Thank You for Smoking divx Last night, Alex Rodriguez had a fairly rough game. After an RBI single in the 1st, he grounded into a DP with the bases loaded to end the 3rd, struck out with one out and a runner at 3rd in the 6th, and K’d with a runner on first in the 8th. After each of the last three at bats, Alex got booed. Quite frankly, the Yankees fans in the Stadium booing him and the ones cursing him out on message boards last night should be ashamed of themselves. The club has gone on a tear since his return. While some would point to the fact that the pitching has improved, it is hard to deny the fact that as Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano slowed down, the Yankees did not miss a beat. In regard to last night’s game in particular, Alex drove in the first run, yet got booed in his next at bat. And Pettitte was awful last night and Derek Jeter went 0-4, yet they heard no such reaction.
Yankees fans are incredibly fickle when it comes to Alex, taking the “what have you done for me lately” nature of the current fan culture to a ridiculous extreme. Every at bat that comes with runners on is an opportunity for the fans to sharpen their axes and prepare to rip Alex should he fail. Since returning, he has been excellent in high leverage situations, but to no avail. He has no margin for error with the fans, an impossible standard in a sport where great players fail all the time.
If Alex fails once again in the postseason, boo all you want. He is here to win titles, and he has not come through in the postseason thus far. But to boo him now, when he has been a significant force in driving this club to the top of the AL East, seems petty and vindictive. It is time to treat Alex Rodriguez like a Yankee.
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