They say that timing is everything, and in the case of A-Rod it seems that his timing couldn’t be worse. In a move that has angered many Yankee fans, Alex Rodriguez managed to anger many in the baseball community as well – by choosing to announce his departure from the Yankees while the World Series was going on.
“There was no reason to make an announcement last night other than to try to put his selfish interests and that of one individual player above the overall good of the game,” [baseball’s Chief of Operations] DuPuy said. “Last night and today belong to the Boston Red Sox, who should be celebrated for their achievement, and to the Colorado Rockies, who made such an unbelievable run to the World Series.”
It seems Pay-Rod is too good to hop a plane to Colorado to accept a batting award from Legend (and true home run king) Hank Aaron. It turns out he had better things to do, like call attention to himself over the game. Pissing off fans is not the best way to start your free agency tour. Somehow this seems like an appropriate end to his lackluster time in New York. A-Rod is an amazing talent, but seemed like he couldn’t do anything right in New York. I think most of that came from Yankee fans, but this incident shows that some of it may have been justified.
As for the Pay-Rod sweepstakes – my bet is the Cubs.