When I read this post by CBS Sports’ Matt Snyder, it was like a second helping of Christmas for me. ARod might miss the entire 2013 season? It almost seemed too good to be true. NY Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman had this to say when asked if this might be true:
“I think because [of] the serious nature of the surgery and the condition that he’s trying to recover from, you know, there is that chance,” Cashman said when asked if A-Rod might miss the whole season (via CBS New York).
He went on to further say that it was much more likely that the six-month time table that had originally been reported was still the most likely outcome for Arod’s recovery, but simply the chance that I might not have to look at his mug all season long helped me get over the Red Sox mostly abysmal off-season for a few minutes.
Now, it’s not that I really fear Arod as a player that much anymore. The only significant offensive stat that he outperformed his replacement, Kevin Youkilis, in 2012 was batting average (.272 – .235). Youkilis had slightly more pop (19 HRs, 60 RBIs) than Arod (18/57), and is a much more likeable guy. So all things considered, the Yankees significantly upgraded at 3B this year when Arod went down and Youk came on board, and that could spell trouble for all other teams in the A.L. East.
The reason that I’m most interested in Arod possibly missing a season is for the sake of Karma. He is a man who cheated the game of baseball, cheated the game’s fans, and has fraudulently earned a place alongside the greats of the game.
I haven’t always felt this way about Arod, even if it seems that way. At one point in time, I had actually written the following words:
Instead, the countdown to 756 for Bonds is more of a death knell for baseball, and sad as it is to say, the future savior of baseball’s record book may in fact be Yankee shortstop Alex Rodriguez. In my opinion, Rodriguez is an all-world athlete dressed up in a chump suit, but of the current crop of major leaguers, he has the best shot to eventually unseat Bond’s tainted record. Through 2006 he stood at 486 home runs and is only 31 years old, so 800 home runs is not out of reach for him.
Sure, I called him a chump, but I also expected that he would be the man that would save MLB’s record book. In that moment, as I wrote out those words, it seemed inconceivable to me that Arod was a Cheater. I had watched him play baseball from the time he broke in with the Seattle Mariners at 18 years old. He was supposed to be the Real Deal, and along with Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra was supposed to be one of the prototypes for what a SS would be.
Instead, only Jeter marches on as an MLB shortstop. Nomar’s career was sidetracked by injuries (though there are those that would say it was the SI cover jinx) and Arod was caught up in the PED craze, although it would be 2009 before most people knew.
Since his nefarious actions became known, Arod has posted his 4 worst seasons as a an MLBer (although to be fair, his 2008 & 2009 numbers were still very good), and sure, part of that can be attributed to his age. What I’ll always hope is that it’s the baseball gods looking to settle the score, and keep Arod from further damaging the record book.
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