A-Rod: He’s Back!

Photo of Alex Rodriguez and Jeff Pentland
Photo courtesy of New York Post

Most baseball fans have heard the news regarding Alex Rodriguez recently, but if you haven’t heard the news about him…he is making his return to the Bronx Bombers lineup!  Isn’t that just the most important MLB news you have heard all offseason? No? Yeah me neither.  If this news was happening 10 years ago when Alex Rodriguez was the face of Major League Baseball and he was coming back from an injury, then maybe this would be important news but since it is 2015 this is irrelevant to me.  Okay, maybe not irrelevant because, steroids or not, he is still one of the best players to ever pick up a bat and put on a glove.  In reality, Rodriguez is now 39 years old and is clearly out of the prime of his career. In my opinion, I cannot see him coming back and really be any help to the Yankees.  But at this point doesn’t A-Rod have enough money that he can just go live on some beach with a supermodel for the rest of his life?  Why does he want to even come back? Is he trying to prove something? I don’t know but I would really like to sit down and talk to him about this.

When Alex Rodriguez was signed by the Yankees to a 10 year deal that was worth 300 million dollars in 2004, which is completely outrageous for any athlete, he was in the prime of his career. At that point, he was on pace to demolish Hank Aaron’s home run record.  He was always the guy.  Always.  He was a Yankee and I happen to be an Orioles fan and it didn’t even matter.  I still thought A-Rod was a great player and was hoping the best for him because he was “clean” in an era of baseball that will forever be remembered as the steroid era.  Now 10 years later, news has come out that he has in fact been “juicing” and now his reputation has been tarnished.

Alex Rodriguez’s comeback may be fueled by a desire to be in forefront. He may even have a bit of an ego.  But, he hates being out of the limelight and it kills him that his career could have ended with a suspension. That’s why he’s trying to come back this year, to fix his reputation and not always be remembered as a bad guy. I can’t imagine A-Rod coming back and being successful.  He hasn’t hit above .280 since 2009 when he was 33 years old. If Rodriguez hits better than .250 this year I will be shocked.  I’m hoping the best for the guy because he is one of the greatest players to ever play the game. I just think he’s trying to do one too many victory laps and should probably consider retirement soon.

Tim Price

Staff Writer for The Mountain Echo

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