Will The Real A-Rod Please Stand Up?

Jared HoodContributor IApril 30, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 18:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees follows through on his third inning home run against the San Diego Padres at Yankee Stadium June 18, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Will the real A-Rod please stand up? No not that one, you can sit down. With today’s headlines buzzing around a new book soon to be released revealing; shock, more news from the A-Rod character assassination front, I’d like to take a moment and point something out. Selena Roberts, the Sports Illustrated writer and the most recent sports writer who can’t seem to find anything else to write about save for A-Rod’s minute-by-minute drama, is facing a flop. This book won’t sell more than Fresh Fish at a Dollar store. According to Selena, the book doesn’t cover any of his sexual exploits, but covers just about everything else up to and including what public bathrooms he takes a dump in. She’d have better luck if she reported his sex life. According to the Daily News, the book covers how he’s a bad tipper…shock. How he’s divorced…who cares? And…of course that A-Rod injected roids in High school and may have cheated…shock and, who cares! I don’t know about anyone else, but I just don’t care anymore about who, or who is not doing steroids. Colin Cowherd on ESPN called it Steroid Fatigue claiming that fans are just tired of hearing about steroids. I think he sums it up for me perfectly.


            So A-Rod is reckless with his personal life. He’s not a very nice person supposedly. He may be doing steroids. And he gets paid a lot of money to play baseball for which he plays very well I might add. You may not like him, I may not like him, but he’s like that car accident. You slam on your breaks because you want to see the carnage! And A-Rod brings “carnage” on and off the field. But what is more important to me as a baseball fan, some jackass’ personal life, or the fact that he’s one of the best five-tool players of all time? No matter what, it’s hard to argue this guy isn’t going to surpass the career home run numbers of Barry Bonds. Or that he’s not a first ballot hall-of-famer. Just look at his numbers! If you’re a fan of baseball, be a fan of baseball. If you’re a fan of MTV’s the “Real World” than watch the “Real World”. What Selena Roberts is about to release is garbage, like just about everything aired on MTV. I just went and saw my favorite Hip Hop group last night. Awesome show! Do I care if “The Pharcyde” or “Tribe Called Quest” smoked weed before they came on stage? No I don’t. I didn’t go to the show or listen to them for public service announcements and it goes the same for A-Rod. As long as he’s hitting home runs, snagging ground balls and making great throws I’m going to enjoy his performance. Would I let my kid hang out with him? No.


            But here is something else. If A-Rod is reckless like a rush hour car accident on the Vanwick, than this may be his best chance yet to start over. With this trash, I mean book, about to be released he faces more media scrutiny. If he can gather his thoughts and speak to the media in a mature manner he may escape further scrutiny. That’s the A-Rod I don’t want standing up! I want the one that keeps his mouth shut and plays great ball i.e. Derek Jeter. The other A-Rod, the one that plays a great game of baseball, could be the one that saves the other A-Rod. With the Yankees needing his bat to help keep the team from dipping below .500 again and his sooner than expected return, A-Rod could take this opportunity to divert the attention from this “waste of paper”, “steroid fatigue” and the “A-Rod on A-Rod” reality T.V. show that he’s getting caught up in. If Barry Bonds did this, his story too might be different. Are you listening A-Rod? Will the real A-Rod please stand up? Make this book a dollar store pick right next to the fresh fish cooler! It’s up to you A-Rod.