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A-Rod takes care of business

Oct 8, 2009, 8:15 AM EDT

Coming in to this season, Alex Rodriguez had two demons with which he needed to wrestle: (1) his public relations issues; and (2) his reputation as a playoffs choker. Based on how things are going, he’s beating the demons handily.

On the P.R. front, A-Rod has bounced back nicely since the low point of his outing as a steroids user over the offseason.  Some rather boring and tame Kate Hudson stories aside, he has kept himself off the tabloids’ back pages. Indeed, since coming back from the hip injury, he has more or less put his head down, played ball, and has utterly failed to make waves.  Whether this is because of a conscious change in approach to life on his part or simply a function of the New York press growing tied of writing about him is unclear, but either way, demon number one appears to be vanquished.

The playoffs. At the outset it’s probably worth noting that, contrary to his reputation, Rodriguez is not a complete playoff non-entity. Yes, if you start counting from Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS you would be completely accurate to say that Rodriguez has been a zero, having failed to drive in a run with men on base in 27 straight opportunities. Such an observation would be misleading in the grand scheme because it fails to acknowledge that he was a beat in the 2000 ALCS against the Yankees, the 2004 ALDS against the Twins, and probably would have been the ALCS MVP that year if the Yankees didn’t choke Game 4 and the rest of the series away.  But yes, it would still be accurate to say that the guy has struggled since.

Until last night. 3-2 Yankees, a man on second in the fifth inning. A single to left, Jeter comes home, playoff RBI drought broken. A-Rod haters probably aren’t used to the image of the guy standing on first base clapping his hands following an RBI in a key situation — that’s Jeter’s image — but there Rodriguez was, having done what people somehow think him incapable of doing. And he did it again in the seventh inning for good measure.

What has come over A-Rod?  Maybe nothing. Maybe he’s still kind of a weirdo but no one wants to write about him anymore. Maybe the haters are right and he really is some sort of pathological choker and doesn’t know how to approach the postseason and last night’s RBIs are simply a matter of chance and small sample sizes coming back around again.

But maybe A-Rod has also grown up a little. Maybe he has heeded my colleague Bert Blyleven’s advice and has simply decided to enjoy the playoffs, have fun, and stop listening to the people who want to bring him down.  The power of positive thinking and all that.

Whatever the case, it’s nice to see the guy break out of the box he’s been in for so long, put his head down and take care of business on the ballfield. If, as I suspect will be the case, the Yankees go on to win their 27th title, A-Rod’s transformation will be remembered as a key part of that.

  1. judyj - Oct 8, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Let’s make a deal – let’s leave A-Rod alone. He does a splended job every day of the year for the Yankees. Yeah, he makes a lot of money. And, he plays consistently every day and adds more than something special to the lineup. Give it a rest and let him do what he does best – play third and look good while doing it.

  2. Ken - Oct 8, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Judy has said it perfectly. Let’s allow A-Rod to do what he does best, play baseball for the New York Yankees. Good Luck to him and all the Yankees.

  3. mick-7-1961 - Oct 8, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    If A-Rod stays hot in the postseason, game over….Yankees win another World Championship

  4. Joe - Oct 8, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    I still can’t get over the way Jeter treated him when he joined the Yankees. Still seems to be not alot of love. I have threatened to have a Signed Derek jeeter rookie card burning party. A-Rod you da man.
    Lots of love going your way.
    MOI

  5. Robert - Oct 8, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    A-Rod should be the American League MVP. Before he returned from the hip operation, the Yankees struggled and Tex was not doing very well. After his return, the Yankees started to perform because the other teams had to pitch around TEX and A-Rod – although he struggled from time-to-time, ended up with 30 HR and 100 RBI. Not too bad after having to miss several weeks of playing time.

  6. PimP MaN - Oct 8, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    I agree, I said this many times.THE SERIES TROPHY IS BETTER.

