Saturday, April 07, 2007
Alex Rodriguez hit two homeruns today, including a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, to overcome a poor major league debut from Kei Igawa and lead the Yankees to a 10-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Following the game, Rodriguez was asked why he felt the need to hit a homerun when a single would have sufficed. He chose to express his answer through the majesty of song (NSFW).
Okay, so that didn’t really happen. But it might be worth noting that even after hitting a game-winning homerun, Rodriguez still can’t catch a break from the media. Game story, third paragraph: what starts out as a recap of a pretty good day turns into yet another dig at a great player.
“Rodriguez homered twice, doubled and drove in six runs. Two days earlier, he popped out with the bases loaded to end the eighth in a 7-6 loss to Tampa Bay, a performance reminiscent of his October flop.”
Yeah, Alex Rodriguez was pretty terrible in the playoffs in both 2005 and 2006; a combined 3-for-29 and 0 RBI in nine games certainly isn’t good. But why bother mentioning it in an April game recap that really has nothing to do the last year’s postseason? The point about the Tampa Bay loss is relevant; it happened two days ago in a similar situation. The point about the playoffs? Not so much.
(Photo credit: Syracuse.com)