“Now that A-rod is coming back to the Yankees on his hands and knees begging for his job back, I think another post is in order. Specifically, are all the Yankee fans who said “good riddance” the day after the World Series ended going to now welcome this guy back with open arms? Are they going to soften their stance and say, “well, if we can get him at way below the asking price, how can we not pull the trigger?” Are they going to say “Look at that! Apparently it was all Boras’s fault and A-Rod wasn’t who we thought he was!””
Or are they going to stick to their guns and continue to call him out on his BS….
My response is this, and I think am being pretty consistent, actually (possibly out of character for me…):
I have always, since his first free agency, and throughout his time as a Yankee, thought that A-Rod was a overly polished, media-savvy phony. (Except for one time when I misjudged him, and realized my mistake shortly after – btw, notice how in March of this year I said, “there’s no question A-Rod’s going to exercise the opt-out in his contract. None.” Oh, yeah!)
Does this change anything? Not for me. I still think he’s a phony, I still don’t take a thing he says publicly at face value, and I still want him playing third base and batting cleanup for my team. He’s among the best hitters in baseball, in his prime. He single-handedly carried the Yankees to the playoffs last year, and there’s no question the team is better with him than without him (and with a gaping hole in the lineup at 3B).
I think there’s no question the Yankees are doing the right thing. Money is no object to the Yankees. What does it matter if they overpay a little? They were willing to give this money a month ago. And now they’ve plugged a huge whole without giving up prospects to do it. The only one who could replace A-Rod’s stats at 3B was A-Rod.
And given the way it went down, the Yankees save face, and come out with a little PR victory, that A-Rod came back to them.