A-Rod, or Alex Rodriguez: Which One Will Return?

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIMay 5, 2009

After a long offseason, a hip surgery, a Sports Illustrated article, and a "tell-all" book, the man known as Alex Rodriguez, or A-Rod to some, makes his long-awaited return to the baseball field.

The Yankees crusader will take over the third base position as early as this weekend, but the question remains: Who will show up to the park?

Will the man who has hit more home runs then any other New York born player, hit more home runs into the night?

Or, will the off-the-field distractions be too much to take for the man who has it all but is still searching for peace?

Regardless of the situation, the city of New York is in need of a savior as the Yankees have dropped four straight games to their arch nemesis, the Boston Red Sox.

Rodriguez has been deemed to have alter egos when he is on the field and when he is off. He is said to be a constant professional on the field, but an insecure person off the field that enjoys being in the spotlight.

If Rodriguez can figure out who he is and what he wants to accomplish, he can still have a successful career as a New York Yankee.

He can't wash away the past, but he can face his fears head on, so his present and future are not dictated by the mistakes he may have made in the past. 

It's time to move on and write a new chapter in the life of Alex Rodriguez, the winning chapter, where Alex grabs the brass ring and holds it high in the air.

It's time to not worry about what other people think about you—It is what you think about yourself that matters most.

There are people out there who still believe and you and know that you can make it through this. You are a human being just like the rest of us and we all make mistakes. It's how you handle yourself after a mistake that makes you who you are.

There might not be a No. 13 symbol in the sky from Yankee Stadium asking for your help, but believe me, that the Yankees need you right now.