I hesitate to write this blog, because this A-Rod story is blowing up and I’m sure this will be just one of thousands of words written about this guy, and I hate just giving him more attention.
I’ve been thinking about what to write about A-Rod should he opt out for a few weeks now. First of all, I really didn’t think he would opt out of his contract for a multitude of reasons: he could’ve fleeced the Yankees for all they’re worth in signing an extension, a free agent auction where the Yankees aren’t involved could end up screwing him, maybe he honestly likes playing in New York like he’s played lip service to for so long, why would he want a bigger contract when he tried to give back money on his current one just to get traded to New York or Boston, etc.
Obviously, none of these thoughts were correct. So now that we live in a world in which a baseball player has opted out of a contract worth over 80 million dollars for the next three years, what is there to say? Well, even though A-Rod will most likely go on to become the best statistical player of all time, his legacy will always be tied up in the size of his contracts. When talking about greed, people love to quote Michael Douglas’s speech in the movie “Wall Street,” and it’s safe to say A-Rod is a disciple. At this point, there’s no going back. New York was the one and only clubhouse where there was a chance he might blend in. Anywhere else, his contract will be the 800 pound (or 800 million dollar) gorilla in the locker room. And when it comes time to break Barry Bonds’ career homerun record? Forget about it. If the San Francisco Giants thought Bonds was a distraction, the A-Rod version will be double that.
That was all before A-Rod’s news was leaked DURING game four of the World Series. This was despicable. I imagine that it was more superagent Scott Boras’s fault than A-Rod’s; nonetheless, unless A-Rod fires Boras tomorrow, citing his douchey behavior in a public statement, we have to hold the player accountable for this move as well. A-Rod has made it clear that he considers himself above the game, and if he considers himself above the game, then he definitely considers himself above his team.
This is the type of personality one really has to think hard about before adding to your clubhouse. Would I take A-Rod on my favorite team for free? Absolutely. Would I give him 15 million a year? I think so. But would I give him more money than my entire pitching staff? Absolutely not. The team who ponies up enough dough to land this guy might as well give him a stake in the ownership of the franchise, since you’re already putting him before the team anyways.