Now, I Have A Reason Not To Like Him

 

The pompous ass light one up.......Madonna'll do that to you.

The pompous ass lights one up.......Madonna'll do that to you.

I have been a Yankees fan since the World Series in 1977 when Reggie Jackson, who my dad told me was from Philly (Wyncote, actually, but I barely knew where Philly was back then), hit those three home runs against the Dodgers to win Game 6.  I suffered with them throughout the 80’s and early 90’s when they were God awful and through the resurgence in the mid 90’s when Steinbrenner had the good sense to hire Joe Torre . In short, I have rode with that team for a very long time, through every scandal and twist, and still, I’ve supported them.  So, when I woke up to the news that Alex Rodriguez, the infamous big bat in the lineup of the current edition of the Yankees, tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2003, the year of his first MVP, the last year of his stint with the Texas Rangers, and the last year before Major League Baseball adopted a testing policy for its players, I just shook my head.  Damn!!  Instantly, my faith in the interlocked “NY” was shaken.  Once again, A-Rod finds himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.  Here is a guy that has been described as the most talented baseball player on the planet, who has parlayed his 15 seasons as a major leaguer into 12th place on the all-time home run list, and all he’s done since becoming a Yankee is to court controversy and scandal at almost every turn.  From the time he first donned the pinstripes, he has attracted the wrong type of attention, from the petty jealousy of Derek Jeter, the crap playoff performances, the stripper that he got caught with, the ugly divorce from his wife, the courtship or whatever the hell is going on with Madonna; not to mention the things revealed in Torre’s recently released book.  He has made an ass of himself repeatedly, and yet here we are again, drawn to this latest indiscretion.  Will this news futher sully his reputation?  Probably, and if it does, so be it.  For all of his talents, he is a supremely superficial human being, unable to embrace the gifts he was born with unless they come with press coverage.  My respect for him, which was waning anyway, is now almost completely gone, as he took the easy way out instead of accepting his limitations and working within them.  What the hell happened to this guy, he was destined for greatness the right way…..but now?  He’ll be lucky to survive this season in New York in one piece.  I bet Jeter is laughing his ass off somewhere, leaving Torre voicemails.

-Just as a post script (like I’m writing a letter home from camp), to counter this shitty news, let’s take a minute to acknowledge the 75th birthday of the great Hank Aaron, who is the real Home Run King, at least from where I sit…..I re-read his book “If I Had a Hammer” recently and in light of the virulent, oppressive conditions that he was forced to play in, his achievements are that much more monumental and impressive.  When you are awash in depressing stories about clowns like Bonds and A-Rod, no wonder it is so refreshing to take a look back and salute the true heroes of the game.  Happy Birthday, Hank…..and thank you.

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~ by darrylthewriter on February 7, 2009.

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