LADY AT THE BAT: Extra Inning Win Tops Busy Day For A-Rod and The Yankees

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Extra Inning Win Tops Busy Day For A-Rod and The Yankees

The night ended with Brian McCann's 3-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 12th inning, giving the Yankees a 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, and putting them in sole possession of 1st place in the AL East.

Looking further back, we saw Adam Warren make his first second appearance of the year out of the bullpen.  We learned that CC Sabathia's next start would be pushed back to Wednesday. Also, Carlos Beltran and his sore ribcage were placed on the 15-day DL.

And then there was A-Rod. Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees resolved the bonus dispute, making several charities very happy in the process. He also got the ball from his 3,000th hit, making another charity very happy in the process.

As these events involving A-Rod unfolded yesterday, I took a look deep into my soul. (I know, that sounds corny, but bear with me.) Back in October, when he was reinstated, I called for the Yankees to buy him out. I couldn't see myself rooting for him, even if he put up MVP numbers. Well, he isn't quite putting up MVP numbers, but he has been far from a bust. As the season has progressed, I have gone from sitting on my hands during his contributions, to smiling slightly, to clapping politely, to actually cheering for him.  Why the change?

Well, why not? Alex Rodriguez has done absolutely everything, absolutely right this season. He has been contrite. He has been a team player. He has said all the right things. He has performed well as the everyday DH.  Finally, and more importantly, when it comes to the bonuses, he has done the right thing.  How can anyone not like him just a little bit now?

There is one thing, however, that I am still dead-set against: Giving Alex Rodriguez a comeback player award.  Suspended players should NOT be eligible for such an award.  Giving one to him would be totally unfair to others who have not broken the rules, who were simply injured and/or poor performers.

Will A-Rod prove totally unfair to me? Will he let me down again? Will he punish me for liking him just a little bit now?

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