There’s no middle ground on Rodriguez. Like him or hate him, it doesn’t matter, the man is a lightning rod because he’ll forever have the pressure coming with baseball’s richest contract. He’ll never be the player people want because there’s no such thing as perfection.
Rodriguez compiles awesome numbers, but I can’t believe none of them come when it matters. Don’t forget, a go-ahead-to-stay RBI single in the third means the same as one in the ninth, it just wasn’t hit under the microscope. Rodriguez’s body language more than anything tells he’s uncomfortable and pressing. That’s something he’ll have to overcome because they’ll never stop booing. Even when he’s going good they’ll boo.
To blame Rodriguez, even with his October shortcomings, for the Yankees not winning the World Series is ridiculous. They also haven’t won with Mike Mussina, Randy Johnson, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, Kevin Brown and Hideki Matsui. They just haven’t been good enough in a lot of areas to win since 2000.
As for trading him, that’s next to impossible. Outside the Yankees, there aren’t many teams that can afford his salary. Maybe Boston. Oh yeah, right, that will happen.
And, even if a team did have the money, do they have enough talent to get him? And, even if they did and gave it up, how much would be left for that team to be capable of winning? And, if the Yankees would want to deal him, they certainly wouldn’t want to trade him to an American League team, so that cuts the market in half.
Rodriguez isn’t going anywhere.