No matter how many superstars they sign, the Yankees cannot win with A-Rod. You heard it here first. The New York Yankees are now doomed by the "Curse of A-Rod." The day the Bombers stole Alex Rodriguez from under the nose of the Boston Red Sox, the Curse of the Bambino was lifted and the Curse of A-Rod was born.
Want proof? First a little history...
The Boston Red Sox had been one of the most successful professional baseball franchises of the early 1900's, winning the first World Series in 1903 and amassing five World Series titles by 1918. In the offseason of 1920, Boston owner Harry Frazee needed to finance his girlfriend's production of No No Nannette, so he sold Ruth to the Yankees for $100,000.
For 86 years, Boston never won another title. They made it to four World Series, only to lose each time in game 7. In 2003, they were leading the Yankees 5-2 in the eighth inning of game 7 of the ALCS. The Yankees rallied to tie the game and won it in the 11th inning on the dramatic home run by Yankee third baseman Aaron (F'ing) Boone.
During that offseason, The Mets and Red Sox actively pursued deals for Alex Rodriguez. A trade with the Red Sox for Manny Ramirez was all but finalized, but the players union would not approve a proposed contract re-negotiation, so it fell through. The Red Sox kept Manny, the Yankees got A-Rod and the rest is history.
The following year, with the never-won anything A-Rod on the Yankees roster, Boston came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Yankees in the ALCS. The rest is history as the Sox went on to win the World Series and end the Curse of the Bambino.
The reversal of the curse was only made possible by the beginning of a new and more powerful curse—the Curse of A-Rod.
While possessing great athletic ability, A-Rod is a robotic and non-fluid player. His every motion seems to have been orchestrated to give the appearance he wasn't trying hard. He has the air of someone who is constantly thinking about how he looks. I believe his mind is consumed with such thoughts.
In pressure situations, he is most worried about failing and how he will look when it happens. His mind is weak, and you can see the fear of failure in his face. Despite his ability he is a proven loser that has brought down teams everywhere he has gone.
The Yankees sold their soul to the Devil when they brought in A-Rod. The curse of A-Rod has turned them into annual disappointments.
They've gone all out this off-season to try to compensate for this pariah, but was it enough? I'm here to predict no.
As long as A-Rod is on the Yankees roster, they will not win another World Series. The Curse of A-Rod lives and the Red Sox are loving it.
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