  7. BIGBRUCE11047 - Oct 8, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    I agree with Mick-701961 when he said that if A-Rod stays hot in the playoffs the Yankees are going all the way. In the last two playoff series that A-Rod has played in, he has flopped in a big way. I hope A-Rod stays hot it’s lights out in the American League.

  8. PimP MaN - Oct 8, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Joe, he wasn’t going to hold his hand’s at the press conference and remember it was A-Rod that made the comment ” you don’t worry about Jeter when you play the yankees, you worry about Bernie, O’Neil….
    But they do seem to accept each other as teamates, that was evident last night on YES NETWORK.I bet A-Rod and the Yankees LOOSENED UP WHEN THE CAPTAIN HOMERED, IT WAS LIKE HE SAID RELAX FELLAS, IT’S JUST BASEBALLAND AS ALWAYS HE WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THE HAVOC.THE TWINS ARE OVER MATCHED.

  9. Sportster - Oct 8, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Hey, Joe! You seem to forget A-rod trashing Jeter to the press while he was with the Rangers. I think it is time you did get over the way Jeter treated him. The two had a very close fiendship prior to A-Rod’s envy took control. Jeter felt betrayed and who can blame him. He considered A-Rod as one of his closest friends. It is not the same between them and may never be. They both addressed the matter and put it to rest. That is their right, not ours.

  10. PimP MaN - Oct 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Joe, he wasn’t going to hold his hand’s at the press conference and remember it was A-Rod that made the comment ” you don’t worry about Jeter when you play the yankees, you worry about Bernie, O’Neil….
    But they do seem to accept each other as teamates, that was evident last night on YES NETWORK.I bet A-Rod and the Yankees LOOSENED UP WHEN THE CAPTAIN HOMERED, IT WAS LIKE HE SAID RELAX FELLAS, IT’S JUST BASEBALLAND AS ALWAYS HE WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THE HAVOC.THE TWINS ARE OVER MATCHED.

  11. lookatthosetwins - Oct 8, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    hmmm, that story sounds a lot like someone else. Missing a month of the season, coming back and doing awesome. Team making playoffs. Oh yeah that was joe Mauer. And he is a good defensive catcher, and, oh yeah, hit .365 this year. I agree that AROD should get more attention than he does, and more than teixeireirea. But Joe Mauer is the clear MVP. It’s not close.

  12. Grant - Oct 8, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Craig, the best thing about this article is that you get to call Bert Blyleven a colleague. I’m way jealous.

  13. Dave - Oct 8, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Before all you Yankess fans go nuts, A-Fraud had a couple of hitsw last night. That makes him what 2 for 33 with men in scoring postion in the playoffs. This jack*** gets paid 25 plus million a year. No one cares what he does during the year. It is all about playoff time. He has not proven a thing.

  14. david nystuen - Oct 8, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Lots of baseball want a bees, who claim to know so much, but don’t.
    ARod is great as are the rest of the Yankees. Lets just let them play and enjoy the results. Win or lose they are great.

  15. smsetnor - Oct 8, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    This is true. Damon gave an interview on it. Also, Jeter hand-made all of the bats and supplied them to the team. The Captain does it all.

  16. Fish - Oct 8, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    You Yankee homers are classic. I’m a Kansas alum (and Jayhawks fanatic) and we’re often accused of being, as a fanbase, arrogant, superior, and generally full of crap. But we’ve got NOTHING on Yankee fans.

  17. mick-7-1961 - Oct 8, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    That’s rightFish, and don’t you forget it :>)
    You too can be arrogant when your Royals or Jayhawks win 26 World Championships…..we Yankee fans ‘earn’ that arroant status and are proud to wear it on our chests.
    And Dave? Watch out, A-‘Fraud’ as you refer to him, will get and stay hot for the next few weeks….and it’ll spell ‘doom’ for their opposition.

  18. Ryan - Oct 8, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    What the hell? That was uncalled for. Wait, why am I responding to a troll? Anyways, good to see Alex exorcise some demons. I really hope he does well this postseason- I have a feeling he well. This is his year.

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