it, Alex. Work with the Yankees. Help them send you to Miami, Los Angeles, whatever franchise and city satisfy your criteria for an acceptable landing spot.
Just don’t stick around for the next five seasons out of spite, out of some self-absorbed need to win while you’re losing. “I love the Yankees,” you said Wednesday night. “I love this organization.”
It no longer loves you back.
The question is: How will this end?
Box score: Cardinals 3, Giants 1