New York Yankees

Yankees Resurgence: the Return of A-Rod

NEW YORK - MAY 19:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees connects for a first inning two-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium May 19, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Daniel BrommerCorrespondent IMay 20, 2009

Eight to two. That's the record since the return of the Yankees' controversial third baseman...the same guy who admitted to using performance enhancing drugs not two months ago...that same guy who everyone loves to hate in the world's greatest city.

Alex Rodriguez began his journey back to the Yankee squad over a month ago, after having hip surgery.

Many believed that A-Rod would have a rocky start, possibly even a bad start. It's not common for athletes to come back after only two months from surgery. Ask Alex Gordon, the third baseman for the Kansas City Royals; he's sitting out the rest of this season after having the same procedure.

A-Rod came back early, not to disappoint anyone, especially himself. And did he come back in dramatic fashion, hitting a three-run homer on his first at bat back.

It's what he's done since then that's surprised everyone, though.

So far he's hitting .188...not impressive, but he's also hit five home runs, four home runs in four games in a row. He's added 10 RBIs and five runs.

Those are pretty good numbers, aside from the average, in only ten games. If you would like to compare, David Ortiz has zero homers and 15 RBIs in 35 games; that's quite a drop off.

Since A-Rod's return, Mark Teixeira has been on fire. Hitting .341 with six home runs, 15 RBIs, and 11 runs. That's more home runs than he's hit all season, and he matched his season total in RBIs. Do you think Mark Teixeira is happy to see A-Rod back?

Did any of us really see this coming?

It's a shame really, that the hero of the Yankees was the loneliest player in all of baseball two months ago, the most hated athlete in all of sports.

His legacy is forever tainted, no matter what he does, he will never be remembered as the same player he was before the evidence somehow leaked out.

That doesn't matter right now. What matters is that he's back. The Yankees are finally playing to their potential, and A-Rod hasm't even warmed up yet. There's still a lot of the season left.

A-Rod is finally back, and soon enough, he'll be in midseason form. Watch out for the Yankees to make their run...they're well over due.

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