A-Rod: The Difference Five Months Can Make
This past March during Spring Training, a month after the 2003 steroid use was leaked by Sports Illustrated, Alex Rodriguez learned that he would be without the Yankees and baseball for the start of the season.
A-Rod opted to have surgery on a torn labrum in his hip. However, he made a quick recovery, missing only a month and returning on May 8th.
He hit a home run on the first pitch he saw, after that, it has been a solid season for Rodriguez.
He has passed Reggie Jackson and Rafael Palmeiro on the all-time home run list, as he now sits at 10th with 575 blasts in his 16 year career.
Alex has two walk off home runs, one being against the Boston Red Sox in the bottom of the 15th inning. He has totaled 22 home runs and 68 runs batted in with his average being at .264 on the year.
His latest home run, was a two run shot that was lined into the monster seats in left against Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox, silencing the crowd at Fenway.
One of the stats that really stands out at me, is that Rodriguez has stolen eight bases and has only been caught once. Not bad for someone who had hip surgery five months ago.
There is still a way to go, but if Rodriguez and the Yankees can continue this success in the post season, he can put a lot of stuff behind him.
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