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I've long given Alex Rodriguez the benefit of the doubt. I figured that since he's only 30 years old and has played in just a handful of postseasons -- batting a respectable .305 in the process -- he has plenty of time to prove he's an all-time great and deserves the kind of money he makes. But no more. His showing over the past week forced me to give up on him forever.

 

Let me take you through his embarrassing performances from the past seven days.

 

Tuesday at Boston: Rodriguez hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to put the Yankees up 7-1. His blast would prove to be the game winner because the Red Sox stormed back to make the final score 7-5, but A-Rod hitting a home run when his team already has the lead? Classic A-Rod. Or should I say A-Fraud. (Get it? I changed the Rod part to Fraud. It rhymes and everything.)

 

Wednesday at Boston: The Yankees won 8-6, but A-Rod got only one hit and scored just a single run. But that's not even the worst part. In the second inning, following a David Ortiz strikeout, Manny Ramirez hit a home run to left. Then the next batter, Jason Varitek, grounded out to A-Rod at third. I mean, come on A-Rod! Now you make the play?! The batter before hits a home run over your head to cut your team's lead to two and you do nothing, and then Varitek hits a weak grounder to you and you make that out? How about jumping up and snagging that Ramirez shot before it rocketed over your head? That's what your team needed! I mean, I don't know -- if I'm going to pay a guy $25 million to play third, I expect him to make those plays. I can get anyone to field routine ground balls.

 

Thursday, no game: A scheduled off day. Typical A-Fraud -- the Yankees manage to win back-to-back games against the Red Sox and he needs a day off. Pathetic.

 

Friday vs. Kansas City: The Yankees come home and play the Kansas City Royals, owners of a 13-game losing streak, and -- get this -- lose 7-6. And whose fault was it? You guessed it: A-Rod's. He went 3-for-4 with a double and just one measly RBI. Uh, hello? A-Rod? How about you muscle up a bit, you wuss, and make those singles into home runs? Had you done that, the Yankees would have won. But they didn't. And even the worst team in baseball proved it can come into your home park and make you look like a fool.

 

Saturday vs. Kansas City: Rodriguez hit two home runs and the Yankees won 15-4. Wow, great timing there, A-Rod. Not only do you have a big game in an easy win -- every RBI in the careers of Derek Jeter and David Ortiz has come with their teams trailing in the bottom of the ninth (it's true, look it up) -- but where were those two home runs, four runs scored and three RBI last night, when your team really needed them? Huh, A-Rod? Where were they then? You sicken me, that's what you do, A-Rod. You sicken me.

 

A-Rod

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Obviously A-Rod was in a clutch situation here.

 

Sunday vs. Kansas City: The Yankees won 6-5, and Rodriguez hit a two-run single in the first inning to help his team get out to a lead it would not surrender. But what did he do after that hit in the first inning? Nothing but draw a walk. Typical A-Rod. He just sat back and rested on his laurels. Baseball is a "What have you done for me lately?" kind of game, A-Rod. Too bad you'll never know that.

 

Monday at Detroit: New York headed to Detroit for the type of game a team needs its stars to step up in -- holiday, packed crowd, playing a first-place team on the road -- and what does A-Rod do? He gets only one RBI as the Yankees win 4-0. Uh, A-Rod? Have you ever heard of insurance runs? Let's contribute with some late RBI. No lead -- no matter how big -- is ever safe in baseball. What, you only get RBI in close games now?

 

So there you have it, another despicable week in the despicable career of Alex Rodriguez: a .391 batting average, three home runs and 10 RBI as the Yankees go 5-1. Pshaw, I say. Pshaw.

 

And not that anything he does right now even matters, even if he was playing well. In a division that is as uncompetitive as the AL East, games in late May mean absolutely nothing. Nope, only the postseason matters. And until A-Rod comes up huge in a World Series with the pressure on and single-handedly wins a championship for the Yankees, I won't believe in him.

 

(Oh, and it has to be in Game 7 of the World Series against the Red Sox, or it won't count.)

 

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thats great, i love it, thats great.

 

Thats what i do with one of my friends. Everytime A-rod does something, we'll change it around to something negative.

 

It's the why didn't u hit a 5 run homer mentality that we make fun of

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I've long given Alex Rodriguez the benefit of the doubt. I figured that since he's only 30 years old and has played in just a handful of postseasons -- batting a respectable .305 in the process -- he has plenty of time to prove he's an all-time great and deserves the kind of money he makes. But no more. His showing over the past week forced me to give up on him forever.

 

Let me take you through his embarrassing performances from the past seven days.

 

Tuesday at Boston: Rodriguez hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to put the Yankees up 7-1. His blast would prove to be the game winner because the Red Sox stormed back to make the final score 7-5, but A-Rod hitting a home run when his team already has the lead? Classic A-Rod. Or should I say A-Fraud. (Get it? I changed the Rod part to Fraud. It rhymes and everything.)

 

Wednesday at Boston: The Yankees won 8-6, but A-Rod got only one hit and scored just a single run. But that's not even the worst part. In the second inning, following a David Ortiz strikeout, Manny Ramirez hit a home run to left. Then the next batter, Jason Varitek, grounded out to A-Rod at third. I mean, come on A-Rod! Now you make the play?! The batter before hits a home run over your head to cut your team's lead to two and you do nothing, and then Varitek hits a weak grounder to you and you make that out? How about jumping up and snagging that Ramirez shot before it rocketed over your head? That's what your team needed! I mean, I don't know -- if I'm going to pay a guy $25 million to play third, I expect him to make those plays. I can get anyone to field routine ground balls.

