New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez just can’t catch a break.
And personally, I have had enough of it.
If you happened to miss Game 2 of the ALDS on Monday night, the Yankees were down 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning with two outs. And I bet you can guess who was the Bombers' last hope at the plate.
If you said A-Rod, pat yourself on the back because you are correct, as he went down swinging to end the game and send the Yankees back to the Bronx 1-1 with the O’s.
Now, I was at the game in Baltimore on Monday night, and my heart sank every time A-Rod came to the plate, as even the pathetic O’s fans ripped him to shreds.
“Steroids” and “cheater” were the most popular words chanted by the entire stadium.
I mean, this banter was coming from an O’s fanbase who have self-proclaimed themselves "the best in baseball." And I found the whole thing so ironic, considering the O’s fans only showed up in Camden Yards, like, two weeks ago. But still they came together to collectively heckle A-Rod, and loudly.
Now, any knowledgeable baseball fan watching this game would clearly know that the Yankees loss was a total team effort and not just A-Rod’s fault.
A-Rod was not even one of the guilty parties on the LOB with two outs list, like Swisher (3), Jeter (2) and Cano (1) all were.
And he also saved a run being scored by distracting Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy as he was heading to third, which caused him to stop instead of running home.
Do you feel that A-Rod gets picked on too much?
So this is why I was sure that the New York media and Yankee fans would react to the loss as such, but boy was I wrong.
The A-Rod bashing hit an all-time high by not only local but national media, which was totally unfair and completely unwarranted.
Yes, A-Rod had two strikeouts and couldn’t go yard in the bottom of the ninth to tie it up, but neither did anyone else.
Personally, I do not know how A-Rod walks on the field every day because I certainly could not.
And the foulest part is that Yankee fans are the first ones to drop A-Rod on his face instead of willing the guy to hit by cheering for him harder than anyone else.
When my O’s fan friends looked at me mid-game to say how badly they felt for A-Rod, all I could say was that it is worse at home.
Immediately after I said that, I was embarrassed to be part of that kind of fanbase that treats people so poorly.
Everyone conveniently forgets that A-Rod is the guy who piggy backed the 2009 Yankees all the way to the World Series, as that, all of a sudden, is worthless.
Ironically, these are the same people that were bragging after Game 1’s win and predicting a sweep.
So, all I ask is that Yankee fans cheer for the team this week and not the player.
As there is no “I” in team, but there is in win and that is the goal. So heckle the O’s and not A-Rod.
Simple. Because the fact is, when A-Rod produces, the Yankees win. So if there ever were a time to back him up, it would be now.