One Flip of A-Rod's Bat Silences City of Baltimore

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIMay 10, 2009

It wasn't just any ordinary night in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday when the New York Yankees rolled into town, Alex Rodriguez made his season debut after his March hip surgery.

Not to mention, the Yankees were on a five game losing streak headed into the beginning of their current road trip and needed a lift, and a lift is what they got.

Fresh off of an oblivion of steroid questions and hip rehab, Rodriguez shocked the world and wrote a script that Jerry Bruckheimer couldn't even write on his best day.

First pitch, see you later.

A crack of the bat and a black Louisville Slugger flipping into a sea of camera flashes, a three run shot in the first inning that catapulted the Yankees to a 4-0 win.

Still, it is something you have to see to believe.

I've watched a digital video recording of the game off of the YES network a few times over and it is still hard to believe, but I can't say that I am completely shocked.

I finished off my last article with this statement, I am looking forward to seeing A-Rod play again, and I hope he keeps his head held high and hits a home run when the "boo-birds" come out to the park in Baltimore tonight.

He didn't disappoint.

There will be non believers, and there will be trash talkers, but when my favorite player performed the way he did on Friday night, I couldn't be happier no matter what anyone else thinks.  It is what I think about him that matters the most to me.

You don't have to like him, after his admitted drug use, you don't even have to respect him, but you have to admire the fact that he can go out there and do what he did on one pitch.

If you don't admire it, then you are missing out.

Look, I know he disrespected the game, and he will pay for it greatly.  However, he has eight some odd years to right his wrongs and play the game with the love for it he has had since he was a kid.

I have said it before and I will say it again, 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.

No allegation, scandal, or tabloid can take away his passion for the game he holds right now.