 

Thursday, no game: A scheduled off day. Typical A-Fraud -- the Yankees manage to win back-to-back games against the Red Sox and he needs a day off. Pathetic.

 

Friday vs. Kansas City: The Yankees come home and play the Kansas City Royals, owners of a 13-game losing streak, and -- get this -- lose 7-6. And whose fault was it? You guessed it: A-Rod's. He went 3-for-4 with a double and just one measly RBI. Uh, hello? A-Rod? How about you muscle up a bit, you wuss, and make those singles into home runs? Had you done that, the Yankees would have won. But they didn't. And even the worst team in baseball proved it can come into your home park and make you look like a fool.

 

Saturday vs. Kansas City: Rodriguez hit two home runs and the Yankees won 15-4. Wow, great timing there, A-Rod. Not only do you have a big game in an easy win -- every RBI in the careers of Derek Jeter and David Ortiz has come with their teams trailing in the bottom of the ninth (it's true, look it up) -- but where were those two home runs, four runs scored and three RBI last night, when your team really needed them? Huh, A-Rod? Where were they then? You sicken me, that's what you do, A-Rod. You sicken me.

 

A-Rod

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Obviously A-Rod was in a clutch situation here.

 

Sunday vs. Kansas City: The Yankees won 6-5, and Rodriguez hit a two-run single in the first inning to help his team get out to a lead it would not surrender. But what did he do after that hit in the first inning? Nothing but draw a walk. Typical A-Rod. He just sat back and rested on his laurels. Baseball is a "What have you done for me lately?" kind of game, A-Rod. Too bad you'll never know that.

 

Monday at Detroit: New York headed to Detroit for the type of game a team needs its stars to step up in -- holiday, packed crowd, playing a first-place team on the road -- and what does A-Rod do? He gets only one RBI as the Yankees win 4-0. Uh, A-Rod? Have you ever heard of insurance runs? Let's contribute with some late RBI. No lead -- no matter how big -- is ever safe in baseball. What, you only get RBI in close games now?

 

So there you have it, another despicable week in the despicable career of Alex Rodriguez: a .391 batting average, three home runs and 10 RBI as the Yankees go 5-1. Pshaw, I say. Pshaw.

 

And not that anything he does right now even matters, even if he was playing well. In a division that is as uncompetitive as the AL East, games in late May mean absolutely nothing. Nope, only the postseason matters. And until A-Rod comes up huge in a World Series with the pressure on and single-handedly wins a championship for the Yankees, I won't believe in him.

 

(Oh, and it has to be in Game 7 of the World Series against the Red Sox, or it won't count.)

 

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i can say jeter never does this or that becuase I dislike him, but i respect him and the sport to know that you can only do so much.

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And A-rod has a 1/4 night and grounds out to the catcher, tie ballgame top of the ninth.

 

 

hey mets/red sox fan, if ur not gunna say anything of importance that none of us dont already know, then GET OUTTA HEA!

 

IF U WATCHED THE GAME U WOULD HAVE SAW HE ALMOST HIT A HOME RUN OFF THE GUY THROWING 100 MPH THAT NO ONE ELSE COULD HIT. HE SMOKED IT AND IT WOULDA BEEN OUT AT ANY OTHER STADIUM.

 

He's also 2/5

 

SO SHUT UP

 

I'M SICK OF IT!

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hey mets/red sox fan, if ur not gunna say anything of importance that none of us dont already know, then GET OUTTA HEA!

 

IF U WATCHED THE GAME U WOULD HAVE SAW HE ALMOST HIT A HOME RUN OFF THE GUY THROWING 100 MPH THAT NO ONE ELSE COULD HIT. HE SMOKED IT AND IT WOULDA BEEN OUT AT ANY OTHER STADIUM.

 

He's also 2/5

 

SO SHUT UP

 

I'M SICK OF IT!

:rolleyes: dude chill out bro... this is just a message board filled with people's insight and comments... don't get your panties all in a bunch...

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hey mets/red sox fan, if ur not gunna say anything of importance that none of us dont already know, then GET OUTTA HEA!

 

IF U WATCHED THE GAME U WOULD HAVE SAW HE ALMOST HIT A HOME RUN OFF THE GUY THROWING 100 MPH THAT NO ONE ELSE COULD HIT. HE SMOKED IT AND IT WOULDA BEEN OUT AT ANY OTHER STADIUM.

 

He's also 2/5

 

SO SHUT UP

 

I'M SICK OF IT!

I was just bringing up his stats from last night to continue on to the article. But if you want to take that comment the wrong way, be my guest.

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IF U WATCHED THE GAME U WOULD HAVE SAW HE ALMOST HIT A HOME RUN OFF THE GUY THROWING 100 MPH THAT NO ONE ELSE COULD HIT. HE SMOKED IT AND IT WOULDA BEEN OUT AT ANY OTHER STADIUM.

I think you exagerate, Plow. For one thing, he finally got some wood on a fastball, and although it hit the fat of the bat, the CF moved about 15 ft. out and to his left.

 

He's the last guy you want to send up against a fastball pitcher.

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