Since there is never a story with the New York Yankees this postseason that doesn't involve Alex Rodriguez, it makes sense that the most news he would make is for flirting with fans after being pulled from Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, according to Emily Smith of the New York Post:
After being replaced in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, the highest-paid Yankee openly flirted with a pair of pretty women two rows behind the dugout — even sending them a ball bearing a note asking for their phone numbers, a witness told The Post.
It is obvious that Rodriguez hates the Yankees, has no desire to see the team win and is only looking out for himself. I mean, the audacity of a man to ask women for their phone numbers during a game. He must be stopped before this madness continues!
If the overblown story is true—it could just be a fabrication from Yankees fans who hate Rodriguez, seeing as there are a lot of those people out there—Rodriguez is nonetheless an idiot for doing it such a blatantly obvious way.
Is Alex Rodriguez Unfairly Scrutinized?
Of course, assuming the story is true, the attention on it comes as little surprise to happen to Rodriguez. When he makes a mistake on or off the field, most fans and analysts notice and say, "That's just A-Rod." He's a lightning rod for this kind of thing.
Any other player on the Yankees roster could do this in some super-stealth mode that would make James Bond jealous. But because it's Rodriguez, it is almost like someone in the stands is being paid to watch everything he does.
However, the other side of the coin is that, if he did do this, it is probably something thousands of ballplayers have done before. It is just going to get much more scrutiny and publicity because this time it is Rodriguez, during a playoff loss, and he isn't hitting on the field.
Since no one wants to talk about what other players do, Rodriguez is going to be painted as a villain who doesn't care about anything happening to the team.
If Rodriguez or the team was playing well, no one would pay attention to any of his extracurricular activities. But because he couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat, every move he makes is going to attract scrutiny.