Yankees-Indians: Don't Blame Alex Rodriguez Alone

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Yankees-Indians: Don't Blame Alex Rodriguez Alone
IconThe Yankees are down two games to none against the Cleveland Indians going into today's Game Three in the Bronx.

Alex Rodriguez is hitless in the series.

I thought I’d break that story, since the rest of the media has only given it massive attention already.

It’s the same old theme for the Bombers: Once again A-Rod gets all the blame...and the rest of the Yankees get a pass for their poor play.

Alex Rodriguez isn’t the only reason the Yankees are on the brink of another playoff letdown. The Yankees as a club are hitting .121. The defense and pitching haven't exactly been up to snuff either—from Bobby Abreu missing cutoff men to pitchers not hitting their spots.

But I guess that's A-Rod's fault too.

Rodriguez will be the focus of blame no matter how badly the rest of the team plays—it goes with the territory when you're the highest-paid athlete in your sport. But I say if we fry A-Rod, we've got to fry everyone who's contributed to the disaster.

If Joba Chamberlain had held the lead Saturday night, we wouldn't be talking about a collapse. If Joe Torre had kept a lefty reliever on the playoff roster, Luis Vizcaino wouldn't have had to face lefty slugger Travis Hafner with the game on the line.

As a lifelong Yankee fan who never wanted A-Rod in the first place and has bashed him in the past, I have to stand up here and say there's plenty of blame to go around. From the front office to the last man in the bullpen, this TEAM has to right the ship sooner rather than later.

Otherwise it'll be a long winter in the Bronx—and you can be sure there'll be changes up and down the roster.

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